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Are you one of those who miss the onion salad whenever they go to a restaurant? Well then we are of the same kind. I love to have onion salad along with my meals. But due to the recent price hikes, most of the food outlets have stopped providing onions. And its effect on the household kitchen has been devastating.
What puzzle me is that last time I saw anything in the news about onions was the farmers committing suicide due to the extremely low prices. That was couple of months back. And now the situation has changed a lot. Such a drastic change is hardly seen in economic history. But one thing is for sure that this is not a natural occurrence. There is involvement of hoarding and black marketing behind all this. It is pretty much evident from events.
The sad part is that knowing all this, the government is unable to check the price hike. Even the hoarders have not been traced yet. The government has shown a great deal of inefficiency in this matter. Public welfare has been completely neglected; and the same old worn out strategies of controlling the price rise are brought into use. For how long can curbing of imports save the nation from these economic complexities. The government has always been coming up with lame excuses and groundless claims of being in control of the situation. No strict action has been taken so far to check the hoarding of Onions in the country. And who is to be blamed for the arise of these days? Why did the black marketers gain this courage to create such a mass level crisis in the economy? The obvious answer is the negligence or say the least bothered attitude of the government.
The case of Onions is not the only one of its kind. India has been facing similar problems with many other essential commodities. Petroleum and cooking gas/LPG has been witnessing similar price hikes over the past few years. While the people have been regularly compromising with their food, the government seems to be taking this case very casually.
Its high time before some important new economic strategies ae formed and brought into application. Its said that a certain percentage of inflation is the sign of a developing economy. But the price rise has been very drastic and certainly not in the favour of the economy. Well it is time to think out of the box. The traditional economic theories seem to provide only a temporary solution to the problems of such a vast and diverse economy.
When you look deeper into any economic problems in the society, you will see that the problem is far away from the laws of economics. No economic factor gives a rise to such problems. On further investigation you it becomes clear that corruption and other breach of law has a greater role in the problem rather than normal economic reason. For instance, in this case it is quiet clear that hoarding of Onions is done for increasing its market value. Had government taken notice to this earlier when the farmers were struggling to get the fair return, such a situation could have been easily avoided. Moreover how is it possible to hide such a huge stock without anyone else knowing about it? Corruption comes in here. Corruption is as good as suicide. It’s all around us. From a watchman to the higher officials. We are all involved in it in some or the other way. And I think it is one of the most difficult things to be checked so far, though not impossible.
So far we have discussed few of the reasons that leads inflation. But what is the point of discussing it.. I mean are you actually going to take any action or is just another topic to talk about while sipping your tea. Think over it.
So guys if you want things to right again, better get started now.
Posted: November 20, 2010 in Uncategorized
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everyday i hear people say ‘ be mature and just let it go’. we have severely confused ignorance with maturity.
i feel that ignoring stuff is not a quality of a grown up. i am speaking in terms of day-to-day behavior. you don’t argue with the shopkeeper for the bill, you don’t ask for change if it is a small amount, you don’t hire a taxi on meter and so on… and all these things make you feel like a matured person. however it is not so.
it’s probably easier to ignore a small loss than fighting for our rights. humans have a tendency to find the easiest way out of a problem and perhaps ignorance is one of the most widely used methods. who would take the burden of asking for a cash memo of just a rs 10 or 20 sale.
but would you do the same for a rs 20,000 purchase?
probably no. as 20,000 means a lot. but what we do not see is that even rs 20 matters a lot for a majority of the poverty struck economy. it means food for a day for the poor.
same is the case when we discover a fake note in our possession. a loyal and aware citizen would handover that note to the concerned authorities. but what most do is that they try to find a way to use that note as real money which further circulates in the economy.
the use of pirated disks is another prominent example.
ignoring even the smallest of things make a huge impact on the world around us. when we don’t ask for a bill, then the chances of black income increases. and black income is a slow poison for the economy and society as a whole. piracy is said to be fund the terrorists. bribery and red-tape create social instability and shaken the trust of the people.
we tolerate most of the injustice going around us and disguise our lack of awareness as maturity. but only an aware person deserves to be called as mature. a loyal citizen never tolerates malpractices in the society and has the courage to do the right thing.
Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension
– Joshua L. Liebman
Posted: November 2, 2010 in economy
Tags: Asia, freedom fighters, India
If yet your blood does not rage, then it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flesh of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland – Chandrashekhar Azad
if these lines do not stir your soul then you have probably lost all your faith towards your motherland. I know that India is a free country now guys but these lines were not written just to gain independence right?
these lines represent the spirit of those who dreamed of a country much different from what it is now. mere independence was not their goal. doing good for their people whom they considered as their own brothers and sisters was their passion.
One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
India is free and so are Indians( what people think nowadays). but take a deep breath and look around you. do you see what the great freedom fighters of India wanted their future to see? your silence itself speaks for you dear. the war is still on. our country is still suffering, the people are still facing a hard time earning enough to live a decent life.
no free education for all, food shortage, spread of diseases and so on….. the list is endless…
India does not lack in resources of any sort. we have enough deposits of minerals, a huge supply of labor, plenty of land, leading entrepreneurs, good engineers, doctors, scientists, economists and …… (can’t mention everything guys). then why are we still lagging behind? where have we gone wrong?
the thing is that there are a lot of enemies of our country and specially our economy. they are amongst us and we don’t even realize it. through my next few posts i want to bring in to focus few of the major and minor problems which are harming our economy. these are internal as well as external threats to our country.
Apparently, I’ve acted like a terrorist. But I’m not a terrorist. – Bhagat Singh
together we have to reawaken the spirit of those passionate lovers who accepted death with a broad smile on their faces for our motherland.
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first of all i apologize to all my readers for the delay in this post. i was really busy with my college assignments.
now coming straight to the point, i want you to take a look at the recent cases of sexual harassment in the corporate sectors. the hewlett packard‘s former ceo mark hurd and David Davidar are few of the latest cases to name. but mind you i am not talking about sexual harassment of women, i want to focus on the differences within the corporate sector based on sex.
men( and that too straight) seem to have an upper hand in this respect. on the other hand women seem to be the most exploited followed by bisexuals and homosexuals.
the major problem is definitely of sexual harassment. the women workforce has been offended quiet often. and even worse is the lack of awareness of dealing with such problems. there is no immediate action taking body currently in the country. most of the times the offended just either submit to the demands or awitch the job instead of taking an action.
the case of sexual harassment also extends towards gays and bisexuals. the are not treated with respect and sometimes omitted from the priorities while assigning work. women are still considered as homemakers and not made for official work purposes.
demanding of sexual favors and explicit sexual remarks continue to
next is the lack of attention towards women issues like pregnancy leaves etc. only a handful of organisations have such facilities.
what even worsens the matter is the lack of attention paid towards these issues. according to a recent issue of business today, only 15% of all senior management positions in corporate india are held by women. that puts India in the bottom five globally. this is very shameful figure specially in the nation of honorable Indira Gandhi and Sarojini Naidu.
what can be done?
well so far nothing has been done for any such problems and the issue is so far unnoticed. there is no special cell in organisations to register complains about sexual bias and harassment. no strict actions are taken until one knocks the doors of the court. however there are upcoming laws to regarding sexual harassment, the other important factors affecting the sexual minorities still remain untouched.
no matter what steps are taken, until the testosterone filled environment understands the gravity of the issue, things might not change at all.