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Ghar Wapsi - one analysis

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Roaming around in the market in your town, you are thirsty

Roaming around in the market in your town, you are thirsty

You see a hand-written sign board on the street with an arrow  – We serve Nimbu-paani in kulhad

Your see a billionaire celebrity’s big picture billboard saying – we serve a black fizzy refreshing tasty drink

No rich or powerful man owns nimbu-paani, no celebrity  endorses nimbu-paani

Movie stars, sports stars endorse this black fizzy drink

You recall reading somewhere – nimbu-paani is good for health, it cleanses the liver, kidneys and increases immunity

You recall reading somewhere – black fizzy drink has lot of sugar, causes obesity, diabetes, heart problems

You decide to explore both the places

You decide to explore both the places

On your way, you see some average looking (by today’s standard) volunteers cheering for nimbu-paani

Looking at the competition from nimbu-paani, black fizzy drink owners hire an IIM graduate for marketing

Nimbu-paani place is in a narrow street, lot of kulhads are littered around

Lot of plastic bottles and plastic cups are consumed at fizzy-drink place, but there is designated place for that ‘useless’ plastic, so it looks more organized

There is barely space for a car but you can figure out that when there were no cars on earth and plastic was not invented, this was a royal street

There is a separate designated place for cars, for people, for residual plastic – it looks much sophisticated & systematic

You are few meters away from nimbu-paani

You are few meters away from fizzy drink

Nimbu-paani volunteer is astonished to see that despite nimbu-paani being a superior product, people are flocking to black fizzy drink

IIM marketing guy hires another billionaire celebrity to vouch for their drink

Frustrated, nimbu-paani volunteer talks rudely to a potential customer

Having huge cash reserve, black fizzy drink company offers free drink for a month. They know nimbu-paani cannot match their offer & will have to shut shop soon. Then they can charge anything

Media makes hue and cry over rude behaviour

Media is ga-ga over free drink

Another volunteer shouts -  nimbu-paani is good for health, no one listens to him

Fizzy drink pays one TV channel X, they show an hour long program praising their drink

Volunteers go home. Remember, no one owns nimbu-paani anyway

Some more TV channels are impressed by what was shown on channel X & show more programs endorsing fizzy drink #MentalSlaves

Nimbu-paani place - the floor, walls & surroundings are rustic, rough, grainy, coarse

Black fizzy drink place - The surroundings are flashy, smooth, shiny

  1. today’s definition, everything looks backward, made for poor people

  2. today’s definition, everything looks modern, made for rich people


Nimbu-paani is good in long term, for your health – but you tend to ignore this fact

This drink is dangerous, especially if taken consistently – but you tend to ignore this fact

Because no one said it loudly

Famous people on TV, in newspapers, media say fizzy drink is a good thing

Some volunteers are at home, trying not to remember the defeat & are watching a cricket match. Some new volunteers join the nimbu-paani campaign, but the whole movement is haphazard. Remember, no one owns nimbu-paani

How you plan to handle the residual plastic, the adverse effects on health – someone asks. 

No one gives him a damn

This is crude, native, rough

This is glamorous, romantic, marvelous

Result – despite being cheaper, healthier & having little or no side-effects on environment, the customers are few

Huge number of customers – the residual plastic bottles, adverse effects on health take a huge toll, but all that is suppressed, so the company keepsgrowing (?)


One fine day – after (how) long, the world awakens - thirsty, very thirsty; only to find nimbu-paani is what they had always been yearning for

Votes of thanks pour from everywhere for the unknown volunteers, who, despite the odds being against them, kept the nimbu-paani alive.

Author: Arun Chaba

Published: Feb 24, 2015

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कश्मीर और सेकुलरिज्म

Kashmir and Secularism

जम्‍मू कश्‍मीर में भाजपा-पीडीपी के बीच गठबंधन का बहुत ज्‍यादा विरोध भी हो रहा है और समर्थन भी। मुझे लगता है मौका दिया जाना चाहिए, क्‍योंकि आप दिल्‍ली में बैठकर विरोध तो कर रहे हैं लेकिन 1990 के बाद आपमें से किसी ने कश्‍मीरी पंडितों के दर्द को न झेला है, न समझा है। लेकिन मुझे लगता है कि उजड़े हुए कश्‍मीरी पंडितों को घाटी में बसाने वाली यह पहली सरकार आई है, अन्‍यथा कोई उनकी सुध नहीं लेता था। उनकी बात करना भी सांप्रदायिकता के खांचे में आता था। यह तय मानिए कि कश्‍मीर की घाटी को नेहरू से लेकर आज तक के सेक्‍यूलरवादियों ने इतना उलझा दिया है कि बिना जनसंख्‍या में बदलाव लाए, बिना नया प्रयोग किये सीधे सीधे आप वहां से 370 नहीं हटा सकते हैं। 65 साल इंतजार किया है, तो थोड़ा और इंतजार करने में अर्धर्य क्‍यों हो रहे हैं।

मैं जनसंघ का पहला घोषणा पत्र पढ़ रहा था, जिसमें जम्‍मू-कश्‍मीर को लेकर बड़ा ही खूबसूरत फॉर्मूला दिया गया था, जो मुझे उचित लगता है। उस घोषणा पत्र को डॉ श्‍यामाप्रसाद मुखर्जी के कहने पर बलराज मधोक ने तैयार किया था। उस फॉर्मूला के तहत जम्‍मू व लददाख के लोग धारा- 370 की समाप्ति चाहते हैं, इसलिए इन्‍हें मिलाकर एक स्‍वतंत्र राज्‍य बना देना चाहिए, जो धारा 370 से पूरी तरह से मुक्‍त होगा।

इसके बाद केवल घाटी बचेगी जहां धारा 370 लगी रहे। धारा 370 के कारण घाटी का अविकास तो दिख ही रहा है, जब 370 के बिना जम्‍मू-लदाख में विकास होगा तो घाटी के लोग भी देर सवेर धारा 370 को हटाने की मांग के लिए सडक पर उतरेंगे और यही वह मौका होगा जब घाटी से भी 370 को हटाने की प्रक्रिया शुरू होगी।


Why we expect so much from our PM?

why we expect

Most of Modi supporters are still with him and those who seem to say – What has Modi done in last 10 months? are the ones who didn’t support Modi in 2014 Loksabha elections. When Modi government increased the train fares right after assuming office, I remember one security guard in my office saying – ‘What can Modi do, he has no other choice because previous government was corrupt and mis-managed the finances, so the fares had to be increased. Modi cannot bring money from his home to run the railways.’ So even the so called not-so-educated types know the basics of economics and understand that it takes time for things to show effect. In spite of that, there is no denying the fact that expectations are huge from Modi. Some reasons:

Broken Window theory: This theory was first introduced by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in 1982 and the title of theory comes from this example:

“Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.


Maoist War Against India: Time for United & Strong Response

 Maoist War Against India Time for United  Strong Response

The May 25 th, extremist attack by Maoists in Chhattisgarh was one of the depredations that hit India. But, more tragic is what follows – delayed tactical response, leadership confusion and helplessness, scripted statements carrying no conviction and even ministers looking for opportunities to derive political mileage. In the world of security what happens is important, but what decides the end game is how the governments respond to them. While the former is not always and fully in their control, the latter is a matter of their conscious choice. The tragedy of what they fail to protect and prevent is compounded by the wrong or inadequate response that guarantees perpetual failures.

There is a predictable pattern of discourse that follows major attacks. Political statements and counter statements, Centre versus State blame game, accusations of intelligence and security failure, all relevant, but leading nowhere. There is no clear and unequivocal message to the perpetrators, enunciation of a new national policy and strategy, initiatives towards capacity building and pressing into action innovative tactical plans.


Is it the time to think about permanent solution for Pakistan problem?

Is it the time to think about permanent solution for Pakistan problem

I was born & brought up in a very small town in central India. As a child I used to go Annual Dashara Kavi Sammelan with my father. I think I was 12-13 years old when I heard a poem titled “Kashmir Mat Maango Kah Do Pakistan Hamara Hai” by Shri Abdul Jabbar (I am not sure about name). I again heard that poem in my school on annual Hindi poem recital competition. At that time I wasn't that much aware about world and Indian politics but somehow this poem agitated me from inside. I still remember that day coming back home with a heavy heart.

The feeling that someone wants to take away my mother India's belongings created a deep sense of rage. Probably I count that day as the day of my political awakening. As a child I forgot the rage and anger after 2 or 3 days but that poem always echoed in my mind. The poem says to anti India people that forget Kashmir but its Pakistan which belongs to India. I don’t want Pakistan to merge with India as it will come with all other problems but Kashmir was & will be an integral part of India.

It was in 1990-91 and Kashmir Jihadi terrorism was at its peak.


Exploding The Mother Teresa Myth

 Exploding The Mother Teresa Myth
It is quite extraordinary that the icon, which is Mother Teresa is being defended by Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, a Hindu. 

But Mr Kejirwal missed some relevant points, which could be summarized thus:

1) What did Mother Teresa really stand for?

2) Why do some Indians such as Navin Chawla, Prannoy Roy or Arvind Kejriwal, defend her so ardently?

Foremost one should say in defence of Mother Teresa that she certainly did saintly work. After all, there is no denying that it takes a Westerner to pick up dying people in the streets of Calcutta and raise abandoned orphans, a thankless task if there is one. Indians themselves, and particularly the Hindus, even though their religion has taught them compassion for 4000 years, have become very callous towards their less fortunate brethren.


Naxalism: Need to Revisit Basics

Naxalism Need to Revisit Basics

Just because you are a hammer, every problem is not a nail. Left extremist problem is serious but use of Army is no solution. We first need to understand the nature and ingredients of the problem. Naxalism is a variant of Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW) in which civil society is the critical element of war. This war is to protect the civil society and at the same time fought in the battle ground of civil society.

Experiences of the armies world over, including India, have been that armies have not proved best antidotes against warriors who are camouflaged in civil society and hold no defined ground. Armies are trained, structured, equipped and work on doctrines suited to fight against visible enemies and defined territories. The studies conducted so far indicate that the societies that are fragile, fragmented and alienated on one hand and ruled by governments low in legitimacy, credibility and capacity on the other are not only vulnerable to threats from 4GW but quite often lose them — their military strengths notwithstanding.