Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 coming to an end but no end to our problems

Lokpal Bill is stuck in parliament. Anna Hazare, a great leader is unwell. Then there is the problem of Mullaperiyar dam. Mullaperiyar dam row spins my head and this issue blows off my thinking completely.
Then the Gita controversy is there with Russians. Then the economy of India. The economy issue also spins my head in equal measure and I loose hope.
Is there anything wrong in our thinking? Are we thinking and acting correctly?
Now come to Lokpal issue. People expect the most corrupt government in Indian history to make a law which is detrimental to its survival. How much feasible is it?
The Gita controversy now. I feel calling the Gita a blasphemy by University students is more acceptable than a Russian court passing a judgement on Gita.
The Mullaperiyar dam and the economy issue calls for a mature give and take by all the party involved every time. But given our ways for politicizing and creating a ruckus, our mind and mental make-up looses peace of mind every time you open the newspaper.
Are we too emotional? Do we want others to understand our emotions and show empathy? Is our thinking dictated by our emotions?
The year 2012 is around the corner. And I wish all the fellow bloggers a very happy new year. And I hope the new year will bring out a lot of happiness and peace to our countrymen too. For India is what I love the most and its well being my dream.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rupee at 54 to a dollar - the lowest ever

Rupee is falling. And is loosing respect. Needless to say, it is loosing respect in India too. The inflation in prices has made it impossible for poor to buy common items. They have become so costly. The government is passing laws and amendments to laws to control economy. This method of controlling the economy is akin to saying "You marry but you shall not have sex". How can making laws control the economy? Only market forces has to control the economy. And government should encourage such steps which shall encourage market forces controlling the economy. This will give value to the rupee.
Then there is the problem of huge fiscal deficit. The government expenditure being the major factor in the deficit. Salaries and operating costs are piling up day after day and no one seem to be taking steps for this. Why should government employees loose confidence? We have profit making public enterprises contributing to the economy in a positive way. Why should we get scared of disinvestment? Disinvestment in shares of public enterprises will allow market forces to take care of deficit. If not much decrease in deficit, the fact cannot be denied that accountability will increase. This will benefit the whole of India. You and me. Everyone will benefit by the rupee.
We may also offer shares of our good performing public enterprises to non-Indians. This will keep the dollar in check. Also the modernization and better practices will come to public enterprises and the efficiency of the public enterprises will improve. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Developing Leadership

Leaders are a rare commodity these days. We see people with narrow vision, inability to energize people and poor communication skills. Vision, energizing people and good communication are the hallmark of a great leader.
Leadership is a must in today's connected world. It is a flat world.
I was interested to know what a flat world is. I browsed the Internet for the meaning flat world. I could not visualize the meaning of what Internet said is a flat world. Then I tried to discover the meaning myself. I asked myself What is a round world? I told myself round means continuity. You give and you get back. And it continues. Then I told myself that a Flat world is where there is discontinuity. You give. The End.
The software programs Twitter stresses on leader-follower thing. So this social networking says it all. How is today's world?
Just teaching theoretical stuff on leadership development is not good enough. You need to have drills and exercises continued for many days which should force leadership into you. Everything can be developed. Even leadership can be.
What sort of exercises can develop leadership skills? Or do you believe it is an inborn trait?