Saturday, August 30, 2008

Welcome to suran's site: The communists: the Rajas and the carrots !!

Welcome to suran's site: The communists: the Rajas and the carrots !!

Friday, August 29, 2008

The communists: the Rajas and the carrots !!

Is the gods own country ( Kerala , India) slipping down the drain ? Perhaps the answer is a resounding yes..infact there is no point inviting the industrialists and investors to the state speaking English and usual clay-traps at New Delhi or making jaunts abroad ...this will not help the cause of attracting investment .

On the flip side, watching our comrades ideological partner- china; in action during the recent Olympic performance and also showcasing to the world the developments that they have made in every sphere , they have shown what is achievable even after eulogising its ever evolving and dynamic format. Our guys are stuck in the quicksand of disaster, their thinking cliched with clear lack of vision. They still boast that "Hartals and strikes are a fundamental right" Are the Chinese not aware of it, they are more hard-working and disciplined lot ? Right to work and live is a more definitive and an ultimate fundamental right �should not the Government protect that at the first place before mooring about right to strike ?
It is time these pigeonholed ideas of the communists ( including their bearded intellectuals) are sent to the gallows; to ensure that the state has a word called development in its dictionary

A vision less: “ Gods own Country”

It was great to read through the discussion on what people dream of kerala state and the colloquium organised by the paper " Indian Express" . For me the malady starts with a clear lack of vision for the state. I fear vision cannot be set by consultants or mere technical experts who would give a mundane texts and documents. It has to be set by learned visionaries with wisdom, who can better contextualise and set realistic visions viewing the strengths and the socio-cultural settings. But, in the state I find, we are sunk in the past with archaic ideas from kadhi-clad politicians who are tried leaders and tired persons. The very fact that many self proclaimed VIP leaders sitting on the dais ( in 3-4 rows) for every trifle function (god knows what was the size of the audience is !! ) to preach, shows the psyche and folly of the mind set. It is time we found a VIP solution to the issue “ the kerala that I dream off” will have to have -a Vision, a good Infrastructure and a Positive mind set of the people.

“What the state needs is a leader with Vision and a political and administrative class which can translate this Vision into Action”. As Dr Kalam stated, we need a vision (an intelligent foresight) to ignite minds. There is a clear lack of it, the present crop of politicians are too narrow minded, self centered, misguiding public with fossilised and pigeon holed ideas. The infrastructure levels in the state is horrendous,….. a reflection of lack of vision...look at very mundane things ..... They still construct 2 lane roads and bridges ( when they know even the 4 lane roads are choking )...constructing a 4 lane bridge could cost the exchequer about 25% more than a 2 lane bridge)

There is also a need to cultivate positive mindsets from the present entrenched ones. It is the positive mindset that provokes positive actions. The 90/10 principle of Stephan Covey is true ie; 10% of life is made up of what happens to you on which you have no control and 90% of life is decided by how you react. It is time we reacted and voted out these politicians, but there is hardly good ones in sight also!! . They I feel is the cause for all this malady. If we cannot find such leaders, it is better to wait, or perhaps have a Governor’s rule (as Karnataka has shown, we can even have balanced budgets) with good accountability at the bureaucratic levels. Alternatively, limit the number of terms to two; for all politicians. Perhaps development needs to precede democracy…. I am not suggesting a la Deng Xiaoping !! .However, the argument “ economic growth produces an educated and entrepreneurial class that, sooner or later, begins to demand control over its own fate. Eventually, even repressive or inactive governments are forced to give in”. Hope the wait is sweet enough for us too….

Works at NABARD for poor HH / was Research Affiliate at CDS, Tvm / was Visiting Faculty on microFinance for MBA students NMIMS, Mumbai.