The score as I post this - 13/2 in 16 overs.
This one is regarding your post "Joke's on Joka"
We have a nice couple of swans on campus that resides in one of our many lakes. About an year ago, I took a pic of them together and posted it on our board with the title "Cutest couple on campus".
Yesterday, when I saw your post on chicks, I posted that on the IIMC board (with an introduction) as a follow-up to my earlier post. That's where you are getting the hits from.
It's not because someone inside IIMC pulled a smart one. Its because some of us still like the slow and sweet things in life :)
You would be amazed at the dearth of material there is out there on women who run their own enterprises. This is illustrated by the fact that most of the information is about Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, the founder of Biocon. The other category of information is about women who have inherited their family run business or parts of it. What is really lacking is stories of first generation women entrepreneurs, or even those who broke out of the mould of their fathers' businesses and did something on their own.
Karan Thapar: So you neither accept the logic in terms of morality or in terms of efficacy?
Arun Shourie: Yes.
Karan Thapar: On both grounds, you think reservations are wrong?
Arun Shourie: Absolutely.
Karan Thapar: Arun Shourie, since you are implacably opposed to reservations for the Scheduled Castes, what is your preferred way of tackling the discrimination they have suffered for centuries?
Arun Shourie: Firstly, I am not against reservations only for the Scheduled Castes, but for everybody. Second point is yes, if they have suffered that kind of discrimination and we have got good records of this kind of thing happening in the South, for instance in many parts of Tamil Nadu, then the best way is social reform and these great reformers who have made an enormous difference to India in the last 200 years as testified to by the Christian missionaries themselves.
Karan Thapar: Is there a second way beyond social reforms?
Arun Shourie: Yes, there is. Second is economic growth and modernisation.
Karan Thapar: Third?
Arun Shourie: Third is to find out what is the real reason for the poor performance of the child. For instance, he cannot retain what he learns in class because of poor nutrition, give him four free meals a day.
Karan Thapar: Individual attention?
Arun Shourie: Yes, absolutely.
Karan Thapar: Is there a fourth?
Arun Shourie: Yes. There are many things. He doesn’t have a place to study, make free dormitories. He needs free textbooks, he needs training and education.
The Shiv Sena's rise was mainly because of the paucity of jobs under the license-permit-quota raj. When young men from small town or rural Maharashtra went to Bombay they found that in many places, they were being passed up for appointment in favour of other communities. often the person appointed would belong to the same community as the person taking the decision. So jobs like clerks, secretaries, ban tellers etc, which did not involve a high level of merit which can be cited as grounds for selection, were seen as being distributed on a parochial basis.
The Sena rose and gained prominence mainly because of this issue.
Post-91 though, white collar jobs are not an issue, so it doesn't rouse passions any more. But to get an idea of how the support to the Sena was more a reaction than an initiative, recall the incident from a couple of years back when the Sena thrashed up folks who had come to apply for small jobs on the railway stations in Central Railway. Apparently the Railways issued an advertisement about the jobs only in papers in UP and Bihar. No ads in papers in Maharashtra. Naturally when word about this got out, folks were pissed and the Sena just spearheaded the angst.
Sena does control trade unions, but it was a by-product of their muscle power.
80s onwards, support for the Sena widened amongst Hindus in Bombay because of communal tensions, and it peaked during the babri riots where most people, not just marathis, feel that the Sena "protected" them from the fury of the Muslim mobs. It is this wall that i mainly refer to. the hindu-muslim war in times of riots.
By the way, the opposition to migrants, at least after the jobs thing has lost relevance, is limited to illegal immigrants and slum dwellers. Thackeray said in an interview that he and his party have no problems with people who come to Bombay, buy or rent a house legitimately, and get a job on their own merit rather than through a parochial "sifaarish". Most Bombayites share that view.
That Bombay is bursting at its seams is undeniable. But the solution to the issue is a lot more complex than the Sena, or most Bombayites believe.
You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!
I spent four years in Pune desperately searching for Misal. The locals pointed me to several misal 'treasures' in the old town, Kothrud and a few Canteens (VIT/SYMBI). However, all these trips resulted in disappointment and eyes shot red due to traffic and a speeding bike. I have no fear in claiming that "Punyachi Misal" is possibly a Mis-Led expression.
I am sure you will regard my upcoming statement with disdain and full of prejudice but I do hope you keep an open mind.
If you ever make it to Nashik, please head over to "Shyamsunder" located in the Satpur (Industrial Area) of Nashik. There, you will notice, that a layer of poha (usually from last night) will make the bed in the rectangular steel container. Then comes the base misal, which is pure matki and none of peas nonsense. The base is hot but not terribly spicy. Of course, thin lightly salted farsaan comes in next. Two smaller compartments of the dish are likely to contain chopped onions and "Dahi". A Papad will then be delicately balanced on the misal mound and will surprisingly remain there as the waiter manhandles your plate.
The deal clincher, of course, is the hot piping Tarri. A good dose of trans and saturated fat, a chemical suspension of red chili powder and curry, is handed to you in a container with very well designed spout. You pour in the Tarri and then you begin with the pav. I cannot recall a single time where I did not run out of Tarri before I ran out of base Misal.
Throw in a wintry morning, a rainy afternoon or a post badminton breakfast and what you have is culinary heaven unparalleled.
You ought to definitely try the Misal, Piyush and other delights at 'Sapre & Sons', Aarey Road, Goregaon West. It is a 5-10 minute walk from Goregoan Rlwy stn. If you're travelling by road, Aarey Road is a street that goes perpendicular to S. V. Road, a km after you pass Filmistan Studios, heading north. [Ask anyone for Sapre or A. B. Goregoankar school. It is right beside the school. Every self-respecting old time Goregaonkar knows Sapre.]
And while you're there, don't forget to pack a box of kaju barfi. No, not the diamond shaped-silver foiled atrocity on the noble cashew. This is in the form of yellow cubes and is a long-forgotten traditional Marathi fare. Divine.
Those who think that our Socialist era failed the rich live in a fool’s paradise. No system of governance ever fails the rich. Did it stop the Ambanis and Tata’s and the Wadias from playing their little game? It never stopped wealth accumulation but only stopped wealth creation. It failed the poor, and that is why no party not even the Communists can afford to go back on the reforms.
For example, during the NDA rule, there was lot of talk about farmer suicides. Fine, NDA is gone, have they stopped? Why not? Is it because the kind of agriculture we practise in India is unsustainable. It really is, you just have to look at the US agriculture scene to understand that.
Let me say it clear-the Indian voter is among the most stupid, parochial and bigoted voter in the world. Can someone explain to me with this kind of smart voter, how do people like Narendra modi and Laloo Yadav get elected, how do parties like DMK win elections on the promise of providing free T.V sets, how have people with murder and rape charges managed to enter our parliament and legislatures?
Perhaps, Mr Mehta should read a few blogs!
I went through the website of Ministry For Human Resource Development -
Following are some useful numbers:
Total # of SC / ST candidates registered in graduate & higher education -
408966 (as per MHRD website)
Therfore, # of OBC candidates that might get registered in graduate & higher education if the reservation policy works as effectively as it does for SC / STs ~ 378672 (# of SC/ST multipliied by 25% divided by 27%)
Total # of SC / STs in the age group 18-24 yrs - 112718000 (as per MHRD website)
Therfore, # of OBCs in the age group 18-24 yrs ~ 104368518 (by the same logic)
Arjun Singh can influence lives of approximately 3.4 OBCs for every thousand wanting to avail themselves of the reservation (if reservation works as it should). He also doesn't commit to not letting the creamy layer benefit from reservation as in the interview below:
"Karan Thapar: It could be possible that the creamy layer is excluded from reservations for OBCs in higher education?
Arjun Singh: It could be, but I don't know whether it would happen actually."
1) Most of the reservation will benefit creamy layer (3.4 per 1000 at 100% occupancy)
2) It will take at least 5 years to ramp up the capacity to ensure non-reserved category seats are not impacted.
3) Reservations haven't worked well enough in past - 2/3 of seats in Delhi Univ reserved for SC / STs go vacant. In a capacity deprived scenario, it is criminal to let another 16% of existing seats potentially go vacant (that's 2/3 of 25% required for OBCs).
WHAT IS THE MINISTER TRYING TO DO?