Nov 282008
 

Reforming Constitution of India after 60 years

CHANGE

· Dump Secularism, Casteism and Reservation

· Apply National Law to all Religions equally

· Set Merit Criteria as Fundamental Right

· Withdraw all Concessions to All States

· Proclaim India as HINDU nation

Ref: 0811-018 of 28-Nov-2008
The terror finally visited India again, and set the minds of Indian intelligentsia, citizens, politicians, educationalists, industrialists and philosophers thinking. How long do we have to go by old means, tools, thinking and philosophy in 21st century when the things have changed so drastically? Old rules and means no longer apply. The people’s aspirations have changed. If Gandhian model of “charkha” can be changed to modern water jet looms, why do we allow ourselves stuck to old methods and beliefs?

The things have changed dramatically especially since 2001. The giants have tumbled and replaced by the more ambitious aspirants. Thinking is a creative art, no longer monopoly of the few richer nations. So called poorer nations are catching up fast, and indeed very fast.

While overall life has improved, the quality of death has deteriorated. With alarming rise in violence, extremism in religion, and fanaticism in few ignorant have made the quality of life miserable.


Often we feel that we are living by accident, no longer by willful design or planning. Mumbai on 26 November 2008 woke up the nation with stinging alarm that can not be put off. We have to wake up now. It will be too late otherwise.


India
’s forefathers drafted Constitution of India based on the aspirations of people at that time and kind of technology available. Had they lived longer to present day in Internet age, they would have surely changed or I would say, completely redrafted the Constitution of India to measure up to the thinking and aspirations of future generations in India.


But in this modern age, we still live with mediocre thinking. Our politicians have hardly grown up. While their dress styles and outer facades have changed, their thinking is still mired in old dogmas. We must change now and address to the challenge thrown upon us with full force and vengeance.


The first step that we take is to change the Constitution of India, because that is where everything stops at the Supreme Court. We have to empower the judges in almost all courts with a message that “do not look back, just look forward” We are mature enough to ignore the rear view mirror.


Following is the area of our future operation where I have outlined the actions with reflection of past, their inadequacies, the opportunities provided to the masses for over 60 years, and the proposed actions with expected result.


Dump Secularism

PAST: India adopted secularism to honour the wishes of all religions with the intention that the respective religious leaders would teach their followers to become the ideal and responsible citizens of the society.


PRESENT: It worked until 1990 and then began to lose the relevance. The illiterate Maula refused to adopt the modernity of 20th century ideas, started assuming the super power in the name of religion, became autocrats in a democratic society, and started preaching hatred and violence to the younger generations.


India
gave 60 years to all religions to adjust them selves to the modern demand. They did not. They abused the liberty and in a democratic society, they became tyrants.


FUTURE: We have to look beyond. The present culprits are not today’s suicide bombers but the Islamic religious leaders who have been guiding the tender generations with radicalism and violence.


ACTIONS: Dump the principle of Secularism from the constitution.


Dump Casteism and Reservation

PAST: Casteism is officially debarred but actively and legally practised. Many of national and state laws are defiant of constitution. They have never been tested or even wetted before turning them into statutes.

If there can not be a caste, why should Government make even mention of it while seeking job applications or admission to engineering or medical colleges from general populace? I remember my days in nationalized bank when one of the Brahmin employees pretended to be from Scheduled Cast just to get the job.


In country like USA, where the discrimination due to Sex and Age is barred, the companies are required by law NOT to even make their mention or seek the information from the applicant in any manner whatever.


PRESENT: The Scheduled Cast and Tribes were given chance for 60 years to improve themselves with hundreds of benefits so far. If they still do not want to improve their lives and remain dependent on the Government all the time, it is time to put full stop on this practice.


We give chance to our own children to make his own livings after he becomes adult after 21 years. Here, we gave them 60 years. The nation can not give them permanent license to become parasite on the national economy.


FUTURE: Let us make every one equal again. Perform or Perish should be the principle. Every citizen should compete with other on equal footing, be it a job, admission to IIT, Engineering or Medical colleges.


ACTION: Remove all cast related references from all applications relating to job, admission to any schools, colleges, faculties, army, or even in parliament/legislature. Make it an “Economic Crime” punishable for compulsory imprisonment with additional 3 months of street cleaning job in his own locality where he lives.


Apply National Law universally to all Religions

PAST: India has different law for each religion for over 60 years (in fact over 150 years as they have been inherited from British Empire). They have no more relevance to the modern world. The very function of each law or belief is to serve the community. If they fail in this regard, they must be invalidated.


In medieval days, when there were no transportation and  communication, the people in Islamic countries used to go to other countries based on 4 directions (North, East, West and South) by walk, on animals or wooden vessels on long journeys extending over 1 year. In order that they do not defile other women or go to the prostitutes, they were given right to marry 4 times in different countries. Those conditions no longer apply. Those religious mandates should be invalidated.


PRESENT: Different models exist for each citizen based on his religion.

· Why should an Islamic woman be forced to tolerate 4 marriages?

· Why should she be divorced in absentia by rehearsing “Talaak, Talaak and Talaak” 3 times?

· Why should she be denied the basic civil rights? She is also our mother, sister or daughter regardless of her affiliation to Islamic religion.


In almost all modern countries, the Common Law or National Law prevails over the religious rules, regulations or beliefs.

Indian Hindus and Christians are as much concerned with such poor Islamic women as for them, if their Islamic neighbor suffer injustice at the hands of their Maulvis who pass strictures and even defame her. They should be “sued” for defamation.

FUTURE: India is for every one, regardless of the affiliation of any of its citizen to any religion. If any practice of the religion is violative of national or state law, then the national law has to prevail.

It is also a universal principle of natural justice under widely adopted “Jurisprudence”. Those who studied law will learn it in very first year of law College.

The principle is,

· If the Rules violate the Regulations, the Regulation prevails.

· If Regulations violate the State or National Law, the State or National Law prevails

· If State or National Law violate the Constitution, then the Constitution prevails


Similarly, when the Religious beliefs or dictates defy the nation’s law, then the National or State Law has to prevail. This is called real justice.

ACTION: Make the National Law as Prevalent over the religious dictates so long as and to the extent they defy or violate the national law

Set the Merit based Criteria as Fundamental Right

PAST: for over 60 years, the jobs, benefits of every kind, help or subsidies are made available to various sections of the society based on cast, creed, religion or age (seniority). This has pushed the nation to the backward. It was no doubt okay before, back in 1950, but subsequent 60 years is more than enough support to any weaklings.

They have become burden on the State. The merit has taken  backseat for all these years. It has to stop now for ever.


PRESENT: Often you find that your son with 90% marks in Inter Science is denied admission to medical or engineering college. Why? The same admission is given to unworthy student with 40% marks only because he belongs to the Backward Caste or Tribe. B.SC no longer means Bachelor of Science; instead the Bachelor of Scheduled Caste.


What kind of engineer of doctor the nation will be generating out of these non-qualified people? If they become engineer, and a bridge collapses, thousands will die. Who will be responsible? Of course, the Government of India – for initiating, promoting and protecting such unhealthy policy
.

Who will be responsible, if a doctor from poorly educated student from scheduled caste causes the death of a patient? Again, the Government of India – for following populist and opportunist policy.


The education is no longer cheap as it used to. The parents have to spend fortune, sell their homes or ornaments, to make their sons or daughters engineer, doctor, chartered accountants or MBA. And after spending millions of rupees, if they find that their children are not getting the desired job only because they do not belong to certain caste or tribe, would not they become angry or feel cheated for no fault of their own?


FUTURE: Let us say “Enough is Enough”. If a nation has to progress, the only criteria should be Merit, Merit and only Merit. Seniority and experience also form the part of the Merit, so the term of the Merit should be properly defined.


Once the parents realize that their children will not meet injustice and will get jobs or benefits only on merits, a renewed sense of confidence will emerge and pervade through out the entire population. All those who are not efficient, not meritorious, will be forced to re-qualify themselves to protect their presence in any field.


Yes, not everyone will be competent. But in that case, they should not expect higher post or promotions only because they do not know how to do their job.


The labour productivity will enhance several times, and will be so cost efficient, that the nation will be reaping billions of dollars or thousands of crores due to sheer efficiency. India can arrive in the top league in no time.


ACTION: Make the Merit based criteria as Fundamental Right so that no state or institution could abuse the status of really a competent person.


Withdraw All Concessions to All States

In Democracy, all states should be treated as equal. Just as all children are alike to the parents, the government should make it a practice of treating each state as same as others.


PAST: Kashmir is an example to the point. Why should not national law be applicable to Kashmir which is one of the professed integral parts of India? Why should there be a separate status and let them have preferred law? Why rest of the Indians can not go to the Kashmir and buy the property or any other asset class over there?


PRESENT: Such special treatment is fomenting the feeling of separation in Kashmir. If any Indian can go there, buy the property and make it a home, lot of wealth will pour into the troubled state. When the local population sees the prosperity on par with the other states, they will be tempted to participate in national activity. The influx of more Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and other religions will pursuade the Kashmiri to participate in the growth of not only his own state, but the nation as a whole. They will be able to compare how much prosperous they could be even while remaining as Islamist compared to the life on the other side of the border.


FUTURE: By fully integrating Kashmir with India in all respects, with same common law as enjoyed by millions of Hindus and Muslim brothers in rest of India, a feeling of unity will be cultivated and they will be proud to say “ An Indian first, Kashmiri later”. More Kashmiri will move out of Kashmir into other states in search of education, job, profession or business.


In 36 years of presence in Mumbai, I never met a Kashmiri in school, college, university, bus, and train; on the street, road or plane. One of my eldest brother’s friends, a Parsi gentleman, used to advise us – See the beautiful Kashmir before it is too late.


When one legally distinguishes other, it creates the feeling of separation. It is always better to legalize what it should be before attempting to pump in billions of dollars or rupees.Would any one buy a property by paying lakhs of rupees in advance if the legal title to the property is in doubt? Law always come first,

 


ACTION: Abolish the Special Administration Act for Kashmir and integrate it fully with India in every respect. The Government should build as initial gesture IIT (prestigious world class engineering institute), medical college, A giant university, a management institute on par with IIM (Indian Institute of Management), number of mini hospitals and also mobile health centers, major rail or road transportation system as suitable for the  mountainous range, waterway, major industrial estate, tax concessions for moving into Kashmir, and host of agriculture related activities (horticulture, fruits like Apples, walnuts, berries). A world class business convention center may also be built with the collaboration with leading Industrialists in India to promote the business from and to Kashmir. Once they see money in there, the violence will begin to fade on its own,


Make it Official- India as Hindu Nation

Almost every country has official state religion. Many Islamic nations with 60% to 80% population being Muslim declare their state as Islamic and embrace Islam as official religion of the state.


Please refer to the website –
http://www.islamicpopulation.com/asia_islam.html for latest Muslim population in the world. It is possible that the data may be overstated. Yet, it may serve as indicative source, if not accurate one.


Forget the percentages (%). Most officially declared Islamic nations are small, with largest one being Indonesia, followed by Pakistan.

India ranks the world’s largest Muslim population with over 220 Millions followed by Indonesia (195 Millions), Pakistan (157 Millions), China (130 Millions), Bangladesh (127 Millions).


Over 80% Indians are Hindus. In terms of numbers, they are over 800 Millions. If Muslim nations can declare their state as Islamic state because majority of their population being Muslim, why not India declare itself as Hindu nation with 80% or 800 Million Hindus?


By contrast, NEPAL was the only Hindu nation in the world until 2006
when it adopted secularism as its official status. The Nepal had 20 million to call itself as Hindu nation, whereas India with 800 Million Hindus (80%) could not assert heself as Hindu nation!


By making India as Hindu Nation, a clear message will be sent to the extremist Islamic nations to stay off; that although you are not allowing temples or churches to be built in your countries, we do permit building of Mosques under our democratic society. We have Muslims far larger than all of your nations put together. The Islamic women in India enjoy greater freedom in learning, yearning, earning, and following the independent or professional life. This is the place where a Muslim can exist independently and resist all evils of extremism.


The Islamic population in India is mostly peaceful. They have voluntarily stayed back in India since the partisan days and realized the differential life of Muslims in India and Pakistan after 60 long years. They tell Muslims in the world by their actions that they liken Hindu India as the safest destination for Muslims. In spite of 800 Million Hindus, same National Law applies to all religions alike. No special treatment for any one.


And India can revert to its original name for centuries– Hindustan. And why not, If Bombay could be renamed Mumbai, Madras as Chennai, Calcutta as Kolkata, and Cochin as Kochi?


The Name conveys it all. Hands Off India

Anil Selarka (Kalidas)

Hong Kong


Ref: 0811-018 –
Reforming the Constitution of India

2008/11/28

Nov 242008
 

0811-016-vultures-on-auto-makers

Ref: 0811-016 of 2008/11/23

 

Wall Street and Private Equity vultures are at it again. They are aided and abetted by Republican senators and its sponsoring media with well orchestrated campaign to cause the death of the United States’ biggest employer – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.


The vultures are interested in causing deliberate bankruptcies so that all the equity and options owned by United Auto Workers in their respective companies be turned worthless, the pension fund liabilities avoided partly or altogether, the health and insurance benefits to retirees reduced to zero, termination benefits also reduced substantially for want of funds, and the companies so stripped off its statutory liabilities be bought over in Bankruptcy Court for a song.

 

The officials from FED, Treasury, Office of the President, and hosts of senators mainly from Republican Party want to rehearse the events of United Airlines, WorldCom, Bethlehem Steel and lately Lehman Brothers, all of whom were allowed to go bankrupt to the detriment of all its workers and employees

 

Destroy the United Auto Workers…

REASON, all these companies were partly or majority owned by the Employees or Workers, which acted as “eyesore” to the brokers on the Wall Street and predators- Private
Equity firms.

 

The Courts of United States also favor the predators. They also award the companies to those vultures by refusing to let the company liquidated compulsorily, but handing over to bond or debenture holders by allowing writing off the entire equity of the company, so that the employees are not left with any power without money.

 

The whole system sucks – from monetary (FED & Treasury) to Political (Senators and Representatives), to Executive (President) to Judiciary arm (Courts) – all are corrupted by the wily suckers on the Wall Street who use its orchestrated media – in print or television. Day in and out, you tune in to CNBC, NBC, Fox News, CNN or CBS or read Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Business Week, Forbes who all praise such actions in the name of saving the company and enforcing cost savings.

Even today, the questions are asked – why Lehman Brothers were allowed to fail. Why not Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley, or even Goldman Sachs?

 

What is so common in rest of four and unique in Lehman Brothers? The answer is LHB was majority owned by employees. The employees or workers are treated like disposable diapers in United States, whatever is the outer façade to describe them.

 

It happened to United Airlines only in recent past…

Why United Airlines was allowed to fail and thrown into bankruptcy court – because it was majority owned by employees. All of their shareholdings were reduced to ZERO by the bankruptcy court and awarded the company to the debt holders who deliberately bought debts to exercise the control. The life time savings of all employees were lost in a flash like homes destroyed in Californian wild fires.

 

The debt holders were given the new equity at most favorable terms and reducing all past equities (majority owned by workers or employees) to Zero value. If the company was still worth, the question arises why UA was not placed by the court on auction block with open and transparent public tender or why was it not sold part by part to realize the best value? The stocks owned by employees were reduced to zero and the new stocks awarded to debt holders in exchange of debt soared to as high as $ 49 from just under few cents.

 

All have been accomplished in the name of free enterprise, freedom, capitalism, efficiency of the capital market, and similar nouns and adjectives. They invent new names, phrases or synonyms from Roget’s Thesaurus.

 

Wall Street Brokers Cheers and Jeers at the Loss of Other People’s Jobs

Whenever a company merges or taken over by a predator, announcements are made to dismiss the thousands of employees in the name of cost cutting exercise and boosting the profits. Wall Street Brokers from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, UBS and all down the line, applaud such moves and start recommending the respective stocks by shooting them up by 10% to 50% in a few days.

 

While the thousands of laid off employees live sleepless nights, sobbing until dawn how to meet the mortgages or tuition fees of their kids, the irresponsible brokers and investment bankers on the Wall Street go on celebrating in high profile parties hitting wine or champagne glasses with the shouts of “cheers”. They are interviewed on popular channels like CNBC or Bloomberg by Anchors with glee on their faces.

 

There could not have been better shameless spectacle. Read every take over in the past or mega merger, you will find the same gimmicks all the time.

 

Consign the Wall Street Brokers and Investment Bankers to Guantanamo Bay…

It is therefore highly a celebration event that finally the Wall Street brokers saw what they deserved most. Thousands of Wall Street brokers are now being laid off in worst ever crisis which was their own making. They now realize how it feels like losing a job – celebrating with wine glass or with full glass of tears of their loved ones.

 

There should be no sympathy for all these bankers, Investment bankers and brokers – they should be condemned and consigned to Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. Osama Bin Laden may have caused pain only once – on 911. But these Wall Street brokers, banks and investment banks are the biggest financial terrorists who cause pains every day to every family in United States.

 

$ 218 Billions charity by Paulson to AIG to help them pay Goldman Sachs, his former company?

And look at the perfidy of Hank Paulson, Treasury Secretary and Ben Bernanke (FED Chief) who have been pouring the billions, even trillions of dollars, into bankrupt banks and brokers for the losses of their offshore arms who never contributed any taxes or employment to the local American Tax Payers.

 

They never asked or justified why the off shore obligations of banks have suddenly become the liability of domestic Americans who have nothing to do with independent off shore operations of those defunct companies.

 

And why does Paulson pays $ 89 billions +$ 129 billions to AIG? Is it because AIG could repay its dues to Goldman Sachs (wild guess is $ 20 billions to $70 billions), a firm of whom he was the President before joining Bush Administration? Yet, the President Bush is so blind and complacent that he can not see the naked truth.

 

Devils’ Donation to Tax Dodgers and Denial to Domestic Tax Paying Corporations.

They are giving hundreds of billions of dollars to “Asset Void Banks with no possibility of Repayment” for the obligations of their off shore operations, the tax dodgers. Same gang is refusing to pay $25 billions to 3 Auto makers – General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler who have been paying billions of dollars of taxes for over 60 years, who have created over 2 million jobs, who have solid assets, who developed thousands of townships, who became the backbone of the American Industrial expansion.

 0811-016-bankruptcy

United Auto Workers may come out in full force to demand full justice and ensure that all the excesses of the past defeating the cause of labor are put to rest. It is now or never for them.

 

NO, this stubborn Paulson and Bernanke say. And the Republican Senators join them – Do not give them $ 25 billions – they are inefficient. As if AIG, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America who are recipient of over $300 billions were efficient.

 

If these 3 auto makers fail, and 3 million affected Americans are laid off, it will cost $12 Billions per month towards “unemployment allowances” that is over $144 Billions annually, if we consider the recent extension granted by the President Bush. Simple arithmetic – lose $ 25 billions now with full guarantee of repayment or lose $144 billion in a year without any possibility of repayment towards the unemployment allowance alone, loss of tax income if they were gainfully employed is not even counted.


What would you do, if you were the President of United States? 

 

The country is on steep decline. There could be unrest, strong protests, riots, loots, murders, real blood bath on the main streets of United States, if no actions were taken to blunt the attack of the Wall Streeters on the Main Street participants. Can you imagine what happens when 52000 employees of Citi Group and over 2 million direct or indirect employees of 3 Auto makers are suddenly thrown out on the street in just under 7 days? Blue collar workers are normally less tolerant of job losses than white collar employees.

 

It just defies my common sense – how come these VIPs in the White House are pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into bankrupt off shore operations in the form of 100% unsecured advance while denying relatively small but fully secured $25 billions to America’s biggest industry at home – Auto Makers?

 

The present administration has gone absolutely mad, just mad.

 

Kalidas, Hong Kong

Ref: 0811-016 Vultures preying on US Auto Makers