Archive for July, 2010

Mani on Money : Common Wealth

“Every five years, it is the masses who determine who will form the government. And in between those five years the classes determine what that government will do”.  This is one of the most popular quotes of Mani Shankar Iyer. It is a paradox that this same man, who is very much part of the classes, complains like a little child (one of the helpless masses) “I am delighted in a way because rains are causing difficulties for the Commonwealth Games”. He went on to say ”Basically I will be very unhappy if the games are successful because then they will start bringing Asian Games, Olympic Games and all those”.

Coming from a former Sports Minister, it drew sharp criticism from all and sundry. The BJP says he is ‘unpatriotic’. The Chairman of the CWG Organising Committee Suresh Karmadi lost no time in dismissing Iyer’s remarks as ‘ridiculous’, ‘irresponsible’ and ‘anti-national’.

As Kalmadi and BJP would have us believe that any one speaking against the Commonwealth Games is unpatriotic, I am surprised at the sense of false prestige and misplaced sense of pride of all the people who is linking the Commonwealth Games to ‘national pride’. Unlike China which prepared itself as a nation to win all Gold Medals when they organised the Olympics and reap the benefits of being the host nation, we are not talking of winning medals. We are only talking about organising the 10 day sports extravaganza.

When asked why the stadiums are not yet ready for the Games, which are just 70 days away, even though the Games were allotted to India 7 years back, or how the initial budget of Rs. 150 Crores got revised to Rs. 35,000 Crores, Kalmadi has no answers. BJP has a smirk, as the verbal slugfest goes on, as it exposes the internal fissures in the Congress Government and is not directed at them.

But fact remains that using the same ‘national pride’ argument, in 2003, the Indian Olympic Committee lead by Kalmadi hoodwinked Atal Bihari Vajpayee to authorize the IOC to anchor the Indian bid for the Commonwealth Games on a solemn assurance that the Organising Committee would require a loan of Rs. 150 Crores. The Organising Committee agreed that all of this public money will be reimbursed to the exchequer from the ticket sale proceeds, advertisements and sponsorships.

Only thing poor Vajpayee and his successor Manmohan Singh forgot to ask is the infrastructure cost. The cost of the brand new stadiums at the most prosperous part of the national capital (unlike Manchester when it organized the Commonwealth Games in 2002 used the opportunity to rejuvenate the most rundown Eastern section of the city), the swanky new airport in Delhi, roads and other infrastructure. The organising of the games have actually become ‘Conmen Wealth Games’.

But one thing is sure ‘Mani is talking on Money’ not because he cares for the ‘common wealth’ of the country or because he is passionate about building India into a sporting nation but because he couldn’t dip his fingers in the honey-pot called Common Wealth Games.

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Read this slowly & LET IT REALLY SINK IN…… THEN CHOOSE .
John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’
He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, ‘I don’t get it!’
‘You can’t be a positive person all of the time.
How do you do it?’

He replied, ‘Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or…you can choose to be in a bad mood
I choose to be in a good mood.’

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or…I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.
‘Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,’ I protested.

‘Yes, it is,’ he said. ‘Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.
You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.’

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back..
I saw him about six months after the accident.

When I asked him how he was, he replied, ‘If I were any better, I’d be twins…Wanna see my scars?’

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.
‘The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,’ he replied. ‘Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or…I could choose to die. I chose to live.’
‘Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?’ I asked.

He continued, ‘…the paramedics were great.

They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘he’s a dead man’. I knew I needed to take action.’
‘What did you do?’ I asked.

‘Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,’ said John. ‘She asked if I was allergic to anything ‘Yes, I replied.’ The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Gravity”
Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.’

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude….I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.
Attitude, after all, is everything.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ Matthew 6:34.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
You have two choices now:

01. Delete this

02. Share it to the people you care about.

You know the choice I made.

New Look Rupee

India was one of the earliest issuers of coins (circa 6th century BC) and now, in the 21st century,  our currency is getting a make over. With the approval by Union Cabinet the Rupee will be the fifth currency in the world after the US Dollar, the UK Pound, the Euro and the Japanese Yen to have its own symbol.

The new symbol is a blend of the Devanagari ‘Ra’ and the Roman capital ‘R’ without the stem. The parallel lines at the top (with white space between them) make an allusion to the tricolor Indian flag. The Indian government will adopt the symbol within six months in the country and globally within 18 to 24 months

In March, 2009 the Indian Government announced a contest to create a symbol for the Rupee. During the Union Budget 2010 Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee mentioned that proposed symbol would reflect and capture the Indian ethos and culture. Five symbols had been short listed and one of them was to be finalized at the Union Cabinet meeting held in June 2010. The decision was deferred by a request of the Finance Minister, and it was decided when they met again today, 15 July 2010 to finalise the new symbol.

Finally the Indian currency has a new look and we have adopted the symbol created by IIT alumnus D Udaya Kumar.

India is a country with the propensity to dress up things and overstate everything. Our politician would have us believe that this make over of our currency is the recognition of the importance of the India in the World Economic senario. No doubt India is a big player in the World economic stage but there are thousand of more important things that need attention. This new look Rupee is not going to wipe away the economic ills of the ‘Elephant Economy’.

Photo : Copyright with Hindustan Times