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Raj Thackrey’s letter to Mukesh Ambani

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We have following suggestions for your franchisee:

1) Rename your franchise’s name from Mumbai Indians to Mumbai Marathis (the should be exclusive for Marathi Manus). Devnagari script for Marathi should be used as text to display team name, player name, jersey number and for all other communications.
2) No player outside Maharashtra should play in the team.
3) The foreign players should be also be Marathi to be eligible to play for Mumbai.
4) All the support staff, coaches, physician should also be Marathi.
5) All the bar girls should be hired as Cheer leaders for Mumbai Marathis (thats how they can get an decent employment by doing job they have done for past many years).
6) Dabbawallas should be made official hospitality, food and beverage partners.
7) The team song ‘Duniya hilan denge’ should be translated to Marathi and then aired.

We would request you to make implement these changes ASAP failing to which we will start protest all over the state and will not allow to host or play any match in Mumbai.

Thanks,
Raj Thackrey
Chief MNS

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God and family planning

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Ever wondered if each one of is God’s child and this world our home and we all are a family. Why some people always suffer and rest enjoy God’s blessings???? Dude there are over 6 billion people on earth, nobody told God ‘Chota parivar sukhi parivar’. Somebody please teach God the value of family planning and make your life better. 

If you are wondering where have read this….this was my FB status 🙂

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The Great Indian Austerity Tamasha

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Few days back minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee’s word of advice to Mr. Shahi Tharoor and Mr. S.M. Krishna to leave their 5 star accommodation and take up accommodation provided by Government of India created a stir around the nation. Suddenly, the big old daddy of Indian politics the Congress party have woken up to dreams of austerity. The rationale behind the austerity drive is to minimize the wasteful expenditures to save public money. A noble thought I must say, finally somebody realised the importance of tax payers’ money and is now ready to bear the responsibility.
Great leaders of Congress party had a new agenda in mind, to make the nation austere and thought of preaching lessons of austerity to the whole nation and the best way they figured is to lead by examples. So, Mr. Mukherjee came in public and advised Mr. Tharoor and Mr. Krishna to stop being extravagant in their stay, doesn’t matter even if its from their own pocket. Mrs. Sonia Gandhi travelled in economy class from Delhi to Mumbai. If mother is full on for austerity measures how can son be left behind so Mr. Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Gandhi Parivar and future PM of India (as perceived by millions of Indians) travelled through Shatabhi Express from Delhi to Ludhiana. Mr. Mukherjee too travelled economy class to Kolkata to show he is man of his words.
It feel really great to see a change in thought process of country’s leadership. Leaders are talking some sense, they are talking beyond self and there is sense of nationalism. I decided to follow this idea as much as I can, so I made sure to watch interviews and debates on the same topic. The more I watched the interviews and debates, the more skeptical I got about the success and intent of the whole Austerity Tamasha created by Congress. First of all I could not understand the timing chosen by Congress to throw the idea. Few months back, we were in deep recession. The whole corporate world was cutting down its costs to reduce the expense so as to keep its operating margins in control. During the times of recession, our great austere leader didn’t guided the country through an example. Did they? Did we heard from any of the leader that they are trying to cut cost by travelling economy class? or they are sacrificing any of the service offered to them? as far I can recall the answer is NO. How many of our leaders at least pledged to cut down their sugar consumption (as done by Pakistan’s PM) just to show solidarity with people in event of sugar shortage? the answer is no one. So the question which started bugging me is “What is the intent behind the austerity drive?”

I think the obvious answer to the question is to grab attention and prove UPA’s promise of being with common man. But why is Congress trying such a stunt at this time of the year, when they have successfully won the Parliamentary election and have a strong hold in Center, the answer is Assembly elections in Maharashtra. Maharashtra being an important state to hold strong position in Center, its important to be with common man of state. Already UPA has ired the sugarcane farmers with its inconsistent policies on export of sugar and handling the bumper sugarcane crop last year. But somehow I am not convinced this idea too. Somehow I could not figure the real idea of the whole tamasha which went on for couple of days. The disconnect between the party members for the austerity drive and also a stiff no appreciation from the opposition parties make me think, that something is really fishy about the whole episode.

Our leaders, no matter they are in power or in opposition could not digest the idea of loosing the luxury they enjoy on public money. Though nobody from UPA came in open to protest the move nor did they openly supported the cause. The opposition parties were caught off guard, they can not support the initiative because (its a tradition to oppose all government moves) nor can they write off the topic as it will send wrong signals to the whole nation. I guess in recent time no opposition would have been in such a critical situation but surely some of them showed solidarity with some the UPA leaders to support them. With no idea on what to do next both opposition and UPA starting digging their counterpart’s extravagant tenures at center, both accused each other of wasting money and were trying to prove they are most austere. Nobody had any idea on what they want to do and what they want to say, they created a mess. Rather then thinking and having a constructive debates on more innovative ways to save public money, each of them foul mouthed about every step taken by their respective governments.
I expected a good solid ideas flowing from our leader which will change the political scenario completely in the country, I though now leader will take actions which will make us believe they are really our representatives and not sitting there to mint money. As it always happens anywhere , a tamasha starts with much fanfare but fade away very soon and audience only remember the fun or drama in the whole tamasha and the actors involved and not the theme of it. Like a typical C grade bollywood movie it lacked clear script and direction, had lot of villians and only few heros certainly it didn’t had any item songs but the quick twists and turns compensated for it and more importantly it didn’t had any convicing or conclusive climax. Thanks to leaders of our country, they entertained a lot with their acts and entertained us to few days with one of their very entertaining presentation called ‘The Great Indian Austerity Tamasha’.
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Slumdog Millionaire – A parallelism with India

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Its was not very long back when a British Film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ swept the Oscar awards by wining 8 awards from 9 nominations. The movie is based on the book ‘Q&A’ by Vikas Swaroop. The movie is brilliantly directed by Danny Boyle and has very awesome acting performances right from Azharuddin to Anil Kapoor. For those who don’t know what the movie is all about, let me take you through the story of the movie . – “Eighteen year-old Jamal Malik, an orphan form the slums of Mumbai, is just one question away from winning 20 million rupees on India’s version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire . But Before shooting starts for the d Day , Jamal is dramatically arrested on suspicion of cheating – no one it seems is willing to believe a kid from the slums could possible know any of the answers he has been set , and brutally interrogated by the police. Jamal is forced to narrate his remarkable life, his journey from the city slums to the hot seat on the national TV show, and the girl he loved and lost along the way. How is it that he knows all the answers and why is someone with no interest in money appearing on the show at all?“.
I am not here to write movie review for this piece of art. Today, I will try to draw a parallelism between story of Jamal (the hero of the movie) and my country India. India is more than 60 years old, and for most of the time it has been seen as poor, backward country by most of the western world (as Jamal Malik in the movie). India is right now amidst a very serious game of ‘Who Want To Be A Superpower’ (as Jamal participated in Who Want to Be Millionaire). In the movie when Jamal sits on the ‘Hot Seat‘ of the game, audiences and the host wondered how many questions this young boy from a slum will survive? So was the case with India, when we first thought of becoming a Superpower , the world laughed at us. Countries wondered for how many years will India live with the dream of becoming a Superpower.
Being on ‘Hot Seat’, India has successfully overcome many challenges like stabilizing and uniting the country after independence, has efficiently created the Constitution of India which is world’s longest written constitution, creating military forces which ranks among the best in the world. As we were rejoicing the triumph of being independent and sovereign, world asked us one question ‘who are you with, USA or USSR?’. We took a life line ’50:50′ which eliminated both USA and USSR and we moved ahead with Non-Alignment Movement (NAM). This stand gave India a unique identity in world political and diplomatic circles.

Series of significant mile stones like Green Revolution and becoming space power were achieved soon after independence. This boosted our confidence and we craved for more. We went on to achieve the status of nuclear state and it sent shock waves across the world. The world got so frightened with our rise; they imposed economic and other sanctions to demotivate us. But we got the lifeline ‘Audience Poll’ (people of India) who suggested and supported the idea of not stopping on this roadblock but to move ahead with constant pace.
Like in every game, the road to next milestone becomes tougher and bumpier as you move forward, for India it was no exception. Many new obstacles like economic crisis of early 90’s (Dr.Manmohan Singh, P.Chidambaram, Montek Singh Ahluwalia were the hero of economic liberalization), growth in terrorism activities in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir tried to stop our progress. But determined to grow bigger and better , we cruised passed these pot holes smoothly. Whenever we faced dilemma we looked back to our vast and rich historical and cultural asset and found mentors in iconic characters like Emporer Ashoka, Chanakya, Gautam Buddha, the famous sages and sadhus, Ramayana and Mahabharata, Akbar the Great, Mahatma Gandhi, Pundit Nehru, Bhagat Singh and the list goes on and on. Every single icon of by gone era have inspired us to achieve more, the reach new heights, set new standards for the world (the same way as Jamal go into flashback and relate how he knows the answers of the questions).
From being considered as third world country to named as ‘Back Office of the World’ , launching Chandrayaan and entering the elite space club, developing sophisticated ballastic missiles to driving innovation (e.g. Tata motor’s Nano) we have shown our potential be the next Superpower. Like in the movie, just before the final day shoot, Jamal is interrogated by Police about his credibility and genuineness. World is repeatedly asking us our credibility, genuineness and intention of reaching the ultimate destination and be called the Superpower. In the movie, show host Anil Kapoor will write the answer to next question on the mirror of the rest room to deviate Jamal and make him loose the winning spree, we should be aware of countries who claim to be our friend and assure us easy access to Club of Superpowers and in turn may lead to our destruction for their own benefits.

Let the world and others try to put a stop on our marvelous run, we should not forget we have still one life line left with us ‘Phone a friend‘. We can use this last life line at the right time to set final step to achieve our dreams and show everybody else that what we dreamed long back was not just a day dream but a informed decision and a promise we made to our self to win in this game fair and square.

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Economic slowdown

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Economic slow down, recession, layoffs, bankruptcy, bankrupt banks, dipping share markets etc are few words and phrases echoing in everybody’s mind these days. It all started with major US and European corporate giants started filling for bankruptcy or started reporting huge losses on YoY numbers, QoQ number, for some the losses are in tune of billions of dollars. Poor show by big bank and corporates clubbed with negative future prediction has sent a depressing wave across the globe resulting in panic attack and weakening of other economies. Is it going to get worse? After how many months will the scenario will improve? How many more layoffs will take place before the economy stabilizes? are some questions which economists, think tanks, industrialist, analysts, management gurus, politicians all over the world are busy in finding the answers. Everyone is scared, nobody know whats more in the bag.
This economic crisis has spread all over the world. No country remains untouched. Industries are crying for help from governments. Governments world over are taking measures in form of bail out packages. The bail out come in form of all cash help, purchase of equity shares or creating holdings, or relaxation in taxes and duties. After spending hundreds of billions of dollars the economic super powers show no sign of recovery. World leaders and world organizations like IMF, World Bank are trying to work out on model that will fuel economic growth world wide and not just in handful of countries. Theories and suggestions are pouring in but no visible changes are noticeable. The numbers are still disappointing and are not showing stability.
Now question arises what do we do? How measures corporates shall take to revive the company? What more government should do to boost industrial growth? One thing which comes instantly in our thoughts is to cut unnecessary expenses. Yeah I know we all have seen various cost cutting measures in our respective companies, though we hate these steps which may reduce our comfort level but they are need of the hour. This thought is made more concrete by words of Franklin Raines – “If there’s a severe recession, the automatic stabilizers will come into effect, and we will still try to reduce the structural deficit, but we will not try to keep cutting the budget so that we keep worsening a severe recession“. So you can understand how important is cost cutting. Its really easy to crib about the cut in perks and facilities taken back, that time we fail to understand how important these steps are in order to keep our jobs intact.
Around ’75 when the recession hit, club owners started going to disco because it was cheaper for them to just buy a sound system than it was to hire a band” – Tommy Shaw clearly indicate the attention we shall give innovation. By innovating new efficient and effective process and products which not only save company’s cost but also provide value for money to consumers also. we can help in fueling the growth. With consumer pattern changing very frequently, we need to put sincere efforts in driving innovation at our workplace and home. This is not applicable for individual working at various companies, but also holds true for various government agencies and financial agencies. Government should look for more efficient and effective measure, policy amendments and tax cuts which give corporates, individuals a sense of relief and also do not create a hole in Government’s pocket.
Cost cutting, innovation, strict change in tax rates and more disciplined policies are the mantra for dealing with economic crisis. Let us all stand together and work towards a common goal of quickly coming out from this phase of business cycle called Recession.
Always remember “Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours ” by Ronald Reagen.

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