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THE HINDU CONUNDRUM

Hindu psyche at large is reticent of initiative due to a shyness, a timidness driven into our mental and psychological structure over a lengthy period of time by the Mughals, the British, the Dutch, the Portuguese so on and so forth till the middle part of the 20th Century. I could stretch those reasons a bit further till the current times we live in and the inhibitions that continue to prevail in the minds of a Hindu.

It is more or less apparent that terming oneself *Hindu* is fast becoming taboo.  Efficient machinery, with political connivance sustaining on vote bank politics,  has portrayed it thus that a Hindu means communal, a Hindu means RSS, a Hindu means BJP or a Hindu means a right wing fundamentalist!  Alas!

Hinduism has been castigated by the neo-monolithic, iconoclastic and fundamentally man made contemporary religions. These religions, as they are renowned now, arose from a barbaric and nomadic era when the distinction between human beings and animals was threadbare if any. Hinduism then was a flourishing way of life. Most probably, I reckon these barbarians saw a definite aristocracy in Hinduism and took delight in surreptiously taking the sheen out of it without appropriating or acknowledging its richness and value. The recent bold claims made by both Christians and Muslims, the former claiming Vedas and the latter claiming to be the oldest and only faith, is testimony to their pernicious vulnerability.

In the meantime, the Hindu society became an endogamous and hereditary social group limited to persons of the same rank, occupation, economic position, etc., and having mores distinguishing it from other such groups. Untouchability augmented to this ridiculous norm. Man made religious pounced on these negative qualities of Hinduism, totally disregarding their own draconian disparity, and propagated vehemently to influence the Hindu conscience to accept conversion as a remedy. Plenty fools did, little studying its consequences.

That apart, Hinduism, and Christianity to a certain extent, is the only religion that evolved with times, altering its ways and manners to suit the prevalent era. This progression, added to the unrestrained and excessively casual Hindu way of life, led to a large chunk of the society becoming not just barely, but totally ignorant of their roots. These cynics, suggesting a disbelief in the sincerity of Hindu religion out of their lack of comprehension of philosophy, cleaved to the modern curse called *Elitists*. This elitist culture, which renounced anything logical to safeguard their toast, predominantly propelled the erosion of Hinduism from our households.

Suffice to say that a day of reckoning, hopefully, will come in the not too distant future for Hindus to awaken from their slumber.

 

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

FDI IN RETAIL – A CURSE IN THE INDIAN CONTEXT !

First of all let me remind readers less and myself more that I am not one that command any spectacular knowledge about economics, planning, cost controlling or marketing per se. My comments may please be construed as logical thoughts that contradict the bare reality I see around me.

Therefore,let me try to briefly summarize my concerns.

One aspect which seemed to have been widely overlooked is the fundamental issue of national security of our country. Unlike other countries, India is host to a million problems that fill its chambers with every conceivable threat under the sky. Possible entry of foreign enemy agents into India in the semblance of retailers thus become imperative. There is one capacious population that dreams of fragmentation of India. There is one Political Party that bolsters this aspiration for vote bank gains. There is a fragile NE, NW and SE border becoming a bane on security. What more convenience would an enemy agent want?

Without any visible regulatory norms provided by the Government, the wealth of the country, under the current circumstance, will flow out to foreign countries by allowing dominating percentages of ownership shares rested with foreign companies.

I suspect a wide gap, a distance will emerge in the retail sector between the poor merchants and the large middle class customer who under normal circumstance would approach a street retailer for his essential supplies like onion, tomato, potato, vegetables so on and so forth. A giant retailer could easily woo away this middle class chunk by attracting unmatched pricing, promotional offers and immaculate presentation.

Native small scale cottage industries would extirpate for dearth of marketing strategy and pricing structure matching a Giant Retailer. What would a vegetable or fruit vendor know about marketing and pricing strategies? He brings out his daily product to the streets and sells it at a bargain price barely above cost incurred for want of daily sustenance.

Giant Retailers could control the manufacturing sector whereby production of goods could be manipulated to suit their specification and pricing which an ordinary vendor can not meet or provide. This could also lead to an influx of cheap goods manufactured from China, Taiwan etc., procured in volumes at barely nil cost dumped into the domestic market rendering the domestic product, nowhere comparable in price, utterly unsalable and worthless.

The obvious political control by pumping enormous FDI in Retail would lead to hegemony, monopoly and retail market dictatorship at the command of a handful of Giant Retailers. Coca Cola, Pepsi and Seven Up are glaring examples of native industry meltdown, rather closure in the carbonated soft drink industry.

BJP’s opposition is not to FDI per se, but to this loosely compiled FDI in Retail. Ironically, it is the very same Congress that fiercely opposed to FDI in Retail during the NDA regime, stalled Parliament for days and ensured that it would not be implemented, specifically during mid-December 2002 period.

For 9 long years, UPA’s governance never felt introduction of FDI was necessary or of added value to the Nation? Why Now? I emphasize that this it is merely a political *DIVERSION* from the heated #COALGATE and other umpteen Scams UPA, particularly Congress, is mired in.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Uncategorized