Sunday, August 17, 2014

गंध!

गंध!

फुलांचा सुगंघ त्या गर्दीतल्या
प्रत्येकाने दिलखुलास लुटला,
मी ही तर त्यात होतो
मग मनात विचार आला
आता ती फुले आपला
सुगंध हरवून बसलेली
का असतील बिचारी?
मग त्यांनाच जाऊन म्हणल
केवढा हा तुमचा त्याग
रंग आणि गंध हे तर
तुमचं अस्तित्व आणि
गंधच तुम्ही उधळलात
आमच्यावर आणि आता
तुम्ही अधुरे
फुले हसली मंद आणि म्हणाली
नाही रे वेड्या आमचा
सुगंध कधीच सोडत नाही
आम्हाला, आम्ही सुकलो
आणि बेरंग झालो तरी
आमच्या अचेतनात ही वास
गंधाच्या आमचा!
१७.८.२०१४


Monday, August 4, 2014

UPSC & English.

UPSC & English.
My take is UPSC aspirants must know how to read, speak and write English. If the students in North Indian states cannot manage this it is sad and talks about their education system in schools and colleges. Mulayam Singh Yadav must take the blame for this as he tried to kill English in UP schools. For years students from Bihar have done well in these examinations.
The students from North already have a huge advantage in that in school they have to study only two languages Hindi and English. While in all non Hindi speaking states the students have to do three languages as they also have a paper in their mother tongue. So it should be easier for students to learn English. This anti English attitude is stupid. As far as I know even in Japan English is taught in school as compulsory subject and is also taught in colleges. This was told to me by several Japanese working Executives in about 6-7 training programs I did with them. They also said that were not comfortable with English is because they hardly use it in day to day life. This is not the case in India.
In the states South of Vindhyas, English is taught in schools and most students by the time they pass college overall understand the language, though many are bad at speaking and writing it.
We do not have books in Indian languages on many subjects. Don’t compare India with other countries simply because they do not have as many languages as we have and Hindi and English are link languages whether we like it or not! In a globalised world knowing English is an advantage.
The politicians are making things difficult by taking a short term view. People who cannot mange elementary language skills are not required to be anywhere near IAS/IFS/IPS. Such people should apply only for the state Administrative examinations.
Giving reservations for upliftment is fine but if these people think it can be extended in this way they are wrong. My request to them is you already have an advantage of reservations now make an effort to be on par with all others by learning some English it will only help you in your career. It is not difficult to learn English. There are many including me who went to vernacular medium schools and though we learnt English from 5th std we were not good at it but gradually we learnt to speak and write in it and people understand us!
We have enough problems as it is. Let’s not divide the country on this issue. Mr. Modi you promised decisive government. Please don’t buckle under pressure. You already seem to have by saying marks obtained in English will not be considered for determining the rank. That is a bad compromise. Nothing will happen to your voter base in North if you stand firm and declare that there will be no change. Tomorrow these people will make more ridiculous demands. Remind them all; under what conditions Dr. Ambedkar mastered the language and if they think he is a great idol then they should follow him!

4.8.2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

अंजली कीर्तनेंच “गानयोगी”

अंजली कीर्तनेंच गानयोगी
शास्त्रीय संगीतात रस असणार्‍यांसाठी हे अतिशय सुंदर पुस्तक! माझ्या सारख्या शास्त्रीय संगीतातले बारकावे, राग, वगैरे न समजणार्‍या पण शास्त्रीय संगीत आवडीने ऐकणार्‍याला ही हे पुस्तक अतिशय अवडण्या जोगे!
या पुस्तकाचे दोन भाग आहेत. पहिल्या भागात शास्त्रीय संगीताचा विकास आणि ते महाराष्ट्रा पर्यन्त पोचण्याचा इतिहास आहे. यात हे संगीत मराठी मातीत रुजवण्या साठी अनेकांनी केलेल्या प्रयत्नांची पावती आहे. अतिशय तन्मयतेने आणि निस्पृहपणे काम केलेल्या लोकांची यात भरपूर माहिती मिळते. कधी तरी ऐकलेले आणि घरातील वडील मंडळींच्या बोलण्यात ज्यांचे संदर्भ येत असत अशा मंडळींची आणिक चांगली ओळख होते.  
या लोकांनी केलेले काम थक्क करणारे आहे. अनेक मंडळी संगीताच्या ध्यास आणि वेडामुळे घर सोडून पळून गुरुच्या शोधात थेट उत्तर हिंदुस्थानात जाण्याचे अनेक प्रसंग इथे दिसतात. विष्णू दिगंबलुस्कर,स्करबुवा बखले, अब्दुल करीम खान, देवधर, विनयकबुवा पटवर्धन, बडे गुलाम अली खान इथे भेटतात. एखाद्या गोष्टीचा इतिहास माहीत करून घेतल्यास त्या गोष्टी साठी अनेकांनी केलेली मेहनत समजते आणि अनेक आदरणीय व्यक्तींचा परिचय होतो.   
यातले स्त्रीयांचे योगदान ही मोठे आहे. प्रारंभीच्या काळात घरंदाज स्त्रियांनी गाणे शिकणे हेच पाप होते पण काही स्त्रियांनी या वर मत केली. यात त्यांना पुरुषांची साथ ही मिळाली तर काही वेळा संघर्ष करावा लागला. पण अंजलीबाई, गंगुबाई, हिराबाई इत्यदींनी गायन क्षेत्रातील दालने अनेक स्त्रियांना उघडून दिल्याची कहाणी इथे वाचायला मिळते.
या पुस्तकाचा दूसरा भाग बापूराव पलुस्करांच्या जीवन गाथेचा आहे. हिंदुस्थानभर जसे करणारा हा महान गायक; ज्याने आपल्या वडलांचा वारसा पुढे चालवला आणि ज्यांचा अकाली मृत्यू झाला त्या माणसाचा जीवन प्रवास अतिशय सुंदरपणे यात वाचायला मिळतो. आवाजाची आणि गाण्याची उपजत बुध्ही आणि जाण असणार्‍या या कलावंताने घेतलेल्या मेहनतीची माहिती मिळते.
त्या काळातील अनेक महान गायकांचे स्वभाव, काहींची संकुचित वृत्ती, काहींचे आपापसातले हेवे दावे, आपली कला मुक्त हस्ताने शिष्यांना वाटणारे आणि न वाटणारे, खोटे अहंकार जपणारे असे अनेक इथे भेटतात.
त्या काळातील समाजाचे वास्तव चित्रण हा या पुस्तकाचा आणिक एक छान पैलू आहे. स्त्रियांच्या वाट्याला येणारे दुय्यम जीवन ही चटका लावून जाते. पंजाब पासून बंगाल पर्यन्त आणि दिल्ली पासून मिरजे पर्यंतच्या त्या काळातील समाज रचनेच दर्शन ही यात आहे.
एका गोष्टीच मात्र मला आश्चर्य वाटलं. बापूराव पालुस्करा बद्दल सर्व संधर्भ फक्त चांगलेच आहेत. आपल्या समाजात हे अशक्य वाटत. कितीही मोठा माणूस झाला तरी त्याच्या वर खरी खोटी टीका करणारे गललो गल्ली असतातच. असे संध्रर्भ या पुस्तकात दिसत नाहीत. खरोखरीच असे काही घडले नसेल तर ते अत्यंत स्तुत्य आहे. संगीतातील सर्व जाणकार जर पलुस्करा वर फक्त खुश असतील आणि त्यांना फक्त मान देत असतील तर ही घटना म्हणजे या देशातले प्रचंड आश्चर्य आहे!
ज्यांना शास्त्रीय संगीतात रस आहे त्यांनी जरूर वाचावे असे हे पुस्तक आहे॰ अंजलीने केलेले संशोधन हे संशोधन कसे करावे याचा आदर्शा आहे.

१.८.२०१४
Can high economic growth be jobless?
For the past many years one has heard many distinguished economists included both from the Right and left along with politicians saying that high economic growth under UPA is without creating jobs in the economy. I had failed to understand the logic of this argument. I cannot believe that an economy that grew @ 7%+ on an average in a ten years period did not generate employment.
Now the Economic census report for 2003-2013 has come out and that report says that employment growth in “urban areas increased by 37.46 per cent to 6.14 crore in 2013, whereas in rural areas the growth was 31.59 per cent to 6.62 crore compared to 2005. In both areas now more than 6 crore people are employed. The proportion of women in total workforce rose to 25.56 per cent in 2013 from about 20 per cent in 2005. In urban areas, the proportion of female workers was 19.8 per cent and 30.9 per cent in rural areas.”
“The economic census does not include employment in agriculture, public administration, defence and compulsory social security services activities.”

What is more illuminating is that jobs have grown @4 % per annum while the population has grown by 2% per annum, that means many unemployed have got employed in this period.
Now all those who blamed the last government saying they did not create jobs will please speak up and admit that they were wrong or at least say that this survey is blatantly wrong and motivated?
I sometime find it incredulous that so called experts seem to believe official figures when they suit them and if they don’t suit them call those figures wrong and manipulated.
The truth is that if more two wheeler, FMCG, houses and many other things are selling more than they were then the purchasing power is increasing and it cannot increase unless more people are earning money to buy these products.
We Indians have a habit of not believing good things we do unless certified by some international agency. We also have the habit of lapping up all bad news and ignore good news. If we have created so many jobs our industry has something right and so has our government. No economy can have high growth rate for years without generating employment and that is the TRUTH!

31.7.2014
Source: Times of India dt.30th July, 2014


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

धन्य!

धन्य!
उन्हात रापलेल्या त्या अस्ताव्यस्त
पसरलेल्या खडकांना असह्य झाल होत
ते भयाण रणरणत ऊन,
अंगावरच्या वाळलेल्या गवताचा
ही राग होता मनात धुमसत
चार थेंब पाण्याला आसुसलेले बिचारे
तोड उघड टाकून चकोरा सारखे
पावसाच्या प्रतीक्षेत ग्लानीत सगळे
अचानक कोठून तरी बासरीचा
सुर दरवाळला आसमंतात
आणि त्याला प्रतिसाद मिळाला
मधुर स्वरांचा त्या व्याकुल राधेच्या
खडकांचा उन्हाळा आता सुसह्य झाला
मधुसुधंनाच्या सुरातून जणू
मुक्त स्वछंद श्श्रावण बरसला.
धन्य ते दगड, धन्य ते कान्हा राधा!
३०.७.२०१४



Problem called Pune!

Problem called Pune!
People who are residents of Pune and many who have migrated to this city till about 1980 are the people who are bemoaning the fall of Pune! They are feeling deprived of space, roads, greenery, lack of affordable housing, pollution, terrible public transport and inflation and many more things and rightly so! The law and order is bad and getting worse rapidly. The weather is not what it used to be.
So what has gone wrong? Almost all things have. Pune always looked in awe at Bombay and nursed a secret ambition that it should become as glamorous as Bombay.
Till early 90s Pune was a nice enough place. It was an engineering industry hub and the pants were wisely located outside the city limits. A new industrial estate came up at Bhosari and the twin township of Pimpri-Chinchwad came up.
The politicians then got into act since the beginning of 80s if not earlier and started ruing a nice city. First came the Shikshan Samrat and made Pune their best and attracted students from all over the country. They were favored as cheap land was handed over to them. Politicians started education hubs here. Why Should Marathwada Mitra Mandal has to have educational institutes in Pune beats me. They should have opened them in Marathwada for the local students! The import of a lakh of students started creating problems. These students were no doubt largely responsible for importing with them complete disregard for traffic rules something that was gladly emulated by the local youngsters almost overnight.
The second was the advent of IT industry. Hinjewadi was first converted into IT and soon Magarpatta and Kharadi joined in. This brought in huge number of people to the city. We should have had only one IT hub around the city and it should have been an independent city where the employees should have lived and worked. But this was not thought of at all. We now have many IT companies in the heart of city employing thousands all these companies should have not been given permission at all. What id Persistent doing off Karve rd and why some IT companies are allowed in ICC and around it or in Koregaon Park? They should have all been in IT hubs only.
Advent of IT made things impossible though it did create job opportunities for local population. But with the fancy salaries paid to IT employees and undeserved tax exemptions that were granted for too long to the industry they pushed up the cost of living in the city enormously. Real Estate prices zoomed. With money in their pockets they demanded more posh hotel, malls and multiplexes all of which came up almost exclusively for this crowd. With their money and easy availability of bank credit they bought cars which led to traffic jams.
Pune also allowed industrial development seeking to be Detroit of India and Chakan and Ranjangaon industrial areas were developed. The problem was tremendous pressure on infrastructure of Pune as well as PC areas.
The city is now paying a huge price. All residential areas were allowed to be converted into commercial areas. See what has happened to Law College Rd, Prabhat Rd, Bhandarkar Rd, FC Rd and JM Rd!
Now the government has announced setting up the HQ of Mumbai-Banglore industrial corridor in the city and also a Biotech Park. Citizens of Pune oppose  both these vehemently otherwise we will be in for more trouble. The HQ of the corridor can go to Kolhapur and the Biotech Park can either go to Baramati/Satara/Aurangabad/Nanded or in Vidharba.
The idea of building a metro that will run in the heart of the city is a terrible idea itself. Build it on old Bomaby –Pune Rd up to Chakan and also build one to Hinjewadi connecting both Kothrud and Wakad.
Everyone wants an International airport in Pune. If Nw Mumbai international airport is going to come up then Pune does not need one at all.
Decongestion of the city must be encouraged. KOEL I believe is shifting manufacturing majorly to Kagal and Cummins to Phaltan. This trend must be encouraged. However care must be taken that the land of these companies is not used to create more IT companies!
Defense occupies huge land in and around Pune. Some defense institutes must also be shifted out of Pune wherever possible. Many of them are now in the center of civilization. The ordinance factory for one must be shifted out.
Let us have some peace return to Pune. Allow no industry or IT in the 150 kms vicinity of the city. Let us urgently repair the damage as much as possible.
The reason the city has gone to dogs is because we welcomed all development without realizing its impact on our lives. Let us stand firm and say NO to new development of industrialization.
Let people taunt us and say we are very slow city, call us pensioners paradise or anything else. Let us proudly say yes we want our peace, our greenery and our hills!
It is already too late but then we must begin to reverse the decay!
29.7.2014


Monday, July 28, 2014

MBA Placements – A new approach!

MBA Placements – A new approach!
I put forward this approach in my class today to the utter collective horror and disbelief of the entire crowd. But I am convinced that in the days to come this may become the norm.
MBAs talk about out of box thinking all the time but they do not seem to like actually doing anything out of box due to their entire focus on placements from day one!
I suggested that they should write to the companies who regularly come for recruitment and also others, that students will work for a fixed stipend of say Rs 10k for the first six months, if the company finds their work satisfactory only then they be given final placements. In case some are found wanting they should be offered another six months period to come up to the expectations. If after six months their performance improves then they will be absorbed or they will be asked to leave.
I have maintained that companies are taking a big risk employing MBAs with no track record and paying them a huge package. The suggested system will be fair to both parties. The company can better assess the students while they are on job and place then appropriate functions.
It is always a problem to place some students because they are just not up to the mark at all! Many students who know they are no good are also the ones who are not willing to put in extra efforts but expect the college to find them a good company!
In this system the student may get placed more easily but will have to work really smartly to get himself a placement.
Companies should also start making such offers and only go the institutes who will accept these terms. They should only offer internship for one year in collaboration with the college and this should be part of the course itself. The degree should be awarded only to those students who successfully complete this internship!
Let’s demolish the stupid belief among students and their parents that once a MBA is in hands it will automatically open doors to good jobs and a lot of money!
28.7.2014