Nation Building

Now that IT head of BJP has explained it to us peasants; it is very clear. We are too stupid to realise such brilliant designs by visionary and nationalist leaders.

How wrong were we to think that government is using coercive power to impose a “tax” and take our money irrespective we wish to give it or not (in common tongue this is generally called theft but when done by government it has a different name). As Malaviya explained it is in fact a “contribution“.

The contribution is to the noble cause of nation building. I am so stupid not to own a vehicle in India and hence I am unable to contribute to this nation building exercise. I pray that my forefathers forgive me.

BJP has clearly embarked on the epic journey of “nation building” like no one else. Most certainly not like Nehru. Unlike Nehru, BJP is spending tax INRs on government owned businesses like reputed Vijay Super Scooter which like Ferrari engages in super limited production. Vijay Super Scooter is more scarce than Ferrari.

Another unique idea in this nation building is spending on Agriculture. Agriculture is such a cutting edge profession that it requires smart IAS officers and visionary leaders like Modiji and of course our “contribution”. After all humanity only recently discovered how to grow food to feed themselves. This untried idea of spending on agriculture is going to bring the “acche din”.

Next time when you see your MLA rolling in a gas guzzling Toyota Fortuner remember he is simply engaging in “nation building”.

I am thinking of buying some litres of petrol and setting it on fire to make sure I am also contributing to nation building.

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Hindu Mercantile collusion or survivorship bias ?

In recent years many professionals have turned to writing on topics related to Hinduism and Indian history. It is a welcome trend for many good reasons. Not all of these people might be historians by education but they are still very impressive.

Saswati Sarkar and others have recently published a very thorough series on “Indic Mercantile Collaboration with Abrahamic Invaders”. The series has evoked mixed response from people across the political spectrum. Here however I am making a humble effort to point out a fundamental flaw in the research and its conclusions.

Historians have no clue about survivorship bias, so they mistake visible properties for properties. – Nissim Nicholas Taleb

Taleb’s observation applies perfectly to Saswati’s research.  Despite all the efforts authors have put in; they ignore survivorship bias and incorrectly blame “mercantile class” for their perceived sin of colluding with invaders. 

Understanding Survivorship Bias

“A lot of people die of cancer these days. During our time hardly anyone died of cancer. This is because of this pollution, GMOs and other human interference in forces of nature.” says an old man.

While his observation might be correct he is completely wrong about the causes. The real reason why so many people die of cancer these days is because a lot of other diseases have been eliminated and hence all those people who did not die of TB, Leprosy, Asthma etc. now have to die of some robust disease that has survived human innovation.  What the old man has missed is the fact that Cancer has survived whereas as other diseases have not. Humans are indeed living longer and in a better world than before.

War, colonialism, oppression all involve wealth. Wealth is created through trade. People who engage in trade are merchants. Together they are called the mercantile class. No war or colony is possible without significant involvement of mercantile class. Many times this war machine or colony needs so much wealth that no one can be a merchant without having some stake in the war or a colony.

Now imagine a patriotic merchant who decides he will not-cooperate with Islamic invaders or British colonial masters. Such merchant will get out of business sooner or later and someone who is more opportunistic will rise up the ladder quickly becoming the “mercantile class”. This is a “heads I win, tails you lose” situation where an outsider will always think that mercantile class is so shameless to have conspired along with foreign invaders.

During the Islamic or British rule some % of these communities must have used their traditional expertise in trade to help these foreign rulers and benefit from it and as they profited they “became” the mercantile class. It is also perfectly possible that many merchants might have stuck to their principles and might have lost their wealth and hence they stopped being “mercantile class”.

Blaming mercantile class here is a mistake because you are falling for the survivorship bias.

What was the ideal scenario authors where hoping for and how plausible was it ?

A good way to analyse this situation is by trying to understand the “alternative scenario”. What if the mercantile class as the authors think of them were actually very homogenous and had acted to despise the foreign rulers. What could have happened in such a case?

Clearly the opportunities for trading would have got lapped up by some other community. What if all those communities were also equally homogenous and collectively had refused to trade with foreign rulers ? In that case however the foreign rulers would have got frustrated. They would have then resorted to rampage or simply left the colony.

But you need to understand what you are really asking here. You are asking all people be unselfish and make exact same choice even though there might massive windfall profits to be made by making a selfish choice. Nowhere in history such a thing has happened. All people making same choice despite opposite incentives is always a human fantasy. Communism too is based on on similar fantasy and hence typically fails.

Imagine that community X had refused to work with Islamic and British rulers. Wouldn’t it mean that this community over time would become poor and poorer? So when in 2017 someone like Saswati writes about Indian history would she note that community X refused to collude with the foreign rulers ?  Of course not, because the community X would not be remembered as mercantile class anymore.

Mistaking individuals for a group

Another classic mistake that authors make is to attribute actions of few people to the entire group.

Let me give a completely different example. Almost all the major brands in Piano industry are German. American brands like Steinway and Schnabel, Wurlitzer organ etc. are German. Germans dominated Piano making in Tsarist Russia, England, France, Australia and elsewhere.

If I have to use Saswati’s logic I will have to conclude that German piano makers immigrated at a higher rate. But that is not true. Culturally German society had better know how of piano making. Many Germans immigrated with with them that know-how too reached elsewhere. There were Germans who took up baking, farming or brewing but given the competitive advantage Germans had in Piano making they might have succeeded better than their competition in that field.

Here is another example picked from Thomas Sowell’s essay.

Just as cultural leadership in a particular field is not permanent for nations or civilizations, neither is it permanent for given racial, ethnic, or religious groups.  By the time the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, Europe had overtaken the Islamic world in medical science, so that Jewish physicians who sought refuge in the Ottoman Empire found themselves in great demand in that Moslem country.  By the early sixteenth century, the sultan of the Ottoman Empire had on his palace medical staff 42 Jewish physicians and 21 Moslem physicians.  With the passage of time, however, the source of the Jews’ advantage– their knowledge of Western medicine– eroded as successive generations of Ottoman Jews lost contact with the West and its further progress.  Christian minorities within the Ottoman Empire began to replace the Jews, not only in medicine but also in international trade and even in the theater, once dominated by Jews.  The difference was that these Christian minorities– notably Greeks and Armenians– maintained their ties in Christian Europe and often sent their sons there to be educated.  It was not race or ethnicity as such that was crucial but maintaining contacts with the ongoing progress of Western civilization.  By contrast, the Ottoman Jews became a declining people in a declining empire.  Many, if not most, were Sephardic Jews from Spain– once the elite of world Jewry.  But by the time the state of Israel was formed in the twentieth century, those Sephardic Jews who had settled for centuries in the Islamic world now lagged painfully behind the Ashkenazic Jews of the Western world– notably in income and education.  To get some idea what a historic reversal that has been in the relative positions of Sephardic Jews and Ashkenazic Jews, one need only note that Sephardic Jews in colonial America sometimes disinherited their children for marrying Ashkenazic Jews.

Now one might conclude from this example that Jewish Doctors loved to collude with Ottoman Empire or later the same person might conclude that Christian Doctors had a thing for Ottoman empire. It is however not a correct observation. It is survivorship bias. Ottoman empire needed Doctors. Whoever was in a better position to be Doctor hence benefited from Ottoman empire. Portraying doctors of either religions as the bad guy here is a folly. 

Conclusion:

The conclusion of Saswati et al’s research is actually the best part of that article. The authors correctly state that individual choices could be very different from the stereotype applied to the group. Authors cite several examples from Aurobindo Ghose to Sita Ram Goel and how these people totally betrayed what one would have guess their future to be based on the families they were born into.

Despite their genuine efforts authors were blinded by survivorship bias and ended up portraying some communities as villains for making the wrong choice.

In my opinion a more suitable conclusion would be the failure of Indic political order to see trade as an integral part of political planning and creating sufficient incentives for the merchants to succeed while being opposed to Abrahamic invaders.

I am not familiar with the history but in modern times when parties like BJP are paralysed on issues like RTE, temple control or mindlessly promoting things like price control or swadeshi they are essentially creating incentives for Indic classes to move away from Hindu roots. It is something that has got manifested in the recent Lingayat movement to break free from Hinduism. It would be stupid to blame Lingayats here, the blame lies on the political class that has created those incentives for them.

It would be great to see why the merchants who betted on foreign invaders might have succeeded at  higher rate and why Indian kings failed to see this and put any counter measures.

P.S. While this article might seem critical for the authors I would like to mention that I have a lot of respect for them and the work they have been doing for last few years. They indeed have brought original ideas on the table and have never shied away from putting lot of efforts to make their case. Though in this particular case I think they were wrong.

Tu mira

One of my favourite songs. The lyrics is beautiful though the translation does not do it proper justice.

There is a line that goes something like

“The lark, thirsty after so much flying, drinks the sky while being in the lake”.

Full lyrics :

 

And your glance nails in my eyes like a sword
Nails in my eyes like a sword
Nails in my eyes like a sword
A rose cries for love
A rose cries for love
And a white butterfly
Is a handkerchief for her
So much flying
Thirsty after so much flying
In a clear water pool
The lark drinks the sky
That afternoon of april
I said come with me
And you didn’t want to come
And you didn’t want to come
And you didn’t want to come
And your glance nails in my eyes like a sword
Nails in my eyes like a sword
Nails in my eyes like a sword
(x2)
And your glance nails in my eyes like a sword
And my train of joy goes away (nails in my eyes…)
And i don’t have more dream than your glance (nails in my eyes…)
And your glance nails in my eyes like a sword
Cricket of my torments, choped down rose (nails in my eyes like a sword)
When i dream your eyes in the darkness (nails in my eyes…)
I can’t separate from your glance (nails in my eyes…)
And your glance nails in my eyes like a sword
Nails in my eyes like a sword
Nails in my eyes like a sword
And your glance nails in my eyes like a sword

Blast from past : Da vinci code Indian version

रामायण महाभारत भारतीय लोकांच्या मनातच रुजलेले आहे अशी समजूत आहे. त्यात सुद्धा राम आणि रामायण ह्यांचा पगडा थोड़ा जास्तच आहे. बॉलीवुड पासून स्थानिक लोक-कला पर्यंत सर्व ठिकाणी रामायण आढळते. रामाची महती अशी सर्वत्र कशी पोचली ह्याचे आश्चर्य सर्वच विद्वंजनाना वाटते.

लेखकाने प्रस्तुत विषयावर फार रिसर्च केला आहे. रामाची पोपुलारिटी वाढली हा एक योगायोग नसून तय मागे एक मैनेजमेंट तत्वज्ञान आहे. जाणकार वाचकाना ठावुक असेलच की वल्क्मिकी महार्शिनी रामायण लिहून ते पोपुलर केले, पण त्यानंतर तुलसीदास ते समर्थ रामदास पर्यंत अनेकानी तो वारसा पुढे चालवला. पण हा योगायोग मुळीच नव्हता.

कोणत्याही संघटनेला जर आपले विचार लोकांमध्ये रुजवायाचे असतात तर सर्वप्रथम ते विचार लहान मुलांमध्ये रुजवायाचे असतात हे वल्मिकिनी ओळखलेले होते. त्यानी तर साक्षात् रामाच्यां मुलानाच गीत रामायण शिकवले. राहुल प्रियांकाचे बोबडे बोल जसे सर्व चैनल्सवर दाखवले जातात तसे लुव कुशच्या गीत-रामयाणाला सुद्धा भरपूर प्रसिद्धि मिळाली. रामावर पब्लिक प्रेशर अला व सीतामातेला रामाच्या महालांत पुन्हा प्रवेश मिळाला.

ज्या धोब्याच्या प्रचारामुळे रामाला सीतेला सोडावे लागले त्याचे नाव होते रजक. रामाविषयी त्याला घृणा होती व त्यामुळेच त्याने तो विषारी प्रचार केला होता. त्याने गुप्त रुपातुन संघटना बनवली होती. वाल्मीकिनी हा डाव ओळखुन तो आधीच हाणून पाडला. राजकाने ते फार मनाला लावून घेतले व वल्मिकिला त्याच्याच चालीने मात द्यायचे ठरवले. वाल्मीकि सुद्धा हे ओळखुन होते. त्यानी सुद्धा आपली एक गुप्त संघटना उभारली.

राजकाने तेव्हा पासून लहान मुलाना बडबड गीतांच्या मार्गाने आपले तत्वज्ञान द्यायला सुरुवात केलि. (चाणाक्ष वाचाकानी ओळखलेले असेलच की लेखकाने ह्या विषयावर फार रिसर्च केला आहे). ह्या संस्थेने आपली मुळे फार खोल वर रुजवलेली आहेत. विदेशांत सुद्धा ही संस्था पोचली आहे. आज आपण आपल्या मुलाना जी बालगीते शिकवतो ती सर्व बालगीते ह्याच संस्थेने बनवलेली आहेत (अणि आम्ही बनत आहोत).

येरे ये पावसा तुला देतो पैसा…ही लाचखावु वृत्ती शिकवणारे बालगीत निरागस आहे का? तो पैसा सुद्धा खरा द्यायचा नाही, ‘पैसा झाला खोटा’ ही तर खोटारडेपणाची परिसीमा आहे. हे बालगीत खरे म्हणजे आपण आपल्या मुलाना शिकवू नयेच.

नाही म्हणायला तुकाराम रामदास इत्यादि गरीब व पावरलेस मंडळीनी वल्मिकिची परम्परा चालवायचा अतोकात प्रयत्न केला.पण बिच्यार्यांची भाषाच एवढी बोजड की लहान मुलाना पाठ करायला ते कठिन जावू लागले. लव व कुश ही हुशार मुले होती, आश्रमात त्याना इतर काम धंदे नव्हते त्यामुळे त्याना गीत रामायण पाठ झाले. आताच्या मुलाना तुकाराम थोडेच समजणार ? तरी सुद्धा शाळा मास्तरांना ( हा एक निरुपद्रवी प्राणी असतो, कुणीही ह्याला हाताला धरून आपले काम साधतो, शेजार्याची प्रेम-पत्रे, सरकारचे नसबंदी धोरण, जनगणना इत्यादि अनेक कामे तो पार पाडतो) हाताला धरून दासबोध पाठांतर स्पर्धा वगैरे भरवुन ह्या मंडळी चे साहित्य रद्दीत जाण्यापासून वाचवले.

आता आपण इंग्रजी बालगीते बघुया. Jack and Jill Went Up the hill हे एक सुप्रसिद्ध बालगीत आहे. जैक हा तरुण मुलगा व जिल ही नुकतीच वयात आलेली मुलगी (बघा: चित्रमय बालगीते ऑक्सफोर्ड प्रेस) डोंगरावर जंगलात का जातात? पर्वतिवर जाणारे जोडपे नक्की कशासाठी जाते? सांगितले जाते की विहिरीतून पाणी काढायला गेले, पण विहीर कधी डोंगरावर असते का? आता जैक खालि पाडला की त्याला जिल ने धक्का दिला? दिला तर जैक ने असे काय केले म्हणुन त्याला धक्का दिला? मुलांची कोवळी curious मने ह्या प्रश्नाची उत्तरे शोधल्यावाचुन राहतील का ? इथे काही तरी पाणी मुरते हे त्यांच्या लक्षांत नक्कीच येईल.

नन्हें मुन्ने बच्चे तेरे मुठ्ठी में क्या है ….. हे बालगीत आहे कि सेक्स एडुकेशन चा धडा आहे ?

London bridge is Falling down हे आणखिन एक बालगीत. एखाद्या आतंक-वाद्याचे कृत्य असावे असे हे बालगीत कोणी लिहिले हे Interpole किंवा F.B.I. ने शोधून काढायला पाहिजे. कदाचित त्यातून ओसामा रजक धोब्याचा वंशज तर नाही ना ह्या विषयावर प्रकाश पडेल.

baba blackship have you any wool मी सुद्धा हे बालगीत पाठ केले होते. हे बालगीत वर वर निरागस वाटले तरी सुद्धा हे लक्षात घ्या की ह्यातील शीप हे ‘ब्लैक’ आहे व इतर तिघे ‘white’ आहेत. ह्यातून नकळत वर्णद्वेषाचा संस्कार मुलांवर होतो.

Johny Johny Yes Papa ह्याबद्दल जास्त बोलण्याची गरज नाही. साखर खायची व नंतर हाथ वर करायचे हा गुण जो राज-कारणात शिरलेला आहे त्याचे मुळ असल्या बालगीत-मध्ये आहे.

मराठी पुरते बोलायाचे जाले तर ‘गोरी गोरी पान’ ह्या गीतात वर्ण-द्वेष तर आहेच पण त्याशिवाय जे काहि आहे त्याचे रूपांतर सविता-भाभी सारख्या websites मध्ये झालेले आहे. मुळांतच भावाला आवड आहे त्यापेक्षा भाभी आणायची आवड ह्या मुलाला जास्त दिसते.

राम ही एक प्रवृति आहे व रजक ही एक प्रवृति आहे. रावण ही सुद्धा ही एक प्रवृति आहे व त्या प्रवृतिचा विरोध करणे सोपे सुद्धा आहे. पण रजक ह्या प्रवृत्तिचा विरोध करणे फार कठिन आहे.

टीप : लेखन विनोदी आहे. मनाला लावून घेऊ नये.

एपिलॉग :
२०१६: पैसा झाला खोटा ह्या निरागस(?) बालगीताची परिणीती (मराठीत : consequence ,चोप्रा नव्हे) मोदी महाशयांनी पैसा अक्षरशः खोटा करण्यात झाली. मोदी महाशयांनी पत्नीचा त्याग केला असला तरी वाल्मिकी सारख्यांच्या त्याचा गैर फायदा घेऊ नये म्हणून मुले निर्माण केली नाहीत.

२०१७: लंडन ब्रिज वर खरोखर हल्ला झाला. केले काळी “भो पंचम जॉर्ज भूप हा” अशी प्रार्थना जगभर मुलांना म्हणायला भाग पडणाऱ्या ब्रिटिश सत्तेच्या केंद्रबिंदूवरच हल्ला झाला. राजकाच्या दूरदर्शी नेतृत्वानेच हे शक्य झाले.

 

 

Tu kisi rail si gujrati hai, mein kisi pool sa thartharata hoon

Above lines are by celebrated Indian poet Javed Akhtar who also is a part time intellectual with an opinion on everything. The image is taken from ScoopWhoop.com which has a title “These Poignant Shayaris By Javed Akhtar Are An Absolute Treat For Your Heart And Soul”

What I see in those lines is Dil, Badaal, Dard, Tanha, Duniya, Ghabraya and a shitload of words that have been used for last couple of centuries by a boatload of poets of colors a hues. These words are so overused that the term “cliche” was invented to describe them. They are as much of a treat to soul as a Parle-G biscuits dipped in shezwan sauce.

But this is the poetry that gets passed off as “great poetry for soul”. Damned be those souls. People who pen these downs will be called to give off awards and will comment on how younger generation does not appreciate poetry.

Kabir 

Kabir was an ordinary man. Man with probably no education nor reputation or money. He wrote simple words. Probably considered a mad man by his neighbours but immortalised by his poetry.

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Rough translation: Everything happens at its own pace. Does not matter how much you water plan, it will bear fruits only when the right season arrives.

Now that is something my grandmother would say when I failed for the n-th time. That is simple, completely relatable and yet contains a wisdom that has accumulated over time. That is why Kabir the destitute will probably be immortal while no one would remember Javed Akhtar.

Love of an ordinary person 

When I was in teens I  have done things I am not very proud of but as a consequences I got much deeper look into  minds of ordinary folks and teenage romances. The engineering college hostel romance might be fueled by the songs penned down by Javed Akhtar but no Romeo thinks on the romanticized lines like “aasoo palko pe aya…” and all that. They often drink beer and find solace in the curse words.

The real world romances do not run on the fuel of dreams about moons and palaces, analogies about flowers and birds. They are about aspirations of meeting that person after school. They are about finding private time in the middle of city or a corner of a park.

People on street do not have vocabulary of JNU grads. They have simple terms but they are capable of love in all the forms that it comes.

Tu kisi rail si guzarti hai
Tu kisi rail si guzarti hai
Main kisi pull sa.. thartharata hoon
Tu bhale ratti bhar na sunti hai
Main tera naam budbudata hoon
Kisi lambe safar ki raaton mein
Tujhe alaav sa jalaata hoon
Tu kisi rail si guzarti hai
Main kisi pull sa.. thartharata hoon

This is a lyrics by Swanand Kirkire that immediately struck a chord. It is about a guy in polytechnic trying his luck with a girl. They do not meet in Kashmir’s orchids but at durgapuja. The guy has a face that is as forgettable as the last taxi driver you had seen.  The girl is as ordinary as the one you have ignored in a crowd.

Yet the universal feeling of missing a heartbeat when she passes by you is expressed in the words ordinary people would understand. After all Javed Akhtar might not have travelled by trains and might not have felt how the bridge vibrates as the train passes on it.

In last decade the elites of the entertainment industry have gone farther and farther from reality. That is why newcomers strike a chord.

While many struggle to understand why Sairat becomes a runway hit, I find it very easy to understand. The ordinary man on street does not aspire to have Deepika or Katrina as their girlfriends. The one they like is like Archie and they themselves are as crude as Parshya.

For many sensibilities Sairat might strike as far to crude, not a polished romance of Rahul and Simran not as gracefully tragic as that of Vasu and Sapana ( Ek Duje Ke Liye).

Note: I am not a literary critic. My beef with main stream entertainment is that how detached it is getting from real Indian people on streets!

 

Rare opportunity for Canconcars to redeem themselves

IIT-Goa is a once in decades opportunity for Canconcars to welcome this non-polluting large scale product that will put Cancona and Loliem on world map.

There is no other project as environment friendly has educational institute. There is no other project as lucrative as a government institution for jobs and secondary occupations. If a mere Medical college can transform Bambolim into a growing city IIT-Goa can transform Cancona into a thriving and livale urban area instead of pathetically backward region.

One needs to have IQ of a rock or moral fortitude of a toilet brush to oppose this project. Most of the opposition comes from the back that the project benefits someone else more than the opponents. This crab mentality (cliched term but cant find anything better) has kept the region poor for last 50 years and if sane people do not stop them in their tracks now opportunity for developing Canacona might be lost forever.

Property Rights

The more dangerous trend in the Goan villages is the false sense of entitlement for other people’s land. It is not just poor uneducated folks but even otherwise well meaning people like Rajan Parrikar who claim that Goa must be kept green forcibly because they love to see it green. It does not matter what the owner of that land thinks.

Contrary to what media paints the land of IIT-Goa does not belong to community or village. It belongs to a legal body called communidade. This body which has 100% ownership rights has wholeheartedly supported the project.

Ideally if there is rule of law in country this is where the matters must end but there is in thick and constant smoke screen being created that the rest of the village as any say in how communidade maintains its own lands.

Of course just because land belongs to party A does not mean party A can not interfere with the rights of Party B. If party A’s land has ground water, if it contributes to tributaries of major water streams etc. etc. Party A’s choices might affect entire village and in such situations party B consisting of such affected individuals could raise objections.

But democratic vote in a gram-sabha can not possible solve this technical issue. It must be left to the government organization which is acquiring the land and the government must be compelled to compensate all the affected people as well. In any case it is a technical decision needs to be take by government body and could be challenged in court if the affected parties are dissatisfied.

This process should not stop the government from going ahead with acquisition and setup all the bare minimum infrastructure that may not have any impact so far until the affected parties are satisfied.

 

 

 

Jizia Tax in Goa!

Jizia is a tax that Islamic governments impose on non-Muslim monoatheist people simply to let them live. Aurangezeb is called a merciful and great King by our leftist historians because he graciously let Hindus too live by paying this tax. Hindus being poly-atheists and idolators technically were not even allowed to live under Islamic rule.

Sadly the modern day so called “Independent India” has Jizia tax as a part of its constitution. Of course it is called something else. Depending on the context it is Article 30 (Special treatment to minority institutions), Right to Education (which is applicable only to Hindus) or 93rd Amendment (denial of autonomy to Hindu institutions).

This is not a blame game. This is not merely Nehru’s ghost haunting us. This is a carefully planned conspiracy where Congres, BJP and Hindu Hriday Samrat Modi, Manohar Parrikar etc. have played a very strong role. This is one Hamam where everyone is truly naked.

NPS is a very good chain of schools in Banglore. It was recently denied its CBSE certification because NMCEI filed an FIR against them and requested CBSE to withdraw its affiliation. NPS is a school chain run by a Hindu person. NMCEI is a body that by law can only have a non-Hindu as its head. So a non-Hindu body passed a judgement on a Hindu run school to basically shut it down.

The reason cites was that NPS forged some minority certificate. It must be noted that minority certificate is the single most important thing in Indian education today as those schools which don’t have a minority certificate lose all autonomy and come under RTE. Because (repeat after me) Right to Education law is applicable only to Hindu run schools.

While people make NPS forgery as a criminal offense totally ignore that a Church run school gets total exemption from all government regulations NPS is trying to avoid by default. There is no way NPS can compete with Church run schools (which even get taxpayer funding) without somehow calling itself a minority.

NPS is like a Hindu who is trying to pretend to be a Muslim to avoid paying Jizia tax. You cant blame him, you should blame the Jizia tax.

Goan Fiasco

Everyone is Goa wants to send their kids to English medium school. It is well known. As per Manohar Parrikar’s policy which is probably a result of some backroom deal with Church, only Church gets taxpayer money to start and run English medium schools.

As a result of this distorted policy by Manohar Parrikar, Hindus will have to spend lot more money if they want to start and English schools. Not just that Hindus are denied government grant which is provided to Church run schools, Hindu schools will also have to comply with Right to Education law. This means they have to keep aside 25% seats for free to Government approved students (read caste based reservations) and for remaining 75% seats too they have to admit students based on government provided criteria which may change from time to time.

A Hindu school may not be able to look at parent’s background before admitting their child for example.

I think Manohar Parrikar is the single person who must accept the blame here. At least the Goan Jizia is completely designed by him. Digamaber Kamat despite all his flaws had passed a uniform law which provided grants even to Hindu run schools. Manohar Parrikar implemented the discriminatory provisions.

Conclusion

I don’t like Congress party. I don’t like the Alemaos and Montserrats and Ranes and Faleiros. I think Parsekar/Parrikar did a good job of short term governance and reducing corruption.

But despite of that I think a swift punishment to BJP is something that voters must consider for this Jizia tax implementation. With BJP in power we might get better roads and better services but we have essentially lost control of our kid’s future. We have lost institutional control on educational institutions run at our own expense.

If this goes unpunished, BJP is likely to bend over backwards in future too.

For the record I do not support BBSM either. BBSM wants to use state coercion to force people into Marathi/Konkani schools. As a matter of principle I would not like that but as far as voting is concerned all faithful voters of BJP must consider BBSM as an acceptable alternative. They at least want uniform application of law.

Velingkar v/s RSS

BBSM in Goa demands that government should not give grants to English medium schools the way it gives these grants to Marathi/Konkani medium schools.

The logic ? English education will be more scarce and expensive and hence poor folks will be forced to send their children to marathi/konkani schools. This is basically BBSM using government’s power to coerce poor people into accepting BBSM’s agenda. This is not freedom this is cronyism.

But the other side is not bright either. At the moment all Church run English schools get government grants but the Hindu run English schools don’t. This is a clear cut apartheid against Hindu run English schools in the state.

If the current regulation continues then over time Church is likely to get full monopoly over high quality education in India as all rich and bright students are more likely to pick an English medium school over other schools.

Want more medal ? Stop wasting taxpayer money on IOC

US has been in top 2 spots in Olympics for over a century. US is a large country with lot of people and hence it is expected.

India on other hand has won only 25 medals throughout all Olympics. Michael Phelps is an American swimmer who has won 26 gold medals in his career. India is equally large and has three times more people that USA. Among those vast number of people it should not be very hard to find someone who can run faster, throw farther and lift heavier than others in the world.

Yet, every Olympics is a sad reminder that as a nation we are pretty pathetic in sports. Once the circus is over we will over-analyze our humiliation. One of the common conclusion would be that “Government is not doing enough”.

The reality is opposite. I think the reason Indians are not getting any medals is because our sports are controlled and funded by government. This needs to stop completely. Part of the reason Cricket thrives in our country is because government does not fund it and people are left to fund themselves.

People pursuing self interest do a better job than government trying to do the same thing.

It might come as a surprise to most people that the money US government spends on their Olympians is 0 dollars. None of those athletes get a penny from tax payers besides the existing public sports infrastructure. A lot of sports infrastructure in USA is built by private parties than government.

People who run USOC have to run to sponsors to get funding. The sponsors pay only if the USOC can convince them that they can win medals. To do a better job of convincing these USOC office bearers then have to travel the whole country finding talent and nurturing it.

Simone Biles is a 19 year old Gymnast and did a historic performance in 2016 Olympics. Given her age she will achieve even more in next one. She does not know who her father was. Her mother is a drug addict and probably rotting in some jail for various other crimes. She is adopted by her grandfather from a foster home.

People who run USOC are not some “great souls”. They earn more than any other athlete. They travel in private jets to venues. They probably know nothing about most of the sports either. But they earn that much because they do a fantastic job of finding talent from 300M American people.

On the contrary all sports federations in India are figuratively owned by some politician. These politicians then force government to fund their sport and the money is spent on his lavish parties and travel. Because even if he does not win a medal he still gets government funding.

I think Indian government must stop funding all the sports. The government must auction off the rights of IOC management to the highest bidder and promise to pay something like 50 crores for every Gold medal any athlete wins.

We will then see smarty pants like Lalit Modi using their talent to hunt best people to win the medals.