Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tiger bites the Dragon's tail

India beats China in auto exports(Read full story here...)

Here is the
Tiger (@ India) taking another jab at the Dragon(@ China). Though the Dragon is well placed and this being an well known fact; this article talks about how the Tiger is pulling all strings to get even with the Dragon. The tiger is growing strength-to-strength with some smart moves like the decently competitive excise duty, % of FDI allowed and to top it up - the abundantly available cheap labor.

Though the Indian automobile exports shot up 18% while China's market saw a slowdown of 60%, it would be foolish to say(or think) that the Tiger has an upper hand in this game over the Dragon. Reason being that the Dragon is way ahead in this game and its only now that the Tiger has woken up from its slumber and realizing its potential is taking a stance to stake a claim of this pie.

The way forward to keep this growth and momentum going the Tiger needs to sincerely look into its strong point and iron out its short comings like that of local union, political wrestling (the Nano drama) and provide a shot in the arm for infrastructure buildup to usher the growth of this sector.

For now the Tiger has got the Dragon by its tail. But with the above issues taken care of the Tiger can indeed step into the ring, take on the Dragon in a one-on-one showdown, hopefully deliver that fatal blow and emerge winner.

Let us raise a toast to that.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Here we go again!

Bengal IT hub meets the Nano fate!(Read full story here...)

Now here is a classic example of how government's careless and lackadaisical attitude can kill an ambitious and long benefiting growth prospects of a state.

Are we learning anything from our past mistakes yet (post the Nano issue!)? Or is it too early to expect this from a state (and a country in the broader sense) which has for generations produced some of the world's well known names in varied fields of science and education. Is the local govt. really keen on getting investments for the state, generating employment for the locals and looking ahead of the current ruckus created by the detractors of such projects? Politics should take a back seat while deciding the fate and future of the country...but that is wishful thinking.

Seems India is full of surprises, never fails to amaze me. Every time we try to take a step in the right direction, we ensure to take ten steps in the wrong direction. Reiterating, are we learning from our mistakes? With issues like these being an common occurrence all I can say is "Here we go again!"


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

We are getting there

Jaywalkers fined...a welcome change(Read full story here...)

This new initiative by the govt. is a positive way of enforcing(read teaching) some commonsense to the ignorant (and most of the time stupid) common man. The point where I'm lost is, common sense is after all not so common in our country (which aspires to be a Super-power someday).

For so many years people have been doing the wrong things, an sentiment echoed by those fined recently. It is time we move away from these sort of habits, follow rules and contribute our bit as part of the solution.

These small steps of enforcing the law and playing by the rule book has a big ramification in molding the mindsets of our fellow countrymen. Together we can and we will realize the dream of making India the country of our dreams.

Hope by enforcing these kind of laws and with the right intent (both politically and individually) we can move forward in the right direction and usher India towards being a Developed country - soon.