Month: September 2008

The Singur Saga…Will Tata’s agree?

It was really surprising, that the governor could manage to convince the stubborn Mamata to call up the agitation. But the media news were incomplete, apart from the announcement of withdrawal of agitation, no other info was shared with the media, regarding where Budhha had to compromise and at what  and whose cost? Not surprisingly Tata Motors issued statement, about continuing with the suspension of work till the deal details were shared with them.
How could the governor not invite Ratan Tata to be part of the talks, or they presumed that the tatas would be gullible enough to continue with the plant, and when enough money had been pumped in, tata’s could be forced to continue at Mamata’s terms. Or is this a case of total sellout by Mamata – which is unlikely. She definitely must have got her pound of flesh…but whose – Buddhadeb’s or Ratan Tata’s – the soap opera continues….

Layman’s take on India’s Nuclear Deal

Nuclear Apartheid Ends – the media proclaims. But if the opposition leaders are to be believed, we have surrendered our rights to future nuclear tests and will have to a pay a heavy price if we do so. On the brighter side, we can now approach countries like Russia and France for Nuclear technology and not be dependent on US.
Nuclear Energy and Power is the need of the hour, besides PM Manmohan Singh is one of the last [from the older generation] few leaders of this country whose integrity, intelligence and capability is above doubt.
Still the path is not rosy as it seems, if we did not accept the inclusion of the condition of automatic cessation of trade in case India goes ahead with nuclear tests, similarly the countries in the NSG including the US reserve the right to stop nuclear trade in case India executes any tests.
SO are we onboard and yet not at par in terms of rights and authority with countries such as china….if thats the case – this whole process can be considered as a SHAM by the Indian people. The NPT is more in the interests of the Western countries, especially US.
If at all we have been accomodated, it is largely due to the large indian market, that would help this western countries to bolster their dipping economies.
Let’s hope it’s not at India’s cost and that the PM is playing his cards well!! – GAURANG BOOKSELLER

From a forward – Outside The Comfort Zone: Things We Don’t Want To Do

Most of us have had the experience of tackling some dreaded task only to come out the other side feeling invigorated, filled with a new sense of confidence and strength. The funny thing is, most of the time when we do them, we come out on the other side changed and often wondering what we were so worried about or why it took us so long. We may even begin to look for other tasks we’ve been avoiding so that we can feel that same heady mix of excitement and completion.

Whether we avoid something because it scares us or bores us, or because we think it will force a change we’re not ready for, putting it off only creates obstacles for us. On the other hand, facing the task at hand, no matter how onerous, creates flow in our lives and allows us to grow. The relief is palpable when we stand on the other side knowing that we did something even though it was hard or we didn’t want to do it. On the other hand, when we cling to our comfort zone, never addressing the things we don’t want to face, we cut ourselves off from flow and growth.

We all have at least one thing in our life that never seems to get done. Bringing that task to the top of the list and promising ourselves that we will do it as soon as possible is an act that could liberate a tremendous amount of energy in our lives. Whatever it is, we can allow ourselves to be fueled by the promise of the feelings of exhilaration and confidence that will be the natural result of doing it.