Information is wealth

Some of you may remember the Telugu/Tamil movie ‘Boys’ in which a beggar collects information about which day which temple offers free food(prasadam) and he uses it and asks others to go and stand in line. And when they ask why they can not do it themself, he says ‘Information is wealth” and they don’t have the information on when and where to stand.

This is very good point to learn from that movie. It is true for all of us. If you know correct information and you know how to use it, then it is much more valuable than lot of hard work. This is true for individuals and true for any entity.

Now lets take a political party. How much is the value of the information for its existence? Some information is lot more valuable and based on which the survival of the party depends. In fact entire party functionality is run by processing information. Here is some examples of the information which are needed for running any party.

  1. What are the problems of general public? And how many people suffer from each problem?
  2. What are the govt schemes and how good they are working?
  3. Is there any corruption in those schemes? What are the complaints?
  4. How much donations did we receive this year?
  5. How many new members joined? What is the rate of growth?
  6. What are the various programs run by the party? And how many members will attend each one?
  7. Who are the major contributors to the party? What is their age group?
  8. What are the various activities done by a party member?

This list is unlimited. Every decision made by the party depends on such information. It is not only true for the party, it is true for every contributor and every member. If I want to donate some funds to party, I want to know what it is doing with it. I want to know how much money it actually collecting. What is its expenses, and what are the activities it is doing.

Now lets suppose I want to contribute say Rs10,000 to the party and before I do, I want a clarification on some thing from the party president. What should be the approach? Can anyone expect what will be my time spent for this task? According to me, it is almost impossible. Because I don’t know what are the various roles in the party, and who are working on those roles. I don’t know their phone numbers and email addresses. If I don’t know who will read my mail which is sent to why will I even send that mail? And what incentive will I have if I don’t know when I will get a response, and as I am sure that it is not read by Party President, I want to know who is making the decision to show to him or not.

Here is what I think is needed for a party to run in this age of information.

  1. Complete real time financial transactions and accounting data accessible to members
  2. Ability to contribute to specific activity or program and real-time information on how & when that is spent
  3. Communication system where every communication and decision is made.

I want to give an example of how the 3rd point works.

I sent a mail to, a ticket is created for the person assigned to reply to it. Every member can see tickets of all members and how many are pending etc. Every ticket will have 2 parts, public and private. Public information any one can see, private information only recipients or those shared will see.

At any point of time  only one member is responsible for that ticket. And as any one can see how many are pending for each person, may be they can offer help in clearing them, or they can judge how the person is working. Each person have to clear their pending tickets within a reasonable time, otherwise people will keep asking about it.

More people can choose to participate on a ticket which will increase its rating and its urgency. In this way more people can join for a single information request. This will consolidate duplicate work and increase accountability.

If I ask a stupid question to a Party President, then instead of being ignored, I need some one to reply me saying ‘that it is stupid for So and so reason’. If they don’t have time, then they can take help of lot of other members who spend lot of time on Internet without knowing how else they can contribute to the party.

If there is a meeting, it has to be announced in the system, and who attended, and what are the decisions. Take advantage of moderators to keep the system clean, and create read-only posts when needed. But let every activity is recorded and questionable by other members.

I am sure that a good party will receive 2 to 5 times more contributions if they keep this kind of transparent system in place.

I know, it is not easy to create such a system. But I am sure it is needed. I am planning of how to do it, and once I am ready and it is not done by others by that time, I will do it with the help of others.


Education Business and nonsense

I have been hearing others saying that “Some people have converted Education into Business” and they are feeling bad about it. And unfortunately even the Loksatta Party president JP is also one of them.

I completely differ from the views of JP. I think JP lacks a clear view of what is a business and what is a role of business in nation building. If there is no role for business in Education, then the country will be struggling to provide enough talent to the any sector let alone IT. Every IT person in Andhra Pradesh knows what is role of business in Education when he thinks of all the training centers in Ameerpet. I know most of them are shit(interms of quality) but they are doing some thing they can and people are going there to get some thing they don’t have.

Is Govt capable of replacing all the private collages with govt collages and provide the quality education?  Does JP expect all the collage owners to do philanthropy  and offer education for free?

He was citing that State High Court have said the same. What nonsense, what does State High Court know about business and education. What ever State High Court says is true?

Any activity with economic incentive will become a business. It may be legal or illegal. Instead of talking about what is illegal in education business, And how they should be addressed by new laws or govt programs, just saying that” education is becoming business” is a very irresponsible statement from High court and JP.

It seems like JP did not learn a bit from the conversations with mystic. (I don’t want JP to follow every thing Jaggi Vasudev said, but I believe there is some thing to learn)

India vs Freedom

This is an excerpt from a blog I read.

On July 6th, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations voted on a resolution that calls for “individuals to have the same rights online as off. The resolution could have a lasting impact on how the Internet is controlled, and censored, the world around.”

The resolution attracted some 85 state co-sponsors, 30 of which sit on the Council. The United States, along with Nigeria, Sweden, Turkey, and Brazil presented the bill. There were opponents, including India, China, and Russia. As you might expect, countries that have a history of repressing free speech both offline and on, formed the resolution’s detractors.

According to The Australian, Tunisia found the passage of the bill to have more than symbolic import. Its ambassador, as quoted by the paper, stated that “the most important result of the Tunisian revolution is this right to freedom of expression [making the passage of the resolution] very important at the moment.” He went on to note that the freedom of expression online is a “major tool for economic development.”

The resolution matters as it begins to craft a legal framework to protect dissident voices. As The Hill notes, Sweden’s editorial in the New York Times makes the case for such protections: “We cannot accept that the Internet’s content should be limited or manipulated depending on the flavor-of-the-month political leaders.” [Source.]

Let’s see. India is in good socialist company — China and Russia — in opposing the resolution. Like them, India has a “history of repressing free speech.”

Will Indians wake up and smell the stench of government repression and censorship? I would not hold my breath. Indians don’t have the stomach for freedom of expression. As the saying goes in Hindi, कुत्ते को घी नहीं पचता है |

Naming of Roads, Govt Schemes, Places

Here is excerpt from a blog that I read…

The class of particles known as bosons is named after the Indian scientist Satyendra Nath Bose. The naming is done by some Western scientific institution. Had it been left to any of the Congress governments of India to name the class, no doubt the class would have been named “Gandhion” (take your pick from Mahatma, Indira, Rajiv, Sanjay, Sonia Maino or the rest of the clan) or perhaps “Nehruon”. Not that one needs any more proof, but the word morons must refer to the class of people who support the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi-Maino family.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is named after another Indian, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar.

It was named in honor of the Nobel-prize winning physicist S. Chandrasekhar who worked for University of Chicago from 1937 until he passed away in 1995. He was known for determining the maximum mass for white dwarfs. “Chandra” also means “moon” or “luminous” in Sanskrit. [Wiki]

The naming was certainly done by American scientists. Had it been by the morons in the Indian government (the majority of it have either been Congress or Congress-led), the x-ray observatory would have been named as the Gandhi, or Rajiv, or Sanjay, or Indira, or Nehru x-ray observatory even though none of those idiots could have come within light years of any knowledge of physics (or any other subject of human inquiry.)

The number of schemes, institutions, plans, roads, ports, airports, public squares, etc., named after the Nehru-Gandhi family boggles the mind as they run into the thousands. It is both shameful and ludicrous to do so but Indians don’t seem to mind. They don’t seem to mind because they are ignorant (both about the thousands of things named after the morons and about the real people who have worked for the common good) and because they simply don’t care. It is as if they don’t have a sense of fairness. It is unfair that just five people who have done precious little good (and instead have done an immense amount of harm) get credited for things they didn’t do and the real people are ignored. The vast majority of Indians apparent don’t care that this is unfair.

If India ever has a non-Congress government, I hope they start removing the names of these bunch of jokers from the more important institutions, and — not just rename but — entirely eliminate all the schemes that are named after Gandhi, Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv & Sanjiv. If it is named after one of them, eliminate it. Thus the “Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme” or MREGS must not be renamed but totally scrapped because it is leading India deeper into poverty.

Other than for his anguish only on congress led governments, I agree with many of the views above. But I would recommend that none of them should be named after any politician. Any such places, schemes should only be named after Scientists and Economists.

BTW: Atanu, I am not one of those Indians who are okey with such names.

Indian Media: What Govt should do?

I just happened to listen to a Telugu news channel for some time. I was really pissed off with the attitude of the Media and also most of general public.

AP State Govt have introduced laws which will allow “Contract Forming” to be legal. There are rules under which a former can make a deal with a corporation and sell his/her goods to them on a pre agreed price.

Now, this channel is finding all the stupid reasons and telling all this is bad. Crazy thing is, all this is at the will of  a former. If formers don’t like the agreement, they can do what they are doing already. But still this media is saying that govt should allow former to cultivate what ever they want, and govt should give support price for it no matter how the output is. I could not listen to this logic less arguments.

In general they this “Govt should give free money to all formers”.

Conclusion: There are people without brains, lots of them. We have to keep educating those when ever possible and have to learn the way to live between then without causing a problem(to us or them)


Fear of failure

Fear of failure is the primary reason for us to not to do anything we dream. If we can control that fear and accept failure as the part of learning process, then I think all of us will do lot of more things in our life.

Cost of failure is also another important issue. Our society as of now values people with lot of money and it became a race for every one to become rich. There is less emphasis on if every one is doing what they want or not.

The change should come from us, we have to loose fear. I hope I am in right direction.

New Perspective

After listening to Jaggi Vasudev my perspective of the world have changed to some extent. I would suggest every one who reads my blog to listen to him once. I do not know if any of his spiritual teachings are any good for me, and as of now I have no interest in them.

I am very much impressed with his logic on most of the aspects of the life. I do not say what ever he says is true. Other than the spiritual aspects, I think I am in sync with his views. There may be some differences, but in general I think I agree with him.

After listening to him, I have realized the mistakes I am doing in my thought process. Now I can say that I am more open, more willing to try things, less judgement on people, more willing to accept any reality etc.

Note: He does repeat a lot of things in most of conversations, try to bare with that. That is mainly because his thinks the root of most of the problems are same.