Monday, March 16, 2009

Things that consoles me...

Had my 3 hours International Marketing lecture this evening...and probably the last lecture of the subject for this semester, though I bunked many of the same ( atleast among the highest few ). But, I had to strictly align my tendencies to bunk classes with the principle I am very passionate about, which is - " All gone well at the end is counted under GONE WELL".

Being the last class our lecturer took a time off to provide his feedback for all the presentations we had given...and the usual advices on how being consistent and being innovative weighs much more than the mere marks a class topper scores over another. WoW.. that was a yet another consolation to my ever falling grades though I manage to pass all the papers ( 14+ khichdi subjects in one single sem ) on a single cue that I keep giving myself every morning - Ya, am a good dreamer which probably could be, because I am a good sleeper too. That's an uncanny habit which probably by now has become a part of my gene and my kids in future too would inherit the same - and am quite confident about that. Have tried real hard to get rid of this...but why would one get rid of something every human beings treasure and care about the most, thats an impromptu question that strikes my mind. And ya, am a very mindful guy as well...apart from a good dreamer... so I dream, for which I sleep - even if it meant compensating the balance sleep hours in the class.

OK. That was deviating ! :)
Lets deviate again...

Have you ever wondered where the best brains of the world go for their higher degrees, atleast in the management perspective? It's the likes of Harvard, Oxford, London school of economics, Standfords, and the best in India to IIMs.
Now, did you ever wonder where the BESTEST of these mangerial brains opt to work for ( which sector, in precise )?
Investment Banking sectors ( likes of Mckinsey...and erstwhile Lehman bros & DSP Meryll Lynch ).
Now, did you ever wonder the failure in proper management of which sector has led to one of the biggest financial crunch that world has ever witnessed?
No... prizes for guessing.


No Dam Zone in Dibang Valley

Press release note (14th March 2009)

Campaign on demanding `No Dam Zone in Dibang Valley'
Today on the day of March 14, 2009 which is observed all over the world as International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers. water and Life', we the All Idu Mishmi Students Union and Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society demand Dibang Valley to be declared as an Ecologically Sensitive Zone according to the provisions under Section 3 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 similar to that of the Aravalli hills where mining is banned.

Similarly, mega projects such as dam building should be banned in Dibang Valley and the region declared as 'No Dam Zone. A letter to this effect has been sent to the Prime Minister with copies to the officials of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and to the state Government of Arunachal Pradesh. A copy of the same is attached here with the release note.

The International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water, and Life was inspired and mandated by the participants of the 1997 First International Meeting of People Affected by Dams in Curitiba, Brazil. Every year on March 14, people around the world celebrate victories such as dam removal and river restoration, teach others about issues threatening rivers and communities, and demand improvements in policies and practices of decision-makers.

Dr Mite Linggi
Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society

Tone Mickrow
All Idu Mishmi Student Union


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pareto principle at work in Arunachal ?

Ever wondered why 20% of the time expended produces 80% of the results,

  • Or, 80% of your phone calls go to 20% of the names in your phone list,
  • Or, 20% of the paper has 80% of the news,
  • Or, 80% of the news is in the first 20% of the article,
  • Or, 20% of the people causes 80% of the problems,
  • Or, 80% of the problems in the world are because of Religion and its 20% of any Religion that are followed for the good.

          80-20 % observation is a very interesting way to look at the things happenings around the world, whose extension over the business world has been used to achieve the so called benefits of socio-economic upliftments, for the 80% of the people who happens to serve 20% of the people. The impinging reverberation of this stark inequality calls forth for a new class of world over.

This disproportion theory of 20-80% is popularly known as the Pareto principle which was first propounded by Vilfredo Pareto(1848-1923). He observed that 20% of the people of Italy who formed the upper strata of the societal hierarchy nearly owned about 80% of the wealth. The concept of such disproportion in the society was thus put forward by Pareto. The exact value of 20 and 80% are not necessarily true or significant every time. But, the thread of truth attached with such disporportion distribution of wealth is something that can't be overlooked.

And the same stands true for what we can observe in Arunachal Pradesh. Only the politicians, their relatives, bureaucrats, engineers and few elite contractual players etc reaps the benefits of the funds that were supposedly meant for the overall development. So, its the wealthy 20% arunachali population that owns the 80% of the wealth. Now, if we further ponder upon how the fund-flow system in Arunachal assumes figure... then one might have to oblige with the fact that... there is more than 80% probability that these 20% of the people representing the wealthy arunachalis is somehow spun around in the same network that remains exclusively theirs.

Now, what does other 80% of the Arunachali people do... people who represents the middle and lower section of the SEC ( socio economic classificatory groups )?
A good question... and the answer is - 80% of the whole arunachal population competes amongst eachother for the scarce and limited 20% of the fund. This 80% of the population represents the people who are frustrated for this un-equitable distribution of wealth which by no exception is a handiwork of an economic system that works only for the sustainment of its existence rather than existing for people who needs the most.

This vicious cycle of 80-20% in wealth distribution is multiplicative in nature, which makes it imperative for the people in the border of this distinctive groups of 80-20 to find a way into the upper 20. And for this to happen they have no other option but to get into the nexus of this cyclic proportionate distribution of wealth.

Going by definition of any economic community run by a government that is being elected by the overall population the following points would have been achievable:
- the 20% of the people who work for the 80% of the people would have been responsible for distribution of 80% of the wealth to atleast 80% of the people.
- The reversed implication of Pareto principle would have been observed.

But, the subtle truth of asking for an Utopian kind of society in present context is too much to ask for. Again, a reedemable and a healthy proportion much in favor of society at large isn't an impossible feat to achieve. An conscientious effort to bring in this slow but imminently desired change in the 80-20% has to be brought forth.

Days of reckoning the same wouldn't be far if we believe that onus lies on each one of us.

A society of new economic order can wait!


Friday, March 13, 2009


Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of India
South Block
New Delhi

Honourable Prime Minister Sir:
For the past one year, we, the Idu Mishmis of Dibang Valley, have been subjected to a very cruel circus of development. Development that we understand very little, projects of national interest that do not evoke any interest within us, dreams that we know will remain unfulfilled.

The 3,000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project along with more than a dozen other hydro projects are being imposed on us in the name of national interest and energy security. We have protested since we failed to be convinced that they will benefit us, we have submitted memoranda with the hope that we will be heard, and we argued against our destruction, the bleak future of our future generation, because we thought that we were the citizens of the world’s biggest democracy.

But, the events of the past one year, a sham process of forcible public participation to legitimize a project, a shoddy and incomplete environment impact assessment by a reputed public sector organization and repeated violations in organizing public hearings – all point to the fact that nobody is interested to listen to us – the governments, the bureaucrats or even our elected public representatives. Even you chose to inaugurate the Dibang Valley project early this year, some hundreds of kms away in Itanagar, without any consultation with our community.

We fail to understand how projects could be envisaged to be of national interest when their likely impacts are going to unleash destruction and devastation – destruction of our pristine forests, rich biodiversity, our land and livelihood, our sacred Taloh (as Dibang river is referred to by the Idu Mishmis) and its riverine ecology. Where an influx of 6,000 outsiders for a single project in a valley of fast diminishing 12,000 indigenous people is seen as a cultural integration and assimilation, submergence of our ancestral land and the only habitations in an otherwise hostile terrain is supposed to pave the way for a 43 km long reservoir, which will result in a ‘navigable waterway connecting the villages’, and destruction of land and livelihood is countered with generation of wage employment, all other arguments favouring the projects come to us as a cruel joke.

If these are mere apprehensions, let us also be clear that our apprehensions are still to be cleared beyond doubt. Instead, this genre of development, with the spectre of crores of rupees coming in to a mostly non monetised economy, dreams of an incomprehensible but quality life is dividing our small community and sowing seeds of divide and discord.

A future social conflict within our Idu Mishmi community could be self defeating and the Government of India will have to squarely take the blame.

Honourable Prime Minister Sir, a Public Hearing in New Anaya, Upper Dibang Valley has been again notified for March 27th, 2009, perhaps for the seventh or eighth time. This never ending circus has to end some where.

We don’t want any project in Dibang Valley, and
No further Public Hearings

This is the Will of the Idu Mishmis, the indigenous people of Dibang Valley. Your Government, being an important member of the United Nations, cannot violate the Convention on the Rights of the Indigenous People which your Government has ratified in September 2007.

We sincerely hope that our voice will reach you and your Government.

For Peace, Tranquility and Hope in Dibang Valley

Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society
All Idu Mishmi Students Union
Dam Affected Citizens Committee

[as posted in Veracity - a local daily of roing ]


The L.K.Advani google ads attack!

I certainly do despise Indian politicians... there are innumerable reasons which this post itself wouldn't suffice. And that's a whole lot of reason that I wouldn't like my blog to advertise something I hate by myself. It was recently that I added few " Google image ads " to my blog. I thought google - like they boast of algorithm that detects the contents of the blog and feed ads accordingly to the code that you install through Adsense would make my job pretty easy. Ya, I would have definitely liked some ads of automotive or other products etc ( though i never wrote anything on the same in this blog ) but certainly not the Advani ads or as a matter of fact of any other politicians.

But, even the three google image ads posted wouldn't shy of showing-off the great L.K Advani's race to PM'ship. They wouldn't spare even one...for a different ads.

A snapshot ( which I took incase that image ads of advani disappears ) of the Advani ads... and you can find that to the right side of the blog as well.
[ Is it still there ? ... a question that I would ask unless I decide to completely remove those image ads. ] :)

Quite annoying ... atleast when you are trying to monetize through a blog that so far hasn't earned anything.

Then I did a google search on ' LK Advani google ads ' ... and there were scores of other websites talking about how the BJP has eventually laid webs of Ads all over the Internet ... as if we netizens know nothing about how India fared under BJP and too a little extent, it doesn't make much difference than the present regime as well.

I finally clicked the ads after a long thought ( it took me 3 days infact ) to figure out what's really behind that Ad.

Well... my personal assessment on that would be - Just the regular Politician's website trumpeting all over :

  • What we would do if you elect us, blah blah ( rather than what we achieved which other would have never )
  • Where Congress has failed ... ( quite preposterous looking other way round as well...where BJP have failed when they were in power )
  • Promises of empowering the youths of India, to build a stronger, more prosperous and more secure India. ( I wonder... what were they upto when they had the power ! )
  • Failures and Betrayals of UPA govt... increasing poverty and the usual etcs.. ( ya, India was really SHINING... the cliched n most dumbest assuring slogan they could think of to reassure the poorest of poor in India )

I felt I should leave the other such points for you to figure out... and think accordingly which PM would be the best for India. It's not over yet...going through the LKadvani site... I got a glimpse of this pic. And, I quite liked it... so here it is.
Maybe you ( Arunachalees ) can guess it out as to.. WHY !

Well... I wouldn't mind if you click on the google ads on the side bar as well ( if advani is still in there ).


Saturday, March 07, 2009

Recession or the slowdown ?

Just a snippet from the Aarohan Case Study meet ( or rather contest ) organized by students of Supply Chain Management of SIIB. 

When your attendance count is among the least in the class and the institute makes it rather mandatory to keep a minimum of 90%, failing which you wouldn't be allowed to sit for the placements...then you have no option but to oblige even if it meant keeping your ass glued to a remotely located seat of the auditorium for straight 7 hours.  Well, today was one such day... various experts and gurus from supply chain industry were among the dignified judges for the ocassion and I had to hear all they had to pour out... but am glad that I did that! 

The theme of the event was ...the Supply Chain in recessionary period ... which everyone by the end had to agree that it was slightly termed wrong. Should have been - supply chain in slowdown period, not recession. 

Everyday, newspapers flaunts about the troubling time all the B-schools are facing due to the recession in the bearish market which months ago was bullish. But, in an Indian it really recession for us. It is certainly a recession for the western markets in U.S because of the mortgage crisis, failure of the investment banks and finally leading to liquidity crisis... but does it work and mean the same for India. 

Indian economy, which was liberalised in 90s was the biggest thing that had happened to India to see it going up the ladder of economic power block of the world. And till, to the day it stands true. Government of India with its economic regulatory bodies has been the prime reason why India isn't facing, what we would have called the real recession. 

Whenever there is recession worldwide we see Indian government intervention through RBI cutting/increasing the repo/reverse repo rates. Which makes a perfect sense of the globalized economy we are tangled with. Recession somewhere is bound to have some sort of impact on the economy elsewhere. 

The recent collapse of two U.S Investment companies ( Meryll lynch & Lehman bros ) filling for bankruptcy finally triggering the panicky of Recession worldwide remains the ubiquitous and most popular explanation of the topsy turvy economic condition. But, when we bring it down to Indian context this would have never happened. Indian economy though liberalised remains a protected economy and thats for every good reason. The GOI with its apex regulatory bodies intervenes everytime it senses companies in troubled water. Hence, when we talk about Indian market, we would hardly find any companies filing for bankruptcy. And this remains the most attractive part of the protected Indian economy. 

If this isn't Recession with so many companies around employing job-cutting tactics then what is it?

And along with that we have various organizations predicting a GDP of 5-6% for subsequent years until and unless we get a government ruling at the centre which is open to foreign investments.

There is a healthy difference between the Recession and the Slowdown - which is what Indian economy is facing as of now. Recession can be termed as a period of negative growth for more than two quarters in a row and on the other hand slowdown is when the economy is growing at a slower rate, and is very Industry specific. Recession is a vicious cycle that sees a fall in profits of the overall market and tremendous decline in the economic growth rate, leading to cost-cutting methods companies start employing. Which ultimately results into large figure of unemployment and reduced spending power of the consumers. But, on the other hand what India is witnessing is just a slower growth rate of economy. 

You might one to go through this article as well Capitalmoney

In any marketing lectures of B-schools, quite often we get to hear about 'Blue Ocean Strategy' which exists vis-a-vis to 'Red Ocean Strategy'. These strategies were coined by two harvard grads Kim and Mauborgne and which they later went on to publish under the header Blue Ocean Strategy. 

For those who aren't familiar with these terms,

Blue Ocean strategy refers to a kind of business strategy that promotes creation of new market space known as "blue ocean" rather than contesting in an existing competition intensive market. These blue oceans are created when a company achieves value innovation beside adding value for both the company and the buyer. The trademark of such strategy is that it kills the competition to get a market of its own. 

One of the speaker of the Aarohan SCM summit pointed out very succinctly that it's only during good economic condition Industry people talk about Blue oceans and the red oceans. Quite obvious, merrier times would represent more blue oceans, and any company employing blue ocean strategy trying to find a new blue ocean for itself. The blue oceans gets more blue-ed. 

But what about when the economy is in a slowdown phase? Does it simply means diminishing needs of the consumers? Where does these marketing jargons go then? 

This scenario would tantamount to 'Red Oceans', where the market space gets crowded and the prospects for profit and growth are highly reduced because of the decrease in purchasing power. But, would that implicate that needs of the consumers have decreased? Certainly not... Then how do we justify the cost-cutting measures companies suddenly start using whenever market is bearish. Wouldn't creating or finding a blue ocean amidst the red oceans in these hard times describe the excellent value addition any company can add to itself and for the that matter the consumers too. 

What better marketing strategy and branding would that be, but quite far away from what we can expect from Indian market, which remains one of the most risk aversive market. Maybe for all good reasons ( whatever it is ). 

To end it in an optimistic way, all gone well...  we are in slowdown, not recession for certain! :)


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Blogspot vs Wordpress dilemma

I am ( or was )quite frequent with my blogspot blog ... but haven't quite updated this wordpress blog " ". I was quite apprehensive about the visibility of my blog for arunachal and the blog keywords...and felt it quite often that maybe google which owns the blogspot might give preferential ranking to the blog in the blogspot domain rather than the wordpress blog. I felt it too hard to compromise the search visibility that I could get through the blogspot blog than the features that you get in the wordpress blog.

It's quite understood that the wordpress blog comes along with more customizable features than the blogspot blog but one needs to have comparatively better know-how of the htmls. And the themes of wordpress are also much professional in look and it comes along with lots of add-ons and plug-ins when you compare it to blogspot's themes which looks more like you've been fed with some limitations. Of course, a free of cost blog has to come along with some impaired features, features that you can't simply go about changing at your will.

But, now that my blogspot blog is 2 years old and there is no way I can import it from blogspot to wordpress without sacrificing my search visibility...I guess I will have to work on the same for maybe a year or two until I get a self-hosted domain of my own.

Well...if you're new to blogging and want to own one... my suggestion would be start it from wordpress. It's very easy to use blogspot blogs and so is the case with wordpress. But, down the years...your blogging perspective atleast with the technicality purview would certainly improve if you start it with wordpress at the first hand. The same might take a little bit more in blogger, as things are right fed to you but with no option to decide unless you're quite good with the coding.

You might want to go through these posts as well:

Moving from blogger to wordpress without losing traffic page rank

Wordpress vs Blogspot ( )

Hope you all take a good decision! :)



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