2013 in review

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I regret to be Hindu

I was born and raised in a very liberal Hindu Punjabi family where I was free to set my own imagination and encouraged to get them in life but not everyone is as lucky as me. Our society in India is very conservative and it’s mainly because we remain puppets in hands of own parents who were brainwashed by their parents to an infinite loop. My parents realized that they have the power to what they call emotional torture on me but with that power they also got a responsibility and they never used it. We usually say our culture values triumphed over western end of the world – but I disagree. We’re living in a society with double standards whereas western world assume that we as a nation is big and as a culture rich and as a people polite. Being an Indian I can easily say that none of them is true.

Geographically, India is quite large with a very high population density so actually we are big but are we really big? A friend of mine asked be about a place in South India which I had no idea, the stories which he was telling me sounds like fairy tales it was complete inversion of what I assumed. Three year late when i made a trip I was completely shocked that what my friend was telling is all true. That day I realized that I don’t know my own country. Knowing country wasn’t big deal but then I came across people in my own country which was another dimension for my brain to fit. Very often I hear from people “He is from south India, he is not a nice person“. “He is Muslim don’t invite him at home“. “He is dirty caste (Dalit) stay away from him“. Truth is we are divided, first we are divided by region, then we are divided by religion and then we are divided by caste. That’s too many layers of division and in the end India is then not big anymore. Smart people often says we should divide this country into 28 small countries and that would solve everything – this is another lame argument which technically says we are divided so why don’t we geographically also divides. Which I think is totally insane idea — no proof required.

I was asked by mother of my close friend that why I am not living with my parents? I told her that my life is to live than enslaved to my parents. She was shocked what I just said and she repeated that “Parents brought you to this world, they raised you and made you a respectable person in life and now when it’s your turn to give them back, you’re running away“. My short answer to her very long argument was “Yes! “. She became angry and argued further and then I won. Later I asked my friend, How it’s going and he said it’s very troublesome they are searching a girl for her to marry which he doesn’t want to do because he had secret love affair. Our society routes us on a track where negation of what parents say is a sin, surprisingly Hinduism is very liberal and even sex is not consider as a sin. In this changing world we found a workaround, just lie to them that’s far easy. Why loosing virginity is consider as the BIG thing for parents? Why some one from lower caste cannot marry upper caste? Why parents sell us in terms of dowry and arrange marriages? That’s what I had been asking myself from very long time. We keep on saying it’s forbidden in religion and I believe it’s social implication of religion which forbid us from good things than religion itself. Now honour killing, suicides and rapes are  daily news which probably is not forbidden in society.

This morning I was reading about 1993 Bombay blast case and that overflow what I had been keeping since last few years to write this blog post. I always believed in Karma which most of Hindu do. Events in present leds us to different future, which I didn’t really understand when I was a child but I kept hearing this from a very wise Hindu priest, he lived 110 years who never tried to convince barren society his philosophy about living in a world with same rights, no caste and respect. When this morning I heard about verdict from supreme court, I was totally shocked not because the type of verdict but because it came before those who demolished Babari mosque in Ayodhaya. Eventually, country has it’s not priority but we as a people are not polite anymore. We always praise Mahatma Gandhi’s values to our society but never followed them. What we’re asking? We are more interested in the culprits who trigger 1993 Bombay blast that those who actually trigger the event which led to blasts in Bombay. The “Hindu” show to demolish Babari Mosque was “not spontaneous and not unplanned” and it claimed 2000 people’s life most of them were Muslim in aftermath. Which further led to Bombay’s blast, Gujarat riots and the most importantly it took distance apart two major religion communities in India. We’re further naive and stupid to be enslaved to those who even more stupid than us. Recently, India terminated two terrorists in a secret death penalty and we celebrated it, why did we celebrate a death penalty? What we have achieved by terminating people? Think tanks often argue law must be imposed in full and I agree but why in this polite country we have a death penalty? Moreover we started to revolutionize and asking for death penalty for everything else.

Until few generation will pass away and education will take over, we’ll remain  divided, our cultural values will remain empty, kindness and forgiveness had been key element of our values will remain diminishing away and as a majority in Republic of India, I regret to be “Hindu”.

It’s me in Gurgaon, India

Another short trip to India, mainly business but I am already excited to see family and old friends. I’ll be mainly spending time in “Gurgaon” an IT tech center, but will also try to visit my school. Since my parent are reconstructing their home from scratch it’d be fun to live with them.

Delhi, short visit

Happy New Year 2012

I am visiting Delhi from 3-7th Jan 2012 on a short business trip. Basically, it’s an annual progress catch up of our new Delhi office and I’ll have some free time in evening and early morning to catch up with school friends as well.

FDI – India, Communist and Opposition

India have enjoyed democracy and freedom since 1947 when English were forced to leave the land. The country where 1/8th of total population on Earth lives couldn’t achieve anything remarkable except three wars, egoistic nuclear program and foundation of corruption in first 25 year from freedom. Our GDP was hardly 100,000M USD and with 1/8th of total population it sounds puny. My parents grew up in that India. Where people enjoyed freedom but still felt helpless about reforms in India. But is freedom was that’s all we wanted, when I asked to my parents: Answer was surprisingly yes.

I born in 1984 time when communism was shattered by people revolution in central Europe. India at that time was getting worst though we enjoyed mixed economy but it wasn’t sustainable. When USSR collapsed which was a setback for all communist governance in India and abroad. Foreign goods starts pouring to Indian market it was simply a question of allowing foreign brands to sell their stuff in India. But it wasn’t easy.

I left India in 2007. India at peak of it’s IT surprise. People start traveling abroad in large number and started to influence India system. Corruption is on it’s peak, poor standard of living haunting their memory of the life they lived in US or Europe and the truth is only IT cannot bring reforms to India’s economy. Our last 3 governments considering FDI in retail finally decided that they are going to allow 51% FDI in retail. Which is what most of the retail companies were looking for from last 2 decades.

Just like all Indian stories, that’s not the end there are villains: communists and opposition. Communists in India always talked about protecting the poor but what actually they were able to protect was their power in Indian political system. I had hard time to understand why communists are successful in some province in India. They replaced God with Stalin, there are no caste and no humiliation, which in some part of India have been always a problem. Instead, I expected that these idiotic people stereotype would eventually go as we evolve. Opposition is nothing strange, they just have to oppose to everything without being responsible and that’s what people do when they are not in power.

Why they cries? It’s a global world with equal opportunities in trade. Instead of sit back and say “we can do everything by our own”. We should be part of globalization. We wants to export but we don’t want to import. We want lame agricultural system where crop goes bad and framer suicides instead of better logistic and product distribution system. Nothing comes without it’s own shortcomings but they are far too small than the benefits to every Indian.

India (anti) corruption movement

Every Indian is frustrated by corruption and now it has become very clear from Anna Hazare movement against corruption. Shunned by government, it has grown to the mass level and yesterday when I heard from my sister “Support Anna” I was very concerned on that quote and decided to write this post.

First, India is very democratic country, debating on stuff is in our blood. We have got freedom of speed which is very well respected in educated Indian society. Now a days, it’s a debatable question in India but in any country if you try to subvert constitutional system then you’ll be penalized. So why all hype?

Recent economic reforms have accelerated corruption in India, also people are becoming smarter and more aware to expose scandals. Corruption are at all levels in India. Most people victimized by local policemem, office clerks and social ignorance. But “Strong Janpal Bill” is what we lacks? It’s rather novice to say that “Support Anna” – anti corruption movement when people do bribe in daily life. Another kind of corruption is when social funds are misused, here “Strong Janpal bill” might help? but I am not sure at which level. We need to think about root cause instead adding one more system.

Second, at root level people still suffer from racism (cast system), illiteracy and awareness but instead of fighting these fundamental problem which would probably erase corruption in future, we decided to hit hard by Anti-corruption movement. Without knowing the cause, how can we fix the problem and secondly, I don’t think that a bill would vanish corruption in jiffy.

I do not believe that this bill would make much difference, though I believe as we evolve one day India will be among least corrupt country, now to achieve this we need to end racism, illiteracy and remove various layers in public dealing. In my opinion, Technology is going to play large role instead of Anna Hazare to wipe out corruption from India.

I prefer to stay out of non-travel post but it looks like I have no time for it. Recently, I traveled to lots of forests and Lake regions in Poland.

PS: An ideal ways to replace corruption are
1. Replace all govt officials with Androids. “Technology”
2. Implant a chip to every Indian citizen. “UUID”
3. Use Artificial Intelligence to train Indian citizen. “Education”
4. Get rid of money based economy .. instead adapt different economic model which is contribution based or technology based. “LOL”

India India

I’ll be in India for next two weeks. It’s more business cum personal trip. I am also planning to visit Kerala for couple of days to get some fresh air and rain 🙂

Delhi again

A small office trip arrives and I’ll be visiting Delhi, Coimbatore and Chennai. It’s my first trip to deep southern India. It’s quite short and I am already packed with the tasks which I need to do, still I’d spend some time meeting family and friends.

India and Unique Identification Number

I think this blog is inappropriate for discussing, India and UID project (Unique Identification Number). I recently had look at Mr. Nadan interview on NDTV about this project, despite his public saying it seems people are still confused with “ID Card” and “Unique Identification Number”. Again I’ll repeat UID is NOT an ID Card its just an identification number which will go to your various documents like Birth certificate, voter ID card, Pan Card etc.

Concept of national ID is not new US have got defacto SSN (Social Security Number), in Poland there is PESEL (personal identification number) which drastically reduce paper work, for example In India, when you go to open a bank account they ask you to bring an “identity proof” ha! I need to prove who I am. It’s rediculous but thats the way things works in India. If you’re aware how to twists paper work then you can even get 10 credit cards in India.

Idea of UID is a watchdog on citizen activities and bring poor people a bit near. Now, how it’s going to help poor people, though I was quite skeptic initially that its going to benefit poor and as I can see here in Europe, I think it’d really help poor if its easy to get this number. The fundamental advantage of UID is that you don’t have to prove who you are to various institution e.g banks, tax authorities, immigration authorities etc.

Estonia is first country which connected its UniqueID and ID cards to an OpenID. For those who are not aware of OpenID (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenID ) its an authorization process specially for web but can be extended to other application. Let me explain you in simple words say you have a Gmail account and all Gmail Accounts have issued a unique ID which is a URL (https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/ud) so now if you comes to a website which accepts OpenID and if you provide your uniqueID URL then it’ll authenticate you from OpenID provider in this case Google.

It would be great if India UniqueID will be OpenID enabled. Estonia has successfully implemented national ID – OpenID connection. If you are XYZ ABC with an Estonian UID 42004010123456 then your OpenID is https://openid.ee/e/xyz.abc.42004010123456 (https://openid.ee/e/name.surname.uid)

Biometric is really cool and we should do in this way but more things are happening around us, in order to bring egovernence to common citizen OpenID is an open platform for both government and non government world. I hope Mr. Nandan have already thought about it.

Czesc India – 10th April to 8th May

Finally all set for our India trip. We planned couple of times but we couldn’t this time all set, visas, shopping, tickets. On 10th April we are leaving from Gdansk and early morning we’ll be in India. We’ll be visiting back home, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur/Valley of flowers and Leh.