Left opposes performance-linked salaries

Left opposes performance-linked salaries

Finally, the veil is off…(I think it was never there..we were dumb enough to believe all this social justice crap) :

 Reacting angrily, the unions said any move to this end would hurt the interests of employees at lower levels of the hierarchy.
“The proposal of performance-linked salary for a government employee is illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional. Basic salary cannot be linked with performance. There can be a performance bonus, as prevalent in some industries, but that should not be a part of the salary,” said Gurudas Dasgupta, general secretary, All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), which is affiliated to the Communist Party of India (CPI).

I have never heard such an insane argument from anyone. I believe I would be insulting the intelligence of my readers if I try to explain why this is such nonsense.

Commies need help…seriously !

“those who oppose the nuclear deal are enemies of progress.”

That was apparently our Godmother, Sonia ji …I did not get to read her original speech, so will refrain from further comment on the speech itself.

 What piques my interest is this clarification from the congress party on the speech:

After senior Left leaders reacted to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s remarks on the Indo-US nuke deal during a rally in Haryana, the Congress party has clarified that the remarks were only in the context of the political situation in Haryana.

Someone, please explain to me how it is possible that “those who oppose the nuke deal are enemies of progress” only in the context of the political situation in Haryana and under no other circumstances !

India are champs…Part 4…social repurcussions…

This was bound to happen:

Irked by the “step-motherly treatment” meted out to the Indian hockey players by the central and four state governments, when compared to the sops given to cricketers after their win in the Twenty20 World Cup, the team members have decided to go on a ‘hunger strike’.

Isn’t it ridiculous that the government decides that it can take the taxpayers’ money and do whatever it wants with it ? Look at this, for example. The state governments think nothing of pouring 5,10, even 21 Lakhs into these players.

It is not a question of whether these players deserve to be rewarded or not. The point is, the taxpayer is not supposed to foot the bill for this largesse from the government. India Uncut makes this argument far more compellingly:

If Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sheila Dikshit wish to use India’s victory to make a statement, they should spend their own money. All poor people in this country, from maids to chaprasis to cycle-rickshaw drivers, pay taxes every time they buy anything. It is ludicrous that their hard-earned money, coercively collected by the state, should be spent on cricketers with endorsements that are worth crores.

Well, that is point number 1.

Point number 2 is that Indian Hockey needs to get a life. You cannot spend the careers of thousands of promising hockey players begging for attention, begging for recognition from the government. It is not because the general public has some aversion to hockey that we are in this state today. The coaches, the players et al have to look at the way the game is run, at the way the players are selected.

If there are no stars in the Indian Hockey team, it is because the IHF treats the players like dirt. “Where is Dhanraj Pillay” is a good question to start the search into why hockey is a forgotten sport in India.

Point number 3: I have written before, on this blog, that the job of the government is to provide infrastructure, to put the framework in place, so to speak. We do not want the government to get into the nitty gritty of everyday life. We do not want the government to manage our lives (read “run our lives”) for us.

The job of the government, here, would have been to put the infrastructure for cricket, hockey, badminton, tennis etc in place (the stadiums, the training facilities, the support staff etc) and get out of the way. Let the market economies decide which sport gets top billing. (If it so turns out that cricket outshines every other sport in India, it is just plain unfortunate. You have to accept it and move on. You cannot force the public to watch such and such a game, just like you cannot force-feed such and such movies to us.)

The unfortunate point is that cricket is the star of the show. The government needs votes. So, it will go after the star…never mind the fact that it has hardly done anything for cricket either. (rewarding players with cash does not help the game. However much you bring in the “incentive” angle, I will not agree to that) . It is vote-bank politics at its best (worst ?)

Asking the government to give cash to achievers in other sports is not the answer. Hockey should ask for better facilities, better administration. In fact, hockey should ask the government to leave them alone so they might improve !

Related Posts:

Ongoing “India are champs” series:

India are champs…Part 5…that fateful last over…

India are champs … Part 3 … questions..

India are champs … Part 2 ..Shoaib Malik’s comments

India are champs … Twenty20 Final Highlights

India are champs … Part 1

‘Nobody has proved that Ram did not exist’

Excerpt from an interview with Pravin Togadia here:

What do you say to people who say that Ram is a mythical character and that he never existed?

According to rationalists, anything that cannot be proven does not exist. Therefore, since God’s existence has not been proven, he too does not exist. I want to ask them: Has it been proven that God does not exist? So, why are you so eager to believe that God does not exist? To compare the history of Islam or Christianity to that of Hinduism is not fair. Those are products of fairly young civilisations, not like Hinduism, which is a product of the oldest living civilisation in the world.

This is the tactic that we have mastered so well as a nation. Probably, this is the reason most of our “initiatives” go nowhere.

I am referring to the tactic of broadening the scope of an argument so much that there can be no conclusion. Then, in a frenzy of violence, people give up and forget what the original argument was in the first place.

The whole thing started with a simple question: Is it ok for the government to go ahead with the dredging, in view of the fact that this would damage the so-called “Ramar Sethu”. The points to be considered here: Is there any evidence to prove that “Ramar Sethu” is a man-made formation.

If it is, then it probably classifies as a national heritage (note: this still doesn’t have anything to do with the much wider debate of who built the sethu itself. We are only asking if some “being” built it ‘coz, if that is the case, then it is a part of our historical footprint as a nation; comparable to the numerous historical monuments across the rest of the nation)

When the ASI researches it and says that “Ramar Sethu” is a natural formation, that is that ! No body is asking if Ram existed or not, or if the Ramayana is just a myth. Nobody has any business getting into this argument ‘coz this is purely academic and nothing to do with the core issue here.

(There is a sinister argument at play here: If we agree, for the time-being, that Ramayana did actually happen, then the natural formation must be the “Ramar Sethu”. That is like jumping the gun. There is a whole of lot of difference between co-relation and causivity. Just because two events follow each other chronologically, it doesn’t hold that one caused the other.)

Coming back, at the time of the affidavit being filed, the only question being asked was : Is the “Ramar Sethu” a man-made formation.That was the only question that needed to be answered by the affidavit. It did not need to go into whether there was any evidence of Ram’s existence.

The affidavit tried to answer too many questions. The Hindu right-wing picked up all the juice offered by the affidavit and launched into the government.

At this point, I am ashamed to say, our government decided that scientific findings can be thrown out of the window in favour of votes.

Now consider this statement from the CM of Tamil Nadu:

Refusing to withdraw his remarks on Lord Rama, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi on Thursday said that as per Ramayana’s author Valmiki, Rama was a drunkard. “I have not said anything more than Valmiki, who authored Ramayana. Valmiki had even stated that Rama was a drunkard. Have I said so?” Karunanidhi told reporters. Challenging Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani, he asked, “Is Advani ready to discuss Ramayana with me in the same platform after going through Valmiki Ramayana fully?”

This is an example of people answering the wrong (irrelevant) questions, coming up with outrageous (sensational) statements etc to stir up their vote banks. Does it make any difference to the Sethu project whether Rama was a drunkard or not ?
Who suffers in the end ? Well, we the know the answer to that question, don’t we ?

This tactic makes sure we do not complete any of the projects we start. Perhaps that is in the interest of most politicians. If we completed everything, why would we need to support this humongous monopoly called “government” anymore ?

P.S: It is symptomatic of our cultural ethos that the only angle that is looked into is the religious (or is it political ?) one. See here for a more rounded look at the project and why it may not be all that great for this nation.
  

India are champs … Part 2 ..Shoaib Malik’s comments

After the euphoria over India’s victory in Twenty20 World Cup settles down, folks will start digging into Shoaib Malik’s post match comments.

Mukul Kesavan conducts a preliminary inquiry into this episode with this post:

Then the Pakistan captain said something that was so irrelevant that I couldn’t believe my ears. So I looked at the highlights over and over again to make sure that I’d actually heard him say it. This is what he said to master of ceremonies, Ravi Shastri, who asked him a sympathetic question about the game after Shoaib had collected his loser’s medal:

“First of all I want to say something over here. I want to thank you back home Pakistan and where the Muslim lives all over the world.”

This is what he said word for word because it’s important to quote him correctly. The problem here isn’t the syntax, it is the sentiment. I don’t expect Shoaib Malik to be a politically correct intellectual, but it is reasonable to expect him to know the world of cricket that he inhabits.

Myself, I would take a much more charitable view of things.

Amidst pictures of Indians jumping around the ground, there were shots of a sunken Pakistan team being led out to the ground by what looked like an inconsolable Shoaib Malik.

Much is said about how unfancied the two teams were before this tournament began. What most people do not realize, however, is that of the two, Pakistan had a much more balanced team.

This was the team that simply walked past Sri Lanka and Australia in the league matches. New Zealand were similarly brushed aside in the semi-final.

Contrast this with India’s lead-up to the final. Even the horribly inefficient English middle-order ran them close. South Africa were too timid, but the Aussies came out all guns blazing in the semi-final. If it were not for an Aussie lower-order that had not had much game-time in this tournament, things could have been different for India.

Amidst all that, there was an under-current of speculation running around the cricket fraternity that Pakistan were favourites. This under-current started gushing out in the open once they managed to restrict the Indian score to 157. Add Imran Nazir’s 15 ball 33, and you were on the mark.

When you lose from such a position and after so much promise, you are left with nothing.

None of this is to condone what Shoaib said to Ravi Shastri…but please allow him this small consolation…this small beating of the chest under duress.

As Pakistan mourns the defeat, the rest of the cricketing world can celebrate the birth of Instant Cricket, no ?

Related posts…

Ongoing series “India are champs”

Part 1 here

Highlights here

India are champs … Part 3 … questions..

India are champs…Part 4…social repurcussions…

India are champs…Part 5…that fateful last over…

India are champs … Twenty20 Final Highlights

More reporting to come on the match, the consequences, the star-performances, the nuances…

For the moment, watch the highlights of this electrifying match:

Indian Innings:

Pakistan Innings:

Enjoy…

Related posts…

On-going series: “India are Champs” …

India are champs…Part 5…that fateful last over…

India are champs…Part 4…social repurcussions…

India are champs … Part 3 … questions..

India are champs … Part 2 ..Shoaib Malik’s comments

India are champs … Part 1

Catching with the reverse cup

Been noticing lately that the fielders in the point region going for catches with the reverse cup.

Sample this from Collingwood:

Was surprised to see a similar attempt from the Pakistan skipper, Shoiab Malik.

We all remember Dinesh Karthik dropping a catch trying something similar.

Its almost like a goalie stop in soccer.

Is this the new trend ? I wonder…