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Say yes to REUSABLE and NO to DISPOSABLE

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on November 24, 2013


This is horrible. Share this widely for making people aware, that by throwing anything in sea they are killing the nature.

Humble request to you all: Time to say no to DISPOSABLE items. Start using REUSABLE items.
Nature protects us, lets not kill it.

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What is profit? A wonderful letter to his grandson from Fred I. Kent

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on October 23, 2013


Source: Sanjeev Sabhlok’s blog

This letter of April 1942 was originally published by the New York State Economic Council. The Reader’s Digest published it in 1943.

A schoolboy, disturbed the by current fashion of speaking disparagingly of the profit system which has formed the basis of the American way of life, wrote to his grandfather asking him to “explain just how there can be a profit which is not taken from the work of someone else.” The grandfather was Fred I. Kent, LL.D., President of the Council of New York University and a former director of the Federal Reserve Board.

Dr. Kent replied to his grandson’s query as follows:

Mr dear grandson,

I will answer your question as simply as I can. Profit is the result of enterprise which builds for others as well as for the enterpriser. Let us consider the operation of this fact in a primitive community, say of one hundred persons who are non-intelligent beyond the point of obtaining the mere necessities of living by working hard all day long.

Our primitive community, dwelling at the foot of a mountain, must have water. There is no water except at a spring near the top of the mountain: therefore, every day all the hundred persons climb to the top of the mountain. It takes them one hour to go up and back. They do this day in and day out, until at last one of them notices that the water from the spring runs down inside the mountain in the same direction that he goes when he comes down. He conceives the idea of digging a trough in the mountainside all the way down to the place where he has his habitation. He goes to work to build a trough. The other ninety-nine people are not even curious as to what he is doing.

Then one day this hundredth man turns a small part of the water from the spring into his trough and it runs down the mountain into a basin he has fashioned at the bottom. Whereupon he says to the ninety-nine others, who each spend an hour a day fetching their water, that if they will each give him the daily production of ten minutes of their time, he will give them water from his basin. He will then receive nine hundred and ninety minutes of the time of the other men each day, which will make it unnecessary for him to work sixteen hours a day in order to provide for his necessities. He is making a tremendous profit – but his enterprise has given each of the ninety-nine other people fifty additional minutes each day for himself.

The enterpriser, now having sixteen hours a day at his disposal and being naturally curious, spends part of his time watching the water run down the mountain. He sees that it pushes along stones and pieces of wood. So he develops a water wheel; then he notices that it has power and, finally, after many hours of contemplation and work, makes the water wheel run a mill to grind his corn.

This hundredth man then realises that he has sufficient power to grind corn for the other ninety-nine . He says to them, “I will allow you to grind your corn in my mill if you will give me one tenth of the time you save.” They agree, and so the enterpriser now makes an additional profit. He uses the time paid by the ninety-nine others to build a better house for himself, to increase his conveniences of living through new benches, openings in his house for light, and better protection from the cold. So it goes on, as this hundredth man constantly finds ways to save the ninety-nine the total expenditure of their time – one tenth of which he asks of them in payment, for his enterprising.

This hundredth man’s time finally becomes all his own to use as he sees fit. He does not have to work unless he chooses to. His food and shelter and clothing are provided by others. His mind, however, is ever working and the other ninety-nine are constantly having more time to themselves because of his thinking and planning.

For instance, he notices that one of the ninety-nine makes better shoes than the others. He arranges for this man to spend all his time making shoes, because he can feed and clothe him and arrange for his shelter from profits. The other ninety-eight do not now have to make their own shoes. They are charged one tenth the time they save. The ninety-ninth man is also able to work shorter hours because some of the time that is paid by each of the ninety-eight is allowed to him by the hundredth man.

As the days pass, another individual is seen by the hundredth man to be making better clothes than any of the others, and it is arranged that his time shall be given entirely to his speciality. And so on.

Due to the foresight of the hundredth man, a division of labour is created that results in more and more of those in the community doing the things for which they are best fitted. Everyone has a greater amount of time at his disposal. Each becomes interested, except the dullest, in what others are doing and wonders how he can better his own position. The final result is that each person begins to find his proper place in an intelligent community.

But suppose that, when the hundredth man had completed his trough down the mountain and said to the other ninety-nine, “If you will give me what it takes you ten minutes to produce, I will let you get water from my basin,” they had turned on him and said, “We are ninety-nine and you are only one. We will take what water we want. You cannot prevent us and we will give you nothing.” What would have happened then? The incentive of the most curious mind to build upon his enterprising thoughts would have been taken away. He would have seen that he could gain nothing by solving problems if he still had to use every waking hour to provide his living. There could have been no advancement in the community. The same stupidity that first existed would have remained. Life would have continued to be a drudge to everyone, with opportunity to do no more than work all day long just for a bare living.

But we will say the ninety-nine did not prevent the hundredth man from going on with his thinking, and the community prospered. And we will suppose that there were soon one hundred families. As the children grew up, it was realised that they should be taught the ways of life. There was now sufficient production so that it was possible to take others away from the work of providing for themselves, pay them, and set them to teaching the young.

Similarly, as intelligence grew the beauties of nature became apparent. Men tried to fix scenery and animals in drawings – and art was born. From the sounds heard in nature’s studio and in the voices of the people, music developed. And it became possible for those who were proficient in drawing and music to spend all their time at their art, giving of their creations to others in return for a portion of the community’s production.

As these developments continued, each member of the community, while giving something from his own accomplishments, became more and more dependent upon the efforts of others. And, unless envy and jealousy and unfair laws intervened to restrict honest enterprisers who benefited all, progress promised to be constant.

Need we say more to prove that there can be profit from enterprise without taking anything from others, that such enterprise adds to the ease of living for everyone?

These principles are as active in a great nation such as the United States as in our imaginary community. Laws that kill incentive and cripple the honest enterpriser hold back progress. True profit is not something to be feared, because it works to the benefit of all.

We must endeavour to build, instead of tearing down what others have built. We must be fair to other men, or the world cannot be fair to us.

Sincerely,

GRANDFATHER.

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Roadtrip for regaining life

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on September 17, 2013


Namaste Friends,

The idea of conducting road-trip has been on my mind for long time now. So to start with I chose following dates and route. This is a beginning to live what I love. Enough said and less done till date. Now I want to be myself again. I want to travel around the world but before I get there I’ll start with my country, state. I cordially invite anyone and everyone with motor-bike to join this trip at own expenses.

I’ve planned a road-trip from 21-22 Sept 2013 to 26-27 Sept 2013. The route is as shown in below map.

 

Route + Vague itinerary:

  1. Start from Chinchwad, Pune
  2. Head towards Kolhapur, first night halt probably here.
  3. Explore the Kolhapur city and places in-and-around
  4. Head towards Amboli ghats. The exceptional mountains and ghats, might be the halt here
  5. Explore Amboli valley
  6. Now head towards Cavelossim Beach, Goa via Sawantwadi – A halt here is must
  7. Explore the places nearby
  8. Move towards Tarkarli beach, Sindhudurga – A halt here too
  9. Water sports and exploring
  10. Now move towards Murud-Harnai Beach – A halt, maybe?
  11. Back to chinchwad

Itinerary isn’t fixed and would improve as we reach the places. As I said this is an purely exploratory trip. I don’t want to restrict by strict timings. The places are selected so, because I felt that way. No other motivation research went into it.

Mode of travelling:

  • I’m using my motor-bike TVS Apache 160R

Rules:

  • Riding gears must (Helmet, jacket, ).
  • Get your bike serviced.
  • Don’t carry any expensive materials.
  • No riding in the night. [Can be relaxed depending on the area and local intel].
  • Strict NO to booze and ride.
  • Anyone can join at own expense.
  • You can leave the trip anywhere.

Whoever wish to join please contact me at http://twitter.com/sandeepshelke

Jay Bharat!

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CIBIL sells your data to you too

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on September 15, 2013


Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited collects the information about your financial transactions like loans, credit-cards, repayments etc… So that this can be used by financial institutions while processing your credit requests. Which essentially means to screw you if you have defaulted in any of the re-payments.

Most unethical practice these financial institutions follow is they would request your credit score and then if it has any problems they will decline your credit request without any clear reasoning. You’re then left with no option but to approach the CIBIL for the credit score/report.

Now, since you need your own credit report which is collected without your notice you will have to pay for it. Why? What purpose does this data collections serves a consumer? It doesn’t matter to me at all. By the way there is no correctness check on the information provided the financial institutions.

You are not even given an opportunity to register protest against the wrong reporting. The whole CIBIL system is the bloody anarchist/fascist in its functioning.

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Career in Policy, Think Tank Development, Read on…

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on July 17, 2013


While browsing I found the document for Policy Career Guide at LibertyGuide. Bellow is something very interesting, motivational yet natural, which caught my attention.

Reproducing from the “Case Studies in Policy Rebecca Gaetz — South Carolina Policy Council”

Development is fast and intense. One minute I’m coordinating an event for hundreds of people and the next I’m nodding and smiling politely, as a major donor shakes with rage and says, “The president is leading all of us to the burning flames of hell.”  True story.

A “typical day in the office” does not exist. Mail has to go out and members need to be touched. There is always a major grant proposal to write and deadlines to meet. It never fails that an important donor will call in the middle of chaos and require an hour of my time—which I am always delighted to give—no matter what.
My friends like to crack jokes about how exhausting it must be “thinking all day” at a think tank. Laugh as they may, it’s true. Producing is a major factor in fundraising, but “thinking” is also essential. I’m constantly thinking of dynamic ways to bring in more people and more money, and most nights, these thoughts even invade my dreams.

The best part of the day is opening mail—big checks are major motivators. Surprisingly, I’ve also started to appreciate hate mail from fringe fanatics and pamphlets from radicals. A strong sense of humor is a must in this job!

Here’s some advice for anyone considering a career in think tank development: The only way to sell your mission is to believe and understand it. It is critical to wrap your head around the policy before you can even begin to relate to donors. Another must in development is the ability to write clearly and concisely. Also, if you don’t like people, stay away. If you aren’t in front of a donor,  you’ll be in front of your computer. Spreadsheets and databases are a necessary evil—but can be managed with the help of interns and (if you’re lucky) development staff.

Jay Bharat!

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No to shariat, no to jaat panchayat only yes to Bharatiy court

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on July 9, 2013


Sharia  Court

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Sone Ki Chidiya: Can you help those affected in Uttarakhand?

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on June 25, 2013


source: SabhlokCity.com

SKC Federation’s contact details were published in TOI today (below). Please contribute cash/kind.

FTI members in Mumbai/Pune have offered to act as local contacts. More details shortly on the webpage above.

In the meanwhile here’s relevant information for Delhi:

Key contact for goods in kind: Wg Cdr KK Verma (Retd), Mobile:+919811560341, Address – C-79 First Floor, South Ex Part 2, New Delhi – 110049.

UPDATE: One truck load of goods is expected to be sent out by 26 June 2013 to Dehradun.

For funds:

Account Name: Sone Ki Chidiya Federation

Bank: ICICI bank

Branch: Laxmi Nagar Delhi

RTGS/NEFT IFSC Code ICIC0000831

Account No. 083105000859

Only Indian citizens are eligible to contribute to SKC Federation. No income tax exemption is available.

Please confirm your payment to info@sonekichidiya.in. Funds received will be published. Current cash contributions received (this will be updated periodically).
Mention of SKC’s work in Times of India, 24 June 2013 (click for larger image)

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FTI’s Policy Competition: The Results (and seven prizes)

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on April 27, 2013


Date of Announcement: 27 April 2013

Background

The Freedom Team of India’s policy competition, announced on 15 November 2012, attracted over 400 registrants. A total of 20 entries were received. One competitor had applied to join FTI. Although he has since left, he is not an Indian citizen hence ineligible for a cash prize.

General comment on quality of entries received

The rules specified that “FTI may decide not to award prizes on policy topics in which no entry of a minimum acceptable standard is received”. This provision was not expected to be used since FTI was hoping for a very strong field. It turns out that many competitors did not use the mandatory competition template (which provides a systematic framework for analysis). Many of those who used the template didn’t demonstrate basic diligence and evidence-based policy thinking, hence failed to meet a minimum standard.

FTI doesn’t blame this unfortunate state of affairs on the participants, but on the lack of even a single good school of Governance and Public Policy in India. Policy makers in India are therefore left to their own devices, leading to extremely poor public policy. It is our hope that this deplorable state of affairs will be addressed through the ongoing efforts of the Freedom Team of India (which has also recently launched the Sone Ki Chidiya Federation to bring about total reforms). competition participants are encouraged to join the Federation to support good governance in India. They are also encouraged to understand the slides presented at the Governance Reforms Conference at Indian Institute of Public Administration recently.

Seven participants are being acknowledged and/or awarded prizes

Despite the low average standard of policy entries, three did meet a minimum standard (although much was still left to be desired – e.g. proof of assertions made).

One of these policies has been judged to be of sufficiently high standard (despite limitations) to act as a minimum benchmark for future policy design in India. This policy is being awarded the overall best prize of Rs.1 lakh.

The remaining two (out of the three that met the minimum standard) were in the same policy area (school education), so only will get the prize of Rs.20,000 and the second is being acknowledged through a consolation prize. (Although there was no provision for consolation prizes in the Rules, the Board of Directors of FTI has decided to acknowledge/ award five small additional prizes to encourage the participants.)

The Results

The policy entries

FTI has previously published the policy entries without disclosing participant names. The entires are now being published with participant names (without addresses and other private details) here.

Disclaimer: Awarding a prize to a policy does not bind FTI in any way to its recommendations. FTI continues to develop world-best policies for India through its own extensive analysis and wide discussions with the community.

1) First (and overall best) prize: Rs.1 lakh

The first prize goes to Supratim Guha and Amudavalli Kannan (C17: Policy No. 17: Water (including rivers policy and potable water supplies).

Title of competition entry: River-Basin Management

Affiliation: Undergraduate Law Students at Gujarat National Law University

FTI believes that this policy is good enough to act as a minimum benchmark for all policies made in India. Much better policies can be designed with due diligence and effort. However, currently no actual public policy in India even meets this minimum benchmark. The Planning Commission spends HUNDREDS of crores of rupees on consultants, only to make truly bad policies. If India were to follow the diligence and effort put in by Supratim Guha and Amudavalli Kannan in such a short time, it could achieve wonders with the resources currently spent (wasted) on policy making.

Download a PDF version of the Guha-Kannan First Prize winning policy below (Word version here). Please also pass on this link as widely as you can. Well done, Guha and Kannan.

2) Prize for best policy on school education: Rs.20,000

The only other policy area in which a minimum standard was met was school education. The prize in this policy area goes to Poorvaja Prakash and Radhika Maloo. (C13: Policy area no. 12: School education (including early childhood education)). Download this prize winning entry here (Word | PDF).

Title of competition entry: Education For Learning

Affiliation: Poorvaja works in Teach For India, Radhika works in IPE Global Consulting

3) Two consolation prizes of Rs. 3,000 each

The following competitors are being awarded Rs. 3,000 each as a consolation prize for their effort.

Padma Karri (C12/ 11_Padma_karri.doc – download from zip file here)

Avi Aggarwal (C09/ 2_aviaggarwal.doc – download from zip file here)

4) Three encouragement prizes

The following two are being awarded Rs. 1,000 each as encouragement prize.

Akriti Bhatia: C19/ 16_Akriti Bhatia.doc – download from zip file here)

Rahul Gupta (C20/ 2_rahulgupta.doc – download from zip file here)

FTI also wishes to encourage the following competitor. He is not a citizen of India, so will not receive any cash prize. But well done:

Sandeep Datir (C04/ health policy.doc – download from zip file here)

Congratulations to everyone!

The Freedom Team of India congratulates not just the prize winners but all contestants – for putting in the time and effort to think about public policy. This is a highly neglected area of thought and study in India, and the results of such neglect are self-evident to anyone who lives in India. Even “reform” movements are led by people who have not the slightest clue about good public policy.

Through the efforts of Freedom Team of India, its supporters, and competition participants we hope that India will finally arrive at good policies. We hope that all competitors learnt something useful from the competition – regardless of whether they won a prize. We wish them the very best in their future plans in the field of public policy.

We invite you to work together with us to ensure better public policy in India through world-best governance and policy frameworks.

Now it is your turn to support this effort

FTI is a fledgling effort that is trying to reform India’s deplorable governance. We need every Indian’s support. If you think that FTI is on the right track, please support FTI actively through cash contributions and voluntary work. Those who wish to lead India should join the Freedom Team. Those who wish to India to achieve genuine reforms should participate in the Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Movement by joining the Sone Ki Chidiya Federation – which has been created by FTI as a platform for all reformers and reform organisations in India to come together.

FTI wishes to thank those who contributed prize money for this competition. We will soon be in touch with them with proposals to best use the remaining contributed prize money for preparing good public policy documents for India.

Note: Cheques to prize winners

Cheques to prize winners will be mailed out to the addresses they have provided, in the next 30 days. Should you not receive your prize by then, please contact Supratim Basu at xsupratim@gmail.com and Ajay Anand at ajayanand7@gmail.com.

Board of Directors, Freedom Team of India

जय भारत!

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पाण्याचा दुख:काळ का पडतो? तुटवडा का निर्माण होतो?

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on April 11, 2013


ह्या प्रश्नावर मी गेली कित्येक दिवस विचार करीत आहे. आणि त्यातून मला समजलेली काही कारणे. निश्चितच मी इथे जी करणे नमूद केली आहेत त्यामध्ये अजून सुधारणा होऊ शकतात.

गैरवापर:

  • बेहिशोबी आणि बेजबाबदार पिक व्यवस्थापन

  • नदी पात्रांमधील, ओढे-नाल्यावरील अतिक्रमण

  • बेसुमार वाळू उपसा आणि तस्करी.

  • अवैध जंगलतोड

  • वाढते प्रदूषण

  • बंधारे आणि जलाशयांचा बेसुमार आणि अनिर्बंध वापर

  • जमिनीखालील पाण्याचा बेसुमार उपसा

नियोजनाचा अभाव:

  • पावसाच्या पाण्याचे ढिसाळ नियोजन आणि संधारणाविषयीची उदासीनता

  • शेतामधील नष्ट होणारे बांध आणि त्यामुळे नाश पावणारी वनराई

  • सुमार वृक्ष लागवड व संवर्धनाच्या नावाने असणारी बोम्ब

  • अनियमित आणि अनिर्बंध शहरीकरण

  • वाढत्या कुपनलिका/ट्यूबवेल/बोअरवेल

दुर्लक्ष:

  • पाण्याच्या वाहतुकीमध्ये होणारी गळती

  • दुषित पाणी, मल विना प्रक्रिया नैसर्गिक स्रोतांमध्ये सोडणे

  • मोठाले धरणं बांधून पाण्याच्या जाणीवपूर्वक वापराकडे होत असलेले दुर्लक्ष

  • सूक्ष्म आणि मध्यम जलाशयांकडे होत असलेले अघोरी दुर्लक्ष

  • जमिनीखालील पाण्याची पातळी वाढविण्याकडे होत असलेले दुर्लक्ष

परंतु अजून खोल विचार केल्यावर लक्षात आले कि हि तर फक्त लक्षणं आहेत खरे कारण तर “नेत्तृत्त्वाचा अभाव आणि स्वधर्माचा पडलेला विसर” आहे.

जय भारत!

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Regretting the missing courtesy links in my posts

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 30, 2013


I’ve 150+ blog posts on KrishiDesh. In which I used lots of images from the web. I added source and courtesy information to some but forgot to add to some of the images at the early times of the blog. I regret this mistake since I don’t any way to trace those images to its source and hence a problem of authorship. So if anybody finds that anything used in any of these posts belongs to you or person you may know then please bring it to my notice; I shall be more than happy and thankful to you.

Please help me make this more transparent and trustworthy. I appreciate your consistent support.

Jay Bharat!

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