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Fifteen-year-old Craig Gilner never imagined having his dreams come true would land him in the hospital. He worked so hard to get into the Executive Pre-Professional High School, which was supposed to set him on the path to success for life. Instead, the mounting pressure almost cost him his life.
Taj managers explained to Deshpande that they recruited for traits like empathy because that kind of underlying value is hard to teach. This, he says, is also why recruiters avoid hiring managers for the hotel from the top business schools in India. They deliberately go to second-tier business schools, on the theory that the people there will be less motivated by money.
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IN a move reminiscent of the birthand growth of the Green Party, residents of Delhi andnon-government organisations have finally raised theirvoice against the ever-increasing pollution. Sincepoliticians tend to be too busy to do anything about suchmatters and always pass the buck upwards — whichnever reaches anywhere — the residents this timehave approached the Prime Minister himself. Hundreds ofcallers jammed the phone and fax lines of the PM’shouse on Monday with calls highlighting their plight.Their desperation in involving the “chief executiveof the Government of India” is understandable.Similar representations earlier to the then ChiefMinister, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, hardly evoked anyresponse. Pollution has continued to grow unbridled, somuch so that Delhi today ranks as the third most pollutedcity in the world. During peak traffic hours, thenational Capital’s roads remind one of Nazi gaschambers. Nearly 10,000 people die due to the pollutedair every year. One out of every 15 residents is likelyto get cancer because industrial pollution has gone upfour times and vehicular pollution eight times in thepast 20 years. A book released by the Centre for Scienceand Environment two years ago had called it slow murder.The way the government has acquiesced in this crime, itwould seem that it is hand in glove with the criminals.After all, how is that it has allowed diesel used in theDelhi vehicles to have 250 times more sulphur than thediesel sold in other countries?
Understandably, in factinevitably, popular attention is focussed on the enormoushardship caused by the horrendous increase in the pricesof onions, vegetables, pulses, oilseeds and othernecessaries. The official explanation that the productionof these commodities has fallen sharply because ofunseasonal rain and floods is surely valid. But thencountries like China have suffered far more on account ofdevastating deluge and yet nothing like the skyrocketingof prices of onions and potatoes has taken place there.
One of the two majorconclusions of the analysis is that stock markets in mostof the crisis-hit countries of Asia are “faring muchbetter” than in this country. Whether it is right tointerpret this as a sign of the foreign investor’sgreater confidence in the crisis-ridden economies may bedebatable. In any case, stock exchanges can be highlyvolatile, even in developed countries of the West. Some,though not many, leading institutions such as MorganStanley have described India, in the long run, as a“better bet for investment than the rest of Asia puttogether”. Even so, the other side of the coin isthat an army of small Indian investors have been ruined,and that the current inflow of foreign investment hereremains a trickle compared with the torrent thatcontinues to go into, say, China.
GLOBAL recession has arrived. Manycountries have already come in its grip. Russia and Japanare the hardest hit. East Asian countries too havesuffered a lot. The epidemic has spread to South-Americancountries as well. India and China, constituting 40 percent of world population, have undergone the incubationperiod and symptoms of the disease are being noticed. Theeconomy of the African continent (excepting South Africa)has never been near the buoyant level and, therefore, therecessionary trend will not cause any noticeable dent onits existing state of debility. East European countriestoo do not enjoy a healthy situation.
Come August, and suddenlyour brethren from UP (popularly called“Bhaiyas”) descend with their families out ofnowhere and perch themselves in nooks and corners of busymarkets selling corn-cob, and instantly one knows thatthe “bhutta” season is on. You don’t needa big budgetary allocation and a VIP to inaugurate itlike winter rose festival in the City Beautiful. InHindi, corn-cob is known as “bhutta”, and inPunjabi it’s fondly called “challi”, a farmore romantic name than the blunt, hard-pronounced“bhutta”.
It was as a kid that Icame in contact with “challi” in a beautifulway that blossomed into a life-long love-relation. Myfather was allotted a government house that had a fairlybig open space all-around. Being an agro-scientist, healways encouraged us to learn about plants and crops, andadmire the marvels of nature in this unique way. He askedmy brother and I to develop a small area as akitchen-garden. We excitedly worked hard with kassi andkhurpas (types of spades) and dug the earth many timesover to make it soft and ready for sowing. “Whatshould we grow in it” we asked him. “Grow maizeand you’ll fall in love with the plant,” hesaid while handing us a fistful of seeds.
Such is the rapid growthof the pig industry that international banks andfinancial institutes are vying with one another toincrease funding for a sector which was never consideredto be creditworthy. Realising that the US pigmeatindustry is poised to expand in search for internationalmarkets, pig farming is turning into a specialisedactivity. But with the strict environmental regulationsslowing down the development of the pig industry, alreadyshifting the production base to relatively less populatedareas in south-west America, the dirty and unhygienicenterprise is sure to be translocated to India. And likethe boom in floriculture, “pig factories” willalso bring in a highly environment-unfriendly productionactivity to India, in return for hard currency.
Although “pigfactories” is a development of the nineties, the USNational Pork Council and related organisations spendmillions of dollars a year to popularise porkconsumption. Each year, the Pork Council sponsors anofficial “American Pork Queen” to enlightenschools and community groups about the joys of modernpork production. Such is the extent of corporatisation of“pig factories” that the modern pig farmerspride themselves to be called “pork productionengineers”. For years now, animal breeders have beentrying hard to develop fatter and fatter pigs. Geneticmanipulations are now being tried to ‘improve’the pig, to turn it into a more efficient piece offactory equipment.
Some of the most notable preparatory programmes were launched all over Punjab sowing the seeds for the success of the historic event. The manner of conduct was a testimony of the orientation of mass line and deep integration into the day to day lives of the farmers. Great credit must be given to the hard toil of leaders like Rajinder Singh of Kirti Kisan Union,Joginder Singh Ugrahan of BKU(Ugrahan),Shingara Singh Mann of BKU(Ugrahan) for astutely thwarting all divisive or reactionary forces and compromises offered by the rulers. Their voices literally shimmered a spark into the hearts of the farmers .One got vibrations of another town formed in the protest areas. I apologize if repeating again but I cannot hide my great admiration for the relentless spirit of contingents of farmers marching from Punjab and Haryana.It reminds one of the flow of water in an Ocean.Arguably never in the history of India had such meticulous or painstaking preparations been made for a single revolutionary democratic event. The spark of resistance sparkled at a zenith rarely ever seen in India. 2b1af7f3a8