FTOTW140 – best links of the week ending 14-December-2014

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Here are the best links shared on my tweet stream this week.

Best Links

  1. /Via @sgblank the problem with celebrating failure http://t.co/dYpZAQYl5z ~ brilliant – Original Tweet

  2. RT @Competia: Selfish Tweeting by @bill_fischer http://t.co/KoTmTfARy5 ~ brilliant – Original Tweet

  3. It’s Time for Boards to Have Technology Committees http://t.co/L4CBBRC7Cg ~ vv insightful /Via @cfoOriginal Tweet

  4. /Via @Pro_Bharati storytelling to build a business or find a job http://t.co/ZcDx6Mf9X4 ~ vv interesting /cc @rs_prasannaOriginal Tweet

  5. /Via @rogerdooley I didn’t sin – it was my brain http://t.co/rnDwp8TjNT ~ vv interesting – Original Tweet

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FTOTW139 – best links of the week ending 7-December-2014

Prolog

Here are the best links shared on my tweet stream this week.

Best Links

  1. RT @PriyaRaju: Can our Government Schools be Fixed? http://t.co/HCFXHD455b ~ brilliant idea – Original Tweet

  2. /Via @nsridharan Enchanted Objects Lecture by David Rose [1:08:31] https://t.co/otDY2bR8fU ~ brilliant #IoT – Original Tweet

  3. RT @karticv On average, an action becomes an ‘automatic’ habit after 66 days of doing. http://t.co/2DPKEhvb1T ~ brilliant – Original Tweet

  4. Interstellar by Christopher Nolan http://t.co/fh7tSseIeP ~ 168 min of brilliant edge-of-the-seat thriller /CC @PriyaRajuOriginal Tweet

  5. RT @rs_prasanna @FastCompany: Why successful people have so many groups of friends: http://t.co/orpOL4jbf0 ~ vv insightful – Original Tweet

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An Open Letter to the BJP Leadership Team

As I write this letter, speculation is rife that the appointment of Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy as the observer of Tamil Nadu BJP may not happen. I’m not sure if that’s a good idea. Tamil Nadu needs a change from the dynastic DMK and the rudder-less ADMK. Congress is a non-entity and frankly, we are disgusted with their brand of monarchy. AAP is a non-starter. BJP is our only hope.

I’m a tax-paying citizen of India who resides in Tamil Nadu: a minority by any standards, since only 2.78% of the population pays income tax in this country; and a voiceless, superbly ignored minority, since no one gives a damn what we want. I have no illusions that this letter will be read by the who’s-who in the corridors of power. I can feel powerless by this – or, I can exercise my right to free speech and write a blog post. I choose to do the latter.

Here’s a list of the top-5 things people like me – educated, upper middle class, urban Indians in Tamil Nadu – want from their elected government. I have a feeling that this may not be too different from what my peers in other Indian cities want.

  1. We’re tired of the politics of freebies. The basic needs of the poor should be sorted out: Jobs, affordable housing, clean water, healthcare and food at reasonable prices. Giving them free mixers, grinders, fans, bicycles or laptops – without catering to legitimate needs – makes no sense. Keeping the poor on the government dole is an insidious ploy perfected by DMK, ADMK and Congress to make the poor feel resigned to their economic situation and be beholden to the parties in power.
  1. We’re tired of profligate spending in the form of subsidized salt, tea, movie tickets and breakfast – yeah, the infamous Re 1 idli. That money used for all this could be spent usefully, in creating assets for the state or in generating jobs is a no-brainer.
  1. Tamil Nadu must be amongst the most corrupt states in India. I see laughable reports that rank states based on the number of corruption cases filed and/or bribe moneys recovered. Judge not a state by the tip of the iceberg. Our conversations with investors show that almost everyone is reluctant to start anything big in Tamil Nadu: because of incessant demands for “suitcases”. The well-entrenched “culture” of bribery has stalled progress in the state. We need a CM who can strangle corruption.
  1. We want better infrastructure. By that, we don’t mean bullet trains or gleaming metro trains.
    • We simply want roads that won’t crumble in rain. The life of blacktopped roads depends on the % of compaction: A 98% compaction is needed to handle torrential rains and heavy vehicular traffic. But, obviously, this is expensive and contractors want to make obscene profits – the state government simply turns the other way when the public is short-changed.
    • We want working storm water drains.
    • We want a lasting solution to mosquitoes. Perhaps the government should focus on closing open sewers that mysteriously form when new roads are laid. Enough said.
    • We want the corporation to pick up and recycle our garbage. As it happens, we don’t like garbage piling up on the roads.

67 years after independence, these are still on our wish list.

  1. We want less government, especially in areas where they have spectacularly failed the people.
    • We’d like you to start with AAVIN, the scam-tainted milk cooperative. AAVIN officials helped truckers pilfer milk worth Rs 23 Lakhs every single day, for 10 years. Some pilfering, that. Unlike AMUL, a household name in India, AAVIN is a non-entity in other states. Should state governments sell milk? Or, focus on real problems?
    • We want you to dismantle the existing, dysfunctional PDS (Public Distribution System). A – Tons of commodities – mostly rice and kerosene – are stolen from PDS warehouses and sold in open markets – how can this happen without the connivance of insiders? And B – Consumers are at the mercy of shop attendants; they have to wait long hours to get goods at fair-price shops – often, they have to take a day off from work. And C – the products sold are of abysmal quality. For example, many people use the rice bought from PDS to feed chicken.

Issuing food stamps – which can be exchanged for food in any retail outlet – is a better alternative. This stops theft and it doesn’t lead to lost productivity.

None of this is rocket science. If only we get a state government that works for the betterment of its hardworking citizens. If only we get a state government that focuses more on governance and reducing graft and less on building their war chests and in propagating personality cults. If only.

Our question is – Will you?


FTOTW138 – best links of the week ending 30-November-2014

Prolog

Here are the best links shared on my tweet stream this week.

Best Links

  1. RT @karticv: “Two minutes to make you happier at work, in life … and over the holidays” https://t.co/603ECcLkK7 ~ vv insightful – Original Tweet

  2. RT @AndreaKuszewski: The Best Kept Secret to Keeping Your Cool Via @FulfillDaily http://t.co/RCQUUgIUkZ ~ vv interesting technique – Original Tweet

  3. /Via @andrewbusby British Airways Creates Airplane Detecting Billboards http://t.co/jO1ZRiRTGY http://t.co/CH03wAEcI5 ~ vv cool – Original Tweet

  4. RT @beastoftraal: If you’ve never heard an audiobook before, read on… http://t.co/oal3ZeT9aa ~ vv insightful – Original Tweet

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FTOTW137 – best links of the week ending 23-November-2014

Prolog

Here are the best links shared on my tweet stream this week.

Best Links

  1. Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull http://t.co/v4BtyDFcdM ~ brilliant treatise on leadership & creativity /Via @rs_prasannaOriginal Tweet

  2. The real roots of midlife crisis http://t.co/6OsIj0ikkE ~ vv interesting /Via @iq2eqOriginal Tweet

  3. A bit dated, but loved this Budweiser Super Bowl ad https://t.co/ZJX9ZXBAx7 ~ vv cool /cc @rs_prasannaOriginal Tweet

  4. /Via @PriyaRaju Life is a journey http://t.co/I490SP1ZAc ~ vv cool storytelling – Original Tweet

  5. RT @hjameswilson Linguistic Mapping Reveals How Word Meanings Sometimes Change Overnight http://t.co/92EnbMCm0U ~ vv interesting – Original Tweet

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