Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Piles of Trash smoldering along Uttarakhand Roads & Highways

Written by A bisht

In recent days you just like I, may be seeing a lot of trash dumps along road sides & highways smoldering (burn slowly with smoke but no flame). These are a new addition to an ever increasing litter & piles of trash in these areas.

There may be many reasons for such sightings. But the most plausible one (which we can believe) is that it may be the easiest method of trash management. Rather than properly and adequately managing the trash, the Civic bodies are simply burning it. This shortcut is polluting the air and water dearly.

But the Civic bodies are not to be blamed entirely. For proper and adequate waste management, the State Government needs to form a policy to recruit more manpower for civic cleanliness job roles. It also needs to create a policy for free waste collection. And finally it must set up proper and adequate waste management plants. Nothing seems to be happening at present.

Remember, encouraging people to clean their surroundings might be a great political slogan, but for real cleanliness a city, town or village always needs more cleanliness labor force ("Safai Karmachari"), proper & adequate free waste collection and; waste management.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Want to see GST impact?... Look at your monthly Budget

Written by A bisht

After a much gap, here's a quick post.

The other day  I went to a shop to buy some household daily needs items. A customer before me inquired the retailer about a sudden price increase on a packaged product. The retailer also found the new price abnormal. He cross checked the MRP with a fellow retailer. The price had indeed shot more than a double.

For those among us, who are still making up their minds about the effect of GST, here's a simple fact to help them reach at a conclusion. GST is a Consumer level tax. It means that the price increase on any product purchased by you will be paid by you. You, the consumer. It will be wrong to assume that the pinch of price increase will be felt by the seller. The burden of price increase will be on the final buyer of any product/Service. The final buyer is You. 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Godmen need Marketing prowess !

Written by A bisht

The past couple of days have been hectic for Uttarakhand Shrines. Many politicians and key Government functionaries flocked these shrines for pilgrimage. As expected, the mammoth stature of these high profile bhakts, made these pilgrimages big events requiring massive manpower, resource and money mobilizations. Not to mention, the large marketing handles to publicize these events were also there.

That said, it's not uncommon to see mortals flock to the Gods' abode to get the much needed divine energy. Theists in all religions can be blamed for doing that. Although there are shades and extents to such a desire.

Humans (mortals) wish to please the God(s) to get their ordinary wishes fulfilled. The not so ordinary ones want to prove to the World that they are part of the Godly clan. And here the marketing handle comes into use. Why go very far, take the example of some very popular Godmen among us and in confines. They first dress-up, mimic and present themselves like Gods. Then they encourage their bhakts to address their leader or Guru (or whatever you call them) as God send or someone equivalent to God. Finally, they themselves admit that they are the One (the Chosen One!).    

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