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It is in BJP’s Interest To Not Join Mehbooba Mufti’s Government January 11, 2016

Posted by simarp in : India , add a comment

I don’t believe in building suspense. For me it is is important to let the conclusion be known first so as those who have time to read me know whether it is worth a read or not.

I am sure it is in BJP’s interest to not be a part of Mehbooba Mufti’s Government in Jammu and Kashmir. This would allow them to play their Hindu card in UP elections and at the same be seen as victims despite trying to form a secular government with PDP.  Mehbooba Mufti is as right-winger Islamist as BJP’s spiritual master RSS is a right-winger Hindutva organization. Sooner or later this political equation has to collapse, if it collapses now it is a blessing in disguise for them. With no baggage of having an alliance with a radical Muslim party they can plan and do their calculations for Kerala, Tamilnadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. In all the four states BJP stands to gain without PDP. With PDP they are bound to suffer and many BJP supporters may not step out to vote at all.

Further BJP can start an agitation for a Jammu autonomous region within J&K with its own local government, which they are sure to start with, maybe they can even consider bifurcation of J&K into three states. If all goes well they can run Jammu & Ladakh both. Staying with Mehbooba Mufti is a big liability and her every speech is going to hurt them more. Mufti Saheb’s funeral exposed lack of people’s will, wish and blessings or PDP-BJP alliance. This is no rocket science and Mehbooba Mufti is bound to get very aggressive over next few months to protect her radical Muslim vote-bank.  Once that starts happening it will be impossible for BJP to escape from owning responsibility for what all is going majorly wrong with the state.   Moreover the way things are, number and intensity of attacks in Jammu region are likely to significantly mover up the danger zone. With BJP in power as a partner, it would be responsible for the attacks and if there is a double digit or a triple digit loss of Hindus, almost all the four states would see BJP suffering badly.

BJP has made a point by forming a Government in J&K and not being untouchable for almost anybody in the political system, except left, now is the time for it to book profits and move on.

Higher Education in India – Visiting Scholars July 12, 2008

Posted by simarprit in : Education , add a comment

My many posts are influenced by my co-passengers, and today I had a celebrity sitting next to me. The gentleman in reference is an IIT Delhi Alumni and  Professor with one of the Big Universities with several Patents to his name in the field of Electronics and more specifically in the field of chip designing in the US. 

As we got talkng, the Professor touched a point I had not covered in my earlier post on Education in India: – http://simarprit.wordpress.com/2008/05/10/education-in-india-a-nation-is-built/ - having established these institutions are we attracting the finest professors from all over the world to share their knowledge, even if it is at a cost. The answer (as my brief research showed up) is between insignificant to none. The professor mentioned that China and Thailand among many other countries had consciously started walking on this path. This path is all about accepting the concept of “The World is Flat”, and finding out a USP in this flatness, working up a differentiator in this flat world can be a challenging task in itself.

I agree with the Professor that getting session long or topic long Visiting Scholars can be the slow game changer for these countries.  To quote Wikipedia on the point the Professor was making is “A visiting scholar, in the world of academia, is a scholar from an institution who visits a receiving university that hosts him where he or she is projected to teach (visiting professor), lecture (visiting lecturer), or perform research (visiting researcher or visiting research associate) on a topic the visitor is valued for.” - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visiting_scholar ). A casual look at the IIT Delhi website brought out this running coment – “At all Alumni meetings, Prof. Sirohi urged the alumni in US to set up an 1 million dollar endowment fund to enable IIT Delhi invite 5 to 10 Visiting Professors from overseas every year for short assignments (few months) to various departments at IIT Delhi.” – http://indest.iitd.ac.in/alumni/News/Alumni%20at%20USA%20and%20Canada%20Meets.htm 

- So the effort is on, but where is the fruit. The time is running out as it may slow down the flow of fundamental research capable students and may eventually dry up the talent pool on one end and, on the other end may give the much needed differentiator to the nations like China and Thailand at the cost of India. Institutes like Indian School of Business – ISB would have an edge as they have been structured around this model (Established in partnership with Kellogg and Wharton). ISB is following exactly the same path, I have recently noticed that ISB has started ranking in as number one in management colleges reviews.

To give an extension to this thought some of the “Non Government Funded” Private universities can take this process forward, the flip side however is, that these private colleges and universities don’t attract brightest and finest students, at least as yet. Several years ago there was a news that India must have two Eduction Ministers, one should be committed for higher education. I don’t know how far two ministers would help but a dedicated fund for this purpose can help. A few Billion Dollars taken out from the reserves for this purpose would surely be very rewarding in the long run. 

Thank you Professor for enlightening me to this thought, I agree we may loose or edge and just become  pool for cheap workers sans investments in research and development.