Thursday, 29 November 2007
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
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Tuesday, 27 November 2007
One of the wonders of the world, Taj is equally inspiring both to rich and poor. It's love after all that gets manifestation in stone and this is the kind of love that is eternal. It represents the kind of love that is honest and pure and not confined to any barriers like rich and poor. Amount of love is not some thing like ration where distribution is quantity based, it is measured based on its quality where being rich or being poor has no meaning.Love and love alone counts for all.
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Friday, 23 November 2007
The Government of Uttar Pradesh announced a sumptuous increase in the salary of different heads of large number of corporations and the boards the other day.The increase being the amount of Rs.5000/, it is not a trivial figure. The increase is meant for whom? Are they financially weak people? Are they the people who need money for their routine basic needs? No, they are not those falling in this category. instead most of them are the people financially fat enough to gallopingly swallow public money in some name or the other.Their quality lies in cultivating votes and it is on this count that they have to be appeased by the political powers that be and for this commodity they are paid sumptuously with offering them appointments as Chairman, Director in some board or the other or something else like that. Theirs is not the money hard earned but the one that comes to them easily in the shape of such appointments.It is infact a loot on public money. The Government can't supply the required amount of electricity for the reason that they have no funds, public utility areas are not provided because they lack required financial resources, roads are in a dilapidated conditions for this very reason, they are not even repaired causing hardships to public. As against this there is an increase every now and then in the emoluments and perquisites of the so called public representatives. The leaders who can really do good to the people are yet to emerge to surface.
Not long ago it was just a different world with people in general working traditionally in quite a manual shape. True they were happy because they never knew that there could be some thing some day enormously in contrast to what they had.It looks utopian but who knows there could be something much better yet to emerge on surface or today's computer are much more improved to open up further horizons of progress in utility areas.
Today it is certainly a boon for the world that if you have capacity to imagine any functionality angle, you get it right there on your computer going ahead on your work just smoothly with interest orientation.Home,office or travelling, it can be there with you all the time with ease making your work a matter of game.On outings you need not bother whether the project you started is properly diarised or the job is entrusted to some one else.You can yourself be on it right the moment it comes to your mind. It is infact a miracle the present day science and technology has given the world to equip itself with a wonderful way of tackling things.
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
You have left us RO, you have now gone far away from us abandoning us so suddenly that I, as one, find it horribly difficult to reconcile to the news. Why the news can't be incorrect?. No, destiny wou'nt allow it to happen. One cries, one crumbles with amazement but the Immanent Will works in its own way and has snatched you away from your loved ones, snatched you away for ever but the very thought of your presence amongst the people is somethig that just can't be erased.
All India State Bank of India Staff Federation has gone much poorer with the setback that a great stalwart who was one of the architects of the present day Federation is no more. A most dynamic figure who played most pivotal a role in building up this Organisation making indefatigable efforts throughout his life -in active service and even thereafter, is now not there in his usual style of a friend, a philosopher and a guide for all those who were associated with him. Always amenable to reasons but firmly sticking to his approach in different matters, he was the one possessing enormous caliber to take his issues to a logical end. There could hardly be any body, possibly none, who might ever have seen him losing his temper even during talks on crucially controversial matters. His contribution in remodelling the very concept of trade union functioning giving it a modernised look is immense. Time may pass, things may change but R.O.Shah remains live in the minds of the people so long All India State Bank of India Staff Federation continues to exist. R.O. Shah is in our hearts, we can't ever afford to forget him, none who directly or indirectly belongs to the Federation, can.
So closely associated to him for decades, I still feel like I see him live even after he is no more. Whenever we both met after some gap of time, we used to embrace each other as a matter of affinity and kinship and the very thought that it has not to happen now so twitchingly haunts my mind. I just feel like crying with the words of Mathew Arnold -
In the void air towards thee, my strained arms are cast !
Saturday, 17 November 2007
'Good striving brings thriving, better a dog that works, than a lion who shirks' is the saying and it so happens in many a cases that people are good enough to look hale and heart but they are the ones who are masters in shirking from any activity. A lion failing to be active enough in doing his work is just a useless animal compared to a dog who toils the whole to secure some thing or the other to eat.It quite applies to human beings who are capable of doing their job well and earn their livelihood with labour and hard work and this way they earn a recognition as against the persons who are physical quite capable but are so lethargic that they can't do any thing.Infact work is some thing that is 'worship' for all -be it a man/woman or some animal.
Friday, 16 November 2007
There is no dearth of hotels any where but what matters most is quality, service, network and above all economical rates. Be it a hotel, a motel or a resort, these factors most demandingly count. Tourists or business magnates or even those visiting places for leisure, rest or recuperation, all have not only a preference for better stay but they actually need it. Business men need it because they have to relax after working hard the whole day, those visiting places for rest and recuperation need it because they require a place that could give them some solace and a soothing touch to alleviate their tension. The slogan of a 'Home away from Home' may at times be not enough as people need some change against their routine living that goes monotonous over a period of time. There are hotels really capable of giving the visitors a change that could otherwise be not available at home. Good hotels do have a capacity to give visitors an atmosphere of change in totality by providing them a most satisfying congeniality in environment coupled with smilingly supplying the required services themselves or on demand instantly making it possible even for a tired mind to feel at ease and enjoy the stay. There could be potential visitors hesitating to opt for an outing for the apprehension that it could tell upon their pockets heavily and that they may not get the required services the way they need them. Once these apprehensions are done away with when they come to know of the good hotels offering excellent services with quite a relaxation in their rates, they are the ones readily agreeing for an outing they very much needed.
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Tuesday, 13 November 2007
They are the type in no way really interested in the welfare of their organization which they belong to –their one point programme is to cling to the post to the last unless kicked out and thrown in the streets in which event their all out endeavour is to drag the organization to shambles without being prepared to realize that this parting gift of theirs to their followers only leads them to a situation where one ignominiously mingles into dust unwept,unsung and unhonoured. It forms an interesting instance to quote one study about a trade union leader of national level in Banking Industry. Drastic measures as a result of National Emergency in the country in the year 1975 were there at their worst. He convened an emergency meeting of National Executive at New Delhi. This was the day when Bang Bandhu Mujibur Rahman of Bangla Desh was killed. The atmosphere in the country. The atmosphere in the capital was already so tense. The line of action adopted by the Government of India in curbing and crushing the trade union activities in the Country was no more a secret to any body. Definite instructions were issued to various Heads of different departments in the administration and other organizations both in public and private sectors that the union leaders be pinned to desk obviously with an idea to cause them biggest possible handicap in carrying out the union activities. The instructions so issued were meticulously implemented with some relaxation in regard to those belonging to INTUC. The proposal mooted out by another leader that all leaders should in the changed circumstances resign from from whatever post/position they were occupying as employees in the industry to serve the union exclusively didn’t find favoour with the top leaders who whipped their veto suggesting an alternative –the alternative that the coercive instructions of the Government be defied without leaders abandoning their jobs as employees. The key man who in his capacity as the top man in the executive in the union piloted the discussion was the one, nay the first one, to report for duty - he and the other one second in command rushed to their place of work for the purpose to every body’s amazement. They were wise enough to save their wages as against others who had to remain on leave without pay for a long time obeying the advice to defy the Government directives.
In yet another instance, the big leader practically started weaping to win over the sentiments of membership in general in a largely attended conference. After the session was over, he confided to a close associate of his telling that his tears were only a matter of strategy exercised to overcome a situation but for which he had to get embarrassed.
Tears are serene and sublime –only a hypocrite of first order can use them, nay misuse them, as a matter of trick and dodge. (tobe continued)
Monday, 12 November 2007
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वेदना की यह निशानी धुलुकने दो
जिन्दगी बे रास्ता हो जायेगी
तुम हमारी ब्यथा की आंधी न रोको।
एक निश्चित क्रम सुबह और शाम का
लिये ज्यों ज्यों जिन्दगी ढलती रही
सजल मेघों की तरह भीगी हुयी
एक स्मृति है कि जो पलती रही ।
यह घुमड़ते मेघ जायेंगे कहाँ बरसने दो बूँद बन कर वेदना मुझे इन से प्रीत है अनुराग है यह हमारी साधना हैं अर्चना। बाँध टूटा है द्रगों के धैर्य का स्नेह की ये धार हैं इन को न रोको मैं वियोगी प्यार के आंसू न रोको वेदना की ये निशानी धुलुकने दो.
Sunday, 11 November 2007
During my experience of working in Banking Industry for 3 decades+, I have seen that loans are not always taken for pressing needs like weddings,medical treatment or to consolidate the sundry dues otherwise croping up routinely but there are people who go for it to make their life style more full of grandeur.That type of approach is something that spoils the future of the loanee as once a loanee, always a sufferer,because the loan amount compounds by leaps and bounce.Loan is a great relief in emergent situations but it takes no time for it to assume a graver proportion if it is misused and is not paid within stipulated time schedule.Loans
General Bank of India formed followed by another bank known as Bank of Hindustan.
Bank of Calcutta established -It was later renamed as Bank of Bengal
Bank of Calcutta becomes Bank of Bengal
Bank of Bombay is established
Bank of Madras is formed
Paper Currency Act is passed
Allahabad Bank is established.This was the first fully Indian owned Bank
AITUC formed under Lala Lajpat Rai's presidentship at New Delhi
Imperial Bank of India established by merging 3 Presidency Banks –Bank of Bengal,Bank of Bombay and Bank of Madras.
INTUC formed at New Delhi
State Bank of India is formed by replacing Imperial Bank of India. It becomes the first Bank in India to be nationalized.
State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act is passed enabling State Bank of India to take over 8 former State associated banks as its subsidiaries.
Nationalisation of Banks -14 major Banks in India nationalised
State Bank of India’s Banyan Tree emblem changed to ‘Shoonya’ (Zero)
Nationalisation of Banks -6 other Banks in India nationalized.With this Government of India owned banking in the country rose to 91%.
Government of India acquires the entire Reserve Bank of India shareholding in State Bank of India consisting of over 314 million equity shares at a total amount of over 355 billion rupees.
Indian Trade Unions Act comes into existence
Imperial Bank of India Indian Staff Association is formed under the Benevolent Societies Act at Calcutta (now Kolkata). It was duly registered under Indian Trade Unions Act only on 24th May’1932.
First ever Strike in Imperial Bank of India by Imperial Bank of India Indian Staff Association continuing for 46 days. It was withdrawn on the 15th September’1946.
Saturday, 10 November 2007
I was present when Maulvi Mushtaq misrepresented the testimony of Masood Mahmood’s drive trying to establish a link between my father and the Director General of the FSF. ‘Is it true that you took Masood Mahmood to see the Prime Minister?’ the Chief Justice asked.
‘No’ the frightened driver replied
‘Write: “I drove Masood Mahmood to see the Prime Minister”, Maulvi Mushtaq directed the court stenographer
‘Objection my Lord’! the defence lawyer said rising
‘Over ruled’ Maulvi Mushtaq snapped his heavy white brows gathering in anger. Then he turned to the witness. ‘What you meant to say is that you don’t remember, but you may have driven Mahmood to see the Prime Minister’ he said.
‘No,Sir. I didn’t drive him’ the driver responded.
‘Write: “Masood Mahmood drove himself to see the Prime Minister”, the Chief Justice instructed the stenographer.
Objection’ the defence lawer said again , rising.
‘Sit down’ roared Maulvi Mushtaq. He turned back to the driver
‘Masood Mahmood could have driven himself to see the Prime Minister, couldn’t he? he asked
‘No, Sir’ the driver said, shaking
‘Why not?’ shouted Mushtaq
‘Because I had the keys, sir’, quivered the driver
The Book contains narrations and illustrations like this in a large number and one can realize the worth of it only when it is given a thorough reading.
Friday, 9 November 2007
I did feel tempted to go for Payperpost at the first sight on the Internet. Besides ofcourse the money consideration, I found it user friendly in the sense that it contains elaborate features on functionality and that I got replies to my queries promptly with a touch of attention and care, a feature quite denotive of a quality level dealing. Dealings with an amount of cordiality are after all most powerful tools, be it business or any other mission. Customer care is customer love with PayPerPost and that again speaks volumes of a sort of an affinity between them and the posties. I do feel like sharing my impressions on PPP with my friends/ my readers, hence this small writeup.Giving vent to my anxiety based on my first hand impression, I fondly signed up with PPP looking forward to a congenial and result oriented relationship with them. I do want money as I need it and I chose PPP for this reason too realising that it can well be persued with them gracefully. I have a conviction that ten dollars earned with labour are much more satisfying than hundreds of them earned otherwise. Howsoever pressing and compelling be my needs, I have no fancy for money earned through gambling, lotteries or speculative tradings. If fortunately I am able to come across avenues for more money beyond what is required for my basic needs, my priority option would be to help the orphaned and handicapped children. Trying to comprehend as to where PAY PER POST lays more emphasis in business orientation and marketing facilitation, it satisfyingly inspired me most to realise that they have a missionary approach towards Computers and Internet. Given below is a small account of the way I take this powerful tool of business and interaction:
Computer and Internet:
When first fully functioning electronic computer was developed at the University of Pennsylvania during World War II, none migt have thought that some day it was to blossom to the pinnacles of success and that it was something to become a sort of wonder for the world. Initially it was developed as a device that could both determine missile trajectories and predict the weather.Soon it captured the fancy of business community followed by an overwhelming demand from corporate bodies and individuals.Computers appeared in much developed a shape during mid fiftees of the last century to blossom further in the mid sixtees when they started being dependably used by the Banking Industry throughout the world.In India,it was State Bank of India to play a pivotal role in developing its popularity and demand. Basically it was transistor that acted as a source of inspiration from acceptability point of view on a thinking that if radio/transistor could be so popular with the masses why computers can't be and several new features started being added to this technology every day. Development and progress on this technological field no doubt suffered a setback as a matter of stiff resistance offered against it by several quarters mainly including leftists on the slogan that it was potentially a great danger for the workforce as it was most powerful a machine to replace and do away with the manual labour causing a large scale unemployment but with the overpowering utility angle of computers, it didn't take much time to overcome the problem as those opposing it tooth and nail reconciled in its favour propagating its qualities publicly.Talking to a Chief Minister of a State in India, I found him highly aggressive virtually abusing those who worked for computers and my arguments supporting them were just turned down. Later I was told that he since became a great admirer of the machine ordering full use of computers in all offices of the Government in his State. Now it is an era of computers in full measure and that no one who believes in work and efficiency can afford going without them. Computer, thy name is efficiency, thy name is progress, development and prosperity.
A serious doubt started lurking in the minds of the people including brother of Lord Buddha himself about his credentials and bonafides as a saint Divine after he returned on attaining enlightenment –the reason being his soft corner for a woman –none else but Amrapalli, the one who had no parallel in beauty but was forced by the then elder men in the society to lead the life of a prostitute.Her request to Lord Buddha to visit her palatial house was affirmatively nodded by him and this caused all hue and cry.Buddha,the Enlightened, addressed them and storm of suspicion was visible no where after he,who was by then recognized by everyone as the one capable of seeing the past,the present,the future,narrated about what Amrapalli was in her earlier birth as a bird and that she was the serenemost a person with noblest soul on earth.This was the bird that got perished trying to save others.Her physical apparel could be any thing but in her actions and thoughts she is the one thoroughly chaste and pure concerned always for others.
A miniatured version of the story runs like this:
One of the creatures in a dense forest with a river flowing in the midst of it was a tiny bird.Drought occurred with famine of high magnitude.Fire brokeout engulfing all. Total inhabitation was at a collapsing point with dwellers running helter skelter to save their children against fire which nearly engulfed them leaving no time gap for them to escape.Nothing was there and the fire was assuming aggressively aggravating proportions set to devour the entire forest. The bird started dropping herself into water in the river flying back fully drenched to the top of the trees fluttering her wings and squeezing water therefrom to soften the flames. The God of rains Lord Indra laughted at her calling her action as ridiculous pointing out how silly it was on her part to show audacity against mighty flames. Reply of the bird was ‘you and the other Gods have the capacity to play any havoc or if it so pleases you you can equally remedy it by causing rains but since you care damn for others on earth you would’nt do it. I as one have to continue my efforts to do whatever little I can till the last breath of my life’. In the process the poor bird accepted being reduced to ashes.
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
श्रम और श्रमिक के महत्त्व का निर्वाह किसी भी देश की प्रगति के लिए अपरिहार्य रुप से आवश्यक होता है और इस क्रम में श्रमिक संगठनों की भूमिका और भी अधिक महत्वपूर्ण होती है। एक स्वस्थ संगठन में छ्मता होती है, और होनी ही चाहिऐ, कि वह श्रमिकों की रक्छा और सुरक्छा का भरपूर ध्यान रख सके। यदि ऐसा नहीं होता है तो श्रमिकों के हितों की हानि होती है, कार्यकर्ताओं का मनोबल गिरता है, और समूचा संगठन अवनति के कगार पर पहुंच जाता है। देश की प्रगति, श्रमिक वर्ग की सुरक्षा और उनके हितों की रक्षा सभी कुछ इस बात पर निर्भर है कि संगठन किस प्रकार से अपनी भूमिका का निर्वाह स्वस्थ एवं स्वक्ष रुप से करता है।
स्टेट बैंक आफ इंडिया स्टाफ असोसिएशन राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर एक अत्यंत महत्वपूर्ण संगठन है और अपनी गौरव गाथा का पूर्ण शतक पूरा करने के अति निकट है। ....tobe continued..
Sunday, 4 November 2007
A revolution in itself, contribution of Ashop Commerce to the business community is well known not only because it is an award winning product but much more than that for the reason that it has given the traders something that counts most from functionality angle. It's role is not just confined to selling the product but is aimed at providing a most compacted system of dealings abundantly equipped with a full scale compatibility in respect of important business channels involved in the process. The channels like Paypal, various banks and credit card agencies form an integral combination for cultivating and processing of different types of trade dealings in an smoothly order. With Ashop Commerce offering 10 days free trial of their shopping cart software, it is convincingly capable of generating the required confidence in the minds of the customers, say potential customers. The feature that the working of Ashop Commerce is channelised through ultra fast web servers extending necessary service all twentyfour hours is again quite satisfyingly attractive for the traders and it may be difficult for them to resist the temptation of going for such a modern most product.shopping cart
Saturday, 3 November 2007
Computerisation in Banking Industry, more so in State Bank, is a big story in itself.Computers made an entry in Banking Industry through State Bank in mid sixties before which they were merely a topic of academic talks without any thing substantial in practice. By mid seventies it started gaining momentum and by eighties they were in operation in full swing. During Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure as Prime Minister of India, computer was a priority subject. He himself was well conversant on computers having a keen interest and a great aptitude for their operation. There were two reasons for this –one that he appeared on political scene as a champion representing the youth of the country and to attract them more votes wise he was hankering to go for some thing dynamic on technological front keeping in mind in the meantime that it was a most powerful tool to herald a new era of progress and development distinguishing him enormously as against an old and outmoded leadership then obtaining at the national level in the country –the other reason had its roots in nationalization of Banks in 1969 by his great mother Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister. Catching up on the popular slogan that Banks in majority were in the hands of Rajas and Maharajas or big bullies in business who failed to serve the common people in the country, Indira Gandhi took a drastic measure nationalizing 14 major banks which act on her part was capable enough to bring her laurels and more of popularity in public. Rajiv Gandhi too was for a popular footage on the similar pattern picking up the Banks again as an easily available choice for the purpose identifying them as the base for it through computerisation. Management in different banks in general and that of State Bank in particular has the tradition of jumping to joining as the first one in the que to appease the Government on all counts and there could hardly ever be a ‘some body’ to raise any voice of protest howsoever illogical, untimely and problematic was the direction so issued. Masters directions from Delhi were over hurriedly adhered to by the bankers placing computerization as their priority number one task on their agenda. It was ofcourse a different matter that the priority task failed to elicit a required response at the implementation level for the reason that bankers refused to take a notice of the fact that projects like this warranted a large scale mobilization and awareness generation amongst staff and public in general to make the scheme acceptable to them.
Friday, 2 November 2007
Thursday, 1 November 2007
An amount in crores of rupees is proposed by Mayawati towards erecting and raising different kinds of memorials for Kanshi Ram. Leaders who brought freedom to the country are hardly found any where with their photos as Father of the Nation or Heads of the nation missing almost from every office. It souds harsh but there can be no justification in glorifying any leader known only for their sectarian approach all along.True, backwards in the society do deserve a treatment that restores right of equality to them and on this front possibly it was Mahatma Gandhi who has no parallel. What others are doing now is nothing but exploiting the sentiments of the people to their advantage in the name of caste and creed. Memorials within a reasonable limit could be ok but wasting colossal amount of public money on that count is a sheer wastage and has nothing to do with the welfare of the people in the country. It is just a misuse of power to appease certain sections with an attempt to capture their votes.Vote politics is always aimed at acquiring benefits to politicians and has hardly to do any thing with the general welfare of the public.