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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Shyam Bhau on Shiv jayanti ....!

महाराष्ट्रातल्या कोणत्या मास्सणवटेत जरी गेला आणि " छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज की ... " आशी एक जोरदार आरोळी ठोकली तर तिथे पुरलेले मुडदे देखील " जय !!" म्हणून साद देतील , इतके प्रचंड उपकार शिवाजी महाराजानी मराठी माणसावर , या महाराष्ट्रावर केलेत. जिवंत माणसे तर सोडा पण दगड माती यात देखील शिवरायणी जीव घातला होता , म्हणून तर मुकी जनावर देखील तेव्हा " माझा महाराष्ट्र " आस स्वभमानाने मनात होती. पण आज त्याच महाराष्ट्राच काय झाल आहे ?

भाषेचा , राज्याचा आपल्या इतिहासाचा देखील आभिमान आज कोणात दिसत नाही. आम्ही " शांति - सर्वा धर्म समभाव " आड लपत आपले कर्तव्य टाळत आहेत. शांति - सर्वाधर्म समभाव याच्या नवा खाली आपला आभिमान विसरने , आपल्या संस्कृती वर होणारा परकीय घात पाहत थंड राहणे म्हणजे भ्याड पनच आहे. !!. हे आस चालू आहे म्हणूनच आजपावतो परमवीर, धर्मवीर संभाजी देखील वाईट रंगवला गेला आणि आम्ही मात्र शांत राहिलो. वयाच्या 16 वर्षी शंभू ने "बुधभूषण" सारखा राजकारण, युध नीती यावर संस्कृत ग्रंथ लिहाला हे कोणाला माहीत होते ? आज शंभू राजे आडकले , उद्या कोण आसेल सांगता येणार नाही.

आज कित्तेक शाळा , शासकीय कार्यालया मधे शिव जयंती साजरी होत नाही. (( ताज उदाहरण , एस. जी. जी. एस. नांदेड मधे मागच्या 5 वर्षा पासून चालू असलेला शिव- जन्मोस्तव या वर्षी रोखला जातोय. हे उदाहरण माझ्या लेखात नव्हते. )) ही कशाची सुरूवात म्हणायची ? आपण याला बंधन घालायला हवे की नाही ?

शिवरायंच्या या महाराष्ट्रात महाराष्ट्राच संपवायला आलेल्या ओरंगजेबाच नाव आम्ही एका शहराला दिल आणि आजही तेच बोम्बल्त फिरतो. फक्त एक " सामना " आणि काही शिव प्रेमी त्याला " संभाजीनगर" म्हणतात. आसो स्वाभिमान हा जन्म जात आसवा लागतो , बळच कोम्बता येत नाही. पण निदान मी तरी संभाजीनगरच म्हणणार .

शिव जयंती च्या तारखाचा दुसरा एक वाद. बहुदा ना सुटणारा. पण मला वाटते जे झाले ते झाले , दोन तर दोन. पण त्या दोन्ही दिवसी मराठी माणूस एक्जुटच आसवा. दोन्ही दिवसी जयंती उत्साहाताच होणार.

उद्या शिव जयंती माझ्या तालुक्यातल्या लोकल पेपर मधून "राख व्हायची वेळ आली , आता तरी स्वाभिमाणाचे निखारे पेटू द्या !!!" या लेखातून मी काही विचार मांडले , त्यातलाच हा काही भाग. पण एक सत्य निदान आता तरी मराठी माणसाने जाग व्हायलाच पाहिजे !!!

शिवजयंती च्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा !!

- श्याम वाढेकर

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

one laptop per child

India has unveiled plans to produce a laptop computer costing just $US10 ($15) to help improve the skills of millions of students across the country.
The laptops will be mass-produced as part of a government-sponsored education scheme launched on Tuesday in the southern city of Tirupati.
Details about the computer remained scarce, but Higher Education Secretary R.P. Agrawal said last week that it would be available within six months."Once the testing is over, the computers will be made available on commercial basis," he told the Press Trust of India news agency."Its cost will be $US10. If the parents want to gift something to their kids, they can easily purchase this item."The laptop will reportedly have a two gigabyte memory and wireless internet capability, but officials have not publicly demonstrated a prototype - or yet explained how it can be produced at such a low cost.The government has earmarked more than 46 billion rupees ($A1.4 billion) to develop the low-power gadget to work in rural areas with unreliable power supply and poor internet connectivity.
The planned laptop is part of a push to increase the number of students in higher education and give them the technological skills needed to further boost India's economic growth.New Delhi rebuffed a previous attempt to bring cheap laptops to India, led by MIT computer scientist Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child program.The government cited hidden costs for its rejection of that computer, which was dubbed the $US100 laptop.


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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Information Technology Business Today and Tomorrow / Towards Domestic market

Information Technology has played a strong role in shaping the growth of the Indian industry in last decade. But the current market scenario has taken the air out of many of our big business houses. Recently I attended INDIA IT 2020 Conference where I found many interesting things which can be shared here. The conference was attended by many big leaders of the IT industry some of them were- CFO TCS, CEO Mastek, people from BPCL, Microsoft and many other IT companies were present. The conference had many parallel threads on Technology, Business, Infrastructure & Today in these fields. These were followed by the panel discussions on topics relating to current (IT) market scenario and solutions to problems in it.
The technology session on the Natural Language Processing was very fruitful. It was chaired by Dr. Pushpak from IIT B. The special thing about this event was presence of grand father of Indian IT industry Dr. F C Kohli. His vision for the IT in India in 2020 was clear and called for the development in Indian Language Technology. He asked the Indian IT industry to take the Domestic market seriously and to do that first of all they have to take the Indian Language technology very seriously as the major route to the Indian mass is through their language. He talked about the penetration of the computers and the need of accelerating growth of hardware industry in India. And all that I learned from his vision is – We need to make softwares which our grandfathers can understand.
(Meeting F C Kohli sir was one of my dreams since my graduation and I am happy that I got to make it happen here!)
The Infrastructure sessions that I attended discussed the infrastructure development in the rural India for the future IT industry coming there. Broadly everything else may it be Business thread or the Today one directly or indirectly saw opportunities in the domestic market. But the final panel discussion showed their (IT giants) unwillingness to business with the domestic clients as some of them see it as unprofitable business (as overseas client pays in dollars and these fellows spend it in Rupees, the margin is high and for the Indian clients these get in Rupees and need to spend in Rupees, the margin is low) also some complained about the attitude of the Indian clients (they said Indian clients asks for a lot in the same cost and stay on asking for more with no extra cost (don’t the overseas client do this? )).
I was pleased to see that people have started to think about rest of the India (Bharat - the India other than metropolis/even some metropolis are part of this India). But the major thing that worries me is about why will one use IT in rural India and will he afford the cost? Because ultimately the end customer of the service/product will be the common man residing there in the village or town. If we see the contribution of these areas to the GDP it’s really poor. And then in such situation how can you find the customer there? It seems like opening a mall in the middleclass (actually poor class) areas of city where people have simple lifestyle and they are not fond of brands. Will the mall survive?
And I think that’s why we don’t have profitable (IT) business in Domestic market. Our customers don’t afford even our own services and the ones who afford it can also afford the imported ones. So they go for the imported ones (the typical Indian mentality (not Bhartiya) -Go for the imported ones when affordable (debatable)) So, first of all, I think, we have to make our customers wealthy, it will take some time, but will give long lasting fruits to the Indian economy/Indian IT industry and every industry which have to see towards the west for the customer. So the principle now is not: Create need for a product -> Make product ->Sell it!
It’s now Create customer ->create need ->make product ->sell it!
(Obviously for wealth creation at both the ends for both the cases)
And this added phase will also lead to the inclusive and sustainable growth of the nation.Broadly I don’t see this different than the vision of Gandhiji – Let’s go to true India!