Release of Mr.Ramalinga Raju of erstwhile Satyam Computer Services


From what is reported on in the newspapers, it appears that if Mr.B.Ramalinga Raju of erstwhile Satyam of Computer services, who is in jail on a fraud case, is released from jail he would be able to create substantial number of jobs, and contribute to production of considerable quantum of goods and services as he did with Satyam . Thus his release appears to be in public interest. So the government should find ways to release him from jail. There will however be voices against his release advanced from the point of justice which should be considered. Government should also consider other implications.




The Party for Capitalist Economy stands for decentralizing. For the last few years, the trend has been to centralize everything- grant of subsidies directly to the consumers from the central government, admission of students to certain professional courses, deciding quantum of taxes to be collected by the state governments etc. Even the state governments are taking decisions on behalf of private institutes and individuals like fees to be charged by schools from students, cutting trees, age at which one should marry, age at which one should go for jobs etc. The Party for Capitalist Economy thinks that decision taking should be decentralized- Central and state governments should resist the temptation to have more powers and allow private individuals and institutions to decide. There appears to be a need for All India parties like BJP and Congress as well as other parties to debate on the pros and cons of centralizing power.

Production and yield of rice(paddy) in India and neighboring countries


Production and yield of rice(paddy) in India and neighbouring countries during the year 2014, as per Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO) are given below.

Country area harvested(HA) Production(tonnes) yield(tonnes)

China (mainland) 30,300,870 206,507,400 6.81
Bangladesh 11,319,490 52,325,620 4.62
Myanmar 6,790,000 26,423,300 3.89
Sri Lanka 881,000 3,381,000 3.84
Bhutan 20,359 76,621 3.76
India 43,855,000 157,200,000 3,58
Nepal 1,486,951 5,047,047 3.39
Pakistan 2,890,646 7,002,832 2.42

Yield in India is just a little over half of the yield in China and much less than that of Bangladesh. The main reason for low yield is shortage of water. For increasing yield, irrigation should be increased. Government has no control over rainfall but has the capability for maximum utilization of surface and ground water. The state and central governments should immediately start work on linking rivers in the country not only for purposes of irrigation but also to manage floods.

If India’s yield of food grains is as much as that of China, world hunger could be wiped out completely.

Foreign Policy of India – success or failure


How does one assess whether the foreign policy of India in recent years is a success or failure? If we go by the number of Indian VVIPs’ visits abroad or foreign VVIP’s visits to India, India’s foreign policy is a success. But mere visits and signing of agreements do not necessarily mean success or failure. Success of foreign policy also cannot be concluded by the number of international organizations in which the country becomes a member or of which the country is a co-founder. Common approach to or identity of views on international issues also do not mean success of foreign policy. Extending assistance, grants and loans to other countries through various programmes or Eximbank etc also does not mean the foreign policy is a success. Successful foreign policy should lead to expansion of the country’s exports, industrial, technical and scientific cooperation between the countries,spreading of Indian culture, increased arrivals of foreign visitors, creation of interest in foreign countries in India’s history, culture. languages, way of life etc.

Foreign policy should also not be under the control of only the Ministry of External Affairs. The inputs from other Ministries of the union and from the states should also be solicited and considered carefully.

No need for workers to work abroad


India can claim to have economically improved only when Indian workers do not find more benefit in going abroad for manual work and prefer to work in India i.e. they easily find jobs in India itself and the salaries and working conditions in India are as good as or better than in foreign countries. Also Indian workers already in foreign countries should be eager to return to India to work. There is so much work to be undertaken- laying roads, railway lines, constructing buildings-residences, factories, shops, hotels, restaurants etc- that there is no need for workers to go abroad.

Poor people to become rich and rich people to become richer.


It has become a fashion with political parties/leaders, non-governmental organizations, intellectuals etc to express their interests in the betterment of  the poor people only as though they are not bothered about the interests and concerns of the rich people- businessmen, industrialists, service providers and large land owners. In fact they always  talk ill of rich people. This is an unhealthy situation. It is the rich people who pay taxes to the government for running the government and for providing  welfare schemes for poor people , it is the rich people who create and provide jobs to the people, it is the rich people who engage in large charitable activities. It is therefore difficult to understand why the rich people are ignored by the government etc. The policy of any government should be to make rich people richer, so that they can make poor people rich by setting up industries, shops, service establishments and providing jobs to unemployed persons and providing higher posts for already employed workers, staff and officers.  To bridge the gap between the poor and rich, rich people should not be made poor, but poor people should have higher growth in income than the rich people.

Political leaders of Tamilnadu and All India political leadership


There was a time when there were leaders from Tamilnadu who occupied important positions in the Central leadership of their respective parties. In the Congress Party there were leaders like Kamaraj, C.Subramaniam, R.Venkataraman who were respected and admired by  central leadership of the Congress party. Some of them were  talked of as potential Prime Ministers. The founder and leader of the Swatantra Party, which was at one time the largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha, viz Rajaji is from Tamilnadu. Mr.P.Ramamurthy of CPI(M) was one of the top leaders of that Party. Recently though some leaders from Tamilnadu occupied important positions in the Central cabinet like P.Chidambaram, Anbumani Ramadoss, Dayanidhi Maran, T.R.Balu etc, none of them had the stature to influence decisions of the central government. In the existing circumstances, i.e. when All India parties- BJP and Congress- do not have much following in Tamilnadu, the local(Tamilnadu) leaders of these parties are unlikely to emerge as top leaders of their respective parties in the normal course.

There is need for an alternative to Congress and BJP. It could be an united Front of all existing and new regional/state parties or a new All India Party. Tamilnadu’s political leaders should try for this viz formation 9f  United Front of regional parties or a new All India Party. They could have important positions in these orgnisations.