(June 4/5, 2016, No. 23/2016)*
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*Posted on June 4, 2016 from Mumbai.
Opening Remarks
Back in Mumbai on June 2, 2016. The stay in Kerala for three weeks was useful. Just made my mind blank and observed people and places, attended functions and travelled from place to place. The insignificance of the individual was striking.
Recent responses
June 4, 2016
Restore trust
This refers to the report “Government unhappy with public sector banks’ recovery record” (Business Standard, June 4). The message sent to banks by Finance Ministry, just before the meeting of PSBs convened by FM scheduled on Monday, June 6, looks ritualistic. Beyond admonitions like this by publishing scary statistics, it is time all stakeholders of the Indian Banking System (private sector banks included) sat together and seriously deliberated about measures needed to restore the health of the institution of banking which has a major role to play in promoting economic growth.
Post-independence, India has been lucky in ensuring sustainability of major pillars of governance conceived in the Indian Constitution. These are legislatures, judiciary, executive and the institution of CAG. Among regulators, Reserve Bank of India(RBI) the financial sector regulator has played a significant role in nurturing the banking system by effective participation in institution-building and preventing bank failures. At this stage of development, health of public sector banks with more than two-thirds share in banking business need to be restored in national interest. Here, RBI and PSBs need legal and moral support from GOI. Such support is additional to the role being played by GOI as ‘owner’ and will include:
i)                   Level playing field for PSBs in the matter of recruitment, training, career progression and remuneration package for staff as compared to major ‘successful’ private sector banks.
ii)                Board being professionalised.
iii)              Transparent incentives and disincentives for executives and middle management professionals. Their survival and career progression should be dependent on performance (now they are not)
One wishes, this time, FM and his executives spend more time listening to CEOs of PSBs.
Coincidentally, June 6, 2016 happens to be the 50th anniversary of rupee devaluation. Let this day of sixes heralds a new era in India’s banking history.
M G Warrier, Mumbai
May 30, 2016
A poem in prose!
This refers to Shiv Viswanathan’s “Ode to a nameless friend” (The Hindu, May 30). Read this wonderful poem in prose with great interest. One is first tempted to appreciate the selection of words and the skill with which the writer conveys his thoughts. The writer dwells on ‘straydom’ with the ease of someone who has experienced it!
World over, ‘stray’ humans, in thousands, share life with stray dogs, and that too bereft of a ‘level playing field’. Pets along with the luckier humans live their lives in castles, totally unaware of the anxieties and uncertainties outside, except when occasionally someone from outside trespasses their ‘boundaries’ or one among them ventures out in search of fresh air.
The celebration and the embarrassment in the pizza story narrated are real and accurate in description. Wish some who are sleeping, wake up and read this ‘Ode’.
M G Warrier, Thiruvananthapuram
May 31, 2016
Needed, political will
This refers to the article “No country for the old” (The Hindu, May 31). In my article “The Last Resort”( Included as ‘Post-Retirement Life’ in my 2014 book “Banking, Reforms &Corruption: Development Issues in 21st Century India”-Ref:Page 122) published in April 2009 issue of ‘Be Positive’ I had observed asunder:
 “As regards the resources necessary to meet this challenging effort, only the lack of political will to canalise the men, material and money now being engaged for purposes like luxurious celebrations (mentioning here the examples of the efforts to find the beginning of universe or scientific research in uninhabited parts of planet earth or in space or development of weapons for massive annihilation  may divert the discussion to controversial areas, which is not my purpose!) and wars towards creative and positive purposes at least until the basic needs of every inhabitant of mother earth is met is standing in the way. Agreed, this is a great hurdle, equal in dimension to the greed which results in accumulation of wealth by individuals, families and nations through unethical means. But, if you and I start talking about it frequently and without fear, change is not far away.”
This article confirms my view.
M G Warrier
A Surprise Lesson from Squeezing an Orange

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer:

I was preparing to speak at an I Can Do Itconference and I decided to bring an orange on stage with me as a prop for my lecture. I opened a conversation with a bright young fellow of about twelve who was sitting in the front row. 

“If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?” I asked him. 

He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, “Juice, of course.” 

“Do you think apple juice could come out of it?” 

“No!” he laughed. 

“What about grapefruit juice?” 


“What would come out of it?” 

“Orange juice, of course.” 

“Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?” 

He may have been getting a little exasperated with me at this point. 

“Well, it’s an orange and that’s what’s inside.” 

I nodded. “Let’s assume that this orange isn’t an orange, but it’s you. And someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something you don’t like, offends you. And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear. Why? The answer, as our young friend has told us, is because that’s what’s inside.” 

It’s one of the great lessons of life. 

What comes out when life squeezes you? 

When someone hurts or offends you? 

If anger, pain and fear come out of you, it’s because that’s what’s inside. It doesn’t matter who does the squeezing— your mother, your brother, your children, your boss, the government. If someone says something about you that you don’t like, what comes out of you is what’s inside. And what’s inside is up to you, it’s a choice you have to make. 

When someone puts the pressure on you and out of you comes anything other than love, it’s because that’s what you’ve allowed to be inside. 

Once you take away all those negative things you don’t want in your life and replace them with love, you’ll find yourself living a highly functioning life. 

Thanks, my friends, and here’s an orange for you!

*Source: An email forward from Govindan received @Exrbites Group.


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