WEEKEND LIGHTER: Dept of Post: Letter writing competition, 2017

WEEKEND LIGHTER: DoP: Letter writing competition
(August 12/13, 2017)
Feel free to mail your views on this edition of WL to mgwarrier@gmail.com


Cover Story
Rewriting History?
This refers to Neera Chandhoke’s insightful piece on the relevance of Jawaharlal Nehru today (The Hindu, “Why Nehru matters more than ever today”, August 8). It’s ridiculous to make efforts to reinvent history with every political change at the helm of affairs of any country. The conscious blacking out of historical events or role of national leaders like Nehru from speeches at solemn occasions like Independence/Republic day or swearing in ceremony of the President or substituting the names of such leaders with allegedly coloured motives smacks immaturity of mindset.
Having said that, we have to also concede that, as a nation, we have not preserved the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru in a befitting manner. Lest misunderstood, the regret is not about ‘memorials’. Both these leaders had clarity in their visions about the future of India. The political party which owed its existence to these leaders, and the government which owed its birth to them, strayed away from the teachings of Gandhi and guidance of Nehru as soon as possible after their departure from the scene. Congress and ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ are paying the price for that neglect today.
M G Warrier, Mumbai
Recent responses
Indecent propositions
This refers to your editorial “Unkindest cut” (Business Line, August 7). Public memory may be short. But savers who keep their savings in banks they trust cannot be expected to forget why they chose bank deposits as an instrument of savings, in the first place. State bank of India and major private sector banks have been challenging the commonsense of two categories of savers particularly, since the beginning of the current decade. The savers they have been taking for granted are, (a) elders who keep their ‘retirement corpus’ in bank deposits and (b) the High Net-worth salaried class who maintain huge balances in savings bank accounts.
In 2011, when after long persuasion by depositors, RBI deregulated interest rates on Savings Bank accounts, these banks made a mockery of the regulator’s guidance by either just ignoring the RBI circular (banks like SBI) or making new stipulations and fixing new thresholds for payment of interest on SB accounts (big private sector banks), ensuring status quo in outgo on account of interest payments.
The message has been loud and clear. Savers will remain at the mercy of banks. While media and analysts dwell in detail on inflation, RBI’s base rates and inadequate transmission of benefits of rate cuts, savers remain a neglected lot. To add insult to injury, banks bargain for reduction of interest rates on savings instruments with long term maturities outside the banking system as a pre-condition for reduction in lending rates following reduction in bank rate. GOI has been obliging.
This indecent challenge from banks which have a monopoly over rural and semi-urban savings has long-term implications. These include savings migrating to non-financial sectors and the traditional moneylender resurfacing in new attire. Earlier the regulator and GOI wake up, the better.
M G Warrier, Mumbai
NITI Aayog: Welcome appointment
This refers to the report “Rajiv Kumar named vice-chairman of NITI Aayog” (Business Standard, August 6). Centre’s decision to fill up the vacancy caused by the exit of Arvind Panagariya with a professional economist who has roots in India and who is unlikely to take over the top position in NITI Aayog with a resignation letter in his pocket or an obligation to return after expiry of leave will be welcomed by all.
Now, one more thing GOI can do to make NITI Aayog a professional and functional body ‘superior’ to the earlier dispensation (Planning Commission) it displaced is, to allow the present team comprising of stalwarts like Bibek Debroy, V K Saraswat and Vinod Paul some breathing time to settle down and evolve an institutional strategy which will help the organization  stand on its own. To make this possible, GOI support will be needed in making the organization financially independent and in terms of legislation where necessary.
M G Warrier, Mumbai
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Posted online comments
M G Warrier
 Whale games
I've already exhausted my quota of hundred years... The eighteen years up to 1962  were equal to 54 years for me.  Now on indefinite extension...As one will not be declared dead, if Aadhaar Card is not produced, seriously thinking of destroying my Aadhaar Card, which I've misplaced somewhere...
M G Warrier
From a mail received through my friend Nallasivan:
“Two beggars were sitting side by side on a street in Rome, Italy.
One had a Cross in front of him; the other one was holding the Star of David. Many people went by, looked at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of the beggar sitting behind the Cross.
The Pope came by. He stopped to watch the throngs of people giving money to the beggar who held the Cross while none gave to the beggar holding the Star of David. He felt sorry for him.

Finally, the Pope approached the beggar with the Star of David and said: "My poor fellow, don't you understand? This is a Catholic country; this city is the seat of Catholicism. People aren't going to give you money if you sit there with a Star of David in front of you, especially when you're sitting beside a beggar who is holding a Cross.
In fact, they would probably give more money to him just out of spite!"
The beggar with the Star of David listened to the Pope, smiled, turned to the beggar with the Cross and said:
"Moishe, would you look who's trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing?"
My response:
Good marketing lesson.
I think, at the end of Geetopadesa, there was this dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna:
"Arjuna: 'Krishna, Having been with you all these years, I was aware of all you have been telling just now?'
Krishna: 'Then, why did you waste my time and your time?'
Arjuna: 'I was still uncertain about the need for a war... And you know, in love and war... uncertainties persist till the end... I thought world should know beforehand, what is there in your mind'"
Hope, the new owners of Bharatha will order a probe to know the TRUTH.
M G Warrier
Nampoothiri wedding
Cyber Forensic Expert Dr Vinod Bhattathiripad's daughter and Chennai IIT Research Scholar Indu Chanchal and Trissur (Kirangattu Mana) born, California University educated Team Member of world renowned Computer Game "Call of Duty" Unnikrishnan got married on July 9. The marriage was celebrated with all traditional functions for which Kerala nambudiris take pride even today, at the ancestral houses of both bride and groom during the second week of July, 2017. 
Artist Madanan (Mathrubhumi) shared some of the drawings of the functions he attended with an excellent write up on each 'ritual'. A collector's item for people like me who have nolstagic memories about 20th Century Kerala social life. The drawings shared included 'Ayinoonu', Bride's final offering-Nivedyam- to family Deity as she becomes a member of Groom's family from next day, Bride's mother applying oil in Bride's hairs in the presence of several lady members of the family and the wedding function.
Madanan's drawing of Polpaya Mana somewhere in the borders of Palghat and Malappuram districts of Kerala was really amazing.


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