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Monday, January 31, 2005

"Simply, so that I can say that I supported Tsunami rehabilitation..."

This is partly based on something which I experienced recently. Many charity organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, are involved in Tsunami rehabilitation projects in India. Of course, the extent of damage from this natural disaster warrants a large scale involvement of such organizations to try their best to bring life to normal in these affected areas. However, I came across another reasoning why certain organizations would want to undertake such projects. Some volunteers from such organizations would want to handle Tsunami projects, simply because they can say that their organization is involved in Tsunami rehabilitation projects.

Irrespective of the type of disaster, I feel this is an absurd reason for an organization to take up a disaster rehabilitation project. Just because it feels nice to say that yes, we worked on the rehabilitation of the people affected by the disaster, completely contradicts the self-less nature of a charity organization. A charity organization works for the benefit of the under-priviledged, and not for the feel-good factor. Agreed that a person supporting a project needs to convince self about the need of the project rather than blindly supporting it. But, saying that it feels nice to say that we supported so and so project is not at all a convincing reasoning.

The counter argument is most people won't donate money under ordinary circumstances, and that they would get moved by the afflictions of the affected people and donate only when such a disaster strikes. To take full advantage of this nature of such donors, we should not lose an opportunity to appeal to their emotions and 'hit the iron when it is hot'. My argument, in particular with Tsunami rehabilitation projects, is that, as it is, monetary contributions towards Tsunami relief and rehabilitation has surpassed all previous contributions. Further, it has seen an overwhelming participation from various organizations supporting various projects, which is, indeed, a welcome sign. Under such circumstances, it is important to remember that there are million other underpriviledged people who are rendered helpless even without such a disaster. This comes to my mind an experience of one of my colleagues who was present in the Tsunami affected areas, helping these organizations. A poor, hungry lady came to her and asked her whether it is necessary for her to be affected by Tsunami, if she wanted one of the food-packets handed out by my friend. This indicates the lack of attention given to the already under-priviledged people.

Charity organizations shouldn't lose their focus on trying their best for the upliftment of the society. At the same time, it shouldn't get lost in this race to say that we did it the first, we did it the best, we did the largest. If nothing, then it just introduces competition, rather than collaboration among these charities, which hampers such developmental projects.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Anti MNC groups on the current state of the stock markets in India.

The BSE Sensex has been pushing forward like it never did in history before. Early on in the month of December, there were polls on whether it would cross the 7000 barrier in 2005. Then, the BSE Sensex skyrocketed with such celerity that the poll question changed to whether it would cross 7000 in January 2005. However, early January saw some bearish behavior and the BSE Sensex is hovering between 6000 and 6500 as of now.

This bull run of BSE Sensex was attributed to Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) pumping in the money in the Indian economy. This was also cited as the reason for the projected 8% growth rate in India, and the ever-improving economy in India.

My point in writing the above facts is asking what those people, who are against MNCs coming to India, have to say regarding this economic growth. Agreed that the affects of MNCs coming are not exactly black or white, and that there are lot of grey areas. It's just that I wanted to know their view, those who are against the opening up of the economy, on the economic growth of this country.

Any anti-MNC reader among my already slim readership?

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Survival stories or Sensationalizing?

During the days following the Tsunami devastation, many news channel in India were deeply involved in presenting survivors' stories. They had extensive interviews of how a particular person survived by clinging on to trees or sitting under the rubble for days at ends. There is no harm in the TV channels spotlighting this never say die spirit of survival of certain individuals. However, I feel that it presents an emotional burden on someone whose kin was not that lucky and lost his or her life. Yes, some of us are born lucky, but the way it has been presented on these TV channels seem to suggest that they are born lucky at the expense of others who are not so lucky. Such was the extensive coverage of these survival experiences, that I feel that the relief and rehabilitation news took a backseat. I would assume that giving more importance to the R&R efforts would encourage more people to contribute towards these efforts, rather than basking in the glory of the survival spirit of us humans. It seem to paint a picture that all that mattered for these news channel was who can sensationalize the most.