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10 Questions to World Leaders

Honorable US President Mr. Obama, US Secretary of state Mrs. Clinton, UK Prime minister Gordon  Brown, Norway Minister Eric Solheim, most importantly UN Secretary General Mr. Ban ki moon,

Civilians in Internment Camps behind barbed fences

About quarter million civilians are in Internment Camps behind barbed fences. About 20,000 wounded are in need of immediate assistance. Food, Water and Medicine are in immediate need.

Even after the SL government claims to have won the war, President Rajapakse is busy celebrating his victory, while the Tamils are struggling for their lives, living at the mercy of the Sinhalese prison guards, without food, water and medicine.

Yet, the IC, UN, Red Cross and all World Organizations are watching the happenings without any action.

If you could touch your heart and answer even one of these questions truthfully, you are justified to be in the seat that you occupy.  

  1. What is stopping Mr. Rajapakse from allowing international help to reach the affected area? Is it because he needs his people to clear up all evidences to the genocide, in the name of clearing land mines?
  2. Why is there no Tamil in the Srilankan Army? Can those aristocrats in Delhi, Washington, London, France care to answer or comment.
  3. Weren’t the TNA MPs democratically elected? Then why is that their input is not taken into consideration in any of the decisions taken by the World Organizations?
  4. Millions of Tamils around the world have fled their home country Sri Lanka. Is it because, they wanted to tour the world?
  5. Those millions worldwide demonstrated in support of LTTE, and described LTTE as their freedom fighters. Are all of them hardened terrorists, as the Srilankan President Rajapakse is claiming?
  6. When will Rajapakse allow international aid to reach the Tamils? Or does he think that it is not necessary? Why was the ICRC thrown out of Srilanka?
  7. When will the reporters be allowed to report freely from the affected areas? What is the status of investigations carried out in the case of the reporters who have been killed? Why were the UK journalists thrown out of Srilanka?
  8. Why have the SL Government arrested the doctors who reported casualty figures from the war front? Also, why any one who raises his voice against the government, even if they are civilians or reporters, arrested and investigated?
  9. What is the function of UN? You might think that this is a stupid question, but I bet if anyone can provide an answer and prove that the answer is justified by quoting the activities of UN.
  10. How come Mr. Rajapakse has not yet mentioned about what he intends to do to protect the rights of the Tamils? Is he going to think of a plan when he has time after his victory bash?

Indian leaders from Delhi, Chinese Communists and Japanese war mongers are excluded from these questions, as this is directed to those who have some basic dignity and humanity.  

Note to Mr. Ban Ki Moon: Please do not ask advice from the following people

  1. Mr. Vijay Nambiar who goes for a leisure tour to Srilanka every few days and says everything is fine.
  2. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee who has been assigned to look out for investment opportunities in Srilanka, on behalf of Mdm. Sonia Gandhi.
  3. Mr. Manmohan singh, as he cannot answer without Mdm. Sonia Gandhi’s permission. So kindly do not disturb him.

Written by Joy Arun

Joy Arun is an engineer who also works to spread education to the needy. He believes education is the foundation for a healthy society.

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USA: The Al Qaeda threat and the need to find new partners

First published in Blogcritics.org – An online magazine that syndicates content to online editions of newspapers around the United States.

Spending on the US war on terror recently hit 1$ trillion, as reported by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a US government watchdog agency. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), covering Afghanistan and other Global War On Terror (GWOT) operations, ranging from the Philippines to Djibouti began immediately after the 9/11 attacks and continues.
Has the threat to America been eliminated? Well, its hard to say, isn’t it?. There have been no attacks since 9/11. which implies that the Homeland Security team must be doing its job well. On the flip side, the threat is as alive as at any other time prior to 9/11, with Bin Laden — the mastermind — still around, hiding somewhere in Pakistan, and releasing cynical videos to scare the Americans and their allies.
Everyone will remember the days when the Bush administration was compounding the magnitude of the threat by introducing what they called a threat alert system, with a color coded index. The security threat to the US resembled a stock market index, with television news anchors announcing where the index stood every day.

Spending on the US war on terror recently reached 1$ trillion, as reported by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a US government watchdog agency. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), covering Afghanistan and other Global War On Terror (GWOT) operations, ranging from the Philippines to Djibouti began immediately after the 9/11 attacks and continues.

Has the threat to America been eliminated? Well, its hard to say, isn’t it?. There have been no attacks since 9/11 – which implies that the Homeland Security team must be doing its job well. On the flip side, the threat is as alive as at any other time prior to 9/11, with Bin Laden — the mastermind — still around, hiding somewhere in Pakistan, and releasing cynical videos to scare the Americans and their allies.

Everyone will remember the days when the Bush administration was compounding the magnitude of the threat by introducing what they called a threat alert system, with a color coded index. The security threat to the US resembled a stock market index, with television news anchors announcing where the index stood every day.

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In an August 2008 update, the Congressional Budget Office projected that additional war costs for the next ten years from FY2009 through FY2018 could rangefrom $440 billion $865 billion.

By announcing the response to the 9/11 attacks as “Global War On Terror”, the Bush administration was also magnifying the enemy. The administration engaged in worldwide propaganda against terrorism. This was widely reported in the media as well, and news about several other armed groups around the world made headlines. The general attention towards similar attacks across the globe received primetime exposure on all media channels. It was as if the whole world were being attacked by terrorists, who somehow were all connected, with a common goal of  terrorizing people.

The policy of “Global War on Terror” not only diluted the focus on the real enemy – Al Qaeda, it also lacked a benchmark to measure its progress — the reason why none of us can ever conclusively say whether or not the job is done.

The USA was seen as chasing the weapon, rather than the enemy. Since it was declared a “global war,” US government resources were spent on assisting other nations to do their own dirty laundry. Nations with internal disturbances by armed groups lobbied the US administration to include their enemies in the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) resulting in Foreign Aid and Diplomatic Operations spending alone (as part of the GWOT), amounting to 46.6 million. The US taxpayer was now paying for several other wars around the globe, several of which an average American would have never heard of before.

The Bush administration believed that these other wars would provide tactical experience for the “Global War On Terror”. Insurgencies around the world became experiments to test different strategies, some with very high civilian casualties. Most western nations, including the US, and even the UN, are now tolerating severe human rights violations by rogue nations which carry out their civil wars under the cover of counter terrorism.

A US soldier in Kabul, Afghanistan

A US soldier in Kabul, Afghanistan

While American soldiers serving in Afghanistan were losing their lives, a stretched-out policy of GWOT without a benchmark allowed the Bush administration to return to power for a second term, taking advantage of the patriotic sentiments of Americans.

The misguided policies  resulted in the “War On Terror” becoming similar to the “War On Drugs” or the  “War On Poverty;” without a definitive goal or deadline.

Interestingly, in the first 100 days of the Obama administration we are seeing a new approach on the horizon. Obama calling sections of Taleban to work with the US is not only a tactical and strategic move, but could be seen as a diplomatic one too. Working with other Islamic groups will open new doors for US diplomacy in the Muslim world. While the US is currently seen by many in Islamic societies as an enemy of Muslim interests, the new policy offers an opportunity for the USA to counter Al Qaeda’s propaganda and split the support base for Al-Qaeda in its home ground.

The option of networking with non-state players was never studied by the Bush administration. The possibilities can be quite significant, however, as US intelligence could gain unprecedented access to and knowledge of financial, communications and other infrastructure networks of similar organizations.

The US administration can also look for partners from other parts of Asia. The recent developments in Sri Lanka, where the Tamil minorities have been pursuing a 30 year struggle against the ruling regime, offer an opportunity for the USA to network with another insurgency group: the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), known to be a very innovative and motivated armed group. However, their use of suicide bombers for military and political targets has landed them on the USA’s FTO list. Though the group has met some setbacks recently, it is known to have a strong global network and enjoy widespread support from the Tamil Diaspora. A timely intervention in the crisis could not only arrest the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in that nation, but could also serve the strategic interests of USA.

There could be other non-state players who can offer an edge to the USA in its pursuit of Al-Qaeda. Armed groups such as LTTE and the likes that do not share the ideologies of Islamic extremism should be evaluated for strategic partnership. Concurrently, the US should also use the association to cultivate these groups and encourage them to give up unacceptable conflict practices.

However, the biggest challenge to Obama administration would be to convince Americans to unlearn what the Bush administration preached to them and show them who the real enemy is, how small the enemy is, how important it is to partner with non-state players and how such a focused approach can eliminate the threat once and for all, leading to a conclusive victory in the “War on Al-Qaeda”.

Written by Sunderapandyan.

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Vote out “undemocratic” elements

Democracy is one form of the government in which governing power is held indirectly by the citizens in a free and fair electoral system. Electoral process is nothing but a collective way of choosing a representative based on the closed voting system – i.e. civilized way of hiring some one (Qualified fellow citizens) to act on behalf of them in solving pressing needs and issues. In a vibrant democracy voting right is a paramount privilege  that any one can own and use.

Freedom of speech and Freedom to write is the first foundation of any democratic country. If and when a country claims that it is upholding the democracy, then surely it must protect and support these two elements in each and every endeavor. “The right to freedom of speech is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The ICCPR recognizes the right to freedom of speech as “the right to hold opinions without interference.”

In recent days we hear a lot of complaints from the Indian national congress party that some of the leaders / individuals in Tamil Nadu are speaking unparliamentary words in  public meetings and other social gatherings. Even few of those leaders were arrested merely “for their speech” and are serving imprisonment for the past several months. Whether it was a wise speech or gibberish talk should be decided by the people rather than few appointed officials.

Popular movie directors Mr Seeman and MR Amir were arrested after taking part in a rally condemning state atrocities against Tamils in Sri Lanka

Popular movie directors Mr Seeman and Mr Amir were arrested after taking part in a rally condemning state atrocities against Tamils in Sri Lanka and criticising the Congress party.

Right to criticize the failed policies of former and present leaders of Indian government – Either Congress or BJP or Third front party is one of the important elements of democracy that  all citizens of India can have . Curtailing and preventing the freedom of expression of an individual is the biggest sin one can blow to the democracy of India. Arresting those “Talkers” in the name of “protecting the national security” is unacceptable and unwarranted. The ruling elites are simply advancing their own power by indulging in these unlawful acts. These actions are not only undemocratic,but  also truly they are unpatriotic since the Indian constitution guarantees every citizen of India to speak and write freely without any repercussion.

 

In a successful democratic society every individual has a stake in shaping the countrys  policy – foreign or domestic and governing methods. In the recent elections in USA, people living in the state of California  voted for and against same sex marriage.

Overwhelmingly they have rejected the idea and registered their voices – legal marriage should only be between male and female

“Proposition 8 was a California ballot proposition passed in the November 4, 2008, general election. It changed the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples and eliminated same-sex couples’ right to marry.”

It is nothing wrong to include such  sensitive, hard pressing issues and questions of decision in the hands of the people. Ban on the Tamil Tigers in India are being extended every two years based on the executive orders. It is a good idea to ask people of Tamil Nadu to vote on the questions of whether

  • To remove the ban on Tamil Tigers or not
  • Recognize Tamil Eelam or not

In a real democracy people are the owners and the wishes of the people should be respected and fulfilled.

People should realize that change will not come on its own; instead one has to work for it. There is nothing called a FREE MEAL. When a minority Afro-American (black) Mr. Barack Obama can win the Presidency in the predominantly white country,  any thing can be possible on this earth – YES, WE CAN.

A person has to elect his representative based on the character and capacity of the individual instead of the dynasty, alliance and party whom he/she represents. Each and every individual should exercise their ballot to bring the right change. Boycotting the election will only help those in power to continue the Status-Quo and eventually our fate will fall into the hands of the self-centered & family-centered politicians.

Hence, Let us all vote out undemocratic and unpatriotic elements from our country.

Written by Kandhan

An engineer by profession, Kandhan writes to promote progressive politics in India.

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Tamils plan for a massive rally in New York city on 17th April

As news of large scale violence and civilian casualty numbers arrive from the Safe Zone in Sri Lanka, a massive rally is being organized in New York city on the 17th of April. Tamils all over the world are intensifying their protests and are urging the local governments of their respective countries to intervene and stop the carnage.

Organizers of the New York rally have made open calls to not only Tamils but also to Americans to join the protest to stop the genocide. The organizers have informed that “We want not only you, but your whole family – we need the children’s voice as well. So consider taking them from school and informing the school that they will be participating in a rally against genocide”. The rally is planned to be held in front of the United Nations Office and at Times Square on Friday between 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Voices of protests to the genocidal war is being raised from several quarters of the western world as well. Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch Asia director said “Sri Lanka’s so-called ‘no-fire zone’ is now one of the most dangerous places in the world.”

In Dublin, Tamil protesters were joined by Ireland Socialist Party members. irland1

While the intensity of protests by Tamils and others against the genocide is increasing day by day, the Sri Lankan government however is continuing with the killings in the Safe Zone. TamilNet – the website that the Western diplomats rely on to get information from sources outside government controlled media, reported yesterday that 180 civilians have been killed in 3 hours of shelling by the government forces.

Written by Kandhan

An engineer by profession, Kandhan writes to promote progressive politics in India.

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Open letter to Mr. President Barack Obama on Sri Lanka

Please facilitate for the “Will of the People to speak”.

Please facilitate for the “Will of the People to speak” to bring Change for the Tamils.

March 25, 2009

Your Excellency, President of USA, Mr. Barack Obama:
 
This letter is to request you to conduct a UN sponsored referendum in the Tamil-inhabited areas of Sri Lanka and initiate UNTATE which stands for United Nations Transitional Administration in Tamil Eelam. Tamils have always supported a negotiated settlement through out their 50 years of freedom struggle and will welcome this initiative.
As you are aware of the Sri Lankan government’s genocide of Tamils, it is essential for the United States of America to act promptly and positively to stop Genocide with out additional delay.
  • More than 100,000 Tamils killed or disappeared.
  • More than 20,000 Tamil children orphaned.
  • More than 35,000 Tamil women widowed.
  • Numerous schools, houses, hospitals, churches, temples, villages and livelihood destroyed.
  • More than 600,000 Tamils internally displaced as refugees.
  • Nearly 1 Million Tamils made to flee the country.
Is this ethnic cleansing and genocide or is this the outcome of defending the Sri Lankan sovereignty?
 
Whatever be the name one calls it, as per his/her convenience, all Representative to the UN, HRW, UNHCR and Aid agencies acknowledged that Tamils are discriminated, marginalized and brutalized by the Sri Lankan Government.
 
Numerous reputable sources illustrate that “Tamils are living in a constant state of fear under the Sri Lankan Armed Forces”.
Police evict Tamils from Colombo (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6729555.stm)
 
While we advocate democracy and freedom of speech in every aspects of our action, it is rational to follow a similar approach to the solution of Tamils in Sri Lanka. People from the North and Eastern part of  Sri Lanka must be the one to decide on what they want in the UN sponsored referendum. Kindly give a chance of “Freedom of Expression” to the Tamils.
 
Please facilitate for the “Will of the People to speak”.
Thank you.
 
Yours faithfully,
Kandhan.

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Who attacked the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore ?

In South Asia, the game of Cricket has stolen the hearts of the elite mass and the cricketers are Semi-gods to cricket fans. The recent attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore – Pakistan, by the terrorists has made the people of the Indian sub continent guess who could have planned such an attack. People are unwilling to wait for the completion of enquiry which might take time to bring out the truth. Their imagination is running high challenging even an intelligence agency.

A Sri Lankan player boards into a helicopter at Gaddafi stadium after the shooting incident in which six police officers and civilian were killed

Rocket barrels and grenades were used in the attack, killing six policemen and civilian.

The distressing situation is that the initial perception about the unknown culprits are not the same in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and the rest of the world.

In Pakistan:

The common man is brain washed by successive governments to believe that every terrorist attack is the handiwork of the Indian intelligence agencies. Therefore the statements issued by the authorities of Pakistan at the heat of the moment shall conveniently point the finger to India, without any evidences.

Immediately after the attack, Geo Television in Pakistan quoted an intelligence report in January that specifically warned against an Indian intelligence terror plot on the Sri Lankan cricket team. Mr. Rehman Malik – Pakistan’s Interior Ministry head said a “foreign hand” was behind the attack. Lahore Commissioner Khushro Pervaiz said the Indian involvement cannot be ruled out. Retired Gen Hameed Gul – a former chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) said that India wanted to declare Pakistan a terrorist state and the firing on the Sri Lankan team was related to that conspiracy.

The knee jerk reaction of Pakistan establishment clearly indicates their fear about India and it will be another story later when they will follow the lines of USA in finding out the conspiracy.

In India:

The crime has been committed in the Pakistani soil on Sri Lankan citizens, in which India is not a party. Anyway, this incident is compared with the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. India blames the Lahore attack on the same terrorist organization which conducted 26/11 Mumbai attacks. India shall attribute a motivation in the Lahore attack as an attempt to prevent the investigation and action on the criminals who were involved in the Mumbai attacks. It has been reported that highly placed sources in the government of India have informed the media that Lashkar-e-Taiba is behind this attack.

Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene with his wife Christina Sirisena

Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene with his wife Christina Sirisena

The Indian media projects the video of the two young men with bags on their back as enough evidence to say both are similar and conducted by the same terrorist organization operating in Pakistan. The media in India face stiff competition and have to present sensational stories and in the process have turned themselves in to comical investigators. If one were to believe them, they will be made to fear any young man in the 20’s wearing a jean and carrying a backpack.

The incidents in Pakistan help the Hindu fundamentalists in India to spread their propaganda to alienate the Muslim community from the mainstream politics and consolidate their hate campaign to mobilize majority votes in the up coming parliamentary election.

In Sri Lanka:

Just by hearsay the Sinhala people can easily be led to believe that LTTE must be behind the attacks without any investigation or evidence. The politicians and governments of majority politics always project one enemy to fight in order to buy political power.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is under fire for sending the team to Pakistan and fit in to a match schedule turned down by India and Australia. Had he declined to send the team this incident could have been prevented. But the President wanted to show solidarity with Pakistan for the moral and military help rendered by Pakistan in its fight against LTTE.

It is unfortunate that the Sri Lankan cricket team has been made a pawn for the diplomacy of the Sri Lankan government. May be the President was encouraged by the fact that recently the Indian team played in Sri Lanka and returned home safely amidst the intense civil war in the country. But one should not forget that the Indian Cricket team had no threat from the LTTE and the inadequate security arrangement in Sri Lanka was not a threat to the safety of the players of both countries.

Sri Lankan cricketer Ajantha Mendis was one of the seven wounded player

Sri Lankan cricketer Ajantha Mendis was one of the seven wounded player

It can be called as a poetic injustice to note that the terrorists who came to attack Srl Lankan Cricketers in Pakistan used a white car just like the forces in the Sinhala government that sends death squads in the infamous “white van” to take away the Tamils for killing and include their names in the list of “disappeared” in Sri Lanka.

However the Sri Lankan diplomatic sources in Islamabad have already denied about the involvement of the embattled LTTE terming it as “unlikely”. But they also wish to say that they cannot rule out LTTE.

And in the rest of the World?

It is no different. The US counter terrorism official have reportedly said that Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba are possible suspects. The Americans would like to indict Taliban since their government fights a war on terror in Afghanistan.

Well, for the question – who attacked the Sri Lankan Ccicketers, the blame game in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and in the rest of the world does not reflect any sense of enquiry but shows only the fear to their respective enemies. Be it Indian intelligence, Lashkar-e-Taiba , LTTE, Talban, all the predictions have surfaced according to Geography and Psychology pushing the truth down.

If this attitude continues our calendars will be filled with all the 365 dates showing the likes of 1983/7/24, 2001/9/11, 2001/12/13, 2002/2/27, 2002/2/28, 2003/8/25, 2008/11/26, 2009/03/03 etc. A global citizen promoting universal brotherhood should be concerned about this attitude.The only consolation is that no Sri Lankan cricketer was fatally injured thanks to the timely action of the Pakistani security personnel and the bus driver.

In a broader sense if we ponder over this incident, it is undoubtful that this attack came from an outfit which wants to rule Pakistan by isolating that country from the international community – especially from the people of South Asia.

The terrorists or non state actors in Pakistan must be happy that they have successfully prevented any more game of cricket in their home ground, particularly considering the fundamentalist ideals having developed dislike for the women coming out in public and seen in Televisions on occasions of a cricket match. This is beyond the imagination of the people in the rest of the world who consider themselves as liberals allowing half naked cheer girls in cricket matches to encourage the crowd and players and who enjoy everyday viewing of concocted stories of the immature media in collaboration with power mongers of the ruling establishment in every nation.

Those who cannot accept that the Truth is absolute and transcends religion, class, geography and psychology have not missed an opportunity in 3/3 to project a wrong answer to the question of who attacked the Sri Lankan cricketers.

Written by Malarthamil

Malarthamil is a civil engineer and writer-poet inspired by Thirukkural – a classical Tamil poetry that expounds various aspects of life.

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Should we ban Using Paper for Newspapers? Use Online News instead

Written by Ronin

Ronin is a Technology Entrepreneur, Parent, Student, avid Reader and a global citizen

This is a presentation I made, recommending online newspapers in US.  I thought I should share it with you. This is a cut and paste from Powerpoint.

Where Is Global Warming?
Shishmaref, an Island town of 600 residents in Alaska, USA. The town has been the winter home of the Inupiat for 4,000 years. But now, Sea is swallowing up one home after another The protective sea ice that used to buffer the village against storms isn’t as massive now — the weather’s been too warm for too long. Shoreline eroding at an average of 10 feet a year

Its already affecting us

Why Should we stop using paper for Newspaper?

Reason 1: Environmental Impact of News Paper Usage

Story 1: A Sunday in Minneapolis
Sunday Edition of Minneapolis Star Tribune
172 Pages. Circulation of 606, 698

Impact? 4,472 trees cut for just one Sunday edition of one newspaper
232,544 trees cut per year for a Sunday Newspaper in Just One city!

Newsprint consumption is 9.2 million tons per year
Average amount of recycled fiber content 35 %
6 million tons of virgin fiber = 72 million trees/year
Newspaper paper usage >  books+ magazine + catalogs
Paper Industry emits the fourth-highest level of greenhouse gas emissions among US  manufacturers. 9% of US manufacturing Co2 emission

Clear cutting- Destruction of Required as well as unrequired trees
UV rays leads to cancer

Reason 2: Paper Media-Wasteful and Uneconomical

Story 2: Washingtonpost.com Success
At a time when newsrooms across the country have empty desks from recent buyouts and layoffs, The newsroom at washingtonpost.com staff numbers here are expanding and profits are growing

Twins where Online Media is thriving (revenues grew by 28%) while Print Media Washington Post is declining (lost 4% of its Print ad revenue)

Online Media
20% of Cost Saved from Newsprint . Energy Saving in Printing and Distribution
4 * Avg Server consumption=  4 * 4,505 KW-hours of electricity per year for 100,000 readers (household uses apprx.10,000 kWh ).

Internet path servers shared between companies. Less Wastage
72% of US population internet accessible users(2008)

69% of 18-54 read online news in fall 2008. More than the 68% adults who read Newspapers.
Online Ad Revenue grew 18.8 percent to $3.2 billion
Print Ad Revenue fell 9.4%  percent $42.2  billion (2007)

Suggestion

Banning using paper in Newspaper Media and instead online news:

Not only an investment for the future

But also economical for the present

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Meeting a US Congressman for the Sri Lanka crisis

Written by Sunderapandyan.

Community cheer leader, leisure sportsman, web developer & innovator – Sunderapandyan is hard to pin down. He reports about critical South Asian issues to the world.

Well finally I have met a US Congressman – I mean a personal meeting with a politician for the first time in my life. Living in the relatively remote Midwest region of USA with a very small Indian community, the inaction of the Indian government over the human sufferings in Sri Lanka has been a factor of frustration for quite some time now, not just for me but for quite a few family friends here.

Watching the human suffering and the brutality of the Sri Lankan forces for several weeks has finally thrust me to swing into action. Consultation with friends lead us to conclude that meeting the district Congressman and presenting the evidences for human rights violations would be the most logical step.

After launching a swift online signature campaign with area residents of Indian origin, we started working with the Congressman’s office to get an appointment. We were hoping to have a personal meeting at the Congressman’s office so that we can show the videos and images that have bothered us much. However the Scheduler/Office Manager of the Congressman informed me that the Congressman is busy until a month or so and asked if I would be interested in meeting him at an event in two days. I was aware that the US Senate foreign relations committee is planning to discuss the Sri Lanka crisis in a week and thought the timing would be perfect.

With a decent number of signatures by several area Indians (Not just Tamils, but the entire Indian community signed it displaying a sign of solidarity) and the disturbing videos and images burned to a CD, six of us were all set to meet the Congressman.

We were quite apprehensive about discussing the issue openly since the Tamil rebels are still proscribed in the USA. We all agreed that we will not make any references to the rebels in our discussion but focus on the excesses committed by the Sri Lankan forces.

The meeting was to take place at the Health Care field hearing scheduled at the downtown church. We arrived early and were waiting for the District Director & Staff Agent who was supposed to brief us about the standard procedures of meeting the Congressman and facilitate the meeting.

The Staff Agent arrived and was indeed very helpful and appreciated us for bringing the issue to the Congressman’s attention. He also appreciated us for having run the signature campaign. After listening to the information we provided, the Staff Agent collected the file folder with the signed petition and the CD’s and informed us that we will be able to meet the Congressman prior or after the event. He also advised us to forward the petition and evidences to other committee members, especially members on the foreign relations committee.

The Congressman arrived and was greeted by few public that were waiting to meet him just like us. The Congressman engaged in a long conversation with a lady who appeared to be in despair due to a loss of a family member. The Congressman was very polite and listened to her long story and hugged her to offer some solace. We knew then that we will have to sit through the meeting and will be able to meet the congressman only at the end of the event. Some of my friends decided to drive home and come back later, while three of us decided to stay.

We found the Health Care field hearing very informative. I was very impressed at the way the hearing was organized. I started comparing the meeting with that of meetings involving Indians. Be it in India or the USA a meeting involving similar crowd would have been really noisy and full of confusion and chaos. I think we have to accept that confusion and chaos have become part of the Indian culture.

Americans sure have mastered the art of organizing events. Simple process’s put in place by the organizers made the event progress in a smooth fashion. The Congressman was very polite and had a fair sense of humor and handled the questions well. A Native Indian member who was full of humor asked the Congressman if he needed a job, referring to the acute shortage of doctors and paramedics in his clinic operating in the nearby Native Indian reservation. The Congressman also did not hesitate to ask for assistance from the folks in the crowd when he was not sure of some statistics.

Finally the meeting got over and we got the opportunity to talk to the Congressman. When I introduced myself and my friends, I mentioned that our roots are in India and we wanted to highlight the crisis in the South Asian nation of Sri Lanka. The congressman immediately said “I have a Tamil Tiger in my office”. Looking at our blank reaction, he continued “That was a Joke…”. He was making a reference to a Sri Lankan Tamil who works in his office. The Congressman seemed to be very knowledgeable about the happenings in Sri Lanka (obviously).

We informed about the evidences we have compiled and requested the Congressman to take up the issue appropriately and help bring justice to the people. The Congressman said before ending the conversation that he would like to one day visit Sri Lanka and have a vacation there.

That day may be too far away with the approach taken by most involved parties that have a stake in the region.

We all left home with a sense of relief that we have done the right thing. We do not know if the Congressman will be able to stop the terror faced by the people in the war zone, but we are happy based on what is mentioned in Bagavath Geethai – “Do your duty, Do not expect returns”.

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Can A Global Economy Ever Work?

Written by NÈF Worldwide

NÈF Worldwide is a movement of like-minded individuals, committed to pursuing abundant life for all. NÈF Worldwide posts at Kalugu are by Richard, Founder and Lead Antagonist of NÈF.

 

 

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We’ve had some discussion on here about the merits – or lack thereof – of capitalism in a global economy. I continue to argue that capitalism, in it’s truest sense, cannot work in a global economy, which seems to be something slowly though quietly acknowledged by the Obama-led government as he pushes for less international purchases and more “buy American” thinking.

I thought it might be interesting to note, for the sake of the discussion, how much money is spent on an international level when it comes to the non-essential items that drive a capitalist-based economy. The following is a list of the big spenders, and how they rank on a global scale (listed in Billions of US Dollars):

  • The United States: $2,135.3
  • Japan: $532.3
  • The United Kingdom: $497.4
  • Germany $471.7
  • France $344.1
  • China $230.3
  • Canada $215.4
  • Russia $190.4
  • India $79.1

Now, if we were to look at those same numbers, based on expenditure per person, remembering that this is for non-essential items, the list looks like this:

  • The United Kingdom: $8,290
  • Canada: $7,180
  • The United States: $7,118
  • Germany: $5,896
  •  France: $5,294
  • Japan: $4,095
  • Russia: $1,360
  • China: $172
  • India: $69

Those last two numbers should scream out at you. The two largest population bases in the world collectively spend less than $150/per person on the items that tend to drive an economy upward.

It was argued on an earlier post, that China and India will experience 22% growth (I’m assuming annually), whereas, countries like the US will experience 2.5% (quoting James Wolfensohn). Assuming the statement is correct, which I don’t,  in 40 years the expenditures by country would look like (again listed in Billions of US Dollars):

  • China: $655,673 
  •  India: $225,200
  • The United States: $5,781

Now, if you happen to be Chinese or Indian, that should make you feel great, except it’s not plausible. In order for the economy to grow at such an astronomical rate there would have to be:

  • an increase of expendable income
  • a major shift in values when it comes to money and its use
  • a population increase, similar to what The US has experienced since the Great Depression

Those of you from India (or China, or any Asian country that fits the scenario), allow me to ask:

If  you can imagine a dramatic increase in expendable income (income rises faster than the rate of inflation), can you also imagine the paradigm value shift required to spend money so freely or a population increase that would leave your country at 2.48 billion residents?

One of the strongest, growing economies in the world today is Cuba, despite some of it’s residents  experiencing poverty and the US embargo. This is openly acknowledged by the US government. How did this happen? It’s simple: No exploitation of it’s resources by outsiders. Our products for our people first.

There are others, mostly in South America and mostly led by Hugo Chavez that are adopting this philosophy. It appears, despite American criticism of those in the Chavez camp, that Obama is adopting a similar mindset. Perhaps it is the way forward for everyone.

Anyway, by this point I’ve inundated you with stats and numbers, and I’d really like to understand how Asia expects to grow at the rate of 22% without westerners buying their manufactured goods, which they will no longer  be able to do, since they are out of work due to the global economy. The numbers just don’t support the prediction of explosive global growth.

Capitalism might work for everyone, if we choose to only sell our products at home… but I’m still working on a better solution, because 9 countries collectively spending 4.7 trillion dollars on non-essential goods in the same year that 11 million children under the age of five died of preventable causes, is not a just world. How can one person (UK) spend more than $8,000 on things he did not need, knowing his brothers and sisters are in great need. 

Capitalism doesn’t work, because at worst it exploits and at best it turns a blind eye to suffering. The numbers support that truth.

 

Stats were based on the calendar year 2007 and taken from:

The New York Times

Wikipedia

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Obamas Inauguration Speech

The world listened keenly to Mr Obama’s inauguration speech yesterday. Local media’s reported that the speech was good but not great. Folks I met personally felt the same. They said: “Yes the acceptance speech was simply great and this one was good.  He spoke what needed to be spoken.”

What caught my attention was:

“To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history”

It appeared to me that Obama has sent clear signals to the oppressive governments of the world that their honeymoon with USA under the Bush administraton is over.

Here is the complete text of the speech:

OBAMA: My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. Those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers … our found fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).”

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

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A Letter to Obama for the Srilankan Tamil crisis

Mr. Obama has mentioned that solving the Palestine issue is one of the top priorities of his administration. We watch the sufferings of Srilankan tamils day-in, day-out

I believe self-determination, dignity and freedom defines a democratic government and not suppresion, greed for landmass or compulsion. It is hard for me to accept Mr. Rajapakse, who orders cluster bombing the towns of his countrymen, to protect the interests of the same men, women and children.  

Here is a signature campaign to stop the killings in srilanka. I cant decide on the right form of government for srilanka or choose their leader. But I can say, stop killing tamils  and listen to their voice.

Below is the letter for the signature campaign at www.tamilsforobama.com

If you agree, please sign the request here:
http://www.tamilsforobama.com/sign/letter.html

Regards,
Ronin
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Dear Mr. President and Madam Secretary,
The people who signed this formal request are humbly asking you to take action to end the war in Sri Lanka.

The reasons you should take action are the following:
 
1. The war that has been initiated by Sri Lanka on the Tamils in its territory is a genocidal war. Its purpose is to uproot all the Tamils from the northeast of Sri Lanka. It has provoked a mass exodus and dispersal of Tamils from the island, analogous to the Roman dispersal of Jews from Palestine in the first century or any other ethnic cleansing meant to remove an entire population.
2. The war began almost the day Ceylon gained independence from Britain in 1948. It has involved grabbing lands from Tamils and resettling these lands with Singhalese convicts and/or Sri Lankan armed forces; discriminating against Tamils in employment and education; renaming Tamil areas with Singhalese names; and (for the last 25 years) bombing, shelling, and disappearing Tamil civilians.
3.  The government made Buddhism the state religion and has bombed Hindu and Christian places of worship, frequently replacing them with Buddhist temples.
4.  All efforts at mediation, negotiation, compromise, or peaceful resolution have failed due to stubbornness and insincerity by the Singhalese-dominated government.
5.  All international efforts at bringing peace and humanitarian assistance have ended with refusal of the Sri Lankan government to cooperate and the expulsion (and sometimes killing) of international observers and helpers.
   
We hope that the new Obama administration will act promptly and forcefully to end this ongoing genocidal war.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

The following signatures were collected by Tamils for Obama.

Further information about the ongoing genocide and its history is available at:

http://www.tamilsforobama.com/Slow_Genocide.html

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I will miss Bush..

Bush(popularly called ‘W’) has been a legend in his own right. I know this post does not fit into our agenda of south-Asian issues..Below are some famous words from Bush! I am not sure how long we might have to wait  before we get to hear such words again..

“They misunderestimated me.”
Bentonville, Arkansas, 6 November, 2000

“I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me.”
Nashville, Tennessee, 27 May, 2004

“Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”
Florence, South Carolina, 11 January, 2000

“As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards.”
CNN, 30 August, 2000

“I understand small business growth. I was one.”
New York Daily News, 19 February, 2000

“First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren’t necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn’t mean you’re willing to kill.”
Washington DC, 19 May, 2003

“Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN’s aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.”
Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 6 September, 2004

“Will the highways on the internet become more few?”
Concord, New Hampshire, 29 January, 2000

“I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.”
Washington DC, 12 May, 2008

Adios Mr. President!

Here is a complete list

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7809160.stm

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Marketing lessons from the Obama campaign-Blog for the day

I would like to introduce blog of a charismatic personality and an important thought-leader from Chicago. Dr. Mohan Sahwney is a highly respected Marketing professor at Kellogg. He likes to present himself as a poet and philosopher and entertainer..Here is his article

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For students of marketing, Barack Obama’s campaign is an excellent marketing case study on positioning and messaging. Here are some lessons I take away from his campaign:

Focus on pain points: Successful marketers are very clear about the customer pain points that their products or services address. Apple improved the lousy experience of buying and listening to digital music with the iPod. And then it improved the lousy experience of web browsing and gaming on mobile devices with the iPhone. So did the Obama campaign. When you sort through all the campaign pronouncements, plans and promises, Obama focused on two main pain points – people are sick of the war in Iraq and ordinary Americans are worried sick about their personal finances. At the outset, Obama defined his campaign around his opposition to the Iraq war. Then, as the financial and housing market crisis deepened, he dialed up his focus on middle-class tax relief. Those are the only two issues he focused on. These pain points were real and they were both areas where his competitor was weak.

Craft a simple message: If you ask any Obama supporter to define what Obama stands for, you will get a three word answer – “hope and change”. This is not an accident. Obama has been hammering away at this message for two years. He has had variants of this message in his stump speech for a long time. At one point, he used to say that “doing the same thing over and over again in Washington and expecting different results is the definition of insanity”. His message of hope goes back to his defining speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention, where he uttered the famous line – “there are no Red States and no Blue States – there are only the United States of America”. Even his message on tax relief was defined in terms of one simple number – “not a penny more in taxes for anyone who makes less than $250,000 a year”. Change plays well to voters who are sick of the way things are going. And hope complements change because it shows voters a vision of a better tomorrow. These were the twin pillars of Obama’s positioning. Hope and Change. Simple to understand and simple to rally around.

Stay the Course: Too often, I see politicians behave like candles in the wind, buffeted by what the focus groups and pollsters are telling them from day to day. I believe that pollsters, led by Mark Penn, were the undoing of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. She let pollsters define her in terms of what they thought voters wanted, as opposed to who she really was. The result was a lack of clarity and consistency in her positions. This in turn led to the perception that she was an opportunist who would do anything and say anything to get elected. This is a pity, because Hillary would arguably have been the best president among all the candidates. Later on in the campaign, John MCain shot himself in the foot with his ill-conceived “Maverick” move to “suspend” his campaign and parachute himself into Washington to help solve the financial markets crisis. In retrospect, this will rank as one of the “100 Dumbest Political Moves of All Time”. It made McCain look like an impulsive hothead. It was terribly presumptuous of him to believe that he could be the catalyst to seal the bailout deal. People including myself, were left wondering what McCain would do if, say, North Korea decided to launch a nuclear missile or conduct a nuclear explosion. My take – he would “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb” first and ask questions later. I think we have had one too many gun-slinging cowboys in the White House! Crisis calls for calm. That’s what we saw in Obama. As McCain was rushing off to Washington, Obama didn’t bat an eyelid. He stuck to his message and continued with his campaign as if it was business as usual. To me, this was an important turning point in the campaign because it told voters a lot about his temperament and how he would respond to a “3 A.M.” crisis.

Speak to the heart:..

And here is his complete article..

http://mohansawhney.com/2008/11/05/marketing-lessons-from-the-obama-campaign/

 

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