RN BhaskarThe Bharatiya Janata Party has won an underwhelming victory in Gujarat. And, ironically, one reason the result is a damp squib in this laboratory of Hindutva could be the measures the BJP government at the Centre took to protect the animal that Hindus revere, the holy cow.Close Many forget that Gujarat is not UP, or like any of the Northern states. In fact, it is far more mercenary than many people realise. Every decision is measured in terms of money gained and money lost. Yes, religion does play a part. The Vaishnav cult and the Somnath loyalists do continue to advocate the cause of Hinduism. And Gujarat gaurav matters as well. But after the emotions are done with, it comes back to money. related news Governor can ask single largest party to form govt: Expert Political Bazaar | Maharashtra government formation: New twist in BJP-Shiv Sena tussle No change in Shiv Sena's stand on Maharashtra govt formation: Sanjay Raut Read … [Read more...] about Gujarat elections: How the Hindutva beef ban may have actually hurt the BJP
Someone recently asked me how we run Indian Maid Products Inc. “so green”. Partly it’s because the company is run on Traditional Lakota Teachings, which were “green” before Europeans began their invasion of Turtle Island. Partly it’s because it costs a lot less to do things right the first time. There may be other parts to the method, but I don’t think they matter so much as the net result does.. living and working in harmony with the biosphere to the greatest degree we can. It takes more thought and care, but the results are more harmonious. advertisement advertisement In the Lakota Way, we are taught that when Takuskanskan began to form the world, It gave a Prime Responsibility to each of the four colors of Two-Leggeds (humans). We red / brown people were given the responsibility of taking care of the earth and living in harmony with her, since she is our Mother. In the Lakota Way, mothers provide every physical thing … [Read more...] about How Do We “Green” at Indian Maid?
RN BhaskarSo it is finally official. The fears that most people had kept suppressed – about India witnessing an economic slowdown – have been realised. The Central Statistical Office (CSO) came out last week with its latest figures, which are the first advance estimate of Gross Value Added (GVA) by economic activity.Agriculture slipsClose related news Delhi Air Polluton: Kejriwal holds meetings on possible solutions for disposal of agricultural waste Delhi's air quality 'very poor' again due to high humidity SEBI invites applications for NISM director post Overall, GVA slipped from a growth of 6.6% last year to 6.1% this year. Last year’s growth was itself a climbdown from 7.9% (see chart). But what was most worrisome was that the growth rates in agriculture were hit. Agriculture was meant to be the main focus area for the present government. Hence, when agriculture’s GVA growth climbed from -0.2% in 2014-15, to … [Read more...] about Some red flags in the economy numbers: Agriculture is the most alarming
The two sectors that the Budget appears to have benefited the most are agriculture and healthcare.The need to boost agriculture is understandable. After all, this is the sector that has been languishing for long. Even though almost 50% of India’s population works in this and allied sectors, its contribution to the country’s GDP is barely more than 14%. Even if one considers its Gross Value Added (GVA), the growth of this sector falls far below both industry and services (see chart).Close There is a second reason why this sector is crucially important. It accounts for 50% of the votes. And it is easier to win over the loyalty of rural folk than it is with urban folk. Hence, it was a given that the present government would do everything it could to ensure that it could win back the loyalty of the rural vote. It is economically sensible. It is politically compelling as well. related news The bail-out package to revive BSNL, … [Read more...] about Budget 2018: Great news on the farm front – if ground realities permit
If you think the life of a chocolatier sounds like heaven, you had better check in with Dan Johnson, owner of Choco-Logo, a maker of gourmet chocolates in Buffalo. Johnson’s travails began in 2006, when two of his wholesale chocolate suppliers persuaded him to forgo fixed-price contracts in favor of shorter-term variable-price contracts. Bad move. No sooner had Johnson switched than wholesale chocolate prices began soaring; they rose 35 percent in a year. To make matters even worse, sugar and milk prices were also sky high. Given Johnson’s margins of less than 10 percent, his rising costs were making it tough for him to make a buck. With some astute cost cutting, he managed to stay profitable in 2007. But 2008 is turning out to be an even tougher year. advertisement advertisement Johnson is no newcomer to the chocolate business. In 1983 he co-founded Lake Champlain Chocolates, one of the first U.S. makers of truffles and other epicurean chocolates. From there, … [Read more...] about A Chocolate Maker is Buffeted By Global Forces Beyond His Control