Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Friday, 9 March 2007


In its election manifesto, Samajwadi Party has promised :

  • A free tablet for every student passing out of 10th standard ( ie: approx  5  million students )

  • A free laptop for every student passing out of 12th standard ( ie: approx  3.5 milion students )

Yesterday , in a TV interview , Akhilesh Yadav has confirmed that his party will fulfill its promises

Already , Jaylalitha ( AIADMK ) has made a similar promise during last year’s elections in TamilNadu , which brought her to power

By now , TN Govt has already placed orders for Rs 1300 Crore worth of orders on Indian Manufacturers for supply of laptops !

And , to fulfill her promise , she must place similar-size orders every year for the next 4 years , till her term expires

It will be the same in UP for the next 5 years

I believe , Prakash Singh Badal who just won the state elections in Punjab has made similar promise – and he would not want to be accused of not having kept his promise when 2017 elections arrive !

No doubt , Gouda in Karnataka and Modi in Gujarat , who face State elections in a few months , will want to capitalize on this “ winning formula “

Before long , 50 million Indian students will be getting tablets / laptops , every year !

So , who is the ultimate winner in elections ?

Without doubt , the computer manufacturers !

With  regards