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

Sunday, 17 February 2013


India and America are half-a-world apart but their concerns are the same

In his first Republic-day address , Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said :

“ The young cannot dream on an empty stomach. They need jobs “
In far away America , President Barack Obama spoke :
“ Jobs will follow, wherever they find talent; whether to Kolkatta or to Cleveland “

This how American Bureau of Labor Statistics ( United States Department of Labor ) reports :

As far as India is concerned , here is what National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) reports :

·     India’s unemployment rate fell to 6.6% in 2009-10 from 8.2% in 2004-05. The general perception is that unemployment in India is high, but the actual numbers seem reasonable. That’s because self-employment accounts for about 60% of India’s employed population.

·     Given the lack of viable employment opportunities, a large number of Indians opt for self-employment. And a big chunk of this includes low-paying activities like hawking magazines and flowers at traffic signals.

·      Casual workers — who get jobs at times and remain unpaid at other times — account for 30%

·     Only 10% of the working population are regular employees.
·      Given the scarcity of opportunities, higher youth unemployment shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Apparently there is a mismatch between NSSO survey and

·     Indian Population Register, according to which India’s population is growing at 15 million / year

·     Ministry of Labour , according to which 42 million youth are registered with 966 Employment Exchanges , all over the country

·     Ministry of Human Resource , according to which , some 3.5 million students graduate from Indian colleges each year but only 10% find jobs

When will our politicians realize that it is  JOBLESSNESS  which is the root cause of all militancy / aggression / violence / conflict / protest etc in our society ?

If they did , they would stop crying hoarse about corruption and make “ JOB  CREATION  “ , their ONE POINT manifesto , for 2014 National Election !

And the political party that does, will get absolute majority in the Parliament  !

Are UPA / NDA listening ?

Hemen  Parekh

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Jokepal is better than “ No Lokpal ‘ !

It is about time that Anna and Kejariwal appreciate the facts of life , viz:

Ø It is far better to have a bird in hand than two in the bush !

Ø “ Ideal “ is what you work towards, but rarely achieve

Ø Whenever there are two parties to a dispute , a “ Compromise “ is the only possible solution

Ø You cannot “ take and take “ ; you must “ give and take “

Ø You never know what will work and what won’t

Ø In a parliamentary democracy , laws cannot be passed on streets. To be able to change the laws – or introduce new ones – you must first change the law-makers

Ø No human is “ All-knowing “; Even Gods made mistakes when they assumed human form

Ø After waiting for 30+ years , people are tired of any further waiting for a Lokpal - no matter with or without an independent CBI

Ø For people’s sake , please “ Wait and Watch “ , without pre-judging

With regards

hemen  parekh

Jobs  for  All  =  Peace  on  Earth