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

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Hypocrisy : to the Nth degree



In past 2 days , following news reports got me thinking :


·         Boycott “ Made in China “ : Andheri residents , activists plan protests

( Hindustan Times / 11 July )



·         Boycott Chinese goods, principals tell students( A small step to evoke Patriotism )

( Times of India / 10 July )

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ARGUMENTS ADVANCED :

·         Silent protest against conflict with China on Bhutan border


·         Create awareness ( ? )


·         Send a message of patriotism among masses


·         Show support to Indian soldiers on the border


·         Students must be made aware about problems the country is facing


·         Even if we are able to hurt the economic gains China makes through our country by a little , it will mean we are doing our bit



NOW CONSIDER THIS :

·         India-China trade ( $ 2.9 billion in 2000 / $ 71.6 billion in 2015 )


·         In same year , our imports from China exceeded our exports to China, by $ 53 billion ! What would our Principals want us to stop importing from China ?


·         From China , India buys : Toys ( 95 % of all the toys sold in India ) / Furniture / Building Hardware / Crackers / Lighting and Electric Fittings / Furnishing Fabric / Office Stationary


·         Look at Machinery for Power Projects : Of the 117 GW of projects ordered for the 12th Five year plan , almost 45 % were bagged by foreign players led by the Chinese

These Chinese Power Plants cost HALF of locally manufactured plants , enabling cheaper electricity tariff


·         One more reason , our Electricity Tariff are going down is due to surge in Solar Power generation . Here again , nearly all solar PV modules are imported from China – and their prices are dropping by 22 % year after year after year !


·         More than 90 % of the Electronic Appliances / Devices , in the homes of those protesting Parents and Principals , are Chinese Imports !


·         Using these “ criteria “ ( of border skirmishes ) , shall we also stop imports from Pakistan / Myanmar / Bangladesh etc ?


·         Despite UN sanctions , most of the World continues imports from Libya / Iraq / Iran / Syria etc


·         Even USA continues to import Chinese Goods despite fighting over those artificial islands created by China in South China Sea


·         Ditto - for US imports from Mexico / Cuba


·         What if China decided to stop import of Iron ore from India ?


·         What about components for smart phones being imported from China – then assembled in India , with 10 % local value addition ? Are those phones , “ Made in China “ or “ Made in India “ ?


·         And when Chinese company , FoxConn assembles these in India and ( re- ) exports all over the World , do we pride ourselves on OUR exports ?



  WOULD IT NOT BE BETTER TO TELL OUR CHILDREN FOLLOWING FACTS OF GLOBALIZED  ECONOMY ? :

    


·         How China makes Cheap ?

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·         When 2 is greater than 7 ?
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·         The  Chinese  are  coming !


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·         Whole Truth , Please

https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/11/whole-truth-please.html

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·         A  Welcome  Problem


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·         Poor  Zhou  YongKang


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·         A  Tale  of  Two  Countries


13  July  2017


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