” Lesson from China’s Ban on ‘Uncivilized Behaviors’ on Country’s Subways ” – October 29, 2019.

China, rapid transit.

What should pass off as normal behaviour or still an act of civility needed to be enforced through a ban on  “uncivilized behaviors” ,  as eating, drinking, standing on seats, playing music on speakers, lying down  ..  ..  on China’s subways effective from January 2020 nationally. (CNN Report by Lilit Marcus –  October 29, 2019).

          Exception to the eating and drinking rule for people who have medical conditions and for babies and small children, allowed.

           Such areas (subways) with a heavy dose of misbehaviors  are prevalent  in many countries of the World including highly developed nations as U.S.A.,  Paris .. ..  (San Francisco, Bay Area, rapid transit and New York subarea are examples).

          “Safety, convenience of travel, and movement are of core importance” – is the guiding principle here. While 33 cities in China have subway systems, each city had its own right to set its guidelines earlier. With this announcement a new  ‘National Subway Regulation’  comes into effect.

          It is the care, compassion, and protection that the Citizens (including visitors, tourists, outsiders) receive that is at the core of bringing people together and not separate them. ‘No one should suffer’  is the ideal.

          In India we have 13 operational rapid transit (also called metro) systems in 12 cities. In addition to the metro systems, the cities of Chennai and Hyderabad have mass transit systems operated by the Indian Railways, known as the Chennai  MRTS   and the Hyderabad  MMTS respectively. They are governed centrally by the  ‘Central Metro Act 2009’ .

          Now to the Lessons :

          1.  First, the new legislation signifies and recognises the existence of the problem. Attempt a diagnosis.

          2.   Second,  it makes us think of what constitutes normal/civilized behaviour and what is the line that separates civilized behaviour from uncivilized behaviors. Discuss and discept.

          3.  Third,  it points to the failure of the usually adopted method of eradication of such behaviors through  “Education and Awareness” . (Delhi Metro is a good example where the Education Act has been followed sincerely with displays, but in vain). Compile and collate information.

          4.   Fourth,  Will the ban be marked as the violation of Human Rights to any ?   Collect rules governing various categories of people.   and

           5.   Fifth,  What will be the effectiveness of the plan over time ?  Extend your fertile imagination and foresee impact.

           Management institutions have an excellent topic on hand to keep themselves busy for atleast a month with discussions for and against.


   “Dieu avec nous”

   Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – 5.19 p.m. (IST)

   Tidbit  :  ” People still remain indisciplined ; conventional methods of correction of behaviors are being found wanting ”  –  SR.



” Diwali 2019 – Time to Remain Focused and Firm ” – October 26, 2019.

Lighting your life.

          Best wishes from this common man to all living souls in this Universe.

Everyone needs support and wishes now more than ever, when  we are witnessing the worst sequence of unrests in most parts of the World  –  Hong Kong,  Chile, Iraq,  Iran,  Bolivia, Lebanon,  Catalan,  Venezuela  …   …

Protests in Iraq

Protests in Chile

Unrest in Hongkong


How  would  it be if everyone took the pledge to adopt the following and conducted oneself accordingly in life ?

Applaud and not Belittle ;

     Bless and not Condemn ;

     Care and not Neglect ;

     Duty and not Inaction ;

     Extol and not Pillory ;

     Forgive and not Blame ;

     Good and not Evil ;

     Hope and not Despair ;

     Idolize and not Vilify ;

    Justice and not Injustice ;

     Knowledge and not Ignorance ;

     Light and not Darkness ;

     Mannerly and not Mischievous ;

     Nice and not Nasty ;

     Obedient and not Defiant ;

     Positivity  and not Negativity ;

     Quality  and not Inferiority ;

     Right and not Wrong ;

     Salute and not Scorn ;

     Truth and not Lies ; 

     Unmalicious and not Malicious ;

     Venerate and not Insult ;

     Welcome and not Unwelcome ;

     Xenial and not Hostile ;

     Yauld and not Clumsy ;

     Zealous and not Lifeless.


   ” Dieu avec nous “

   Saturday ,  October 26, 2019 – 4.09 p.m. (IST)

   Tidbit  :  ” Life is sacred ;  life is a file “.




” Maharashtra and Haryana Elections 2019 – Setting the Stage for a New Wave in Indian Politics ” – October 25, 2019.

Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena, Maharashtra.

In April/May 2019 BJP carved a super victory with independent majority of monstrous proportions, next only to Rajiv Gandhi’s famous 414 in 1984. It was then hailed as “Modi Magic” getting people to be attracted and attached to the BJP like the ants making a sugar pyramid with sugar lumps in a hollow hall.

Manohar Lal Khattar, BJP, Haryana.

In such a situation six months following the General Election, BJP faced the Maharashtra and Haryana State Elections with an air of superiority. It was forecasts lore of a ‘big majority’ for BJP in both states by almost all surveys and opinion pieces.

          Now  the results are out.

            In Maharashtra, the BJP/Sena combine retains its rule albeit with less seats. In Haryana BJP comes out as the single largest party falling well short of a simple majority.

            In essence, in Maharashtra BJP is down by 17 seats while Congress added 18 seats to its tally of 2014. However, BJP can form the Government easily with Shiv Sena. Also ,in Haryana, Congress has gained 14 seats while the new party, JJP,  launched by Dushyant Chautala secured an admirable 10 seats placing itself in the position of a kingmaker. It is a hung house with uncertainty as to who will form the Government.

           In effect, the assembly election results spell a setback for the BJP and an extremely unexpected but pleasant gift, bonanza, or a fillip to the opposition, Congress Party. Is this suggestive of the waning  “Modi Magic”  as many analysts state ?

          The account provided above are all in media. I agree. Hence my take below to make you ponder and say : “we agree with you”.

           Political parties no longer have a set intelligible boundaries or clearly enforceable norms/ideas/views  –  as a result of which any new political figure and new political behaviour pays today. Increasing amount of switching loyalties among candidates, specially prominent since 2014, is clear evidence of a deep political disintegration plaguing all parties. The standards of political affiliation has gone low today. Party elders are also becoming a group that at best can be termed as mere spectators to this drama with loyalty pretense.

Aditya Thackeray, (29), Shiv Sena, Maharashtra.

Today, faces seem to matter more in politics again. People have started voting looking at the faces again – fresh, enthusiastic, young, with refulgent glow. Good to a great extent, no doubt. Dushyant Chautala and Aditya Thackeray are good examples in this election. But they showed themselves to be different too that is extremely significant and valuable in analysis. To that, I’ll allude to a bit later. Their victory sows a new trend in Indian Politics. Let me unfold the secret of their success.

Dushyant Chautala, (31), JJP, Haryana.

1.  Politicians represent the Citizens, their interests, values, aspirations, and how their programs help shape the lives of everyone. Today’s politicians are seen day in and day out on TV, the most important medium than all other, and when a citizen, specially young citizen, sees anyone looking like him/her/them, they psychologically enhance their beliefs that they can also become one.  Result  :  Better engagement,  better opinion,  more attachment, and less alienation. They have now identified themselves with him/her/them. Their victory is a representation of the victory of Citizens of this democracy.

           2.   Their victory lie in the sense of attractiveness, trustworthiness, and conscientiousness. Citizens took them to be more powerful and likeable. Voters in their conscience and subconscious took them to be more representative of them resulting in real support and higher trust/engagement level. This probably implies real democracy – ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’. Their victory is a victory for our democracy.

           3.   In particular,  their emphasis on Education, Healthcare, and Environment, specially by Aditya Thackeray (29) ;  and the Lawrence school HP/California educated Dushyant Chautala (31) ;  –  are indicative of a shift in Political campaign marked with ” new  confidence and new economy ”  creating a new wave of enthusiasm amongst atleast an important segment of voters. This remains the essence of their success and it will be interesting to follow whether the trend holds and builds up in the ensuing contests.

           If it does, it will be the biggest positive that this election has brought to the Indian Politics in decades.


  ” Dieu avec nous ” 

    Friday,   October 25, 2019 –  10.39 a.m. (IST)

    Tidbit :  ” When you are as tall as me, ants still look like ants ” –  Anthony The Hincks.



” Kiran Kumar, MD, Lalitha Jewellery, Trichy, Exemplifies Participative Leadership ” – October 24, 2019.

Kiran Kumar, Chairman & MD, Lalitha Jewellery.

Daring heist in Trichy – background  :  October 2  witnessed a daring robbery involving 12.3 crores worth of jewellery from the brand leader Lalitha Jewellery shop in Trichy, Tamil nadu. The jewellery shop is situated at the busiest Chathiram Bus Stand in the city. The burglars, Murugan and Suresh,  used gloves to cover their fingerprints and spilt chilli powder to confuse the sniffer dogs. They wore animal masks to cover their faces. The burglars dug up a small sized hole in the wall behind to gain entry into the shop. It was a carefully crafted and perfectly executed plan. Detecting clues became difficult. The burglars surrendered without being able to face the heat of a massive police search.

Burglars inside the store, cctv footage.

Leadership display by Chairman & MD,  Lalitha Jewellery,  Kiran Kumar :

          Mr Kiran Kumar, Chairman & MD, Lalitha Jewellery, set up the most recent and the latest example of a  LEADER  wedded to the principle of – ” Keep your workmen happy and fulfilled ;  you’ll feel happy, safe, and secure as the Chief and Leader “. This is also an example of high thinking that makes leaders and proud owners.

          How did this come to the fore ?

Murugan, the mastermind behind the heist.

It all started when Kiran Kumar sought from the police, permission to talk to the arrested burglar, Murugan (the mastermind), separately for 30 minutes. As per legal provisions he was permitted to interact with the burglar one-on-one for 15 minutes. His conversation was also recorded by the Police.

          The single most important and revealing question that Kiran Kumar asked Murugan was :  ” There are so many branches of Lalitha Jewellery stores in Tamil nadu. What made you choose and execute the theft in Trichy ?  At the same time how did you select the wall to drill and break into the right areas of the shop where jewels are kept ? “.

          Murugan replied :  ” I have come to this shop atleast 10  times with my wife to buy jewels. Each time I visited, I’ll leave my wife to choose and pick the jewels for purchase, while I’ll move around watching and checking all places in order to obtain the right path of entry to the shop for burglary.”

           Kiran Kumar felt satisfied with the answer feeling relieved sans any confusion that had disturbed him for so long. He specially thanked Murugan that surprised everyone there. Murugan asked Kiran Kumar why he ‘thanked’  him when he should have been treating him as a criminal.

          Kiran Kumar explained :  ” I am not worried about the burglary and the loss of jewellery from my shop. I have insured them. I also have the courage and mental ability to earn more than what I lost. The single concern that perturbed me all the while was the courage and planning that you displayed to enter the shop unnoticed. I guessed that you must have secured inside help. I was also sceptical that some of my employees in the shop may have assisted you in this burglary. More so because – if that were to be so and true it would signal the deficiencies that I possess as a  ‘Leader’  (chief of the shop). I will need to correct myself immediately.”

          He also added :  ” May be he had his financial stress that I was unaware of. I should have gauged his requirement and made attempts to satisfy the individual in the normal course. How do I act now is the worry. I wanted to make that clear and rectify the mistake and hence my interest to talk to you  with police permission.”

           Kiran Kumar’s  words in this little episode reflect and exemplifies  “Democratic and Participative Leadership”. His experience of a tough life at a very young age without formal education turned him into an expert with Enterpreunerial perspective. Short on education but long on practical experience was his plus point. He also proves that Leadership can be acquired.

           Lesson :  ” Support the people who work for you ;  Care for them ;  Take care of their needs and wants “. 

           Result :  ” They feel they are supported ;  They get motivated to do better and more efficiently ;  They care about their jobs and their work progression. “

            Conclusion :  ” Taking good care of the needs and aspirations of employees is the foremost quality that raises one to the stature of a concerned owner/leader.  This is high thinking by the Leader in Work Environment that embellishes his face, name, and fame. “


   “Dieu avec nous”

   Thursday, October 24, 2019 –  9.39 p.m. (IST)

    Tidbit :  ” Honesty, Focus, Passion, Clarity, and  Care  describe a good leader.”




” PM Modi with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee – Unique Experience ” – October 23, 2019.

Indian-American, Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, is the winner of Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 2019. He is in India since Sunday, visiting places and meeting individuals/groups at different levels exchanging ideas.

          Abhijit Banerjee met PM, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday.

           Abhijit Banerjee praised PM  Modi’s efforts at reforming the bureaucracy to make it more responsive to understand the ways in which Peoples’ views need to be taken into account, expose them more to the reality on the ground. He also praised the Government initiatives like Ayushman Bharat and Jan Dhan Yojana.

           ” The PM was kind enough to give me quite a lot of time and talk about his way of thinking about India, which was quite unique ” –  said Abhijit Banerjee.

           ” Excellent meeting with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee. His passion towards human empowerment is clearly visible ”  –  said  PM,  Narendra Modi.

           PM   also tweeted  :  ” India is proud of his accomplishments. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours “.

           Abhijit also in some other meetings criticised the Government as below :

           1.  BJP does not have the right prescriptions to tackle the economic ills plaguing the nation in terms of programs and action plans ;

           2.   In particular, the Government does not have the right tabular statement, plans, or actions to deliver money needed to the poor ;

           3.   If the nation were to be guided by the principle of  “One language,  One religion “,  it will pose the greatest threat to the diversity of the nation ; 

           4.   People unrest seem to grow by the day and people tolerance is also found wanting ;

           5.   Lacking the right frame of mind to bear the differences, people resort to attacks and violence increasingly ;

           6.   The attacks are not just confined to physical intentions,  but extend to psychological and monetary intentions too ; 

           7.   A nation known for its Unity in Diversity is now travelling the path of self destruction ;

            8.   India is home to 1.3 billion people with more than 122 languages in communication. Our culture is facing the threat of a malign alteration. From Dravidian to Nomadic Mongols, India embraces a host of religious/cultural formations. We hold an unbinding commitment to accept and respect these divisions among us. That spells the glory of our nation.

              In India Abhijit Banerjee is viewed by  many as a Congress supporter holding strong left leaning ideas.

              What is written above is all in the media and may well be known to many and may be cited as obvious. I agree. So, let me present my three points as to how the PM made this meet a significant one :

            1.   The discussions between the two (PM Modi and Abhijit Banerjee)  were not centered on the research of Nobel Laureate, but the main goal was exchange of ideas and discussion on topics globally relevant to people of India. Value to the Society was the emphasis PM held in their discussion during the meet.

            2.   This was a unique meeting of Governance and Scientific exchange that probably can develop and implement the idea that marked the beginning of PM’s journey through “enhancement of the Quality of Life of People”  –  a continuing and historical aspect of his vision.

            3.   The meeting’s  leitmotif  can be described in two words :  “Inspire and Practice”.

            Conclusion :  If this can stimulate focused Government efforts on further cooperation with research institutions around the world ;  if this can stimulate broadening of the educational aspects in our universities and frontal Institutions ;  if this can stimulate periodic meetings between Nobel Laureates and scientists to foster science exchange between cultures and economies in the portals of academic institutions in India in future  –  it can serve as the harbinger to a fitting ” Vision ,  Mission and Goal of Education ”  transferring knowledge between Nobel Laureates, Scientists,  Students,  and the  Public.


   “Dieu avec nous”

   Wednesday, October 23, 2019 –  5.19 p.m. (IST)

   Tidbit :  ” India is proud of his accomplishments. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours.”  – PM,  Modi.





” PM Modi has Ideas to Move Fast ” – October 18, 2019.

Cleansing the Mahabalipuram beach exercise  of PM  Narendra Modi ( October, 12, 2019 ) should be recognised and hailed as an act of self awareness and honesty as a Leader. The act also brings out his keen interest to go beyond the dictates of simply going through the motions of informal diplomacy. What the world witnessed in Mahabalipuram through his act strongly qualifies as  “Learning, growing, and pushing oneself to inspire people”  from the Indian Leader, and  PM,  Modi.

           Even  if his act would seem trivial or of little significance to any, it must be stressed that it is an important way to be  ‘effective’  in one’s position, more so for a Leader. This is the correct interpretation of PM  Modi’s  act.

PM Modi picking the garbage

           How can one substantiate this ?

           Here it is for everyone :

           PM  Modi did the cleansing aptly in a perfect setting in an academic manner with the conduct appropriate to the learning process. It also brings out the two aspects that are critical for any Leader to firmly justify his continuance in the Leadership position :  (a)  that he is not contented and comfortable occupying his position after the many accomplishments ;  and  (b)  that he is not starved of ideas still.

           1.   On the positive side, I would like to characterize the act as the beginning of another (new)  chapter in his term marking the  “HARD”  initiatives  ( Heartfelt, Animated, Required, and Difficult )  to make the lives of people better.

           PM  Modi is now in his second term following the achievements of his first term to focus on the fulfillment of dreams and aspirations of the citizenry without being oblivious to  Peoples’  needs and feelings. If his act can create a loyal and engaged community and employees caring for the environment – even in that small place, Mahabalipuram, compared to the vast nation, India –  PM  could feel highly satisfied with having addressed one of the most important pain points in the Society. This is also his attempt to create a positive and healthy work environment to improve productivity and to make people feel happy, satisfied, and fully engaged.

           2.   The meeting between PM, Narendra Modi and the Chinese President, Xi Jinping,  was informal diplomacy in an informal setting – even for the Indian PM who is well known to be one adopting  24/7  norm. This act reaffirms the ability of his mind to come up with  “innovative ideas”  even when there is a mix of sensibility and reason to the two day event.  To dismiss that as simply a  PR  activity is to miss the wood for trees. Through this act he may well be saying to the people that :  (a)  I have ideas ;  (b)  I am always on the lookout for inspiration ;  and  (c)  I am fully invested in my current position.

           PM Narendra Modi’s act helps to strengthen the bond of engagement,  loyalty,  and  sticking firmly to the Leader between self and all his associates.

            Conclusion :  One can easily infer the following  three  positives   of  this  act   of cleansing :  1.  It helped build his ‘brand’ ;  2.  It helped enhance his interest to foster a positive and healthy environment to work ;  and  (3)  It helped reinforce his role as Coach and Mentor to all his associates and members successfully.


   ” Dieu avec nous “

   Friday, October 18, 2019 –  12.29 p.m. (IST)

   Tidbit :  ” You can’t afford to move slowly, and yet win “