Shun Politicians/Media or else Communal Riots are just round the corner friends. I bet India will burn just before elections


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No I am not going to substantiate why I am ready to bet my life that communal tension will flare up soon & to be precise just before national elections.

Instead what I am going to give you is a post on “real life story” that some brilliant writer will sure write after the riots. Someone once said, “There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns, patterns hidden by patterns, patterns within patterns. If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself.” We all have lived through so many such patterns that’s its extremely easy to create a blueprint.

Here’s the blueprint:-

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The Alis are a Muslim family living in a large ancestral house and running a small manufacturing business in the city populated by Muslims, Sikhs & Hindus. The family is headed by Rasool Ali who heads the family business, & is active in local politics as well.

Rasool Ali has two sons, the elder Nasir (married), who helps him in the business, and Raza a young college student.

Just after the riots believing that there was no future for Muslims in the city Rasool’s elder son Nasir decides to move out to new city.

Rasool resists the notion of moving, believing that peace and harmony would return soon, besides which, he has to care for their ageing father, who refuses to leave the house of his forefathers.

Raza, the young college going son, stays on with his father.

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After the riots situation for Muslim businessmen in the city deteriorates & unable to raise capital to finance production, Rasool’s business suffers. On the other hand Nasir finds it extremely hard to make ends meet in the new city.

The deteriorating business, forces Rasool’s family to first mortgage & then sell out their ancestral home, which is very hard on Rasool’s aged father.

Nasir’s wife (on the other hand) blames him for their hardships in the new city & continuously urges Nasir to return to ancestral city, hoping against hope of comparatively better life back in hometown. Nasir resists his wife’s hints.

Rasool finds it difficult to rent a house, facing discrimination owing to his religion & recent riots & even Muslim families abstain from renting out to Muslims with fears that a Muslim family would skip out on rent if they decided to leave the city.

Rasool’s other son Raza, now a graduate starts showing signs of extreme frustration as he undergoes a long string of unsuccessful job interviews. He starts attributing his failures to his religion & communal polarization in the city.

Raza and his group of friends become disillusioned and start an agitation against unemployment and discrimination, but Rasool prohibits Raza from taking part.

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Rasool’s aged father shattered with the loss of ancestral property suffers a stroke & dies.

A midst these problems, Raza is arrested by the police on charges of espionage & sedation. This devastates the whole family. Rasool seek help from his son Nasir who is himself in trouble not being able to sustain a living in the new city.

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Nasir returns to his city of origin only to find that his family is being shunned in public, his friends from his community abstain from talking to him because he is considered to be brother of a terrorist. Humiliating whisper campaign continues.

Rasool’s long aversion to leaving city finally breaks down & he decides in anger to leave the city along with Nasir & his family.

I am not sure what happens next. Not sure if Raza was ever acquitted, whether Rasool actually moves out of the city, not sure what Nazir & his wife decides.

What I am sure is that none of us will understand that we can stop this story to be written as “A Real Life story”. As I said at the start “Communal Riots are just round the corner friends. I bet India will burn just before elections”

Tricks that my father played are not different from tricks that my leaders play


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Many long years ago (ought to be long years ago as I am already 35), in a distant land called Delhi lived a boy, not a very intelligent, smart or good looking, well rather ordinary but he was well mannered  just the same.

 He was son of an Indian government employee who in turn was head of big Indian (middle class) Joint family. Generally, fathers like these usually fall in category of people with sound accounting background; primarily because their life revolve around keeping record of each penny spent & each penny saved. Now that we know the landscape, here’s what happened that fine day:

 One day this young boy, (when he was first introduced the concept of averages & data collection, that usually happens in class V – Introduction to Statistics) thinking that his pocket money allowance of Rs 12 per day was rather less, asked his friends about their allowances & obtained some data.

 He then presented these data to his father and asked for an increase in his allowance as he was getting less than average amount.  (For mathematicians & statisticians let’s say average of data collected was Rs. 14)

 His father, obviously smarter & much experienced in the art of influencing with numbers, countered pointing out that boy’s allowance was more than the average amount. His argument was the maximum frequency in data collected is, say 7, the corresponding value of this frequency being, say 10 (MODE); the average pocket money is actually 10 and not 14.

 Now, that you know the boy was not very intelligent, (not understanding MODE Vs MEAN logic) & was extremely well mannered (countering father being considered as not being well mannered) agreed to father’s explanation & just reconciled to his pocket money of Rs 12 as being sufficient & at par with colleagues

 Today that boy, and many other boys like him are average adults of India. They are not trained in statistics & numbers, not that they are not intelligent but they are not intelligent enough to understand the politics of numbers. Hence they do not understand much of what leaders are advertising these days.

Some leaders are propagating great development that some states have gone through. Others are talking about multiple development schemes started by their government.

 My fear is that just like that boy reconciled & agreed to the counter argument of his father, average Indians might get influenced with these advertisements.

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 & if that is going to happen this time round, we will be voting for “Status quo”; corruption, never ending price rises, economic crises/paralysis & communal politics.

 & just to conclude my kid years after would write, “Many long years ago………………..

Intellect vs. Achievement: Are they even correlated?


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My daughter registered for “Newspapers in Education (NIE)”, a Times of India student edition about a year back. It’s an intriguing read. Not sure whether she reads it daily or not but I do; Daily without fail.

It is in this newspaper that I read about Mensa International, largest and oldest high IQ (intelligence quotient) society in the world.

And for people who don’t know, an average person’s IQ usually range anywhere b/w 90-110. Then you have Einsteins of the world whose IQ was circa 160-165 but still not someone with highest IQ level. There have been others in this world with IQ score of anything b/w 190 – 195. Mensa international conducts intelligence tests every year and inducts geniuses in its fold; obviously under various categories.

In general, people believe the higher is IQ score, the more education you’ll get, the more money you’re likely to make, and maybe the longer you’ll live. But are intellect scores & achievements actually, perfectly correlated? In other words, how confident are we that IQ scores perfectly predict achievements?

In my view Intelligence does not necessarily cause achievement; it is simply loosely correlated with it.   Maybe people with high IQs typically perform well in school or college, but I am privy to many examples where motivation, quality of instruction, family resources, parental support, and peer group expectations played a far important role than IQ in a person’s success. How otherwise can anyone explain a dear friend’s success that was not able to clear his graduation, in high end analytical job with top notch company in the field of Business Analysis?  I think, IQ tests cannot performances on real-world tasks or on unusual, multifaceted problems.

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The particular skill that allows you to talk your way out of a rough situation, or convince your business adversaries to agree to your point of view, is not plain vanilla analytical ability measured by IQ. It is something else. Well! Maybe it is “practical intelligence.

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For me, practical intelligence includes things like “knowing what to say to whom, knowing when to say it, and knowing how to say it for maximum effect.” It is routine: it is about knowing how to do something without necessarily knowing why you know it or being able to explain it. It’s practical in nature: that is, it’s not knowledge for its own sake. Its knowledge that helps you read situations correctly and get what you want. & it is this “Practical Intelligence” that is perfectly correlated to achievement and not IQ.

What’s your view?