Author Archives: Sandeep Bhalla

About Sandeep Bhalla

A lawyer, thinker, author, Linux/Ubuntu power user and sometime an economist or gardener or philosopher or cook or photographer depending upon the current thought and environment.

Can we change our life or luck?

Happy New Year 2017.

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What is luck?

The word luck is often understood as some kind of miracle. Often luck is used as synonym of phrase “good fate”. Like wise bad fate is bad luck. Hindi word which has ascended on English vocabulary as well is KISMAT. 

Kismat encompasses everything what happens in a life time. From birth to death. Thus the word kismat is too broad. Thus if one believes in kismat s/he has to fatalistic and leave everything at the fate. But life does not play like that. We are posed with choices every moment and we choose our way forward.

I understand the kismat or luck or fate are relative to circumstances. When facing impossibility, all three are true. For example if I jump off a 30 story building, chances of death are certain and only some strange unforeseen event can prevent it but that is very unlikely too. So the question is:

What really is Kismat?

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Merry Christmas 2016


May Santa Claus actually visit you and bless you with surprise gift. Or else your loved ones may surprise you with gifts. Or both. My best wishes to all friends. Continue reading


Corruption unleashed by Bureaucracy.

Bureaucracy defines the March of any Nation. Govt can make policies and Bureaucracy can defeat it with impunity. To get the result the Government has to be extra cautious to rein in Bureaucracy often with carrot and stick policy.

Govt of India has already offered carrot to Bureaucracy by way of pay hike as recommended by pay commission. Time has come to crack the whip. Interestingly the most corrupt department of Govt is Income Tax department but unfortunately, Prime Minister has a blind side which is Income Tax. As regard Finance Minister, his quality as a lawyer can not be disputed but he is not an administrator and certainly not an economist. As regards his administrative capabilities, post demonetization chaos, is a proof of absence of administrative capabilities.

Martial law by Beurocracy:

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Corruption in Public Sector Units (PSU)

Example of corruption by PSU while doing ‘legal’ thing:

Socialism brought into existence industries owned by Govt. Some of these are monopolies of sort and are also in profit. The companies which are in profit are given a lot of autonomy by Government and in India such Companies are called and given a status called ‘Navratnas’ or one of the nine jewels. One such jewel under Ministry of Railway called up our office to seek legal opinion in respect of a matter which was patently wrong.

This is the reply given by us to them:

Dear Sir,

We have strict policy of not to be part of any corrupt practice. Opinion shopping is one such corrupt practice. Though we do not imply any corruption on your part at all.

Some PSU officials resort to seeking opinions from a number of lawyers but use one opinion which favours their cause. Since they can’t keep other contrary opinions on record, others are destroyed. And the lawyer who gave favourable opinion gets paid.

Accordingly to discourage this corrupt practice we have as a policy insist on upfront payment so that the opinion given be us remains on record.

In the year 2012 your predecessor took an opinion and was not happy with it. Hence our bill is still unpaid. We were not given any reason for non payment. Emails ignored and phone call refused as busy.

If you desire details of that transactions can be made available.

Under these circumstances we insist advance payment and can not render opinion without an advance payment.

We regret if it caused you any inconvenience.

Regards

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Main Stream Media hates demonetisation.

Main Stream Media is now a propoganda machine for hire. Independence of journalism is a concept which is out of practice. It seems this is true not only for India but also in USA. One newspaper twisting same news headlines in two different ways! See the picture of Wall Street Journal below:

Editors & Journalists:

Editors who used to be humble beings now live in sprawling Mansions, travel in executive class and stay and dine in five star hotels. TV anchor driving Porsche is a new norm. Do news papers sell more now? How these journalists are making money?

Yesterday I read an article about economy which does not have a single numeric character. It suggested as if India has curfew like situation. But actually it is not. It is a business as usual for small transactions. Indian business is run on credit though settled in cash. Now people are making habit of carrying plastic or mobile wallet. See the market yesterday: Continue reading