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Continuous Reinvention of Democracies

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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The law of the land in any democracy is to make the law and all its people follow it.Defining democracy can be very simple or very complicated, but enjoying the freedom that is fostered what makes it a rightful aspect of life.The law of the land starts with electing representatives with a simple majority, who in turn manage the people’s business the administration and making or adjusting the law of the land to best suit the needs of its population.As all the elected representatives are for a definitive period (sometimes limited to reelection, or term limits), the electorate always has the option to replace or reelect the same person.Essentially people have the ultimate power to choose who represents them.

Voter preferences, choices and needs are reflected each time they vote.Exercising the right to vote and choose the representatives that follow, enforce and reinvent the law of the land on a continuous basis makes the democracy to reinvent the pe…

Rich Man & Poor Man

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
vasureddy@aol.com

India the largest democracy lead by Modi as its prime minister and the USA the oldest democracy lead by Donald Trump as its President, are both quite a contrast in making daily news.Both the leaders have robust opposition to their agenda, but the contrasting personalities handling the politics, policy, perception, personalities and pertinence are as different as day and night. The common trait between Modi and Trump is their use of social media.They have millions of followers and both are active on social media.That’s where the similarities end. For their followers on social media, the leaders of the largest and oldest democracy the contrast is obvious and reflect their approach to governing and life.The reality is that Modi is from a very small town with very limited resources to his family, and Trump a well to do real estate family with New York as his base and a wealthy man who just wanted to be president.For both India and USA, the elevation M…

The Magic of Personal Time

Vasu Reddy from Chicago vasureddy@aol.com
We no longer have any more personal space.Our phones, computers, work, home, driving, shopping, walking and whatever we are doing including sleeping is on a clock or on a timer.Someone is monitoring or watching what we do, even if we are unaware.Our whereabouts and our habits are recorded and available.Not that we should worry, but our every moment is there to rewind and review.Despite the ever-increasing archiving of our every action, some of us (many of us) are beginning to constantly update our every moment.What was at a time the life styles of the rich and famous, is now the same for someone on Facebook or Instagram.Personal albums no longer are that, but on the net for everyone to see, and perhaps reminisce and criticize.Our daily routines are common updates.While a personal space is on a constant update, the same is also being exploited by the fanatics and politicians.For whatever it is worth our life is out there in the cyberspace and upd…

Focus on People’s Agenda

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
vasureddy@aol.com

Although the negatives get more (constant) coverage, the direction of a democratic government is driven by the election manifesto and the actions after a victorious campaign.The people who voted (for the winning candidate) and the press will pay attention to the results of the pre-election manifesto.Actions that follow the promises prior to the election will always be appreciated and rewarded with continued electoral victories.

It is given that poll promises are voice against the opposition and to attract votes.Promising handouts is common and playing to the audience.People love to hear the candidates of their party talk of how well (better) their candidate will cater, comparing to the other party.To win an election, candidates will kiss babies, shake every hand, eat at McDonalds, sleep in motels and do what normal people do; and they will speak to everyone and promise to do what their party’s manifesto displays.Nothing changes with each election…

An Uncivilized Society

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
vasureddy@aol.com

For centuries, the human behavior has evolved into what the dictionary refers to civilized.Simply put being civil (nice, respectful, mindful, attentive, caring and many of the words and actions) that are consistent with a lawful society.Whosoever makes the rules, the entire society follows the, thereby all citizens in the society become a civilized society.

From small groups of people, to congregations, colonies, villages, towns, cities and countries; whatever type of living we belong to they have a set of rules to follow, and we follow them.Democracies, dictatorships, communists, whatever the ruling constitution of a nation, people simply choose to follow the rules, and if not, they mostly migrate to some other place where they believe the rules of life is more conducive to their liking, and make a new life.

The last part of the 20th century has been an age of communications and information technology, which has driven more relocation of people a…

Taxing Decisions

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
vasureddy@aol.com

India passed the GST (Goods and Services Tax), on the last day of June 2017.It joins a group of nations that have implemented the same (supposedly select group) simplified and uniform tax code for selling goods and services.If we look at the geo-political scape of India, GST begins to simplify the massive and multi-teared (sometimes excessive and unfathomable) and facilitate an easier tax collection system.

While BJP government has been able to garner support to implement GST, India had been contemplating streamlining GST for many years.Modi and his determination on financial reforms is commendable in negotiating and pushing the legislation on GST.It certainly has political risks, but Modi has demonstrated that he is willing to take them.

GST is only a portion of the tax code.It certainly covers all good and services sold in the country, and the nation can start to account for every aspect of the transactional economy.While people might disagree o…

Tubelight

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
vasureddy@aol.com

Love for movies has been life time for me.On Friday (6-24-2017) I saw Salman Khan’s new movie Tube light.For some unexplained reason, our bathroom lights were flickering right after I watched the movie.This movie just like any other movie, is just fine with me.It has a bit more melodrama (taking you back to a couple of generations of emotions) and has a big cast including Om Puri, Salman Khan and his brother along with a good support cast and thrown in for good measure of Indo-Chinese conflict and melodrama with a couple of Chinese actors.The movie itself is simple is limited to a small village on the foothills of the Himalayas.The backdrop is wonderful and picturesque.

The movie critics have panned the movie.The box office has not been as magical as Salman Khan’s last few movies.This should not come as a surprise to anyone as the movie itself is not a regular masala movie but focuses on a boy/man who is developmentally challenged and his convict…