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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…