Friday, 30 November 2012

Explore Dream Discover

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Where will you sail today? At the end of the day, write down what you discovered.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Zig Ziglar: 10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life - Forbes

10) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

9) “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”

8 ) “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”

7) “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”

6) “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”

5) “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”

4) “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”

3) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”

2) “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

1) “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

2:1

We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus Today, listen for kindness.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

My Senior Moments.

My Senior Moments

While networking I have now begun to realise that as I approach the Senior Citizen's Age - I have started having my Senior Moments.

Just to explain what am I talking about :

1.         senior moment        A lapse of memory, logic or mental function which is atypical or unusual. The individual suffering the event, may not necessarily be advanced in age, although senior citizens are more likely to experience an occurrence.Mom had a "senior moment" yesterday when she poured laundry detergent into the dryer.I realised that this moment comes to all of us and age has nothing to do with it.
2.         senior moment        synonym of:brain fart and brain cramp Suddenly forgetting something you've....oh what's the word..known every other time, except for the moment someone's asking you. It happens to people 55 and older.I had a great example, and now I've forgot it. Must be having a senior moment. Yes. That's what I am talking about :)3.         senior moment        A time where a high school/college senior realize that they are a senior of their school, 
and will soon be moving on to other things in the very near future. 
Usually occurs at the end of the school, and signs include photography,
group discussions, and crying.
4.         senior moment
a memory lapse, such as those experienced by the elderly
I think she must have had a senior moment when you put it in her pocket.
Not sure, if a cure exists. The best I do though, is to simply apologise.

Monday, 26 November 2012

How we are Growing

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We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. Anais Nin

Today, remember that you are projecting the world you see.

(Realize this with a great deal of compassion for who you are and how you’re growing.)

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Miracle

If we could see the miracle of a single flower, our whole life would change. The Buddha Today, look for the miracles and really see them.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Thanks Giving Day

Did you know... ... that today, besides being Thanksgiving in the United States (Happy Thanksgiving!), is the birthday of Beauty and the Beast? In 1991, Walt Disney's cartoon movie "Beauty and the Beast" was released. Find some beauty in every beast you meet today! ;-) ~~~ Today's Inspirational Quote: "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." -- Melody Beattie

58 institutes want AICTE approval to shut down - Indian Express

With the demand-supply mismatch continuing in technical education, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has received 58 applications till date for closure of institutes across various disciplines. The applications for the 2013-14 academic year have come from across the country and includes five from Maharashtra. The numbers are expected to go up as colleges can apply till December-end.

“Applications for closure can be sent till December 31, 2012, and processing will be done from January 2013. So far, we have received equal number of applications for closure from engineering and management institutes,” said AICTE chairman S S Mantha.

The AICTE has received applications for shutting down 21 engineering institutes, 21 management institutes, 10 pharmacy institutes and six institutes offering masters degree in computer applications. As of now, the highest numbers have come Andhra Pradesh (seven), followed by five each from Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttarakhand.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Kind moments

A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person. Dave Barry Blessedly, there is no time off from kindness. Kindness happens here, and our lack of kindness can help us see when we’re not here. Today, notice the moments when you are not present enough to be kind.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Kindness Day

The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves. Amelia Earhart Today, declare this day as “Kindness Day,” and interact accordingly.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Voices

Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world. Eleanor Roosevelt Today, pay particular attention to the voices that speak to you disrespectfully.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray passes away - Rediff.com News

Bal Thackeray, a maverick politician who roused emotions on Marathi pride and catapulted Shiv Sena to power in Maharashtra in the 1990s, died in Mumbai on Saturday after having been critically ill for the past few days.

The 86-year-old cartoonist turned politician, known for his strong views and speaking his mind, sometimes bordering on the offensive, breathed his last at 3.30 pm at his residence 'Matoshree' in suburban Bandra.

"He had suffered a cardiac arrest. We could not revive him despite our best efforts. He breathed his last at around 3:30 pm," Dr Jalil Parkar, who treated the Sena supremo, told reporters after emerging from Thackeray residence on Saturday evening.

RIP Balasaheb.

HR News Headlines

HR HEADLINES
 
Hiring Prospects In Next Quarter Seen Weakening
 
A Manpower.com survey concluded that hiring in the country is likely to witness a slowdown. The impact will be felt particularly in the public administration, education, transportation and utilities sectors. However, net employment outlook remains positive, the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey said. During the fourth quarter, the number of employers planning to hire was 20 times more than those who planned to keep their headcount the same. The hiring sentiment reflects caution among employers as Indian companies gauge the impact of the global slowdown, said Sanjay Pandit, managing director, ManpowerGroup India. While employers do not plan to shed staff, they are definitely planning to cut back on hiring. The outlook was weak for all four regions of India and across all seven industry sectors. In five sectors, it fell by 20 or more percentage points on a quarter-on-quarter basis.
 
Source : 03-10-12   Financial Express   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Jobs In U.S. Climb To 8-Month High In Oct
 
The U.S. job market picked up pace in October with private sector companies adding 158,000 jobs. The gain was the biggest in eight months, the revamped report on the private sector labour market showed. The gain in October was the biggest jump since February and topped economists’ forecasts of a gain of 135,000 jobs. The ADP National Employment Report was revised as part of the new methodology. It was used for the first time in October. September’s increase has thus been halved to 88,200 new jobs from an initially reported 162,000. The overhaul is meant to bring ADP’s numbers more in line with the government’s final revised job figures. The closely monitored non-farm payrolls report is expected to show that employment picked up in October, but not enough to prevent the jobless rate from recovering from a near four-year low.
 
Source : 03-10-12   Financial Express   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Financial Sector Jobs In London Climb 10%
 
More than 2,700 new finance-related jobs were created in London in October. According to a report by headhunters Astbury Marsden, the figure was up 10 percent from the previous month. Smaller, specialist firms in the city are picking up executives laid off by big investment firms. Thousands have lost jobs during the euro zone crisis, with Europe adapting to stricter capital rules. Smaller investment banks and brokerages have been the beneficiaries. They can pick from a large pool of executives left in the lurch by new pay rules and uncertainty over strategy. However, staff should not be celebrating yet, said Astbury Marsden’s COO Mark Cameron. The job market is still very difficult and City jobs in October were still 14 percent lower than a year ago, when many firms were already slashing staff.
 
Source : 03-10-12   Financial Express   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Senior-Level Hiring Seen Slow This Fiscal
 
Hiring of senior professionals is likely to remain sluggish until March, compared to the first half of fiscal 2012. A Headhonchos.com survey found that only 51 percent of employers are looking to boost employee numbers over the next five months after filling up vacancies. Firms want to downsize and 49 percent of employers expect to freeze headcount or trim staff by the end of 2012-13. About 26 percent employers are planning to cut employee numbers by March. Only 23 percent expect staff levels to remain the same at the end of this financial year. Those planning to increase their workforce expect the headcount to rise 10.3 percent. Of these, 87 percent expect staff numbers to grow 6 percent to 20 percent. Senior-level hiring is expected to increase 2 percent and mid-level hiring 3.4 percent.
 
Source : 07-11-12   Hindu Business Line   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Euro Zone Braces For Job Losses Across Sectors
 
Large-scale job cuts are in the offing at big European companies cutting across industries. The crisis has intensified in the euro zone and auto makers and financial groups have already announced big cutbacks. Swedish mobile telecom equipment maker Ericsson said it would shed nearly 9 percent of its staff. Sweden was viewed as being largely immune from Europe’s debt woes. German steel distributor Kloeckner & Co. is culling 1,800 jobs, up from the previously planned 1,300. The cuts amount to 16 percent of its workforce. Dutch financial group ING said it would reduce its workforce 2.5 percent amid difficult operating conditions. Swiss giant UBS is planning to let go of 10,000 and German lender Commerzbank may shed 5,000 to 6,000 employees. Euro zone unemployment scaled new heights in September, with 18.49 million unemployed. This was 146,000 more than the previous month.
 
Source : 07-11-12   Financial Express   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Survey: Manufacturing Set To Expand In Dec Quarter
 
A survey said manufacturing is likely to witness modest growth in the third quarter of the current financial year as new orders increase. According to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry survey, the sector grew 2.9 percent in August after recording negative growth in June and July. The survey polled 364 respondents. About 45 percent of the respondents from large, small and medium-scale enterprises expect production gains during the quarter ending December. In the previous two quarters, the increase was 44 percent and 46 percent, respectively. Production in the eight core sectors has improved. Tyres, ceramics and electronics are likely to record growth of more than 10 percent in third quarter. Consumer care goods and food, capital goods, cement and leather and footwear may clock moderate growth of between 5 percent and 10 percent.
 
Source : 07-11-12   Financial Chronicle   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Young Employees Take More Stress-Related Sick Leave
 
Young workers are 40 percent more likely to report sick because of stress than older employees. According to a survey, almost seven in ten workers between the age of 18 and 24 called in sick due to stress in the last year. The study by a U.K. provider of financial products and services said the younger generation feels more stressed as they carry a bigger burden of expectations. Experts say young workers are also more likely to be aware of the signs of stress. Only 43 percent of people aged between 45 and 55 called in sick. This figure rose slightly to 49 percent among workers over the age of 55. Dr Ian Drever, consultant psychiatrist at The Priory Group, says younger people are more time-pressured and face more demands during challenging times.
 
Source : 07-11-12   Hindu Business Line   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Peter Frawley To Head Accor Group In AP
 
Accor Group has appointed Peter Frawley as the General Manager Delegate for Accor Hotels, Andhra Pradesh. Mr.Frawley joins Accor Group in Andhra Pradesh with more than 30 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry.As a General Manager Delegate he will be responsible for the overall vision and future direction of all the properties of Accor in Andhra Pradesh including Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and HICC, Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Mercure- Abids, and Novotel Vishakapatnam Varun Beach. Mr. Frawley started his career with Sheraton Hotels in 1982. He holds an unrestricted pilot’s licence for flying and an instructors licence in gliding.
 
Source : 05-11-12   Hindu Business Line   Compiled by www.naukri.com
World Bank Debuts At IIM Summer Placements
 
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Lucknow, Kolkata and Kozhikode saw a large number of companies participate in the summer placement season this year. Stipends also rose about 20 percent across institutes. Students of IIM Lucknow bagged about 500 offers from companies such as Amazon, Accenture Management Consulting, Headstrong Consulting and Aditya Birla Group. The average stipend was about Rs 50,000 a month for domestic locations. At IIM Calcutta, about 230 offers were made in just two days of placements. The World Bank recruited interns for the first time. DuPont also made a debut at the institute, recruiting for its marketing leadership development programme. Other offers came from consulting firms such as Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Co. and AT Kearney. IIM Kozhikode managed 100 percent placements for its batch. About 140 recruiters made offers to a batch of 366 students. The highest stipend was Rs 1,50,000.
 
Source : 05-11-12   Business Standard   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Eye On Expansion, MNCs Ramp Up India Headcount
 
Multinational companies (MNCs) are expanding their workforce in India. Fujitsu Consulting is planning to double its India staff to 6,000. The company is targeting mainly tier II and tier III towns. Its India Vice President Sunil Bhave said it looked to tap into the vast talent pool, especially adding to its NOIDA and Pune facilities. Fujitsu is looking to increase its presence in key growth markets and expanding its IT services from India. Oil and gas company Shell will hire an additional 600 researchers and engineers at its Bangalore technology centre. The firm set up the centre in 2006 and currently has 900 R&D staff. It will move to its new campus in Devanahalli on the outskirts of Bangalore by 2015. The centre is one of only three such facilities in the world.
 
Source : 05-11-12   Financial Express   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Firms Hold Back On Diwali Bonuses
 
Most companies are not giving out the much-anticipated bonus this Diwali. Instead of a fixed bonus this season, they are linking benefits to individual performance. The corporate world has become very meritocratic, says Pankaj Bansal, co-founder of HR firm PeopleStrong. While bonuses have shrunk, Diwali parties and gifts have seen an increase. Firms are veering towards performance-linked pay, since they serve to motivate staff better. Raheja Developers extends incentives in the festival period but the bonus is also linked to performance, says Dimple Bharadwaj, deputy general manager. Even state-run companies such as Oil & Natural Gas Corp. and MMTC have dispensed with seasonal bonus. At ONGC, bonuses are performance-linked and vary from person to person. This year, the pay-out has come during the festive season. The remainder will be paid out by December-end.
 
Source : 13-11-12   Financial Express   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Cognizant's Hiring Mix Changes
 
The mix of direct college hires and experienced professionals in global information technology (IT) major Cognizant Technology has witnessed a change in the recent past, according to data available from the company.During the third quarter of 2012, around 35 per cent of the gross additions were direct college hires, while about 65 per cent were lateral hires of experienced professionals. Direct college hires during the corresponding period of the previous year were 52 per cent of the gross additions, while the lateral hires of experienced professionals were stood at 48 per cent.
 
Source : 15-11-12   Business Standard   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Hiring At IIMC, XLRI Shows Positive Curve
 
Despite the bleak economic scenario, hiring sentiments were very positive at two of the leading B-Schools in eastern India—Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and XLRI during the first few days of summer placement. For the records, World Bank visited IIMC campus and already offered three positions in its financial instruments and treasury departments. This is the first time World Bank is recruiting from any of the IIMs. Altogether, IIMC has already received over 230 offers from a cross section of top companies in the first two days of summer placement. XLRI, on its part, also received an unprecedented 282 offers, reflecting more than 100 per cent placements for a batch of 240 students.
 
Source : 08-11-12   Financial Chronicle   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Kingfisher Promises May Salary
 
Kingfisher Airlines has assured its employees that May salaries will be paid by Thursday, an airline staff member said.This is even as a section of the airline’s employees said they would decide on their future course of action after Saturday, in case May salaries were not credited by then.Some employees claimed that a technical glitch in a private sector bank was the reason behind the cash-strapped airline being unable to keep its promise of paying May salaries before Diwali. Airline officials were unavailable for comment on when the over 4,000 employees of the airline would be paid their May salaries.
 
Source : 14-11-12   Hindu Business Line   Compiled by www.naukri.com

What uplifts soul

Reexamine all that you have been told in school, or in church or in any book. Dismiss whatever insults your soul. Walt Whitman Today, as you dismiss the conditioning that “insults your soul,” replace it with that which uplifts your soul.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Treat fairly

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Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian. Dennis Wholey Today, treat the world fairly.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Being Happy

There is no duty we so underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world. Robert Louis Stevenson Today, are you willing to do your duty?

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Paradise

Paradise is where I am. Voltaire

Today, look around, take a breath, be here, and notice that you are in paradise.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Return to breath

Criticism is prejudice made plausible. H. L. Mencken Today, focus your attention on criticism, and when you find it, drop it and return to the breath.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

HRD Missionary: Preparing 1000 HRD Missionaries

HRD Missionary: Preparing 1000 HRD Missionaries: 1000 HRD Missionaries If I am restless about one thing in life that is the way HRD got diluted and the way HRD Managers have functioned...

Friday, 9 November 2012

ISB, IIFT under AICTE lens - The Times of India

Ministry-wise PIB releases

Ministry-wise PIB releases

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Proposed UPS-TNT Express Deal Raises Competition Concerns in Most EU Countries-Source | 4-Traders

Write to Vanesaa Mock at vanessa.mock@dowjones.com Subscribe to WSJ: http://online.wsj.com?mod=djnwires

--EU market definition still falls short of UPS, TNT lobbying positions - Source

--Statement sent to UPS and TNT sets out antitrust issues in at least 25 of 27 EU members

--Document stresses importance of competitive express parcel delivery sector for European economy

By Vanessa Mock

BRUSSELS--European Union regulators have warned that a planned deal to create Europe's largest package-delivery company raises competition problems in almost all 27 member states, according to a person familiar with the situation.

EU officials have broadened their definition of the market that is affected by the planned takeover of TNT Express NV (>> TNT EXPRESS) by United Parcel Service Inc. (>> United Parcel Service, Inc.), though didn't go nearly as far as what was pushed in the companies' recent lobbying. A key concern is the overnight delivery sector, where the two are among a handful of market leaders thanks to their wide networks.

The formal objections presented to the companies by the European Commission last month are likely to make it tougher for them to offer concessions that wouldn't undermine the commercial logic of the proposed 5.2 billion-euro deal revealed in April. Both companies have said they remain confident of closing the transaction early next year.

EU competition chief Joaquin Almunia warned last week that the proposed deal raises "serious competition concerns" and called for "substantial remedies," echoing his stance when reviewing last year's planned merger of NYSE Euronext (>> NYSE Euronext) and Deutsche Boerse AG (>> Deutsche Boerse AG), which collapsed because of antitrust issues.

The statement of objections sent to UPS and TNT by Mr. Almunia's team sets out antitrust issues in at least 25 of 27 European Union member states, according to the person who has reviewed the document.

"This would seem to suggest that UPS can no longer hope to clear the deal by offering country-by-country divestments, but instead would need to look at offering solutions for its entire network," the person said.

The formal document also reiterates the Commission's stance that UPS and TNT are two of just four so-called "market integrators"--alongside the DHL unit of Deutsche Post AG (>> Deutsche Post AG) and FedEx Corp. (>> FedEx Corporation)--that offer a one-stop shop for express parcel delivery thanks to their extensive road and air networks.

The Commission has also struck down the companies' argument that regulators should consider the dozens of firms providing door-to-door parcel delivery service in the EU as integrators providing a rival service.

The confidential document also stresses the importance of a competitive express parcel delivery sector for the European economy and highlights the high "barrier to entry," meaning that the market currently makes it hard for new entrants to compete against the four current integrators.

UPS said last week in a regulatory filing that it plans to respond to the Commission's concerns before the end of the year, and still aims to close the transaction in "early" 2013. The companies had previously hoped to finalize the deal by the end of 2012 before EU regulators opened a second-stage review of the plan.

The Commission has said it plans to make a final decision by early February.

Taking for granted

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. Aldous Huxley Today, just notice the things you take for granted. Make a list. Say “thank you” for each of them.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

India: The Congress Party's Strategy Going Forward | Stratfor

Impossible absurd things

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Lewis Carroll Today, consider how many impossibly absurd things you’ve been conditioned to believe.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Knowledge and Wisdom

The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell. Simone Weil Today, consider the difference between knowledge and wisdom.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

What is not true is true ?

“I have done that,” says my memory. “I cannot have done that,” says my pride, and remains adamant. At last, memory yields. Nietzsche This is such a perfect expression of the way conditioned mind does what it does. Today, watch how conditioned mind wages its constant campaigns to convince you that what is not true is true.

Friday, 2 November 2012

The 1962 war -- Where did India go wrong? - Rediff.com India News

As India [ Images ] failed in its negotiations with China, the 'border issue' became a Greek tragedy with a preordained outcome, notes Kishan S Rana.

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Most Indians are convinced that the 1962 attack on our Himalayan frontier by China was an act of betrayal. Recent documents -- as they have emerged -- confirm the calculated nature of that attack and the months of planning that went into it.

The intent of "teaching India a lesson" underlay Chinese actions; the conjunction of international events, including the Sino-Soviet split, played a role. Did our own actions, inadvertently, also contribute to that outcome? Should we take them into account? This concluding part of three articles looks at the diplomatic exchanges, which was not covered in the first two pieces*.

First, the full story of Premier Zhou's April 1960 talks in Delhi [ Images ] has not yet emerged. In Negotiating for India (2006), Jagat S Mehta (JSM) lifted the curtain a little. Zhou arrived on April 17 and was expected to stay for two days; in the event he stayed for seven one-to-one exchanges with Nehru, with only interpreters present (Paranjpe and Chieh). JSM writes: In contrast to Zhou, "an ace diplomat, in total command of details… (Nehru) did not have the matching capacity for marshaling facts". 

Senior ministers (Morarji Desai, G B Pant, Krishna Menon "with or without the prime minister's approval") had separate meetings with Zhou and Chen Yi. After each meeting, Nehru summarised the discussion to Foreign Secretary S Dutt, in JSM's presence; Paranjpe prepared the minutes. None has been published.

At the penultimate meeting, Zhou put forward "the Six Points which he hoped would be endorsed by both the Prime Ministers. At the meeting, Nehru raised no objection as they seemed innocuous and unobjectionable". JSM felt "alarmed" on reading these. The first principle read: "There exists a dispute with regard to the boundary between the two sides." He rushed to the foreign secretary's residence, but the latter "did not wholly share my alarm", but told him to go to the prime minister. Nehru dismissed the idea and asserted that there is obviously a dispute, and then showed his "visage of anger".

The Cabinet foreign affairs committee met at the home of G B Pant, where Nehru summarised his discussions. As Nehru was to depart for the seventh and final meeting with Zhou, JSM "made bold to mention to the PM that consistent with past pronouncements, we cannot subscribe to the idea of a dispute mentioned in the Six Points. If we accept them then we cannot charge them with violation of our frontier.

The PM heard me and said nothing and got into his car." (p. 81-2) JSM adds: The foreign secretary "roundly admonished" him for daring to advise the prime minister, and that too in the presence of his Cabinet colleagues.

At that final meeting, Nehru told Zhou that he could not subscribe to the Six Points; just prior to his departure, Zhou announced these as a Chinese proposal. JSM has justified his action in terms of "an obligation to volunteer advice and dissent even if not asked".

If one side is convinced that its case is 100 per cent solid, and it can sustain that position against the other party on a bilateral issue, the above is perfectly logical. In negotiation theory, this is called "positional bargaining".

It works only if the other side capitulates, or if one can impose one's standpoint in some other manner. Of course, one may start a negotiation with a 100 per cent demand, but if one cannot offer territorial or some other concession that gives some satisfaction to the other side, the process can only result in failure, unless the other side gives in completely. Is there example of any country winning a negotiation in this fashion? If India could not do that, the border issue became a Greek tragedy, with a preordained outcome. 

Second, when did we come to believe that we had a 100 per cent case on the border? We started with a flexible standpoint, especially in respect the Western sector (i.e. in Aksai Chin and its neighbourhood). Our maps of the early 1950s were imprecise; Nehru's early statements about Aksai Chin, that "not a blade of grass grows there", pointed to this. In the East, the McMahon line was always our bottom line. We came to our "positional bargaining" stance in the late 1950s, but the facts are hidden in our closed archives. How did this happen?

At the 1960 talks, JSM, who led the Indian team writes: "…the Indian side was hemmed in by imposed political constraints", leading to the publication of two parallel reports, in one document. They furnished evidence "on which each side relied in support of its stand". The Indian side "were advocates in defence of a specified delineation already established and communicated in the PM's letters. The latter left not an iota of discretion for give or take". 

Third, in July 1961, R K Nehru (RKN), secretary general in the ministry of external affairs, visited Beijing [ Images ] on the way back from Mongolia; our attempt at a dialogue resulted in acrimony. Indian records remain hidden, but the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War Project carries a long, incomplete note (provided by Beijing) covering a discussion on July 17, 1961, immediately following the Zhou-RKN meeting, when Ambassador G Parthasarathi met Asia Director Zhang of the Chinese foreign ministry. That rare, fascinating verbatim account shows the differing negotiation styles of the two sides.

Fourth, at the 1970 May Day parade, Chairman Mao shook hands with Indian chargé d'affaires Brajesh C Mishra (BCM) on the Tienanmen rostrum, saying: "My greetings to President Giri and to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi [ Images ]. Shall we keep on quarrelling like this?" For China that represented a serious initiative to resume dialogue, but before BCM could reach Delhi to report on this and offer his recommendations, Mao's words were leaked in the Indian media, and the gesture was trivialised as a "Mao smile". 

BCM noted in his oral history account published by the Indian Foreign Affairs Journal that the leak came from the pro-Soviet lobby in the Indian hierarchy. (It is striking that in 1962-63, P K Banerjee, author of My Peking Memoirs of The Chinese Invasion of India, had a like view of such a lobby.) The net result was that an opening was missed; the Bangladesh crisis in the months that followed meant that it was only after 1972 that real India-China dialogue could be resumed. 

In sum, we need to review our past diplomatic approaches, in cool and dispassionate fashion. New information that has emerged from diverse sources needs examination. Some primary material is in the Cold War Archives. Read, for instance, the long, hard-hitting Soviet record of Khrushchev's October 3, 1959 meeting with Mao where India figures prominently (digital collection: "Cold War in Asia"). John W Garver's long essay "China's Decision for War with India in 1962" (also on the net) is rich in citations from diverse Chinese sources, including material citing Politburo discussions. 

No doubt equally relevant material is to be found in the archives of other foreign ministries that have been opened up. Above all, our own archives can answer many of the mysteries of the lead up to, and the aftermath of 1962.

Is it not high time that we rethink our total clampdown on India's China records? Why should the bulk of official papers of the Nehru and Indira Gandhi era be treated as private documents? When regimes in Beijing and Moscow [ Images ] open their historical records, must democratic India fear its own past?

The writer is a former ambassador, author, teacher and honorary fellow at Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi 

Conditioned conversations in the mind

Greed is so well organized that we call it economic prosperity. Ill will is so organized that we call it defense and we make weapons and war. Ignorance is so well organized that we study about everything except ourselves. I try to decrease the thoughts in my mind. If we stopped thinking we'd have no problems. Ari Yaratne (called the Gandhi of Sri Lanka) Today, consider how many problems you would have if the conditioned conversations in your mind were to stop.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Failure to failure

Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill Today, make a list of failures that, in retrospect, helped you on your way.

Failure to failure

Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill Today, make a list of failures that, in retrospect, helped you on your way.

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