Thursday, August 25, 2016

800 "Our Revolution" organisation promoted by Mr. Bernie Sanders will it serve as a PRESSURE GROUP?


Here is a link to click to go to rt.com/usa/357086 web page- bernie sanders announcing his non-profit organisation "Our Revolution". . Readers may recall that Mr. Bernie Sanders, the runners'-up Chief rival claimant to the Democratic Party candidature for American Presidential Election 2016, lost his campaign. His loss is quite understandable considering the American propensities to support individualism, and individual self-confidence of citizens, sometimes reaching to heights of arrogance, as Citizens of the Policeman of the World. According to NYTimes: "...Top officials at the Democratic National Committee criticized and mocked Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont during the primary campaign, even though the organization publicly insisted that it was neutral in the race, according to committee emails made public on Friday by WikiLeaks. ...". Whatever be the reason for loss of a historic opportunity for Mr. Sanders, as anticipated by us in our previous blogposts, he has started a new organisation named "Our Revolution".

Mr. Sanders' quote/actionybrao-a-donkey's humble view
“It is nice to be home, as I have said a million times, real change doesn’t take place from the top down." If Mr. Sanders believed what he said on the podium, he would not have contested for the Democratic Nomination to the Presidential job. He might have, in right earnest, initiated the change from the bottom. That means, he might have started the "Our Revolution" organisation first, and passed on the baton to his disciples who were to carry on the change to the next American Generation. In my mother tongue Telugu language, there is a proverb "andani drAksha panDlu pullana". Approx. English: In an Aesop's fable like Telugu folk story: A fox tried to catch hold of a bunch of grapes, but could not, as the bunch was at a height. After its attempts failed, the fox withdrew saying "Grapes which are beyond reach, tend to be sour".
A true socialist cannot join and continue in a bourgeoisie party, hope for its top nomination. It is outright, a weird idea like a square peg in a round hole. Fail, then say we have to start from bottom. This seems to be inappropriate to my immature mind.
Besides, if top is rotten, bottom may not be able to restore the top to health. Bottoms will have to dump the tops. It can happen even through change of hearts and ballets. But this change of hearts has to last longer. Else the changes brought out by Revolutions will be reduced to a heap of s***.
"...To help hundreds of thousands of people fighting at the grassroots level,the independent nonprofit organization Our Revolution is being formed." The "Our Revolution" Organization floated by Mr. Sanders ought not to try to hijack the Democratic Party which has a bourgeoisie roots, philosophical base, and which never claimed to be socialist. Mr. Sanders has to launch it either as a new Political Party with Socialist Principles, having a clear-cut SOCIALIST tag in the name itself.

There can't be a via media approach for True Socialism. It must straight promise EQUALISM, removal of private property, abolition of money and monetary economy, dumping Wall Street into the Atlantic Ocean, a Marriage-less society, a secular common civil code, introduction of physical labor in addition to mental labor for all physically-fit and mentally-fit persons capable of working. Equalism and Socialism ought not to tolerate LAZY CLASSES ROLLING ON COUCHES, on the pretext of accumulated past earnings, or practising some aristocratic businesses or elite professions. Tinkering with medicare, College fees etc. have already been ineffectively tried by bourgeoisie parties. There is no use of harping the same insipid and stale tunes.

I cannot resist the idea of getting an impression that the "Our Revolution" promoted by Mr. Sanders may at the most serve as a pressure group on Ms. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party, or on Mr. Donald Trump, if he gets elected as President. The interviewer at RT.com Mr. Ed Schultz, who talked with Mr. Cohen (Communications Manager of Mr. Sanders) seems to be right in his futuristic comment: "what might come of the movement if 'Our Revolution' doesn't get off to a great start?". Of course, nobody can expect astounding success for the 'Our Revolution' in its very first year of existence.

Normally revolutions tend to be bubbles and foams of exuberant or exorbitant effervescence lasting a few years, after which some unscrupulous fellow takes over organisations and runs them as despotic tyrannies, though 'labels' may continue. This is because members lack deep-rooted convictions in their philosophies, or because the successors lack the same commitment to philosophies which the founder-members had. Uplifting of founding members to numbness by forming "marga-darsak-mandal (Council for showing path)" is also possible.

The name of the organisation ought to have been "Our Evolution" (or "Our Evolution into True Socialists") instead of "Our Revolution". Revolutions tend to be cyclic. Evolutions will be irreversible, and they will have only changeable futures and not hackneyed pasts, unless there are grave reasons warranting "retrogression" an inevitable imperative.




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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

799 (Part 1/10) of Lenin-Trotsky-MNRoy-Open Source Management and, Management of Truly Socialist Economy and Society


Here is a link to Sourceforge.net/blog/handling the banes of open source management, which depicts the problems associated with Open Source Management. click to go to Sourceforge.
Open Source Management, and Management of True Complete Socialism has some similarities. Managing a truly Communist / Socialist / Marxist economy amidst dozens of Capital countries blinking and glittering around with their goodies of luxury cars, casinos, film festivals, facebooks and twitters, may be more complex and complicated when compared to running repositories and patrons of Open Source Management, in the arena of Computer Operating Systems and Software. Open Source Management, prima facie, is not a lucre-accumulating vocation. Unless persons and institutions are endowed with some supreme commitment to their goals and ideals, there is a risk of their getting fatigued and tired in the midway. Like metal fatigue, fatigue of "providing something free over long term" without expecting cognizible rewards is greater-greater-greater than an acrobatic feat of walking on a thin wire across Niagara falls.

Photo above: M.N. Roy's 1920 encounter with Lenin, the Supreme Boss of Bolshevik Revolution and 1920 Soviet Union, and probably World Communism of the day. In this group photo, Trotsky and Stalin were apparently not present. We cannot read much from their absence, but this is just an observation out of curiosity.

OPEN SOURCE MANAGEMENT

The Open Source Movement, is to a large extent influenced by the problems faced by Computer-users with the incarcerating Operating System Windows of Mr. Bill Gates, and the commercial software churned out by business organisations. While there is nothing wrong with doing genuine, honest and legitimate business by discovering and innovating gadgets and widgets, Windows and their Associate Developers indulging in restrictive methods. Imposing some restrictions on distribution or usage, when software and/or code is provided free, is understandable, making these restrictions eternal, too cumbersome, preventing people from using the software purchased by them after paying through their necks and throats, could not be swallowed by user-society. From it generated, the groups of suffering users, searching for "Open Source". Such was their suffering, they even offered to spend a substantial part of their own time, money, and resources, for the cause of the Open Source Movement.

Like phoenix from ash emerged, the Linux Operating System from the Unix, to challenge the monopolies of Windows, Internet Explorer, and other commercial and proprietory software makers. Gradually, with the help of volunteer developers, Open Source Movement matured into a true challenger to Microsoft, Adobe and their ilk. Debian, Debian forked Ubuntu, Ubuntu forked Linux Mint, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Porteu, etc. operating Systems have started enjoying good support from users and have become substitutes for Windows.

In promoting the Open Source Movement, development and distribution of Open Source Packages, pioneers and leaders like SourceForge, Launchpad have rendered yeomen services by giving shelter and bandwith to the packages. From my own personal experience, I do not know, how many dollars ( I do not have such dollars and hence I might have been forced to forego, or indulge in use of pirated software) I might have been compelled to shell out elsewhere to download the bulky and bloated Windows packages both from so called genunine and dubious websites. As a person of small means, I can only express my gratitude to Launchpad, SourceForge, and many other Linux developers and donors which made the Open Source Movement a true challenger to some Commercial-Proprietory sharks.

Sameway, Open Office, Abhiword, LibreOffice have become good substitutes for MS Office.

BENEFITS OF USING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE


1. free of payment. Those who have money can voluntarily donate.

2. Those who are interested, can study the source code also, and improvise upon it for own use, and also distribute the improvised packages under the GNU public license system. Those who make such improvements can also contact the original developers and contribute to the development of the original software.

3. Most linux software, by and large, is virus-free and virus-resistant, unlike windows where if we download and install one package, thousand other things like bootsector viruses, file-proliferators, unsolicited unwanted tool-bars in the web-browsers will appear and make our work a hell as it is difficult to get out of the intrusions.

The SourceForge blog article linked by me above, discusses in length the pros and cons associated with Open Source Management. Apart from those discussed above, there is also the primary problem of finding out monetary resources for day to day work, such as payment of bills of rents, minimum salaries, electricity, computer hardware, bandwidth, etc. etc.

TRUE COMPLETE SOCIALISM


In our previous blogposts, I have already discussed some of the features which I have tried to attribute to the True Complete Socialism of my dreams or fantasies. Before, we can discuss some more of them, it is necessary for us to have a look into recent comments about the pirouetting ambulations and peregrinations of the socialist movement in United Kingdom. Here is a very thought-provoking article by Peter Hitchens in Spectator dated 20th Aug. 2016.

Click to go to Specator.co.uk. This article is also available at DeccanChronicle.com. Hard copy can be found in the print addition of DC dated 24th Aug. 2016 immediately after the Editorial page.

Honestly, I do not KNOW much about Trotsky. When I was reading about Late Manavendra Nath Roy (popularly called M.N. Roy) who was one of the pioneers of Indian Communism, some years back, I came across the name of Trotsky. I have some sympathies for Trotsky, because he lost his life in the hands of the power-mongering dictator Joseph Stalin.

Earlier, I had great respect towards Lenin, as a leader who has given a "practical effect" and "implementation" to the theories of Late Lenin. But a part of that was blunted and dented, when I learnt through history that Lenin did not hesitate to enter into treaties with the Adolph Hitler of his early rule. I am unable to write anything about it right now, because my own knowledge of Lenin is limited. But, after learning about Lenin's entering into pacts with Hitler, one question frequently lingered in my mind: "Had Lenin lived to the end of the World War II", would Lenin have acted / reacted to Hitler's manoeuvres and massacres, in the same manner as Joseph Stalin?". I could not reconcile to a possibility that Lenin too would have reacted in the same manner as Stalin. Personally, the horizon of my knowledge is limited, I view that Lenin and Stalin seem to have similar behavioral patterns. I seem NOT HAVE much adoration for Trotsky or M.N. Roy, probably because, I have started considering every writing about living powerful persons / or deceased celebrities/halo bearers as hagiographic exaggerations, thus requiring much search and research to accept them as facts.

Here is one quote from Click to go to http://www.sacw.net/article11101.html . This is said to be a narration by one of the pioneers of INdian Communism- Late Mr. M.N. Roy, about his first encounter with Lenin, the Supreme boss and founder of USSR after the Bolshevik Revolution.

"... Danton and Lenin are the two greatest revolutionaries of modern times, and Danton was also a romanticist. The soul of the Great French Revolution was killed when jealousy of the hypocritical High-Priest of Reason sent Danton to the guillotine. Like his great predecessor, Lenin also had the audacity to call for moderation before the cup was drained to the dregs, before it was too late. He had no rival, though Trotsky might pretend to imitate Robespierre’s fanaticism after Lenin’s death, if he had the chance. Therefore, had not the cruel hand of a natural death removed him prematurely Lenin might have turned the course of the revolution to a more fruitful direction. The New Economic Policy was the signal. Its unfoldment might have headed off the subsequent relapse into terrorism and coercion, which destroyed the utopian ideal of Communism. But Trotsky’s Left opposition compelled Stalin to kill the Dantonist spirit of Lenin. The two contenders for the succession to Lenin together did for the Russian Revolution what Robespierre had done for the French. ..."


ybrao-a-donkey's humble observation


We have seen the fiasco of Communism in Vietnam, which went through ghastly battles in rivers and swamps, and massacres in the hands of French Colonialists and the American air and chemical warfare. What did Vietnam learn after going through the hell? Nothing. Today, Vietnam is hand in glove with U.S.A. inviting American Multi Nationals into its land. Of course, Vietnam can always have an excuse of defending themselves from the military and territorial ambitions of China. Like a calf of a kangaroo which hides in the belly-pouch of its mother, Vietnam seems to find security in the guard of U.S., forgetting the past injuries. If this is the retrogression level of a country like Vietnam which had earned much reputation and sympathy from the World, what can we or what should we expect from the Socialist Parties of U.K., France, or the Socialist Facades of Mr. Bernie Sanders.

TAIL PIECE धूमकेतु తోకచుక్క



In India, priests and discoursers, whenever they cannot defend or explain a philosophy or phenonmenon effectively, they take shelter by calling it "VISHNU MAYA" (Glorious and Illusive Ways of Lord Vishnu). For the time being we shall also, self-amusingly SAY, that Communist Parties and Socialist Parties turning dictatorial, and bourgeoisie parties occasionally behaving like Socialist Parties as a part of their Vote Bank politics, also have some strains of Vishnu Maya or ISvar lIlA.

To continue. सशेष. ఇంకా ఉంది.

798 (Part 1/10) of Why so much hullabaloo is being created by Mr. KCR and Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu for the silver medal of Ms. P.V. Sindhu?


Ms. P.V. Sindhu, Indian Badminton Star who has won Silver Medal at 2016 Rio Olympics, has every right to be on Cloud 9, and she deserves her due accolades. She is also entitled to some REASONABLE cash awards, felicitations, celebrity status, house-sites, Govt. jobs, etc. etc., proportionate to her accomplishments. At the sametime, the Chief Minister of Telangana, Mr. K. Chandrasekhara Rao, and the Chief Minister of Residual Andhra Pradesh, cannot create a hullabaloo, by declaring disproportionate cash rewards, housesites, jobs, etc., as both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States are cash-strapped, albeit, Telangana may be slightly better off. At the same time, whether Mr. KCR and Mr. Naidu realise or fail to realise that public funds cannot be splintered and squandered, for short term political gains, and cheap popularity. We must keep in mind that both the Chief Ministers are overtly or covertly begging the Finance Minister of India, and the Prime Minister of India for billions of bucks, under some pretext or other.

GAUDY FELICITATIONS IN HYDERABAD AND VIJAYAVADA
The felicitations made by Mr. Chandrasekhara Rao in Hyderabad, and by Mr. Nara Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada to Ms. P.V. Sindhu, are too gaudy. There is a need to maintain balance, and to avoid making "mountains out of molehills", or making "molehills out of mountains".

I have nothing personal against Mr. Naidu or Mr. KCR or Ms. P.V. Sindhu. I am neither a politician, nor a sports person. I have no reason to envy or be jealous of any of them, hence I request my readers not to misunderstand me.

We can write a thousand pages about the place to be allocated to SPORTS in India, without making any malicious comments on the sports persons concerned. This blogpost will not be sufficient to discuss everything. We shall take up one or two items as samples, now. Depending on priorities and time, we shall take up other items for discussion, by going for a 10 part blog-post series.

In 1976, I attended a group discussion and interview, for the job of a Probationery Officer in a Bank. One of the items of the group discussion was "Should India participate in Olympics?". The topic given for the group discussion, was very much contextual. India's medla count in 1972 Olympics was at its nadir, and there were no hopes of getting anything in 1976. For the benefit of our readers, I reproduce India's medals position at that time:

Year Gold SilverBronzeTotal
Year 1972 Gold 0 Silver 0Bronze 1Total 1
Year 1976 Gold 0 Silver 0Bronze 0Total 0
Year 1980 Gold 1 Silver 0Bronze 0Total 1
Year 1984 Gold 0 Silver 0Bronze 0Total 0
Year 1988 Gold 0 Silver 0Bronze 0Total 0
Year 1992 Gold 0 Silver 0Bronze 0Total 0
Year 1996 Gold 0 Silver 0Bronze 1Total 1


Owing to my jhompadi-guDise (hut) background boyhood spent during 1962-1968 studying IX standard to XII standard, I had little access to any sports of any kind except playing gOlIlu (glass spheric marbles-pebbles of 1/2 inch diameter), and karra-billa (also called biLLam gODu) played with a stick of around 18" length, and a wooden-bails 6"-8" long with sharp edges on both ends, in lanes on gully-sides with street-boys. Even in gOlIlu, or biLLam gODu though I had some skills, I was not much proficient. My expertise was confined only to household chores of running a small tea stall, or feeding/grazing a buffalo, getting hay or green fodder, or bowl dung cakes to the wall for fuel, or stitching leaf-plates, the activities on which our family of 2 parents + 5 children survived.

During those 1962-1968 days there used to be Labor Welfare Centre, run by Government in our vicinity, on a 12 acre site. They used to run a good reading-room, a carroms-hall, and a room for harmoniums. Occasionally, I used to go there and play some carroms. The Staff there were kind enough to permit me touch the keys and pedal the harmoniums, and feel the keys of music. That was a sweet experience.

The purpose of my writing all these things is, not to evoke the sympathy or empathy of my readers. I wish to point out how our attitudes and perceptions are formed from our childhood and boyhood experiences. These attitudes and perceptions affect our natural behavioral patterns, and if we are to speak at a particular place, spontaneously without notice (ex tempore), without even a prior knowledge of the likely subject on which we are to speak, we speak as per our natural behavioral atterns evolved from childhood and boyhood experiences and perceptions. These childhood-boyhood circumstances which influence our behaviors, may sometimes be fortuitous (our birth in a rich family or middle class family or a poor family itself is a sort of lottery) whether Gods-goddesses conduct this lottery or not. A sort of le miserable combinaison de circonstances fortuites..

In the same manner, the poverty of a Nation, failures or successes of a Nation whether in Sports or elsewhere, is a function of numerous factors, on which the Nation may, sometimes, have control, and in some other times, it may not have control. For this reason only, whether Ms. Indira Gandhi was PM, or whether Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee was PM, or whether Mr. Manmohan Singh was PM or whether Mr. Narendra Modi is PM, the failures and successes have remained equally dismal and fortuitous. The position would not change irrespect of whether Messrs. Gandhis (Indira Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi et al), or whether Mr. Narendra modi shouts from rooftops and fort-tops.

BACK TO GROUP DISCUSSION OF 1976


There was no advance preparation for me for the Group discussion topic of "whether India should participate in Olympics". Hence, I had to speak as per my natural behavioral patterns and attitudes, learnt from childhood-boyhood experiences and perceptions. I took a position that INDIA NEEDED NO SPORTS AT ALL. I made it clear that Food, clothing, shelter, and old age security should be our top priority. India's population at that time was 636.9 million (1976). I said that Meeting these four needs of the 637 million population itself was a Herculean task and that no resources would be left for development of sports, engaging expert coaches, providing financial support to sports-persons. I said that sports could be sent to a back-burner for another 50 years, till we feed, clothe, shelter all our population. Now our population is double of 636.9 million. Other participants in the Group discussion, and the observers seemed not to have relished my talk.

DO YOU STICK TO THE SAME VIEW OF YOURS EXPRESSED IN 1976?


Ans: Yes. Reason: Our population doubled to 1300 million. We are importing cereals, pulses, oil seeds, raw sugar, what not? Consequently, domestic Indian agriculture is languishing. Where did we get the foreign exchange for our imports? By selling the shares of our Companies in Indian Stock Exchanges, at inflated rates with fudged accounts. We have shifted from an EXTERNAL DEBT TRAP to an EXTERNAL INVESTMENT TRAP. Every year we have to get more inward foreign investments. Else, foreign exchange reserves will erode, and our 1991 position of being forced to export our gold and pledge it abroad, to pay for imports, will re-emerge.

Why the foreign investors are keen to invest in India?


Foreign investors might have been tired of investing in other countries either because returns are low or because Chinese and South-East-Asian markets frequently turn volatile. On the other hand, Indian Government is maintaining the Stock Exchanges in a booming condition, by sending pension funds, trust funds etc. into stock exchanges. Apart from that, Indian Companies, even if sick, even if -have low production activities, are endowed with URBAN LANDS. Both Indian industrialists and the foreign investors want an EASY EXIT POLICY, because they want to sell the lands owned by the Sick Companies, by converting them into plots and flats. In almost all the Class I, Class II, and Class III Cities of India, we have this position.

Can you give one example?


In Guntur City, we have a Jute Mill, which mainly makes jute bags for packing grains, sugar, etc. Owing to market preferences for plastic bags, there is a shift towards HDPL bags, resulting in sickness of jute mills. Apart from that, there is a change in the working preferences of urban workers, particularly urban youth workers. They do not want to take up hazardous and dirty occupations like the handling of jute-dust. Consequently, re-opening of the mill for production at minimum economic scale of break-even became difficult. Now, the Jute Mill owners seem to want to hand over the factory land to ReaLtors for development into house sites, plots. Of course, opposition leaders, sometimes, make some sounds, opposing the move. The jute mill, earlier in a smaller Guntur, used to be in outskirts. Now, as the population grew, the Jute Mill is surrounded by residential areas. Establishing a HDPL plastic bag weaving mill may increase the pollution levels. Some cleaner, softer, units are to be established in the factory premises. Neither the Government is interested, nor the owners are interested.

TAIL PIECE धूमकेतु తోకచుక్క



We have Emperor Neros everywhere. Our Chief Ministers and Prime Ministers in India too, some extent have some semblances of the Roman Emperor Nero, or the Indian King Janaka. When Rome was burning, Nero was Fiddling. When Mithila was burning, Janka a great karma yOgi was holding philosophical discussions with priests and sages.

What Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu and Mr. KCR are doing?

To continue. सशेष. ఇంకా ఉంది.