International Trade – Imposing Economic Sanctions is the new weapon for trade wars

The fight never stops – the peace is not maintained as there is some or the other issue which is being triggered  and the latest fight is among the leading nations is a trade war – The international trade wars are evident across the globe and the economies of major countries have got threatened by imposing of economic sanctions between many nations and the pinch is getting evident on the international trade between many countries.

The threat of such unilateral sanctions that are imposed by individual countries in furtherance of their strategic interests leads to an economic war.  Typically intended as strong economic coercion, measures applied under unilateral sanctions can be termed as economic warfare, or as preludes to war. 

The world is at crossroads and the superpowers are expected to make amendments instead of fighting on demand and supply and lifting these economic sanctions with a fair deal economic packages for the deserving nations and not being biased.  Think Tank should be devising the mechanism and see to it that the superpowers demands are met by an equal distributed program instead of a monopolistic approach.

We do not want another war !! let’s stop this in right spirit.

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World Environment Day and WALL-E the Movie!!

In the year 1974, on June 5, the United Nations, declared this day as “World Environment Day” The idea was to awaken the world and propagate awareness for Protection of our Environment of our Mother Earth. Also, later, in the month of June 2008 , Walt Disney Pictures, released a movie called WALL – E, which was awarded as the best animated movies with an estimated budget of $180 million.  This film  topped “Time” Magazine ‘s  list of the “Best Movies of the Decade”, and in the year 2016, it ranked 29th among 100 films and was considered as the best of the 21st century by 117 film critics from around the world. I too watched it several times because of its theme and it was related to the environment, it portrayed many aspects of future life we humans might face in the coming years !!

This year, the emphasis was on making people aware of the “Plastic Menace” and how to take measure worldwide to curb and control or eradicate the plastic use which is becoming a threat to the humanity and is a serious threat for the entire human kind and other living beings – we had news that a whale died because it swallowed a big chunk of plastic waste which might have obstructed its passage for passing waste.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres in a official statement has urged all people to reject single-use plastic items, and warned that growing levels of plastic waste were becoming unmanageable, saying “every year, more than eight million tons end up in the oceans.”

This plastic waste, accumulating in waterways, forests, and beaches across the globe is building up a mountain of plastic material, which needs an urgent solution to recycle or to be sent to space. The time is not far when we would actually end up having our moon as dumping yard for all our waste for having our earth’s environment clean and healthy for sustenance of life.

Think Tank – The global warming and Environment Menace, coupled would result in a devastating effect on our mother earth in general and its living being in large. Time to think of corrective measures !!!

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Mothers Day – Relationships Introspection

We humans have lost ourselves in our own world so much that we need to remind  and dedicate ourselves to find time for what should be considered as the most important part of our lives – Relationships. We celebrate Mother’s Day on 13th May 2018 this year to dedicate a day of our lives in the entire year and become happy by doing something which may please the dear mother !!

Relationships : The first and foremost of all the relationship is between a mother and her siblings – two relations in that which is of a Mother & Daughter and a Mother & Son.  There may be more than a Individual daughter or son. This is we need to put a balance – each of the siblings is as important to the mother than an sibling giving due importance to his or her mother…Next is between a Father and his siblings, then a Sister, Wife, Aunt, Uncle…Grand parents and so on…

I have witnessed, if a son is not there, the mother suffers in the hands of her daughter and if a daughter is not there then also the mother suffers for want of a daughter – which she seldom gets in form of a daughter in law !! Alas it is a sad scenario from all ends for a women to substantiate and keep her relations alive at all times will all..

I hope this Mother’s Day would not just be one of the days but would be around throughout the year and years to celebrate each day and make the women who is a mother a special person…let the tradition be alive each and every day!!! Same would be the case with respect to the Father’s Day…

Lets understand the relationships and give its due without getting drifted along in this busy world of Mobile Phones, Social Media, Televisions, Laptops, Tabs, Parties etc…etc…

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Fabrication – New Mantra for a New Industrial Revolution

My recent Dubai visit was very short, the focus was to attend an interesting exhibition event  called Middle East Rail, which was related  to the railway transport sector –  which exhibited manufacturing and technology know how and saw participation from technology giants from all over the world along with Indian Railways to show case the latest Super Fast trains to Metro trains along with  latest newly  imbibed technology focusing on all related segments in the Railway transportation. Myself as a Cluster Development Consultant, had this visit to relate it to one of our Cluster Development Cluster for fabrication and which is  in the process of establishing a Common Facility Center  to cater the ever growing demand in the rail and other industrial sectors along with Business meetings with supply chain management specialist to promote, market and sell our Clusters produce in the Gulf Markets.

Today, because of new technology,  the land travel is quite dynamic and have all the features to become the main course of travel mode provided it beats certain features which are better than the Air travel. The need of the hour is cheap, fast and volume travel which can be achieved by the land transport industrial sector. The great second Industrial revolution which was started by the British in the early 1900 was the initial momentum in introducing the railway transport and the means of steel production and its related inventions.

Today, we have reached a threshold to use steel as a primary component which is used to construct buildings, high infrastructure, manufacturing of tools, ships, automobiles such as Airways,  Railways and others, all kind of machines, many new appliances and other many things which we commonly use in day to day life. We should be focusing on a new material which would be better than Steel.

Fabrication is the means to design and mold the related component. Scientist are focusing to develop new technology for fabrication which would be automated and robot enabled  in all respects thereby achieving a zero defect manufacturing for all new generation inventions which is getting digitized to mark a new revolution in the Industrial segment.  to cite an example, the Earth movers have grown in very big sizes and are capable of accomplishing more than 400 times which an earlier machine which were exhibited in the first Paris Exhibition in the 1900.

Similarly, a new R&D section with affiliations from world renowned technocrats  would help in looking froward to an new era in the Industrialization revolution which would step up the comfort zones in all walks of lives.




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Mosquito – The Threat to Humanity

Bill Gates Sir –  put it in a very simple way into minds of people on the LinkedIn about the threat which a Mosquito can be for humans- He actually brought out  a common problem we humans are facing in open with such a simple remark on the threat to Humanity in general !!

We Humans have a common enemy “The Mosquito” and there are many such visible and invisible human enemies on earth who have scared us humans and have become a menace on this planet earth, forget the aliens of our universe – Why we humans who are the most powerful species of all the living creatures need to be scared of such a tiny creature ???

It is because we Human are not united – we are fighting each other and morally we are weakened by our lost virtues and values, basically it is the values and rules we have forgotten which were taught by our bygone generations !! Lets all of us Humans unite to fight this Mosquito and other visible and invisible common human Mosquito enemy with our advanced scientific technologies and our expertise and spend our part of income in eradicating such animals who are threat to Humanity in general !!!

Time has come to eradicate the Mosquito menace to save innocent Humans from such creatures !! Think Tank needs to use resources wisely to ensure that safety net is built by  rebuilding the values and virtues of the bygone era and by trust threads and devise immune systems to safeguard Humanity !!

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The Earth Day – Mother of all Days

If we still don’t realize the consequences of the global warming effect then it might not really be the end of the world as predicted in all our books which have a mention about the disasters which are inbound and we witness the perish of human beings.

The Earth Day – It is today 48  years ago on April 22,  An American Senator Mr. Gaylord founded Earth Day in 1970, his hope was to make the environment a political issue in an era where US rivers caught on fire and thick smog choked cities, this political issue worked and since then, major environmental laws have helped clean up much of the vivid toxic detritus in the soil, air, and water in the US. But our challenges today are not confined to the USA alone, it has become global. The issues pertaining to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the loss of wilderness and species, and the acid and pollution of the oceans have all become more acute — and more destabilizing.

I have been writing about the Global warming effect time and again, hope to see some positive response

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Universal Human Rights Charter – Have we defaulted ??

India is one of the first countries to sign the UDHR  – Universal Declaration of Human Rights and follow the United Nations Charter.

Now, being one of the largest democratic country of the world, are we following all the 30 articles of the Charter in the right spirit ?? Why have we humans become so incumbent that we have ignored the basic of Human Rights treaty and its charter. This charter covers all the essentials for the humans to dwell on this earth and enjoy life. Why are we not realizing the basis of our existence ? what is aftermath, why there are bloodshed, why does someone needs to  fight or waste time, energy or money or revolve around something which is not more valuable than a human ? who is the author of such decisions ? what has happened to our commitments to the signed and solemnly accepted Human Rights Charter.

Think Tank needs to intervene to ensure that the articles of this Charter be followed in the right spirit, in equality and awareness of the existence of the United Nations Assembly is propagated at the grass root levels with people knowing about the charter and their basic human rights.

Below is the list of all the 30 articles which  all the participating nations of the United Nations Assembly abide to  practice and follow,  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – UDHR is an advisory declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly way back in 1948:

Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.


Article 2.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.


Article 3.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.


Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


Article 6.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.


Article 7.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.


Article 8.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.


Article 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.


Article 10.
 Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.


Article 11.
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.
(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.


Article 12.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.


Article 13.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.


Article 14.
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.


Article 15.
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.


Article 16.
 (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.


Article 17.
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.


 Article 18.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.
 (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27.
(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29.
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.


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