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Wed, 26 Jan 2005

Happy Republic Day

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Please take out some time and read it fully.


Yes. I am indeed proud to be an Indian but have some nits to pick about the list below.

Q. Who is the new MTD (Microsoft Testing Director) of Windows 2000, responsible to iron out all initial problems?

A. Sanjay Tejwrika

This is something to be proud of? The end-product was quite buggy :-)

Q. We Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America, even faring better than the whites and the natives.

There are 3.22 millions of Indians in USA (1.5% of population). YET,

38% of doctors in USA are Indians.

12% scientists in USA are Indians.

36% of NASA scientists are Indians.

34% of Microsoft employees are Indians.

28% of IBM employees are Indians.

17% of INTEL scientists are Indians.

13% of XEROX employees are Indians.

We are indeed happy for all our friends and relatives who are doing well.

But the following figures show that they don't really think of themselves as Indians where it counts.

(Note: This is not AID this is Investment!)

The per-capita investment of the Gulf expatriates far exceeds that of our (wealthier) expatriates to the West.

  1. According to the Forbes magazine, Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software.

And Forbes is the well-known authoritative source on Computer Science---so the inventors of Fortran, Lisp, C, Pascal, Algol...may as well retire.

A more accurate statement would be on the virtues on the linguistic work of Panini and Patanjali and its applicability to modern computer science.

We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.

Albert Einstein.

I like the other quote better---also from Einstein.

[About Gandhi] Years from now people will scarce believe that a man such as this once walked the earth.

Unfortunately, we know why they won't believe it. They won't know about it! Gandhi has been forgotten in this country. Just compare the Atlanta memorial and remembrances that the African-Americans have for King with what we have for Gandhi. You'll see what I meen.

In fact the list does not even mention Gandhi---or for that matter Buddha or Nanak---all of whom worked to stave off the suffering of the poorest of the poor.

BUT, if we don't see even a glimpse of that great India in the India that we see today, it clearly means that we are not working up to our potential; and that if we do, we could once again be an evershining and inspiring country setting a bright path for rest of the world to follow.

Finally! A statement that I fully agree with.

Mon, 17 Jan 2005

A Short course on ALSA.


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