did it matter

did it matter

whether i waited or went away

the river did not stop

flowing nor the banks gave way

what if some waves lost their way

and started appearing in my eyes

but then no body saw them

when they overflew

ideas for revival of economy –1

Six lakh ideas


Anil K. Gupta Posted: Feb 25, 2009 at 0353 hrs IST


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Micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSME) are hit hard by the global recession. Large numbers of workers have been laid off. A sector providing so much employment cannot be left to fend for itself; it needs a major transformation, led by entrepreneurs and policy-makers. There are four different levels for transformative policy : stimulating demand; upgrading technology and skills; promoting innovations for developing new products and services; and forging new partnerships between entrepreneurs and R&D institutions, grassroots innovation networks and technology students.

On the first, stimulating demand: distributed manufacturing, pooling the underutilised capacity of those entrepreneurs with lower costs, can help in becoming competitive. Create portals so that a large number of industries can share capacities. Students from engineering and management colleges can participate in a countrywide campaign to identify redundancy, inappropriate shopfloor design, sourcing procedures, waste re-utilisation processes, obsolete technologies, etc. Treating clusters as ecosystems: one unit?s waste becomes another?s input, in industrial symbiosis. Energy saving inevitably leads to higher competitiveness.


Upgrading technologies and skills requires many new initiatives, creating capacities and institutional arrangements to help innovation. For instance, in the recent Shodh Yatra in Champaran, I met Birendara Kumar Sinha who has extracted about 12 kg of carbon from one engine of about 12-15 HP in eight to ten months. Carbon credits for attaching pollution control devices to all diesel engines can aid the economy and the environment.

India has more than six lakh technology students. Each does a final-year project. The fate of these projects is unknown. Neither are MSME problems posed to them nor are good projects used by industry. Similar is the fate of thousands of grassroots innovations developed in the informal sector and pooled by an initiative with which I am involved, the Honey Bee Network at the National Innovation Foundation. What we need is a ?Techpedia?, a portal of students? technology projects accessible to industry. Already volunteers from SVNIT, Surat, have collected more than 4500 projects and contacted around 200 colleges.

To stimulate innovation, one has to take several bold measures. To extend the MSME ministry?s current initiatives, one should aim at creating a web presence for at least ten million MSMEs in the next 12-15 months to create demand for Indian MSMEs worldwide. Since many entrepreneurs, particularly in small towns and villages, have minimal Internet access, every rural or small-town petrol pump can become a business centre for agri-business and other enterprises. Financial and business analysts can offer their support at these poly-business centres. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India wants to extend its role in this area.

Millions of industrial workers returning to rural areas can be converted from a crisis to an opportunity by using their skills and industrial attitudes (in some cases, by re-skilling them) to transform the agri- and rural business sector. Similarly, massive rural sanitation and health education campaigns can be launched on the shoulders of re-trained and re-tooled workers. Large numbers of new production-cum-training ITIs can be opened in rural areas, where many of the workers can be trainers.

Many children withdrawn from urban schools may find it difficult to adjust to rural schools. The capacity of Navodaya Vidyalayas may be expanded; industrial workers and supervisors can offer vocational education in the schools all over. Thus, the period of crisis can be used for creating the groundwork for the next round of distributed economic growth.

Creating new partnerships with both informal and formal sections of the R&D sector is very important for boosting the innovation potential of MSMEs. Some of the urgent steps required are:


(a) a technology audit of MSMEs by formal R&D institutions, (b) creating a national innovation fund for MSMEs, dedicated to replacing age-old materials and production processes, (c) awards for innovations by and for MSMEs, particularly by engaging the youth as attempted by the Karnataka Council of Science and Technology and the Indian Institute of Science and (d) dedicated R&D centres for various industrial clusters.

This is a painful time for both MSMEs and workers being laid off. A non-partisan approach is required; let major political parties agree on a revitalisation plan.

Millions of workers and small entrepreneurs will soon evaluate their vision — by their votes.

The writer is at IIM, Ahmedabad, and is executive vice-chair of the National Innovation Foundation

The Upside of the Worst of Times : amar bhide

 why downturn in economy may be a good time for innovation

found this post by amar very interestinga nd relevant for present time

with compliments to amar

The Upside of the Worst of Times

Amar Bhide

Amar Bhidé is the Glaubinger professor of business at Columbia Business School and author of “The Venturesome Economy.”

About 20 years ago, I studied 100 founders of Inc. magazine’s 1989 list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. Virtually all of them had started between 1981-83 in the midst of an awful recession.

But that didn’t prevent those founders from starting a new venture — in fact, in many ways it may have helped. Several had lost their jobs, so they weren’t risking steady employment — and they were able to hire employees who didn’t have great job prospects on the cheap. Landlords offered leases without asking too many questions about credit histories. Suppliers were willing to wait to be paid.

a bird is awake too early

i got up suddenly

a bird started chirping

too early in the morning

as if sun had risen early

or may be she forgot to tell me some thing last night

she will not be at rest

till she told me

and then when i got up

and wanted to listen

she would not tell

is that how birds begin their day

when they are unsettled

when i cant give enough

when i cant give enough

and you would not resist enough to accept

the exchange gets stuck

who will then dare gift

what he only believes  will be given

just for asking,

but is that why

it is not valuable enough?

when the roads merge

when the roads merge

and the sky bends

who cares if the winds blow this side

or the other

so long as we know

dried leaves will be blown away to nourish

roots of some new saplings

planted by some one

in memory of the tulips

that were offered at the altar

struggles that dont agitate

women dont struggle in vain

not when they are alone

even if they  have to be ressucitated

every time their bodies are  about to give up

their spirit has endured for centuries

negotiations  around empty spaces

kabra ko sajao, lekin besabri na uski shaksiyat ho

bahut door se chal kar aaya hun suno tumharey paas
tum mujhey thoda aur waqt to do,
kuchh kaam baaki hai, unhey bhi nibta lun aaj
kabra ko sajao, lekin besabri na uski shaksiyat ho,
chian se so jaunga, jab mujhey usme dafan karegi duniya
lekin jo ped ugega us par,
uski shakhon se
kuchh to badlega is duniya mein
is lieye aur kuchh ho na ho,
meri raakh mein teri mehabbat ki thodi kashish to ho
jo bhai baithega is ped ki chhaya mein
usmein kuchh kar gujarney ki khwahish to ho

waisey meiney ibadat mein kabhi kami nahin ki hai

waisey meiney ibadat mein kabhi kami nahin ki hai
teri mohaabat mein jamaaney ko badalney  ki justaju ki hai
tu agar mujh par meharbaan ho bhi jayey, to aey khuda
mainey to sada dard ke kajal se nasihat li hai
aaknon ko kabhi nam na karunga yeh kya bas  ek vada tha,
arey muskurahat ko chehery par tanganey ki kasam jo li hai

jee karta hai gehri neend mein so jaun

jee karta hai gehri neend mein so jaun
peepal ki parchhai ki tarah
teri god mein kho jaun
lekin jindagi itni aasan bhi to nahin ho sakti
ssaasno ki khusboo se seeenchu main apna chaman
tum bhulo ya na bhulo kuchh bhi
lekin main kaash sab kuchh sada ke liyey bhul jaaun