Saga of Godmen, Guile and Guilt

It is pathetic to watch the self proclaimed god man and spiritual leader , Asa Ram Bapu addressing his flock of followers, 50% women, and speaking utter crap against women and their rights in India, with his women congregation listening to every word of his in rapt attention- absorbing each and every word , every syllable of his, as if they were pearls of wisdom from GOD himself!!!

You have to wonder whether these women in the congregation even comprehend the meaning of what Asa Ram is saying with such conviction??

Do they even understand what Asa Ram means when he says that a rape victim is to blame for the crime if she does not invoke the name of GOD in front of her rapists and does not plead with them to spare her????!!!!

The implication of this self proclaimed god man’s utterances and the enormity of what he says, so nonchalant , will make any sane , educated man numb!

What is even more bewildering is the dazed, almost hypnotized look on the women in the congregation- to be able to get an entire congregation in such a state at one go , seems nothing short of a miracle.

Isnt it a miracle that this congregation of women are simply rooted to their seats, listening in rapt attention to the non sense being uttered so effortlessly by this self proclaimed holy man and absorbing that as verse from GOD.

As a saNe logical, educated individual, it is easy to see that this is  nothing short of a grand exercise in successfully beguiling an entire audience of targeted followers, by leveraging their illiteracy, ignorance, lack of education, economic and socially repressive backgrounds to lead them into a state of collective trance, where the entire congregation loses its capacity to think logically, and act appropriately!! TOUCH DOWN!!!

Do you really expect these women to come out into the streets to protest and demand their rightful and equal place in our society??

NOT IN A MILLION YEARS going by the realistic state of the country, its weak constitution and its corrupted , defiled democratic institutions AND an entire population of people , deliberately kept illiterate for 65 years.

NOW the next logical question would be..is there a sense of guilt in our leaders ( rulers, may I correct), the political class ( de facto, neo royalty in India), the godmen and spiritual leaders ( HOPE sales men), and wanna be politicians ( criminals, trying to get legit)???

NONE AT ALL!!!

Face it people, your future is doomed under this political class and its underlings!!!

A country divided

The Indian political class has managed to shame the British at their own divisive politics.

The British were rightly accused of driving a wedge between the Muslims and Hindu populations of undivided India thus leading to the partition of the country in 1947…..BUT…

OUR Political class, that has reigned with impunity for the past 65 years has gone miles ahead in diving this “MODERN DEMOCRACY” of ours RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE!!

Our political class has NOT ONLY driven wedges between the Muslims and Hindus ( and other religions within the country), BUT ALSO between castes, sub -castes, sexes, educated and the illiterate with such finesse, that its almost like an art and a science beautifully amalgamated together!!!

Now lets analyze how the numbers stack up in this divisive scenario that is India’s reality today and see what results we can come up with …..

On SIDE 1 are the following set of people with a description of their support base

  • Self proclaimed God men- with a following base composed of largely, ignorant, illiterate, pathetic souls whose opium is religion ( just as Lenin and Marx proclaimed almost 100 years back!!) and ALSO Hope!! (Dont say I never mentioned that one earlier in my blogs!!)
  • Quasi God men/Religious teachers/ wanna be small time politicians- with a following composed of largely, poor educated men and women, un employed , disgruntled youth, with no purpose in life ( who obviously are moving along in life, listless, hopeless) 
  • Career politicians…The Political class- with a mass following comprising ignorant, illiterate, woefully poor ( and desperate), caste divided, unemployed population living on a prayer ( now do you get the god man angel??) and hope ( now do you get the role of the politician as the proverbial pied piper, played to perfection over 65 years!!!)

The above set of folks derive their security from the police paraphernalia, get their dirty jobs done ( willingly or unwillingly) from the bureaucracy and get their sanctity to sit in our parliament by quoting the GOD GIVEN rights in our constitution and reeling out number of votes given to them by illiterate,desperate and easily misguided voters!! AND the demographics of this vote bank is 70% of our voting population!!!

NOW lets see the other side…..

One SIDE 2 are the following set of people with the description of their support base

  • Self righteous wanna be leaders with a social conscience – with a support base comprised of educated, literate, aware men and women ( aware of their rights under the Indian constitution)
  • People who are fed up of the nonsense served to them in the name of democracy and who wish to change the system ( and do not aspire to become politicians)-with a support base comprised of educated, literate, aware men and women ( aware of their rights under the Indian constitution)

These folks have no real sense of security from the police that is meant to serve them ( the people , remember), but instead serves the political class ( for crumbs that they might get from the loot..now do you see quid pro quo???), these folks cannot hope for ANY work of theirs to be done by the bureaucracy ( remember the bureaucrats serve their political masters, and they cannot take on the politicians) and since these folks are part time , wanna be leaders, who cannot rabble rouse, cannot stoop as low as our lowly , spineless, shameless, political class, they DONT HAVE A HOPE IN HELL to be voted into power by the mass voters ( remember- illiterate,desperate and easily misguided voters), because these mass vote banks belong to the de facto political class ( remember the sleazy, rapist politician who has the right to sit in out parliament!!). The only people who would ever vote for these folks, if they ever, seriously considered to enter the election fray would be educated, literate, aware men and women, who comprise ONLY 30% of the total voting eligible population!!

Well you decide, who would win in a face off…the Political class led, god men, quasi god men, and local politicians ( thugs) OR the socially aware, globally aware, educated, self righteous, reformer??

I rest my case- its 70 for the Political class, and 30 to the protester in the street today.

Protesters, your voice will crack in hoarseness…its only a matter of a few days; the Politician and the political class would have played out the tear jerk er to perfection, and they will have eventually worn you all out because the math that I explained to you all in this blog in known to them and their spin doctors- they are playing you, and will continue to play you !!!

Think strategically, think analytically, think about your audience and you will get around this game of intrigue and machination being played out, right in front of your eyes!!

All the best…….

How to beat a personal sales slump in a down economy

Hi guys,

The down economy affects even the best of us sales super stars; face it , thats the harsh bitter truth.

Economy in a slump, investment sentiments in the pits, consumer sentiments even worse, inferior goods and brands on the up, what can a sales super star do!!!

Well there is hope even in adversity folks.

First and foremost, as the old saying goes, WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING,,….so time for those of us looking for taking on a challenge head on and coming out winners from this apparently hopeless situation, first things first.

Get cracking on your EQ!! Yes emotional quotient and loads of it will separate the men from the boys…I say this from first hand experience, having managed several sales roles over the last 18 years- you name it, have done it; B2C, B2B, direct sales, Industrial sales, Institutional sales, solutions sales etc etc etc…

so some pearls of wisdom to you fellow sales men and women out there in cyber lala land…

Step 1. Don’t Panic. Your work-related problems feel overwhelming not because of work, per se, but because of your personal life. You’re getting married, which is a huge, life-altering change. When you’re making a big life change in one area of your life, it’s easy for other parts of your life to take on an exaggerated importance. That’s what’s happened here.

Step 2. Get Some Perspective. Try to remember that as a sales pro, you’ll probably have a dozen or more jobs in your life. This is just one of them. Chances are you’ll come out of the slump, probably after you get back from the honeymoon. Worst case, you’ll find another job, but that’s no big deal. You how to sell so, by definition, you’re more hireable than 99% of the people in business today.

Step 3. Give yourself some credit. Even though you’ve got all this emotion bouncing around in your brain, you’ve still managed to drag yourself to work and do whatever you could in order to make your quota. That kind of courage is nothing to sneeze at. A lesser man might have given up in the face of a two month slump. You didn’t, and that means that you’ve got what it takes to survive.

Step 4. Reframe the Situation. The slump seems like a big problem, but is actually a big opportunity. Once you handle this situation, you’ll know that you’ve been “tested in the fire.” Conquer this slump, and you’ll know that you have what it takes to keep control of your emotions and nothing will ever stop you again. An opportunity like this comes along but seldom. Use it to your advantage.

Step 5. Create a New Pattern. When you’ve got some alone time, sit quietly, close your eyes, and remember the times that you’ve made some big sales. Imagine, as strongly as you can, how you felt, what you were saying to yourself, what you did to celebrate. Make the memory as vivid as possible. Right when you’re feeling at the top of your game, say something the reaffirms your confidence while doing a dramatic physical gesture that locks the feeling into your body. (Example: clench both fists and say “I DID IT!!”)

Step 6. Break your Old Pattern. The reason that you’re in a slump is that your panicky feeling has become habitual. Here’s where we break the habit. Whenever you start feeling that feeling of dread, stand up (immediately), shake yourself, and then run the new pattern that you created in Step 5. (Clenched fists! “I DID IT!!”). Constantly interrupting your habitual fear scrambles your brain so that it won’t be able to get into the old pattern as easily. It also makes the beginning of the panic trigger a positive emotion, rather than a continuation of the panic.

Step 7. Work your Sales Cycle. Now comes the easy part. Focus on the mechanics of selling. Make the cold calls. Do the follow-ups. Make the customer calls. Don’t think about the outcome, or your quota, or anything else other than the sales cycle. Work the numbers. Do your job. Every time you feel that fear coming back, break the pattern and re-establish your confidence. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your sales performance will improve.

The Talibanisation of India

All it took one heinous crime against a woman in the crime ridden streets of our capital in India, and overnight India has been Talibanized!!

If this isnt a master stroke , then what is!!

Politician after politician in India, from the Congress party, to the BJP, to the Samajwadi Party to quasi politcial outfits like the RSS has been desperate to provide their version of 21st century solutions to ensure that women in India are not raped by rapacious men prowling out streets with the police, the sacred cow, our bureaucracy, and our God sent politicians watching merrily by the wayside, with the best seats in the house.

Their “innovative” solutions for the women and little girls in our country, who are considered fair target by criminals of all hues and backgrounds ( including rapacious politicians) are the following

  • Let school going girls in CBSE school system, wear pants and shirts, OR salwar suits (brilliant idea from a politician from our “progressive” state of Rajasthan!)
  • Let girls and women wear OVER COATS, over and above their sarees and suits ( ingenious idea from a politician from Puducherry, a beautiful part of South India, with iconic French architecture, and an erstwhile French colony in India!)

Dont the 2 solutions mentioned above sort of remind of you of the diktat of the Talib when they took over Afghanistan some time back???

To me it does….and I cant help feeling Mullah Omar smirking and sniggering at this genius master stroke where they Talibanised India by simply encouraging a complacent, lethargic and morally and ethically corrupt political class to encourage crime in the country which led criminals to perpetrate that disgusting crime on that officialy un-named woman, who has been named as NIRBHAYA (meaning Fearless, for her spirited fight against her attackers and for fighting to live on)!

What Mullah Omar and his followers ( Islamic fundamentalists in Jammu and Kashmir, and elsewhere in India) could not do with the gun, the Indian politician, with his pathetic excuse for governance ( or is it ??) has been able to do within 65 years of Independence!!!

So please tell me…who is the real threat to the fabric of democracy in India?

Who is the Indian version of the Taliban in India?

Would love to hear your views and analysis on this blog and the subject- especially my readers from the US and EU!!