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Youngistanis live life to the hilt. They live for today, are impatient and want everything NOW — pretty much like Twenty20 cricket. They are willing to experiment and often lead the way. And when they come up with something different, they are often challenged by their elders, quite similar to what’s happening with the cheerleaders in the Maharashtra state assembly. Life in corporations is pretty much the same. Youngistan has begun to dominate there too. Jobs are getting younger, careers are getting fast tracked. Aspirations are sky high and Youngistanis are approaching it with a vigour never seen earlier. Formula 1 racing seems to have made its presence felt there as well. In closing, I would like to leave the Hindustanis with a thought. India is a country which belongs to the youngsters. They are the future. They will drive the direction the country will take. Their thoughts, mindset, temperament etc., are radically different from their predecessors’. It’s a natural reaction to rubbish what they are doing today as immature and juvenile. But hey, these Youngistanis are the very guys who will be leading the transformation from Hindustan to Youngistan. Do not stop cheering them, because your idealogy clashes with theirs. Support them, grow them, nurture them and help them taste their first successes in life. Do not dampen their spirits and raise an objection on their cheerleaders just because you didn't have any. If I was you, I would join the cheerleaders in cheering for Youngistan — because the future of your Hindustan rides on them. Ravi Subramanian is a senior banker with HSBC. The views are personal

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Cheering Youngistan
ndia, Hindustan, Bharat and now Youngistan. The slick ‘n’ new “Yeh Hai Youngistan Meri Jaan!” campaign by Pepsi has managed to reignite the feeling of national pride and rekindled the patriotic instincts of this modern rap generation— the Youngistanis. An acknowledgement of sorts that this is the generation which is going to lead India as it battles to cement its place amongst the superpowers of this world. What else do you expect in a country with 70 per cent of its population below 35 years of age — over 70 per cent Youngistanis? One wonders if it was just coincidence or clearly thought-out strategy that the younger version of the gentleman’s game, the DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) also started around the same time as Pepsi’s campaign. The fact that India has indeed metamorphosed into a Youngistan got even more embedded in the psyche, when one looks at the first few games of IPL. The now notorious senior-junior divide in the team which started with the T20 World Cup, propelled by astronomical power, riding on the shoulders of the Youngistan campaigner, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, seems to be in a way gaining credibility. So far, in IPL initial games, the ones ’s who have been doing well are the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Abhishek Nayar et al.... all Youngistanis. But for a momentary show of class by Dravid, the older brigade (read Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Kumble etc.) is yet to fire, forcing one to question their suitability in this new generation version of Youngistani cricket. Are the kiddos taking over? Going by the fact that questions are being raised over the continu-

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Happiness is...
Luxury is all about sporting a million-dollar smile. Go, flaunt it

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Twenty20 cricket expresses the changing demands of a young India

ing in captaincy of Rahul Dravid and Laxman for Bangalore and Hyderabad, respectively, the answer seems to be a definite yes. Youngistanis are here to stay. Moving away from the playing arena on to the coverage of IPL on television. Hey, where have all the experts gone! The mature but boyish Harsha Bhogle, the potent and vitriolic Sunny Gavaskar, energy oozing Ravi Shastri, the sexily charming Mandira Bedi etc, are hardly to be seen. While their voice-overs continue to rule the air, they have all made way for the young studs — hot and happening models and TV stars. Shiv Pandit, Sameer (the star of the natty late-night show — Outrageous from Zoom TV), Vishal, Ajay Jadeja

and a few other cricketers for the live coverage. Chatty girls like Sonali and Lekha Washington add to the glam quotient. Serious pre-match analysis is replaced by cool, hip hop conversations. Youngistan at it again! The game that has been modified to suit the demands of Youngistanis, is now dominated by the Youngistani brigade. Can entertainment be far behind? To appeal to the senses of this Youngistan, a new breed has emerged in cricket — the cheerleaders. A group of minimally clad women cheering the cricket teams. Popular in the western world for entertaining the crowd with their dance and glamour through the game, it’s making its appearance in

India, probably for the first time. Youngistan loves it. But whatever Youngistan loves cannot be without its share of controversy. Their deployment in matches has drawn serious objection from the jobless politicians in Mumbai. Their logic — how can you permit cheerleaders in a state that has banned bar girls? Sad when one considers the fact that Youngistanis would like to see India as a progressive nation embracing change. This notwithstanding, one wonders if the Maharashtra politicians would have kindled the fire on cheering of Youngistan, if the Mumbai Indians had won even one of their first four matches. The parallel between life and cricket is amazing.

century of self-denial and official censorship has made Indians paranoid about the good things of life. Much of this has to do with how our geriatric rulers, steeped in a Jurassic mindset, grappled with a shortage economy in the years after independence. In the process, they defined anything desired by people above the poverty line as luxury. Now, over a decade-and-a-half into the so-called economic freedom, the guilt scars still remain. So, everything from imported wines to high-end cars to expensive watches continues to be heavily taxed by the government. This mindset must change. With a prosperous and growing middle class demanding global recognition, it is necessary for the government to empower citizens with a freedom of choice. The purchasing power of the average Indian has been going up by leaps and bounds. Aspirations have hit a new high. What is affordable must be had. This is why Financial Chronicle is here and has found so many assertive takers. This is also why global luxury brands in cars to apparel are flocking to India. High-capacity dream bikes — Ducati, Harley Davidson and Hayabusa — are making a beeline to the country, even as yesteryear craze Maruti and Santro stand aside to make way for Hummer and Lamborghini. The world’s most exquisite jewellery brand, Cartier, now wants to step out of five-star environs and duty-free shops to open its doors to heavy footfalls. All this because a humongous number of Indians now want to own these brands — almost anything from expensive pens to watches and electronic gadgets, which were, in the days gone by, prized possessions of Bollywood stars and maharajas. The number of dollar millionaires in India has crossed the magic million-mark. A recent Forbes survey predicts that in the next 10 years, Indians will dominate the global billionaires’ club. Why then should the government continue on the path of denial, imposing high duties to spoil the party of a prosperous India? Less than a decade ago, the mobile phone was considered a luxury. Now, even your friendly neighbourhood plumber must flaunt his caller ID. It is high time we unlearnt the meaning of luxury. As this paper understands it, luxury is just another word that makes a person happy. editpage@mydigitalfc.com

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ndian MPs are shocked and confused. They are efficient machines that derive maximum output (pay and perks) from minimum input (work). But now a Vibhishan amongst them is trying to undo all this. He wants the ‘no work, no pay’ rule applied to parliamentarians as a punishment for disrupting House proceedings. But that’s how the people’s representatives got where they are now. First, as student or labour leaders, the only ‘work’ they did was creating a ruckus and not letting institutions work. Then, as members of political parties they graduated to ruining aam aadmi’s day any which way, but mainly through bandhs, rallies and chakka jams. The lucky few hit the big time as municipal councillors, MLAs and MPs. Just when they thought that slogan shouting, not working and not letting others work was an eternal success formula, comes this joker with his Bill. Is he nuts? Doesn’t he know MPs will lose lakhs in overtime if Parliament completes its work during the prescribed hours? What scares them most is the thought that even if the law fails to materialise, less-pay-for-less-work is a concept that strikes a chord with the voters. Not only will the old dogs have to learn new tricks, people may actually start to vote them in or out depending on their work. Performance-based incentives may be all right for the private sector, where the whitecollared work their bottoms off and pay taxes honestly, but working for a living is a concept alien to politicians. They didn’t sweat it out on the streets to talk about inflation-silflation in the House. Politics is the autobahn to their love for Gandhiji — Bapu is splashed all over those Rs 1,000 notes. All work, no play makes Jack a dull boy. It’s time the smart Alec realised that it’s in the country’s best interest to let MPs play their games and not expect them to work to solve our problems. But it’s nice to know that at least one politician wants to work to make a living.
Ashutosh Misra

MY SACRED BULL
Life’s purpose and the secret of success
Sraddhalu Ranade
compelling force on ourselves and on events, then we call it “fate” or “destiny”. And finally, when we can concretely feel the source of that intervention and sense its divine origin, we call it a “divine grace” or a “blessing”. Such swift interventions of the divine grace require from our side a wide base of openness and receptivity. For the grace will not act directly in circumstances of narrowness and inertia. Therefore, the best way to prepare for and invoke this direct action is to dedicate ourselves selflessly and wholeheartedly to the fulfilment of what we seek to realise, centering all our efforts around a steady and persistent aspiration. Whether we choose to formulate a prayer or not is not of much relevance — the aspiration is itself a wordless call that rises like a flame and invokes the response from above. And the divine grace always responds, though not necessarily in the manner we expect; for it acts by its own divine wisdom which transcends human logic. The wise advice of the successful businessman can now be confirmed and restated more profoundly. Two things are needed to achieve great success in life: the ripe conditions below created by our effort and aspiration, and the direct response of the divine grace from above that intervenes to raise the human situation to its highest potential. The first alone is in our hands. Therefore commit yourself selflessly to a high ideal that resonates with your inmost aspiration. The response of the grace is certain to help you. Life itself and the universe will assist your efforts, and every challenge it throws at you will only lead you to greater strength and a more complete fulfilment. Sraddhalu Ranade is a speaker and writer based in Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry

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hen we look back at the journey of life and the critical stages that we have grown through, we cannot but be amazed and somewhat overawed by the precision with which we were led through the most important turning points of our life. We cannot but feel a sense of fatalism as if those events were compelled by some power in spite of everything. We find ourselves indebted to a sense of fate or destiny or a divine grace or blessing; because we know that what happened at those turning points was well beyond the capacity of any human planning and skill of execution. It is not uncommon to hear successful businessmen declare quite openly that they owe their success to god’s grace. Their advice to younger aspirants seeking to imitate their example is simply to do the best that one is capable of; anything further, they declare, is in the hands of god or destiny or chance. And there is a deep truth to this view. It is a matter of experience for anyone who has lived long enough, that there is a great ‘wisdom’ that leads our lives. That it has the power to mould events, to create situations of challenge, learning and growth. More often than not, it grants us the riches when it finds us ready to utilise them more wisely and more impersonally. When we do not see the hidden causes that gift us this bounty, or when we do not understand the hidden purpose of that wisdom, we hide our ignorance by labelling those events as “chance” or “luck”. To say that something happened “by chance” is to declare that we do not know why it happened! But when we intuitively sense the inevitability of the outcome and feel the pressure of its

The best way to prepare is to dedicate ourselves selflessly to what we seek to realise