A few years ago, I heard a 27 year old young father and husband dying of heart-attack due to stress from work.

One of the key reforms I have recommended in the organised corporate sector is the Health and Wellbeing of employees.

~ 1/6
Workload setting, workflow setting, targets and KPIs should all be comparable to developed countries.

Indian private sector employee does 5 times the work of their corresponding employee in a developed market.

Yet while immigrating, India is not a 'comparable labour market'
Workload, flexibility of work hours, 5 days a week instead of 6 or 5.5 days, no 24 hour access to employees over mobile phones, 8 hour workday or shifts - there is so much to regulate.

It's a slog scenario in stark contrast with public sector where employees are protected.
On top of all this, when they retire stressed and tired, there are no savings because of the lifestyle and fringe expenses.

This must stop. I have forever asked young people to start saving from their very first salary towards retirement.

But not many do this.
This corporate sector, mainly tertiary hardly moved its 13% contribution to GDP since the early 90's.

So, regulating the corporates can't bring about much change in GDP or productivity, especially in the tertiary sector.
The current labour reforms address a different target group.

I am worried about the large number of employees of IT, Insurance, Banking sectors.

Please regulate the working conditions of employees in the tertiary sector.

@LabourMinistry @santoshgangwar

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9 Dec

For those who are interested in Kerala politics, specifically BJP's stance and chances, I am transcribing a Youtube Q&A with @surendranbjp BJP president, Kerala.

A vibrant and savvy politician, KS is the leader Kerala BJP supporters asked for.
He is an extremely sharp strategist who leads from the front - someone who sees the dance from the balcony and also perfects nuances on the floor.

This interview reflects his acumen, clarity of thoughts and candid approach to politics. A no-nonsense leader, he says a lot.
1. How is BJP aligning with RSS in Kerala?

BJP and RSS relationship is that of ideology and political outfit (I have discussed this in detail in a previous thread and KS's view supports my points) and is strong currently.

Covid relief work has brought us even closer.
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Why is BJP pushing so hard for GHMC?

As we all know, Dubakka victory is a surprise encouragement. But is that why the heavyweights have descended there?

Here are my views:

~ BJP has exposed the nexus between KCR and AIMIM
~ With a distant second representation in the GHMC, AIMIM has already created a strong politico-religious finance system to fund its activities that can go well beyond Hyderabad/Bhagya Nagar.

~ It has enough funding to expand AIMIM into becoming the new Congress.
~ What it does now is consolidating the hitherto Congress bloc vote.

~ AIMIM and Congress have got Rohingyas into Hyderabad in the exact way Pakistani muslims were brought to Kashmir and muslims from Jordan/ Morocco to Gaza. We know what that means.

Why is Hyderabad targeted?
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Kolahala Srinivas keeps raising this question of why @AmitShah did not endorse NDA alliance publicly despite EPS and OPS announcing it in the govt function.

He seems to speculate that @BJP4TamilNadu is waiting for Rajnikant to enter politics.

I disagree.

I had mentioned in my tweet prior to Amit Shah's visit that
he will NOT:

~ meet any actor
~ declare alliances/ allies

I had said that these were @JPNadda 's job and Shah will not undermine his Party President's role by openly declaring an alliance.
People should stop seeing Shah as BJP president. Nadda is well capable of managing this portfolio.

I had written a few months ago in Malayalam about how TN politics will be a bipolar one.

AIADMK is needed at the centre for the passing of difficult bills.
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Just marking my observations here. Careful read.

A few days ago, there was severe weather warning in the pacific region about huge water swell in the ocean.

Later there was warning of #NivarCyclone in the NE Indian Ocean, and Nivar swept across as predicted.
Over the last couple of days, over 120 whales and dolphins stranded on some New Zealand islands dead. Many had wounds as if from a blast.

Who did the underwater explosion if any, in deep ocean, what was the test?
In 2004, my husband and I were at the Marina beach in Madras on the eve of Tsunami. We saw a red Sumo circling around the beach and a group of people surveying the area.

We felt suspicious and alerted the Police.

Who were they? What were they doing hours before the Tsunami?
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My views on INC, post Ahmed Patel.

Given the notion that it was AP who checked RaGa's style of politics from blossoming fully, some things that might change:

1. Politics

RaGa, as everyone knows is weaning more towards socialism. Maybe influence of his close coterie, but
clearly evident from his hasty visit to JNU in support of the Tukde Tukde gang, his love for reviving MGNREGA, and his style of agitation - farmers, students and dalits - typical marxist style.

His politics will show more of radical/revolutionary style than the GOP style
After all, CIA did manage to bring Mossadegh down through a mere student revolution, and RaGa must be thinking Modi is no big deal.

In terms of election politics, more agitations will be seen prior to elections of states/ LS than alliances and booth level work.
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I can only share my speculations as I have not spoken to RK nor to anyone close to him.

Here is what I think:

1. Yes, he has mass appeal but it will depend on the way he launches himself. If he doesn't announce himself as CM face, then the influence will not be huge.
People are already tired of his indecision. Many ask "how can he give a clean rule in 5 years if he couldn't decide on coming to politics in 20 years"

Those that are not close to him may not know his acumen, understanding and intelligence. But one can't blame them for that!
I think this shift in thinking of common people about his entry is triggered by two factors:

1. EPS's excellent administration - he has shown his mettle through the pandemic. No anti-incumbency, no anti-Modi wave because he implemented all of centre's schemes for people
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