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why Havan is most sacred ritual in Hinduism



Denigration of Hindu sacred symbols has become a fashion in Bollywood. Recent example is ‘Havan Kund maston ka jhund’, a song from the movie Bhag Milkha Bhag. 

Is Havan really a useless ritual that can be mocked by anyone in the name of freedom of expression or art? 

This article by Agniveer in Hindi explains that why Havan is most sacred ritual in Hinduism and why is it the duty of every human to perform Havan.

 This is to show how Havan is the source of all happiness and bliss in both material and spiritual world. Read this, know your roots..

हवन / यज्ञ/ अग्निहोत्र मनुष्यों के साथ सदा से चला आया है। हिन्दू धर्म में सर्वोच्च स्थान पर विराजमान यह हवन आज प्रायः एक आम आदमी से दूर है। दुर्भाग्य से इसे केवल कुछ वर्ग, जाति और धर्म तक सीमित कर दिया गया है। कोई यज्ञ पर प्रश्न कर रहा है तो कोई मजाक। इस लेख का उद्देश्य जनमानस को यह याद दिलाना है कि हवन क्यों इतना पवित्र है, क्यों यज्ञ करना न सिर्फ हर इंसान का अधिकार है बल्कि कर्त्तव्य भी है. यह लेख किसी विद्वान का नहीं, किसी सन्यासी का नहीं, यह लेख १०० करोड़ हिंदुओं ही नहीं बल्कि ७ अरब मनुष्यों के प्रतिनिधि एक साधारण से इंसान का है जिसमें हर नेक इंसान अपनी छवि देख सकता है. यह लेख आप ही के जैसे एक इंसान के हृदय की आवाज है जिसे आप भी अपने हृदय में महसूस कर सकेंगे..

हवन- मेरी आस्था

हिंदू धर्म में सर्वोपरि पूजनीय वेदों और ब्राह्मण ग्रंथों में यज्ञ/हवन की क्या महिमा है, उसकी कुछ झलक इन मन्त्रों में मिलती है-

अग्निमीळे पुरोहितं यज्ञस्य देवमृत्विजम्. होतारं रत्नधातमम् [ ऋग्वेद १/१/१/]

समिधाग्निं दुवस्यत घृतैः बोधयतातिथिं. आस्मिन् हव्या जुहोतन. [यजुर्वेद 3/1]

अग्निं दूतं पुरो दधे हव्यवाहमुप ब्रुवे. [यजुर्वेद 22/17]

सायंसायं गृहपतिर्नो अग्निः प्रातः प्रातः सौमनस्य दाता. [अथर्ववेद 19/7/3]

प्रातः प्रातः गृहपतिर्नो अग्निः सायं सायं सौमनस्य दाता. [अथर्ववेद 19/7/4]

तं यज्ञं बर्हिषि प्रौक्षन् पुरुषं जातमग्रतः [यजुर्वेद 31/9]

अस्मिन् यज्ञे स्वधया मदन्तोधि ब्रुवन्तु तेवन्त्वस्मान [यजुर्वेद 19/58]

यज्ञो वै श्रेष्ठतमं कर्म [शतपथ ब्राह्मण 1/7/1/5]

यज्ञो हि श्रेष्ठतमं कर्म [तैत्तिरीय 3/2/1/4]

यज्ञो अपि तस्यै जनतायै कल्पते, यत्रैवं विद्वान होता भवति [ऐतरेय ब्राह्मण १/२/१]

यदैवतः स यज्ञो वा यज्याङ्गं वा.. [निरुक्त ७/४]

इन मन्त्रों में निहित अर्थ और प्रार्थनाएं इस लेख के अंत में दिए जायेंगे जिन्हें पढकर कोई भी व्यक्ति खुद हवन करके अपना और औरों का भला कर सकता है. पर इन मन्त्रों का निचोड़ यह है कि ईश्वर मनुष्यों को आदेश करता है कि हवन/यज्ञ संसार का सर्वोत्तम कर्म है, पवित्र कर्म है जिसके करने से सुख ही सुख बरसता है.

यही नहीं, भगवान श्रीराम को रामायण में स्थान स्थान पर ‘यज्ञ करने वाला’ कहा गया है. महाभारत में श्रीकृष्ण सब कुछ छोड़ सकते हैं पर हवन नहीं छोड़ सकते. हस्तिनापुर जाने के लिए अपने रथ पर निकल पड़ते हैं, रास्ते में शाम होती है तो रथ रोक कर हवन करते हैं. अगले दिन कौरवों की राजसभा में हुंकार भरने से पहले अपनी कुटी में हवन करते हैं. अभिमन्यु के बलिदान जैसी भीषण घटना होने पर भी सबको साथ लेकर पहले यज्ञ करते हैं. श्रीकृष्ण के जीवन का एक एक क्षण जैसे आने वाले युगों को यह सन्देश दे रहा था कि चाहे कुछ हो जाए, यज्ञ करना कभी न छोड़ना.

जिस कर्म को भगवान स्वयं श्रेष्ठतम कर्म कहकर करने का आदेश दें, वो कर्म कर्म नहीं धर्म है. उसका न करना अधर्म है.

हवन- मेरा जीवन

मेरा जन्म हुआ तो हवन हुआ. पहली बार मेरे केश कटे तो हवन हुआ. मेरा नामकरण हुआ तो हवन हुआ. जन्मदिन पर हवन हुआ, गृह प्रवेश पर हवन हुआ, मेरे व्यवसाय का आरम्भ हुआ तो हवन हुआ, मेरी शादी हुई तो हवन हुआ, बच्चे हुए तो हवन हुआ, संकट आया तो हवन हुआ, खुशियाँ आईं तो हवन हुआ. एक तरह से देखूं तो हर बड़ा काम करने से पहले हवन हुआ. किस लिए? क्योंकि मेरी एक आस्था है कि हवन कर लूँगा तो भगवान साथ होंगे. मैं कहीं भी रहूँगा, भगवान साथ होंगे. कितनी भी कठिन परिस्थिति हों, भगवान मुझे हारने नहीं देंगे. हवन कुंड में डाली गयी एक एक आहुति मेरे जीवन रूपी अग्नि को और विस्तार देगी, उसे ऊंचा उठाएगी. इस जीवन की अग्नि में सारे पाप जलकर स्वाहा होंगे और मेरे सत्कर्मों की सुगंधि सब दिशाओं में फैलेगी. मैं हार और विफलताओं के सारे बीज इस हवन कुंड की अग्नि में जलाकर भस्म कर डालता हूँ ताकि जीत और सफलता मेरे जीवन के हिस्से हों. इस विश्वास के साथ हवन मेरे जीवन के हर काम में साथ होता है.

हवन- मेरी मुक्ति

हवन कुंड की आग, उसमें स्वाहा होती आहुतियाँ और आहुति से और प्रचंड होने वाली अग्नि. जीवन का तेज, उसमें डाली गयीं शुभ कर्मों की आहुतियाँ और उनसे और अधिक चमकता जीवन! क्या समानता है! हवन क्या है? अपने जीवन को उजले कर्मों से और चमकाने का संकल्प! अपने सब पाप, छल, विफलता, रोग, झूठ, दुर्भाग्य आदि को इस दिव्य अग्नि में जला डालने का संकल्प! हर नए दिन में एक नयी उड़ान भरने का संकल्प, हर नयी रात में नए सपने देखने का संकल्प! उस ईश्वर रूपी अग्नि में खुद को आहुति बनाके उसका हो जाने का संकल्प, उस दिव्य लौ में अपनी लौ लगाने का संकल्प और इस संसार के दुखों से छूट कर अग्नि के समान ऊपर उठ मुक्त होने का संकल्प! हवन मेरी सफलता का आर्ग है. हवन मेरी मुक्ति का मार्ग है, ईश्वर से मिलाने का मार्ग है. मेरे इस मार्ग को कोई रोक नहीं सकता.

हवन- मेरा भाग्य

लोग अशुभ से डरते हैं. किसी पर साया है तो किसी पर भूत प्रेत. किसी पर किसी ने जादू कर दिया है तो किसी के ग्रह खराब हैं. किसी का भाग्य साथ नहीं देता तो कोई असफलताओं का मारा है. क्यों? क्योंकि जीवन में संकल्प नहीं है. हवन कुंड के सामने बैठ कर उसकी अग्नि में आहुति डालते हुए इदं न मम कहकर एक बार अपने सब अच्छे बुरे कर्मों को उस ईश्वर को समर्पित कर दो. अपनी जीत हार उस ईश्वर के पल्ले बाँध दो. एक बार पवित्र अग्नि के सामने अपने संकल्प की घोषणा कर दो. एक बार कह दो कि अब हार भी उसकी और जीत भी उसकी, मैंने तो अपना सब उसे सौंप दिया. तुम्हारी हर हार जीत में न बदल जाए तो कहना. हर सुबह हवन की अग्नि में इदं न मम कहकर अपने काम शुरू करना और फिर अगर तुम्हे दुःख हो तो कहना. जिस घर में हवन की अग्नि हर दिन प्रज्ज्वलित होती है वहाँ अशुभ और हार के अँधेरे कभी नहीं टिकते. जिस घर में पवित्र अग्नि विराजमान हो उस घर में विनाश/अनिष्ट कभी नहीं हो सकता.

हवन- मेरा स्वास्थ्य

आस्था और भक्ति के प्रतीक हवन को करने के विचार मन में आते ही आत्मा में उमड़ने वाला ईश्वर प्रेम वैसा ही है जैसे एक माँ के लिए उसके गर्भस्थ अजन्मे बच्चे के प्रति भाव! न जिसको कभी देखा न सुना, तो भी उसके साथ एक कभी न टूटने वाला रिश्ता बन गया है, यही सोच सोच कर मानसिक आनंद की जो अवस्था एक माँ की होती है वही अवस्था एक भक्त की होती है. इस हवन के माध्यम से वह अपने अजन्मे अदृश्य ईश्वर के प्रति भाव पैदा करता है और उस अवस्था में मानसिक आनंद के चरम को पहुँचता है. इस चरम आनंद के फलस्वरूप मन विकार मुक्त हो जाता है. मस्तिष्क और शरीर में श्रेष्ठ रसों (होर्मोंस) का स्राव होता है जो पुराने रोगों का निदान करता है और नए रोगों को आने नहीं देता. हवन करने वाले के मानसिक रोग दस पांच दिनों से ज्यादा नहीं टिक सकते.

हवन में डाली जाने वाली सामग्री (ध्यान रहे, यह सामग्री आयुर्वेद के अनुसार औषधि आदि गुणों से युक्त जड़ी बूटियों से बनी हो) अग्नि में पड़कर सर्वत्र व्याप्त हो जाती है. घर के हर कोने में फ़ैल कर रोग के कीटाणुओं का विनाश करती है. वैज्ञानिक शोध से पता चला है कि हवन से निकलने वाला धुआँ हवा से फैलने वाली बीमारियों के कारक इन्फेक्शन करने वाले बैक्टीरिया (विषाणु) को नष्ट कर देता है. अधिक जानकारी के लिए इस लिंक पर जाइए- http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2009-08-17/health/28188655_1_medicinal-herbs-havan-nbri

विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन (WHO) के अनुसार दुनिया भर में साल भर में होने वाली ५७ मिलियन मौत में से अकेली १५ मिलियन (२५% से ज्यादा) मौत इन्ही इन्फेक्शन फैलाने वाले विषाणुओं से होती हैं! हवन करने से केवल ये बीमारियाँ ही नहीं, और भी बहुत सी बीमारी खत्म होती हैं, जैसे-

१. सर्दी/जुकाम/नजला

२. हर तरह का बुखार

३. मधुमेह (डायबिटीज/शुगर)

४. टीबी (क्षय रोग)

५. हर तरह का सिर दर्द

६. कमजोर हड्डियां

७. निम्न/उच्च रक्तचाप

८. अवसाद (डिप्रेशन)

इन रोगों के साथ साथ विषम रोगों में भी हवन अद्वितीय है, जैसे

९. मूत्र संबंधी रोग

१०. श्वास/खाद्य नली संबंधी रोग

११. स्प्लेनिक अब्सेस

१२. यकृत संबंधी रोग

१३. श्वेत रक्त कोशिका कैंसर

१४. Infections by Enterobacter Aerogenes

१५. Nosocomial Infections

१६. Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis

१७. nosocomial non-life-threatening infections

और यह सूची अंतहीन है! सौ से भी ज्यादा आम और खास रोग यज्ञ थैरेपी से ठीक होते हैं! सबसे बढ़कर हवन से शरीर, मन, वातावरण, परिस्थितियों और भाग्य पर अद्भुत प्रभाव होता है. घर परिवार, बच्चे बड़े सबके उत्तम स्वास्थ्य, आरोग्य और भाग्य के लिए यज्ञ से बढ़कर कुछ नहीं हो सकता! दिन अगर यज्ञ से शुरू हो तो कुछ अशुभ हो नहीं सकता, कोई रोग नहीं हो सकता.

हवन- मेरा सबकुछ

यज्ञ/हवन से सम्बंधित कुछ मन्त्रों के भाव सरल शब्दों में कुछ ऐसे हैं

– इस सृष्टि को रच कर जैसे ईश्वर हवन कर रहा है वैसे मैं भी करता हूँ.

– यह यज्ञ धनों का देने वाला है, इसे प्रतिदिन भक्ति से करो, उन्नति करो.

– हर दिन इस पवित्र अग्नि का आधान मेरे संकल्प को बढाता है.

– मैं इस हवन कुंड की अग्नि में अपने पाप और दुःख फूंक डालता हूँ.

– इस अग्नि की ज्वाला के समान सदा ऊपर को उठता हूँ.

– इस अग्नि के समान स्वतन्त्र विचरता हूँ, कोई मुझे बाँध नहीं सकता.

– अग्नि के तेज से मेरा मुखमंडल चमक उठा है, यह दिव्य तेज है.

– हवन कुंड की यह अग्नि मेरी रक्षा करती है.

– यज्ञ की इस अग्नि ने मेरी नसों में जान डाल दी है.

– एक हाथ से यज्ञ करता हूँ, दूसरे से सफलता ग्रहण करता हूँ.

– हवन के ये दिव्य मन्त्र मेरी जीत की घोषणा हैं.

– मेरा जीवन हवन कुंड की अग्नि है, कर्मों की आहुति से इसे और प्रचंड करता हूँ.

– प्रज्ज्वलित हुई हे हवन की अग्नि! तू मोक्ष के मार्ग में पहला पग है.

– यह अग्नि मेरा संकल्प है. हार और दुर्भाग्य इस हवन कुंड में राख बने पड़े हैं.

– हे सर्वत्र फैलती हवन की अग्नि! मेरी प्रसिद्धि का समाचार जन जन तक पहुँचा दे!

– इस हवन की अग्नि को मैंने हृदय में धारण किया है, अब कोई अँधेरा नहीं.

– यज्ञ और अशुभ वैसे ही हैं जैसे प्रकाश और अँधेरा. दोनों एक साथ नहीं रह सकते.

– भाग्य कर्म से बनते हैं और कर्म यज्ञ से. यज्ञ कर और भाग्य चमका ले!

– इस यज्ञ की अग्नि की रगड़ से बुद्धियाँ प्रज्ज्वलित हो उठती हैं.

– यह ऊपर को उठती अग्नि मुझे भी उठाती है.

– हे अग्नि! तू मेरे प्रिय जनों की रक्षा कर!

– हे अग्नि! तू मुझे प्रेम करने वाला साथी दे. शुभ गुणों से युक्त संतान दे!

– हे अग्नि! तू समस्त रोगों को जड़ से काट दे!

– अब यह हवन की अग्नि मेरे सीने में धधकती है, यह कभी नहीं बुझ सकती.

– नया दिन, नयी अग्नि और नयी जीत.

हे मानवमात्र! हृदय पर हाथ रखकर कहना, क्या दुनिया में कोई दूसरी चीज इन शब्दों का मुकाबला कर सकती है? इस तरह के न जाने कितने चमत्कारी, रोगनाशक, बलवर्धक और जीत के मन्त्रों से यह हवन की प्रक्रिया भरी पड़ी है. जिंदगी की सब समस्याओं का नाश करने वाली और सुखों का अमृत पिलाने वाली यह हवन क्रिया मेरी संस्कृति का हिस्सा है, धर्म का हिस्सा है, आध्यात्म का हिस्सा है, यह सोच कर गर्व से सीना फूल जाता है. हवन मेरे लिए कोई कर्मकांड नहीं है. यह परमेश्वर का आदेश है, श्रीराम की मर्यादा की धरोहर है. श्रीकृष्ण की बंसी की तान है, रण क्षेत्र में पाञ्चजन्य शंख की गुंजार है, अधर्म पर धर्म की जीत की घोषणा है. हवन मेरी जीत का संकल्प है, मेरी जीत की मुहर है. मैं इसे कभी नहीं छोडूंगा.

अग्निवीर घोषणा करता है कि अब हम हर घर में हवन करेंगे और करवाएंगे. न जाति का बंधन होगा और न मजहब की बेडियाँ. न रंग न नस्ल न स्त्री पुरुष का भेद. अब हर इंसान हवन करेगा, सुखी होगा!

जो कोई भी व्यक्ति- हिन्दू, मुस्लिम, सिख, ईसाई, बौद्ध, यहूदी, नास्तिक या कोई भी, हवन करना चाहता है, संकल्प करना चाहता है, वह यहाँ इस लिंक पर जाकर मंगा सकता है। कोई जाति धर्म- मजहब या लिंग का भेद नहीं है।

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10 Reasons Why YOU Have to Quit Your Job This Year


Posted by James Altucher

  This was going to end badly. I would play chess all day in my office with the door locked. My boss would knock on the door and I would put my headphones on and ignore him. People would complain that the software I wrote didn’t work. My boss would say, “where were you yesterday” and I would say, “it was a Jewish holiday” even though there was none and he would say, “well…tell us next time if you leave.” It was bad behavior. I was a slave trying to escape but I didn’t know how. I wanted to start a business but I didn’t know what. I wanted to create something but I would play games all day, burning up the fuel in my brain.

You can’t make money without selling something real. You can’t make something real without first imagination manifesting itself in your head. You can’t have imagination without surrendering yourself to an idea that you want to create something of value to other human beings.

And now it’s too late. Now the course of history has finally written it’s next chapter. There’s no more bullshit. I’m going to tell you why you have to quit your job. Why you need to get the ideas moving. Why you need to build a foundation for your life or soon you will have no roof.

(Jabba’s newest employee)

1) The middle class is dead. A few weeks ago I visited a friend of mine who manages a trillion dollars. No joke. A trillion. If I told you the name of the family he worked for you would say, “they have a trillion? Really?” But that’s what happens when ten million dollars compounds at 2% over 200 years.

He said, “look out the windows”. We looked out at all the office buildings around us. “What do you see?” he said. “I don’t know.” “They’re empty! All the cubicles are empty. The middle class is being hollowed out.” And I took a closer look. Entire floors were dark. Or there were floors with one or two cubicles but the rest empty. “It’s all outsourced or technology has taken over for the paper shufflers,” he said.

“Not all the news is bad,” he said. “More people entered the upper class than ever last year.” But, he said, more people are temp staffers than ever.

And that’s the new paradigm. The middle class has died. The American Dream never really existed. It was a marketing scam.

And it was. The biggest provider of mortgages for the past 50 years, Fannie Mae, had as their slogan, “We make the American Dream come true.” It was just a marketing slogan all along. How many times have I cried because of a marketing slogan. And then they ruined it.

2) You’ve been replaced. Technology, outsourcing, a growing temp staffing industry, productivity efficiencies, have all replaced the middle class. The working class. Most jobs that existed 20 years ago aren’t needed now. Maybe they never were needed. The entire first decade of this century was spent with CEOs in their Park Avenue clubs crying through their cigars, “how are we going to fire all this dead weight?”. 2008 finally gave them the chance. “It was the economy!” they said. The country has been out of a recession since 2009.Four years now. But the jobs have not come back. I asked many of these CEOS: did you just use that as an excuse to fire people, and they would wink and say, “let’s just leave it at that.”

I’m on the board of directors of a temp staffing company with $600 million in revenues. I can see it happening across every sector of the economy.Everyone is getting fired. Everyone is toilet paper now.

Flush.

(robots are the new middle class)

3) Corporations don’t like you. The executive editor of a major news publication took me out to lunch to get advice on how to expand their website traffic. But before I could talk he started complaining to me: “our top writers keep putting their twitter names in their posts and then when they get more followers they start asking for raises.”

“What’s the problem?” I said. “Don’t you want writers that are popular and well-respected?”

When I say a “major news publication” I am talking MAJOR.

He said, “no, we want to be about the news. We don’t want anyone to be an individual star.”

In other words, his main job was to destroy the career aspirations of his most talented people, the people who swore their loyalty to him, the people who worked 90 hours a week for him. If they only worked 30 hours a week and were slightly more mediocre he would’ve been happy. But he doesn’t like you. He wants to you stay in the hole and he will throw you a meal every once in awhile in exchange for your excrement. If anyone is a reporter out there and wants to message  me privately I will tell you who it was. But basically, it’s all of your bosses. Every single one of them.

4) Money is not happiness. A common question during my Twitter Q&A, asked at least once a week, is “should I take the job I like or should I take the job that pays more money”.

Leaving aside the question of “should I take a job at all”, let’s talk about money for a second. First, the science: studies show that an increase in salary only offers marginal to zero increase in “happiness” above a certain level. Why is this? Because the basic fact: people spend what they make. If your salary increases $5,000 you spend an extra $2000 on features for your car, you have an affair, you buy a new computer, a better couch, a bigger TV, and then you ask, “where did all the money go?” Even though you needed  none of the above now you need one more thing: another increase in your salary, so back to the corporate casino for one more try at the salary roulette wheel. I have never once seen anyone save the increase in their salary.

In other words, don’t stay at the job for safe salary increases over time. That will never get you where you want – freedom from financial worry. Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind.

5) Count right now how many people can make a major decision that can ruin your life. I don’t like it when one person can make or break me. A boss. A publisher. A TV producer. A buyer of my company. At any one point I’ve had to kiss ass to all of the above. I hate it. I will never do it again.

The way to avoid this is to diversify the things you are working on so no one person or customer or boss or client can make a decision that could make you rich or destroy you or fulfill your life’s dreams or crush them. I understand it can’t happen in a day. Start planning now how to create your own destiny instead of allowing people who don’t like you to control your destiny. When you do this count, make sure the number comes to over 20. Then when you spin the wheel the odds are on your side that a winning number comes up.

6) Is your job satisfying your needs? I will define “needs” the way I always do, via the four legs of what I call “the daily practice”. Are your physical needs, your emotional needs, your mental needs, and your spiritual needs being satisfied?

The only time I’ve had a job that did was when I had to do little work so that I had time on the side to either write, or start a business, or have fun, or spend time with friends. The times when I haven’t is when I was working too hard, dealing with people I didn’t like, getting my creativity crushed  over and over, and so on. When you are in those situations you need to plot out your exit strategy.

Your hands are not made to type out memos. Or put paper through fax machines. Or hold a phone up while you talk to people you dislike. 100 years from now your hands will rot like dust in your grave. You have to make wonderful use of those hands now. Kiss your hands so they can make magic.

One can argue, “not everyone is entitled to have all of those needs satisfied at a job.” That’s true. But since we already know that the salary of a job won’t make you happy, you can easily modify lifestyle and work to at least satisfy more of your needs. And the more these needs are satisfied the more you will create the conditions for true abundance to come into your life.

Your life is a house. Abundance is the roof. But the foundation and the plumbing need to be in there first or the roof will fall down, the house will be unlivable. You create the foundation by following the Daily Practice. I say this not because I am selling anything but because it worked for me every time my roof caved in. My house has been bombed, my home has been cold and blistering winds gave me frost bite, but I managed to rebuild. This is how I did it.

(another day on the job)

7) Your Retirement Plan is For Shit. I don’t care how much you set aside for your 401k. It’s over. The whole myth of savings is gone. Inflation will carve out the bulk of your 401k. And in order to cash in on that retirement plan you have to live for a really long time doing stuff you don’t like to do. And then suddenly you’re 80 and you’re living a reduced lifestyle in a cave and can barely keep warm at night.

The only retirement plan is to Choose Yourself. To start a business or a platform or a lifestyle where you can put big chunks of money away. Some people can say, “well, I’m just not an entrepreneur .”

This is not true. Everyone is an entrepreneur. The only skills you need to be an entrepreneur: an ability to fail, an ability to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on those ideas, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure. Or be an entrepreneur at work. An “entre-ployee”. Take control of who you report to, what you do, what you create. Or start a business on the side. Deliver some value, any value, to any body, to somebody, and watch that value compound into a carer.

What is your other choice? To stay at a job where the boss is trying to keep you down, will eventually replace you, will pay you only enough for you to survive, will rotate between compliments and insults so you stay like a fish caught on the bait as he reels you in. Is that your best other choice? You and I have the same 24 hours each day. Is that how you will spend yours?

8) Excuses. “I’m too old”. “I’m not creative.” “I need the insurance.” “I have to raise my kids”. I was at a party once. A stunningly beautiful woman came up to me and said, “James, how are you!?”

WHAT? Who are you?

I said, “hey! I’m doing well.” But I had no idea who I was talking to. Why would this woman be talking to me? I was too ugly. It took me a few minutes of fake conversation to figure out who she was.

It turns out she was the frumpish-looking woman who had been fired six months earlier from the job we were at. She had cried as she packed up her cubicle when she was fired. She was out of shape, she looked about 30 years older than she was, and now her life was going to go from better to worse.Until…she realized that she was out of the zoo. In the George Lucas movie, THX-1138 (the name of the main character was “THX-1138″) everyone’s choices are removed and they all  live underground because above ground is “radioactive”. Finally THX decides better to die above ground than suffer forever underground where he wasn’t allowed to love. He wasn’t free.

He makes his way above ground, evading all the guards and police. And when he gets there, it’s sunny, everyone above ground is beautiful, and they are waiting for him with open arms and kisses. The excuse “but it’s radioactive out there!” was just there to keep him down.

“This is easy for you to say,” people say to me. “Some of us HAVE to do this!” The now-beautiful woman had to do it also. “What are you doing now?” I asked her. “Oh, you know,” she said. “Consulting.” But some  people say, “I can’t just go out there and consult. What does that even mean?”

And to that I answer, “Ok, I agree with you.” Who am I to argue? If someone insists they need to be in prison even though the door is unlocked then I am not going to argue. They are free to stay in prison.

9) Its ok to take baby steps. “I can’t just QUIT!” people say. “I have bills to pay”. I get it. Nobody is saying quit today. Before a human being runs a marathon they learn to crawl, then take baby steps, then walk, then run. Then exercise every day and stay healthy. Then run a marathon. Heck, what am I even talking about? I can’t run more than two miles without collapsing in agony. I am a wimp.

Make the list right now. Every dream. I want to be a bestselling author. I want to reduce my material needs. I want to have freedom from many of the worries that I have succumbed to all my life. I want to be healthy. I want to help all of the people around me or the people who come into my life. I want everything I do to be a source of help to people. I want to only be around people I love, people who love me. I want to have time for myself.

THESE ARE NOT GOALS. These are themes. Every day, what do I need to do to practice those themes? It starts the moment I wake up: “who can I help today?” I ask the darkness when I open my eyes. “Who would you have me help today?” I’m a secret agent and I’m waiting for my mission. Ready to receive. This is how you take baby steps. This is how eventually you run towards freedom.

10)  Abundance will never come from your job. Only stepping out of the prison imposed on you from your factory will allow you to achieve abundance.You can’t see it now. It’s hard to see the gardens when you are locked in jail.Abundance only comes when you are moving along your themes. When you are truly enhancing the lives of the people around you.

When every day you wake up with that motive of enhancement. Enhance your family, your friends, your colleagues, your clients, potential customers, readers, people who you don’t even know yet but you would like to know.Become a beacon of enhancement and then when the night is gray, all of the boats will  move towards you, bringing their bountiful riches.

Don’t believe me. Stay with a boss that hates you. A job that is keeping  you locked on a chain around your neck, tantalizing you with incremental increases in pay and job title. Stay in a culture that is quietly replacing the entire middle class. This is not anyone’s fault. This is the tectonic plates of economics destroying an entire suburban culture that has lasted for almost 100 years.

Until you choose yourself for success, and all that choice entails, you will be locked into the prison. You will stare into your lover’s eyes looking for a sign that he or she loves you back. But slowly the lights will  fade, the warmth of another body will grow cold, and you will go to sleep dreamless in the dark once again.

I am not going to street with Kalashnikovs’:


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‘I’m not the one going into the streets with stones and Kalashnikovs’: Charlie Hebdo editor rejects responsibility for violence over naked Mohammad cartoons

Has the whole world gone mad? Why is this even a question?

Let’s say you call me a racist, bigoted Islamophobe.

I am deeply insulted. At that moment I have a huge range of options before me.

I can calmly explain to you that Islamic supremacism is not a race, fighting for free speech and equality of rights for all is not bigotry, and “Islamophobia” is a manipulative concept used by the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies to stifle resistance to Islamic supremacism and jihad.

Or I can start yelling and calling you names. Or I can start muttering into my vodka tonic about the injustice of it all.

Or I can murder you, drag your body through the streets, set fire to your embassy, and demand laws against insulting me. Or I can do any number of other things.

Which one will I choose? It’s up to me, not to you.

You might have a strong hunch as to how I will react, and say to your companion, “That Spencer, he is going to come out with another windy, closely reasoned refutation of my charges that everyone will ignore,” or “That Spencer, he is going to burn down my embassy,” but you still can’t be absolutely sure what I am going to do, because I am not an automaton, I am a human being endowed with the faculty of reason, and I may always choose to react in a way that will surprise you.

Or I may not. But in any case, it is up to me. If I kill you, there is absolutely no justifiable basis on which anyone could say, “Well, he had it coming. Look how he provoked him.” My choice was my own, and only I bear responsibility for it.

But today that basic and elemental truth is lost. If Muslims rage, riot and murder for any reason, they bear no responsibility.

The only ones who bear any responsibility for their raging, rioting and murdering are the non-Muslims who somehow provoked them by stating Truth about pedophile cult leader.

That I have to take the time to explain this at all, and that it will be universally ignored, is an indication of how much our public discourse has degenerated.

The road is being swiftly paved for the destruction of the freedom of speech. When,

in another year or so, I am safely imprisoned for daring to speak the truth and a new era of peace has dawned between the West and the Islamic world,

and yet the jihad keeps coming, and the full implications of the new “hate speech” laws start to become clear in the quashing of all political dissent, don’t say you weren’t warned.

Of course, maybe none of that will happen, and the freedom of speech will suddenly sport a thousand articulate defenders who have not yet been completely demonized and marginalized out of the public square.

But I don’t see them on the horizon right now.

“‘I’m not the one going into the streets with stones and Kalashnikovs’: Charlie Hebdo editor rejects responsibility for violence over naked Mohammad cartoons,”

The editor of French magazine Charlie Hebdo has said that when his magazine ridiculed the Mohammad on Wednesday by portraying him naked in cartoons, he and his organization were not responsible for fuelling the anger of Muslims around the world who are already incensed by a video depicting him as a lecherous fool.

The editor, Stephane Charbonnier, also known as Charb, rejected criticism. “We have the impression that it’s officially allowed for Charlie Hebdo to attack the Catholic far-right but we cannot poke fun at fundamental Islamists,” he said.

“It shows the climate. Everyone is driven by fear, and that is exactly what this small handful of extremists who do not represent anyone want: to make everyone afraid, to shut us all in a cave,” he told Reuters.

“Muhammad isn’t sacred to me,” he said in an interview at the weekly’s offices on the northeast edge of Paris. “I don’t blame Muslims for not laughing at our drawings. I live under French law; I don’t live under Koranic law.”

Charbonnier said he had no regrets and felt no responsibility for any violence.

“I’m not the one going into the streets with stones and Kalashnikovs,” he said. “We’ve had 1,000 issues and only three problems, all after front pages about radical Islam.”

One cartoon alluded to the scandal over a French magazine’s publication of topless photos of the wife of Britain’s Prince William.

It showed a bare female torso topped by a beard with the caption “Riots in Arab countries after photos of Mrs Mohammad are published”….

“We know that these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory. But we’ve spoken repeatedly about the importance of upholding the freedom of expression that is enshrined in our constitution,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

“In other words, we don’t question the right of something like this to be published, we just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it.”…

That’s the first step.

Why are Jews so powerful?


for your eyes,

UNBELIEVABLE AND WRITTEN BY A MUSLIM

It sure makes interesting reading… particularly coming from a Pakistani official.

By: Dr Farrukh Saleem

The writer is the Pakistani Executive Director of the Center for Research and Security Studies, a think tank established in 2007, and an Islamabad-based freelance columnist.

Why are Jews so powerful?

There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in
Africa. For every single Jew in the world there are
100 Muslims.

Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful
than all the Muslims put together.
Ever wondered why?

Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish.
Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and
TIME magazine‘s ‘Person of the Century’, was a Jew.

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew.
So were Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.

Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output
has enriched the whole humanity:

Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle.
Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine.
Albert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine.
Gertrude Elion gave us a leukemia fighting drug.
Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B.

Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis.
Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases.
Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission.
Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology.
Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy.

Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill.
George Wald won a Nobel for our understanding of the human eye.
Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology.
Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.

Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion
Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).
Why are Jews so powerful?
Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip.
Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor;
Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable;
Charles Adler, traffic lights;
Benno Strauss, Stainless steel;
Isador Kisee, sound movies;
Emile Berliner, telephone microphone;
Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.

Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include
Ralph Lauren (Polo),
Levis Strauss (Levi’s Jeans),
Howard Schultz (Starbuck’s) ,
Sergey Brin (Google),
Michael Dell (Dell Computers),
Larry Ellison (Oracle),
Donna Karan (DKNY),
Irv Robbins (Baskins & Robbins) and
Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (Fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman (US Senator), Madeleine Albright (American secretary of state), Casper
Weinberger (American secretary of defense), Maxim Litvinov ( USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal ( Singapore ‘s first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia ), Benjamin
Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Goldwater (US Senator), Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal ), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home
secretary), Bruno Kreisky (chancellor of Austria ) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).

In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer (CNN), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer (Washington Post), Henry Grunwald
(editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post), Joseph Lelyveld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).

The most beneficent philanthropist in the history of the world is George Soros, a Jew, who has so far donated a colossal $4 billion most of which has gone as aid to scientists and universities around the world.

Second to George Soros is Walter Annenberg, another Jew, who has built a hundred libraries by donating an estimated $2 billion.

At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by winning seven gold medals; Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist.
Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker (Tennis) are all Jewish.

Did you know that Harrison Ford, (A born jew converted to Hinduisum )
George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman,
Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Goldie Hawn, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and
Peter Falk are all Jewish?

As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone,
Aaron Spelling ( Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky andHutch), Milos
Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief of Baghdad ) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish.

So, why are Jews so powerful?

Answer : EDUCATION
Why are Muslims so powerless?

There are an estimated 1,476,233,470 Muslims on the face of the planet: one billion in Asia, 400 million in Africa, 44 million in Europe and six million in the Americas . Every fifth human being is a Muslim; for every single Hindu there are two Muslims, for every Buddhist there are two Muslims and for every Jew there are one hundred Muslims.

Ever wondered why Muslims are so powerless?
Here is why: There are 57 member-countries of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), and all of them put together have around
500 universities; one university for every three million Muslims. The United States has 5,758 universities and India has 8,407.

In 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong University compiled an ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities‘ , and intriguingly, not one university
from Muslim-majority states was in the top-500.

As per data collected by the UNDP, literacy in the Christian world stands at nearly 90 per cent and 15 Christian-majority states have a literacy rate of 100 per cent.

A Muslim-majority state, as a sharp contrast, has an average literacy rate of around 40 per cent and there is no Muslim-majority state with
a literacy rate of 100 per cent.

Some 98 per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Christian world had completed primary school, while less than 50 per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Muslim world did the same.

Around 40 per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Christian world attended university while no more than two per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Muslim world did the same.

Muslim-majority countries have 230 scientists per one million Muslims. The US has 4,000 scientists per million and Japan has 5,000 per million.
In the entire Arab world, the total number of full-time researchers is 35,000 and there are only 50 technicians per one million Arabs. (in the Christian world there are up to 1,000 technicians per one million).

Furthermore, the Muslim world spends 0.2 per cent of its GDP on research and development, while the Christian world spends around five per cent of its GDP.

Conclusion: The Muslim world lacks the capacity to produce knowledge!

Daily newspapers per 1,000 people and number of book titles per million are two indicators of whether knowledge is being diffused in a society.

In Pakistan, there are 23 daily newspapers per 1,000 Pakistanis while the same ratio in Singapore is 360. In the UK , the number of book
titles per million stands at 2,000 while the same in Egypt is 20.

Conclusion: The Muslim world is failing to diffuse knowledge.

Exports of high technology products as a percentage of total exports are an important indicator of knowledge application. Pakistan ‘s export of high technology products as a percentage of total exports stands at one per cent. The same for Saudi Arabia is 0.3 per cent; Kuwait, Morocco, and Algeria are all at 0.3 per cent, while Singapore is at 58 per cent.

Conclusion: The Muslim world is failing to apply knowledge.

Why are Muslims powerless?

…..Because we aren’t producing knowledge,
…..Because we aren’t diffusing knowledge.,
…..Because we aren’t applying knowledge.

And, the future belongs to knowledge-based societies.

Interestingly, the combined annual GDP of 57 OIC-countries is under $2 trillion.
America, just by herself, produces goods and services worth $12 trillion;
China $8 trillion,
Japan $3.8 trillion and
Germany $2.4 trillion (purchasing power parity basis).

Oil rich Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar collectively produce goods and services (mostly oil) worth $500 billion;
Spain alone produces goods and services worth over $1 trillion,
Catholic Poland $489 billion and
Buddhist Thailand $545 billion.

….. (Muslim GDP as a percentage of world GDP is fast declining).
So, why are Muslims so powerless?

Answer: Lack of education.

All we do is shout to Allah the whole day !!! and blame everyone else for our multiple failures!!!!!

Pakistan on the Brink by Ahmed Rashid: review


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/9214669/Pakistan-on-the-Brink-by-Ahmed-Rashid-review.html

Pakistan on the Brink by Ahmed Rashid: review

By Duncan Gardham Last Updated: 12:26PM BST 23/04/2012
Ahmed Rashid’s new books reveals a Pakistan crippled by poor leadership, says Duncan Gardham

As Britain desperately tries to rescue some pride from its imminent withdrawal from Afghanistan, the best-case scenario may be that we leave behind a less stable and more corrupt version of Pakistan.

The vision of that country painted by Ahmed Rashid, one of the leading analysts of the “Af-Pak” relationship, is not an encouraging one. “Pakistan is now considered the most fragile place in the world… It is the most unstable country and the most vulnerable to terrorist violence, political change or economic collapse,” he writes in his latest book, Pakistan on the Brink.

While it is not yet a failed state, Rashid admits that its multiple long-term and short-term problems seem “insurmountable by the present military and civilian leadership”.

Among the myriad problems are the corrupt and rundown bureaucracy, judiciary and police force and an elite that “lacks all sense of responsibility towards the public, refuses to pay taxes and is immeasurably corrupt”. There is no drinking water for a third of the population, no electricity for up to 16 hours a day and half the school-age children do not go to school, meaning “young men face a future of little promise and are ready to sign on to jihad”.

The judiciary is a “broken instrument incapable of handing down judgments to the real criminals” and retired intelligence officers spread conspiracy theories and blame America on a plethora of high-octane chat shows.

Meanwhile, the West cannot afford to continue the fight in Afghanistan and the question is, in the words of one anonymous Western ambassador, “will there be an Afghan army and civil service to take over when we leave, or will we just switch off the lights?”

Even if you’re optimistic the Afghan state will still be a “basket case” dependent on receiving more than $8 billion (£5 bn) in aid each year, Rashid points out.

Pakistan is not much better, having sought bail-outs from the IMF 11 times since 1988 and completed just one of their programmes (under General Pervez Musharraf in 2001) and remaining dependent on $4.8 billion (£3 bn) in foreign assistance. Debt servicing and defence take up 60 per cent of the Pakistani budget and growth was just 2.6 per cent last year, compared with around 7 per cent next door in India.

Pakistan on the Brink follows on from where Descent into Chaos (2008) – on David Cameron’s summer reading list for his shadow cabinet – left off. It provides a much-needed update on what has happened in Afghanistan and Pakistan over the past four years, particularly the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the rapid breakdown of the US relationship with Pakistan and attempts to make peace with the Taliban.

Rashid is as critical of President Barack Obama’s approach to Afghanistan as he was of President George W Bush in his last book. It was clear that the US gambled on Hamid Karzai losing the 2009 presidential elections and by the time he won, the relationship had disintegrated almost beyond repair.

“Handling a wary president preoccupied with keeping his own head requires a personal touch,” Rashid says of his old friend, before adding that “Karzai was his own worst enemy” who failed to accept that corruption undermined his legitimacy.

The problem is that the leadership in Pakistan is no better. “For too long the military and the political parties have neglected their one single task, which is to make life better for their people,” he concludes.

Rashid’s thesis is that the military is in the driving seat, deciding policy, in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, to the detriment of both nations. That ignores the theory that the military is, in the words of one analyst, “the only institution that really works in Pakistan”, as well as Nato’s Herculean efforts in Afghanistan.

Nevertheless, if Pakistan follows its present chosen path – a “paranoid insecure” state which uses “extremists and diplomatic blackmail” – it will, he warns, “lose everything in Afghanistan”.

This excellent book summarises the challenges faced by both countries – although the solutions are difficult to see. A former Daily Telegraph correspondent in Pakistan, Rashid has an eye for the big picture as well as a journalist’s nose for detail.

Pakistan has enormous latent goodwill and expertise in a generation of young Britons with their roots in Pakistan. Like their neighbours across the Khyber Pass, they have spectacular natural beauty, plentiful natural resources, a strategic position for trade, an evocative history and a people with eyes that sparkle with untapped potential – if only their leaders had more vision.

Pakistan on the Brink: the Future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West

by Ahmed Rashid

256pp, Allen Lane, £18 (plus £1.25 P&P) Buy now from Telegraph Books (RRP £20, ebook £20)

Top ten By: Jay Leno


1. The US has made a new weapon that destroys people but keeps the
building standing,. It’s called the stock market – *Jay Leno
*
2. Do you have any idea how cheap stocks are ?? Wall Street is now being
called Wal Mart Street- *Jay Leno
*
3. The difference between a pigeon and a London investment banker . *The
pigeon can still make a deposit on a BMW
*
4. What’s the difference between a guy who lost everything in Las Vegas
and an investment banker ? *A tie
*
5. The problem with investment bank balance sheet is that *on the left side
nothing’s right and on the right side nothing’s left.

*6. I want to warn people from Nigeria who might be watching our show, if
you get any e mails from Washington asking for money, it’s a scam. Don’t
fall for it – *Jay Leno
*
7. Bush was asked about the credit crunch. He said it was his favorite
candy bar -* Jay Leno
*
8. The rescue bill was about 450 pages. President Obama’s copy is even
thicker. They had to include pictures. *Jay Leno*

9. President Obama’s response was to support some small business owners in
America. The small business owners are General Motors, General Electric and
Century 21. – *Jay Leno
*
10. What worries me most about the credit crunch, is that if one of my
checks is returned stamped ‘insufficient funds’. * I won’t know whether
that refers to mine or the bank’s.*

*NEW STOCK MARKET TERMS
*
*CEO* –Chief Embezzlement Officer.

*CFO* — Corporate Fraud Officer.

*BULL MARKET* — A random market movement causing an investor to mistake
himself for a financial genius.

*BEAR MARKET* — A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the
wife gets no jewelry.

*VALUE INVESTING* — The art of buying low and selling lower.

*P/E RATIO* — The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the
market keeps crashing.

*BROKER* — What my broker has made me.

*STANDARD & POOR* — Your life in a nutshell.

*STOCK ANALYST* — Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

*STOCK SPLIT* — When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally
between themselves.

*FINANCIAL PLANNER* — A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

*MARKET CORRECTION* — The day after you buy stocks.

*CASH FLOW*– The movement your money makes as it disappears down the
toilet.

*YAHOO* — What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per
share.

*WINDOWS* — What you jump out of when you’re the sucker who bought Yahoo @
$240 per share.

*INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR* — Past year investor who’s now locked up in a
nuthouse.

*PROFIT* — An archaic word no longer in use

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The Outsourcing Bogeyman. Myth.


http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/bhagwati16/English

The Outsourcing Bogeyman

NEW YORK – Outsourcing of services has been a persistent cause of panic and protectionism in recent years, especially in the United States since the 2004 presidential election. Back then, the Democratic candidate, Senator John Kerry, upon hearing that digital x-rays had been outsourced from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for examination by radiologists in India, denounced firms that outsourced as Benedict Arnolds, the most infamous traitor in US history.
Kerry’s misstep was followed by alarm over outsourcing across the West. If free trade is to regain the support of statesmen who now hesitate over liberalizing trade with developing countries, the myths that turn outsourcing into an epithet must be countered.
Myth 1: Outsourcing will be like a tsunami. While even a shrewd economist like the former US Federal Reserve Board member Alan Blinder thought this, it is not likely for several reasons, both “natural” and manmade. Consider just two.
First, it is simply not possible to outsource everything. For example, the fact that I can call someone in Bangalore to tell me how to fix a computer problem presupposes that I can understand her instructions. I tried this with a Dell computer and gave up after repeated attempts. I was so desperate that I asked Michael Dell, whom I met at the World Economic Forum in Davos, for a replacement.
That is a remedy unavailable to others, of course. So Dell has now given up relying on call centers. Besides, many “electronic plumbers” have emerged who will come to your computer and fix the problem while you while away the hours working where your competence lies.
Second, there are manmade restrictions to outsourcing particular types of expertise: professional organizations often intervene to kill outsourcing simply by requiring credentials that only they can provide. Thus, foreign radiologists need US certification before they are allowed to read the x-rays sent from the US. Until recently, only two foreign firms qualified.
Myth 2: Outsourcing will be only from rich to poor. There is a lot of two-way trade in manufactures, even within a single industry. Economists call it “intra-industry” trade. But when it comes to services, the popular fear is that outsourcing will go in only one direction. This fear is baseless.
 Indeed, there has been substantial growth in “reverse outsourcing,” i.e., “insourcing.” Indian firms like Infosys and Wipro, giants in the information-technology sector, are now looking for cutting-edge services and high-grade talent as they compete for local markets such as the US. At IQor, the hugely successful outsourcing entrepreneur Vikas Kapoor now has 12 US locations, which account for half of its 11,000 employees.
Myth 3: Outsourcing costs jobs. A standard argument used by US Democrats against Republican business CEOs who were running for Congress last year was that they had exported US jobs. Senator Barbara Boxer railed continually against Carly Fiorina, a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, that she had exported 35,000 jobs. The obvious reply should have been: “Yes, I outsourced 30,000 jobs. But, if I had not, HP would have become uncompetitive in fiercely competitive markets, and I would have lost 100,000 jobs.”
Another “jobs fallacy” is that when a job disappears in a Western country and turns up in India, it must have been “exported” by nefarious businessmen. But, in many cases, the job has simply become uneconomic to maintain in the West, regardless of whether or not India exists.
 If it costs a US nursing home $2 per call to get someone to remind a patient to take her medicine, the job of providing such reminders will disappear. But if Indians can make the call for $0.25, the nursing home might well sign on. This would make its patients healthier, drug makers more profitable, and India better off, because employment increases.
In short, everyone wins from outsourcing of services. Alas, few understand this.

Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics and Law at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, was Co-Chair of the High-Level Trade Experts Group appointed by the British, German, Indonesian, and Turkish governments.
 Copyright: Projec

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