[agathiyar] Pursuing Transparency Relentlessly
- Anbulla Innaiya Nanbargale,
Another result of our transparency pursuit (thanks to LA Swaminathan's humour
that broke the camel's back of my mind to declare "Enough is Enough" and the
other straws from many Tamil Innaiyam members prior to that), was us finding
out that Prakash and Prof Anandakrishnan were to be in LA to pitch to
on Sunday Aug 29 (invitation notice attached).
I took the opportunity to ask some questions through an old-time Thamil
Innaiyam envoy. I understand that an answer to questions below is on its
very much appreciate Prof Anandakrishnan and Prakash's detachedness from pain
and pleasure in being man enough to answer the questions that count. Their
inclination in this instance, to be in concord with fundamental Thamil
panpaadu, deserves respect.
Awaiting your promised response, Prakash and Prof Anandakrishnan. If we
transparency together we will reign supreme and we will be a model for
opacity is imposed upon us, we will still reign supreme in the end. I have no
doubt that the neelam of truth that Thamil Innaiyam, like a pearl in an oyster
essences, will, through the laws of osmosis prevail through this borderless
mind beaker. As opiating as opacity is, truth, once one has tasted enough of
it, is orgasmic and the pursuit of it even more so. If the cholesterol of
opacity is imposed upon our minds, our destiny will take heaps longer, cost
heaps more and have our paths to be paved with lots more thorns - that's all.
> Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 01:45:27 +1000
> To: <deleted>
> From: Bala Pillai
> Subject: Questions For Prakash/Anandakrishnan Tomorrow
> Anbulla <deleted>
> Please ask the questions as verbatim as possible after stating that you are
> asking on my behalf. Incidentally if I was attending a press conference on
> behalf of Reuters, these are the questions I'd ask too. Took me a good long
> while to phrase this as they are, so please don't let me down. Don't worry
> about their reputations being tarnished etc - truth is truth. Dawn ONLY
> after dark. Avoid the dark, and we are avoiding organically preordained dawnsteps to
> as well. Confront the dark and dawn will come automatically.
> Thanks in advance.
> Questions on behalf of Bala Pillai, Founder Thamil Innaiyam (since 1995) &
> Chairman, The Asia Pacific Internet Company, Sydney, Australia
> <bala@...> <<http://www.apic.net/>http://www.apic.net>
> Questions for Prakash and/or Prof Anandakrishnan
> 1) Silicon Valley is successful because compared to Tamilnadu, the Internet
> culture is entrenched. Decisions are made faster. Business enterprise
> infrastructure components like:-
> a) Company Registration Companies
> b) Credit Reference Providors
> c) Head-Hunting Companies
> d) Financial Institutions
> e) Stock Brokers/Venture Capitalists
> f) and many more
> respond to email requests for information quickly. As well many take
> preempt email inquiries by having websites where Public & Customer Relationsthis
> experts are the direction setters instead of computer technicians.
> We do not see an acknowledgement that Internet culture exists by bodies such
> as yourself in Tamilnadu. We notice even a resistance to work with foreign
> Tamils who are immersed in the Internet culture. Even with some whom are
> recognised and applauded as pioneers in the Asian and global Internet
> community. Most emails sent to bodies in your purview are ignored. Given
> background:-quickly is
> 1) Do you believe in the power of email?
> 2) Do you believe in active Internet communications with public stakeholders
> and prospective stakeholders?
> 3) What steps are you taking to have emails responded to within 24 hours?
> 4) Would you agree that the biggest impediment to answering emails
> the absence of an organisational climate that encourages transparency? ATransparency
> climate that empowers staff to take risks and improve their interpersonal
> communication skills. That it is these unlearning and learning to learn
> skills NOT tools that are paramount? What specific steps,if any, is the
> Tamilnadu government and the relevant parties that affect venture
> capitalists, doing to address the A-Z of transparency?
> 5) According to Transparency International, India is rated 66th out of 85
> countries below countries like China, Zambia and Botswana in the
> Index. When is it your target to have Tamilnadu to be equivalent to the Topcross
> 20 in the Transparency Index?
> 6) What guarantees can the government give that commercial-in-confidence
> ideas and consulting provided by prospective stakeholders will not be stolen
> and used by others? Will it sign legally binding non-disclosure agreements?
> Is the government willing to pay for consulting services to prepare itself
> fully for investors? If it can't pay, how does the government intend to
> the learning hurdle?Proposal?
> Questions for Prof Anandakrishnan
> 7) Can you give us some specifics on Tamilnadu's plans for a Tamil Virtual
> i) Do you have a fact sheet for the project?
> ii) We understand from reliable sources in Tamilnadu, that the main initial
> target is Diaspora Tamils. Can you confirm this?
> iii)Has the government consulted with the leading Tamil online communities
> like Thamil Innaiyam in putting together a mandate or a Request For
> If yes, who specifically and if no, why not? Does the government believe inNote: Timezone differences between Sydney and LA has the date of my email to
> online communities enough to use them or not? Can you provide specific proof
> of your usage of online communities?
> iv) What specific $ and other resources has the Tamilnadu government
> allocated for this project for Year One and consequent years?
> v) How cognisant is the Tamil Virtual University committee, of the range of
> interactive and community Internet resources available on the Internet? We
> understand that you are not. Given that, are you going to engage Tamil
> experts who may be able to help you? Or will you be continuing what you did
> with the Tamil font encoding standard fiasco which is an open secret in the
> Tamil Internet community? You refuse to take good consensuses since they are
> not made in Tamilnadu and you do token appeasement of Diaspora Tamils for
> Public Relations reasons. What steps are you going to take to get back to
> Square Zero from minus ground in the Credibility arena with the Diaspora
> Tamil community? Or do you care?
>I would like to cordially invite you to a meeting with two distinguished
>individuals who are visiting the Bay area during the end of this month.
>Mr. Prakash Damodaran, the IT Secretary to the TamilNadu Government, will
>discuss "Opportunities for IT investments in TamilNadu ".
>Dr. M. Anandakrishnan, Vice-Chairman, State Council for Higher Education,
>will talk about "Indian languages in Computers and Internet".
>This meeting is targeted at IT Professionals and entrepreneurs in the Bay
>Area who are interested in IT related activities in TamilNadu and those who
>may wish to know the current scope of investments and collaborations there.
>The speakers will be available for further individual discussions.
>Date: August 29,1999. (Sunday)
>Time: 3:30 - 5:30 P.M.
>Venue: Embassy Suites Milpitas
> 901 E Calaveras Blvd
> Milpitas, CA 95035 US
> Ph: 408-942-0400
>(There is a cover charge of $5.00)
>Please forward this message to other individuals who you think may be
>interested in this meeting.
appear to be after the meeting. In reality it was obviously sent before the
- Anbulla Innaiya Nanbargale,
Below is Prof Anandakrishnan's response to my questions. The clued-on amongst
us -- and like in Copernican flat-earth times, it may or may not be the
majority -- will realise that against thunuchaaraigal, the paaluti way, is the
way to go.
Thanks for responding Prof Anandakrishnan. From your responses and Patrick's
responses and in the breast of George Bernard Shaw's "he who knows not what he
knows not....." maxim, there is much more clarity now as to which horse we
should allocate what mind resources to. Thathuvarayan's Free Tamil University
here I come!! TVU - less from me but still lots more than what Thamil Innaiyam
gets from you folks.
I wish to respond as frankly as possible to the points raised by Mr.Bala
in his communication to you. As you know that having spent half my
life of 50 years in USA and for United Nations I understand fully the value of
free exchange of views and thoughts on public issues. Sometimes one has to
with filippant comments. Since I respect the spirit and intent of
I wish to give my comments purely in my personal capacity.
<<Questions for Prakash and/or Prof Anandakrishnan
1) Silicon Valley is successful because compared to Tamilnadu, the Internet
culture is entrenched. Decisions are made faster. Business enterprise
infrastructure components like:-
a) Company Registration Companies
b) Credit Reference Providors
c) Head-Hunting Companies
d) Financial Institutions
e) Stock Brokers/Venture Capital
f) and many more
respond to email requests for information quickly. As well many take steps to
preempt email inquiries by having websites where Public & Customer Relations
experts are the direction setters instead of computer technicians.
We do not see an acknowledgement that Internet culture exists by bodies
such as yourself in Tamilnadu. We notice even a resistance to work with
Tamils who are immersed in the Internet culture. Even with some whom are
recognised and applauded as pioneers in the Asian and global Internet
community. Most emails sent to bodies in your purview are ignored. >>
The assumptions underlying the above statement is unfortunately not valid at
least as far as the persons who have been involved in recent efforts relating
to Tamil and and internet including Tamil Virtual University. In fact the
Internet Culture has spread at a far greater speed in Tamil Nadu than it is
understood by the above assumptions. This is in spite of great many technical
handicaps in accessing and use internet facilities in India. People in Western
Countries do not seem to understand this. We will overcome this sooner or
later. But for now the tardiness in internet behaviour is not cultural but
technical. I do not discount the fact that there are persons in every part of
the world who show resistance to to communicate with persons whom they have
known in some way or the other. This again is basic human trait in some and
cultural. The fact that so many Web Journals have appeared in Tamil and so
web sites have come out for communication is a testimony to this. Otherwise I
will not be writing to you now.
<<Questions for Prof Anandakrishnan
7) Can you give us some specifics on Tamilnadu's plans for a Tamil Virtual
i) Do you have a fact sheet for the project?
ii) We understand from reliable sources in Tamilnadu, that the main initial
target is Diaspora Tamils. Can you confirm this?
iii)Has the government consulted with the leading Tamil online communities
like Thamil Innaiyam in putting together a mandate or a Request For Proposal?
yes, who specifically and if no, why not? Does the government believe in
online communities enought to use them or not? Can you provide specific proof
of your usage of online communities?
iv) What specific $ and other resources has the Tamilnadu government allocated
for this project for Year One and consequent years?
v) How cognisant is the Tamil Virtual University committee, of the range of
interactive and community Internet resources available on the Internet? We
understand that you are not. Given that, are you going to engage Tamil experts
who may be able to help you? Or will you be continuing what you did with the
Tamil font encoding standard fiasco which is an open secret in the Tamil
Internet community. You refuse to take good ideas since they are not made in
Tamilnadu and you do token appeasement of Diaspora Tamils for Public Relations
reasons? What steps are you going to take to get back to Square Zero from
ground in the Credibility arena with the Diaspora Tamil Internet community? Or
do you care?>>
I have sent you a small note on TVU. It is not meant only for Diaspora.
on Internet can be only for anybody. The contents may have some orientation
towards the demand structure that will again be evolving.
Regarding on line consultations, it is best done when some basic document is
ready in a forum where constructive and structured discussions can take place.
I find in my long experience that discussions based on catch words can damage
even the best idea.
The resources to be made available by Govt. of Tamil Nadu will depend upon
the VCK committee comes out with the capital and operating expenses. It is not
going to be govt. activity. They will perhaps support any convincing proposal.
I do not wish to comment on the last para except to state that the very
premises of the question is unfair to say the least. I only wish to point out
that because one had the benefit of comfort and convenience of western world
that they are the masters of all the wisdom in relation to their poor cousins
who struggle it out in their homeland and that their point of view should be
ignored. But I only wish to sate that I do care; but do not know for how long
since my age is showing up.