Are we benefiting from this annual shindig? If not, why are we there?
I was away for 18 days on a journey of rediscovering places in India and abroad. I was simply left wondering what man could do with his intelligence and genius for his comfort and enjoyment. I intend to share my personal views and experiences on this journey with you later but for now let me write about Davos, assumed to be the destination for those countries who wish to change their economic destiny.
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum (WEF) began its four-day annual shindig, until January 24 at Davos, Switzerland. It is an unlikely mix of industrial giants, business tycoons, bankers — ‘Hawala dealers,’ patron bankers of black money from, specially, third-world countries, heads of States and Prime Ministers, venture capitalists, Nobel Prize-winning economists (to confuse the deliberation!), even pop-stars (to play the music of money into their ears!), media Mughals and journalists as agents for the do-gooders who call themselves as NGOs helping the governments to implement their projects and being the enhancers of our netas’ personality.
India’s former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda was a lucky person to have attended Davos and we as Kannadigas felt proud too. This time special attention was paid to the special appearance of Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, and the failed US Presidential candidate Al Gore, former US Vice-President who was, however, given a ‘consolation prize,’ Nobel Prize for Peace for his work on environment and climate change along with Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, an Indian.
As for the pop-star, there was that American Pharrell Williams, who wrote the controversial hit song Blurred Lines, who spoke on climate change. Now he must go back and write another hit song ‘Blurred Views’ and benefit from his visit to Davos !
The WEF was sired by Klaus Schwab, a German academician, t...more