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Why MAGGI bashing is both stupid & dangerous!

So Maggi is in a spot of a trouble in India. Will this phase pass? Surely. Was the Maggi bashing I witnessed warranted? Absolutely not! In fact I think its plain stupid to go after Maggi. Plus dangerous too!

Why?
The 'stupid' part first. I am not too sure I want to trust a state government's 'testing' competencies over Nestle's global practices. Two, do we know anything about the sample batch that was tested with high MSG? Was it really a Nestle issue or a retailer one? Again, how good are government labs at testing? Nestle India raises this issue. There's of course the canard of MNCs taking things 'easy' in India. That's pure bunkum. In fact MNCs aren't stupid enough to take a 'growth' market for granted. Plus it isn't just consumers MNCs (and other businesses) are worried about. They fret over competition too. Remember Adam Smith? 
'It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our d…

Is the Tata Nano GenX a winner?

Do I like the new Tata Nano GenX? Yep, I do. I've written before about how the Nano did a poor design and image job, and why marketers need to sell the Nano and not engineers. Much of my griping seems to have been taken care of by the new Nano GenX. So could it be a winner? Some think so, but I'm still cautious.

Why?

'Cos there is an absolute and a relative perspective to evaluating consumer solutions. The absolute part kicks in when consumers judge a brand for what's its giving them. So for the Nano GenX, consumers first ask questions like, does it look cool, is it spacious, how much does it cost, is it safe, and so on. Then the 'relative' perspective kicks in. So consumers say, now that the Nano GenX works for me, does it match up to other brands that could also work for me?

Here's where I worry.

At the current price point, consumers will consider other brands at slightly higher price-points. They will judge the price-versus-value delivery on competing br…

Why Christianity is on the decline in America

In truth, the decline of American religious practice can be traced not to the intransigence of America’s religious institutions, but to their desperate attempts to “reach out” to young people by forsaking key values. Values alienate. Behavioral requirements alienate. Talk about sin alienates. Talk about heaven and hell alienates. And so religious institutions decided not to focus on such uncomfortable but eternal truths in order to fill pews. Major religious institutions across the United States decided that it would be more effective to draw constituents with honey rather than vinegar – forgetting, of course, that religion isn’t either. Religion is fine wine: it may taste bitter when it first hits the tongue, but it is rich, sweet, and beautiful when you know what you’re drinking. Religion without standards iskumbaya happy talk, requiring neither God nor church.

Churches, in an effort to avoid losing government-guaranteed tax-exempt status, stopped speaking out about secular assaults …