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Old 8th January 2009, 04:38   #106
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TrueDreamer, bravo! Wonderful post. I appreciate it very much indeed!

And I can't agree more with you over our amateurish media always on constant prowl looking out for sensational stuff, rage & flame it further with emotions and speculations. Maybe they are not to be blamed in isolation. You & I and all of us are the audience. The consumers; the customers. We have stooped too down in this consumerism hysteria especially in the last decade or two. As a consequence we are doled out what we have consciously chosen to prefer. At least the majority of the consumers. But then when the alarm bells are sounded (history repeats itself for those who do not believe in history!) we immediately look for scapegoats and advocate extreme methods of punishment on instant public judgement of the guilty whilst the left half of the brain (or is it the other half?) sleeps blissfully.


Let there be an investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, lets stop to brood over it and look inwards into ourselves. Are we responsible in some way for what is happening around us? Are we even the cause for what is happening around us? Do we turn a blind eye when investment fetches handsome returns?

Lets emerge stronger and use the incident as an effective lesson learned and act socially & ethically or more socially & more ethically not only at work but everywhere. For example, on the roads (right place to post this! ). Personally, I would hold off any judgement until all facts are brought to light. Good night!
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Old 8th January 2009, 07:59   #107
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What i meant was regular employees will have absolutely no clue what is happening at the Board level and this would be same across any company.

So whatever fraud has happened it was at a board level and poor employees have to bear the brunt of it.

Let's see how many employees are finally left once the dust settles from the proclaimed 53K
My Bad...i thought you meant the board had no idea . Guess the only thing to do right now is to ride out the wave (tiger)
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Old 8th January 2009, 08:05   #108
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Good luck to all SATYAM employees, management, investors and all those who are directly or indirectly linked to SATYAM and i pray for a better solution of all of them including Mr. Raju.

P.S: I do not work for SATYAM and i am in no way linked to Satyam.
The Silent One finally speaks! Good pointers mate.
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Old 8th January 2009, 08:08   #109
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I was shocked to see the news 'inflated' by media in the print today.
I didn't expect much ethics from TV but the local print media here in AP is making too much of an issue than what it is actually.

1. During these times , it is the responsibility of everyone (and more of media) to see that loss and damage due to rumors and speculations is as little as possible , for enough has already been done till now.

2.Media is canvassing a scam of 5000 crores and speculating another 10,000 odd by maytas-- utter nonsense. The local media here seems to have found this as nice opportunity to torture the govn. There are more articles on Govt vs Maytas projects than on what has actually happened to Satyam.

3.Sure, the satyam incident might setback Maytas operations but considering that possibility preventive actions must be taken either by Govt. or corporate india. What use is it to speculate and campaign that Maytas too is a scam? That will simply pull down shares of realty and create more loss. Speculations and rumours burn more money than actual actions .
3.Why should only Mr. Raju be highlighted. Just because he has undersigned the papers that revealed the satyam meltdown, it doesn't mean he alone has masterminded the entire thing.It's only that everything has been done with his approval as he held the chair of co. There would be more behind the screens.

4.Where from came the false bank statements that showed inflated cash reserve. Don't expect to hear that Mr.Raju & co has forged them to convince the auditor. Didn't the bankers have some role in it?And why didn't the Govt. yet issue a notice to PWC?

5.Ok, if satyam has tried to cheat , why did everyone get cheated? Is it not our responsibility to check the truth about claims made by other person before we trust them? The government has given crores and crores of land to Satyam and now that the facts have come up, it is ordering a probe as to what has happened . This is just to hide its face and divert attention. Why couldn't government keep strong tabs on the firms operating from its land?

As long as the systems don't improve their blind trust policies , these kind of incidents are prone to happen in future too.

I sincerely hope and pray things will improve in the next few weeks for way too many lives are at stake.
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Old 8th January 2009, 09:06   #110
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I am not generalising..but just my observation..

during my stint in taking tech interviews for another company, 90% of the folks from Andhra had always cooked up resumes.

Never seen such a trend from other folks..so that being said..when Mr Raju decided to do some fraud like this does not even surprise me!!!
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In the Raju's letter it was written than no director or member of board or anybody had information regarding inflated profits.

Do Raju did all bookkeeping for Satyam? So absolutely no one has information regarding this.

I am one of the investor in Satyam's Shares. Just day before yesterday I was in profit. Now it is in deep red.
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Dear Whenasked,

The rider ridden statement of yours stills conveys and links that Techies from Andhra(90% per YOU!!) are not geniune and so is Ramalinga Raju.

I too can make a similiar statement which is not in good flavour!

I do not want to use this forum or divert from the core topic here but request you not to vitiate the forum's objective of healthy discussion to all the topics we involve in.

Just my 2 Cents!!
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Old 8th January 2009, 09:51   #113
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I think govt should step in and see to it that something is done soon and get the company back in shape.
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Why should the government step in to rescue the company?

In a free market economy ,, companies start & fold up all the time. Why should tax payers money be used to prop up private companies, caught cheating?

Btw, when the going was good , the IT czars & nasscom used to proclaim from the rooftop that IT industry has bloomed , as government has not interfered.

Now why would they need governments help , as soon a rotten apple is found?

Privatisation of profits and nationalisation of losses is crony capitalism at its worst.
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If Satyam is listed in the US, then they are also subject to SOX act, which was exclusively designed to prevent ENRON like meltdowns. If Satyam is SOX compliant (??), then I am not sure how they managed to do so!!

My sympathies to all satyamites, lets hope you guys get out of this soon. I am guessing a lot of huge IT vendors who sell to satyam, will be losing business (worth millions of dollars) and not making their targets. A ripple effect for sure !!

edit - even if they are not listed in US, but are outsourcing business from other SOX compliant companies, they still need to submit a SAS 70 (statement of auditing standards)

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Old 8th January 2009, 10:30   #115
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If Satyam is listed in the US, then they are also subject to SOX act, which was exclusively designed to prevent ENRON like meltdowns. If Satyam is SOX compliant (??), then I am not sure how they managed to do so!!

My sympathies to all satyamites, lets hope you guys get out of this soon. I am guessing a lot of huge IT vendors who sell to satyam, will be losing business (worth millions of dollars) and not making their targets. A ripple effect for sure !!

edit - even if they are not listed in US, but are outsourcing business from other SOX compliant companies, they still need to submit a SAS 70 (statement of auditing standards)
Yes the SOX act is applicable to Satyam as well....i have seen media reports that the US judicial system is also looking at investigating and probably initiating criminal proceedings. But not sure how much that would be effective on India!
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edit - even if they are not listed in US, but are outsourcing business from other SOX compliant companies, they still need to submit a SAS 70 (statement of auditing standards)
HAHA! I had a meeting with the PwC chaps just a couple of weeks back when they were pushing for SAS 70 compliance even though it is not required for us "because its benefits are immense" - just goes on to show how audits and compliance statements are just money-spinners with no real use to anyone.
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I think its important that as ordinary citizens we don't lose perspective.

Along with the other IT biggies Satyam was involved in huge value creation and was pivotal in boosting the Indian IT industry. The core business must be robust for the company to not only grow to its present size but also earn an enviable list of top clients. The problem is not with the core business.

Two fields in the marketplace that reflect a highly disturbing core is the stock market and the real estate industry. Neither of these are based on strong fundamentals. They both hinge on hype. Hype that can be created by the few in terms of investors who can drive the indices and market prices of land. The stock market allows obscene creation of wealth for the few who can play it well. That money in turn gets siphoned into boosting real estate values through acquisition which can further be cashed in.

Raju obviously fell into the latter game moving away from the core fundamentals of his original business. What is Maytas? Run by two rich kids with zero track record, getting Machilipatnam port and the Hyderabad Metro and other crucial projects. On merit? Afraid not

Its the unhealthy nexus of politics and business that drives the real estate business, something which may be the case across India. And the stock market is a mere tool to leverage to generate wealth not through value creation but hype.

The game as I see it is

Politicians siphoning out tax payer money through cooked projects, usually very large infra projects.

These crooks need another crook by way of an infra company to help them launder the money

Playing the stock market to generate wealth is an easy game for a few big investors or companies. High market cap gives a company leverage to borrow even bigger amounts of money

Raju may be a crook or got caught amongst a bunch of political crooks who made sure he did what he did to survive.
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I hope Infosys, TCS and Wipro who might get the Satyam's customers will also be considerate towards Satyam's employees. I don't think they deserved this especially during this bad job market.
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Why should the government step in to rescue the company?

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Privatisation of profits and nationalisation of losses is crony capitalism at its worst.
I dont agree with this. The Indian government & society has greatly benefited from the IT revolution, that which Satyam was part of. Even if they do not generate employment to the scale India needs, they were fantastic as a PR vehicle. The whole perception of India being a dusty backward 3rd world hell-hole was turned around by this movement.

And the problem with Satyam now is a lack of credibility, due to which debtors,customers may desert it. Banks wont lend to it, acquirers wont touch it for now. This is where the Government can help; they can ensure that Satyam remains solvent, and has the operating capital and the leadership that would enable them to pull-through. Notwithstanding the dubious books, they still seem to be a profitable company, albeit with thin margins. If Ratan Tata gets hundreds of crores in subsidies for setting up a Nano plant, why not Satyam?
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