Category Archives: On India

How to win the next Bharat Ratna

So, now that the Bharat Ratna has been awarded to the youngest winner so far, Sachin Tendulkar, we make an attempt here to deconstruct this award by analysing the backgrounds of the 43 awardees so far. For some, this might … Continue reading

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Why Rahul should become the Prime Minister of India…Rahul Dravid

The thought started off with the newspaper report on Sachin Tendulkar’s polite refusal of the Congress Party’s invite to him for campaigning for the Madhya Pradesh elections. This reminded me of the time when Amitabh Bachchan’s star value was sought … Continue reading

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Attribution Analysis of “The Fall of India”

Finger-pointing is the worst use of an Analysis. Using the outputs of an Analysis for learning to avoid similar mistakes in the future makes the Analysis worthwhile. It’s with the latter intention that I am attempting an “Attribution Analysis of … Continue reading

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TV – the opium of the masses…and it’s role in nation-building

I had visited an office on the 10th floor of a building in Bandra East, and saw the view from there. The view was brilliant since there were no tall buildings close by, and hence one got a clear view … Continue reading

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Only people with net-worth of >Rs 100 Cr should be allowed to become politicians or bureaucrats in India

There are a few discussions going on in the social media space on encouraging a minimum educational qualification for becoming an Indian politician or civil services bureaucrat. The proponents of this proposal feel that educated people will be more honest … Continue reading

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Why growing at 6%pa is disastrous for India ?

My scientist father (and of late, my 10-year old daughter) keep on quizzing me on business and economics with the (dangerous) curiosity of laypersons, and many times the issues are out-of-box and hence uncomfortable. One of the points of discussion … Continue reading

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24×7 news channels should be made 4×6

We have become a nation of “time-wasters”, by discussing way too many topics for way too much time. And then we forget the details of many topics, and in some cases, the topics themselves, as newer topics come up…Or new … Continue reading

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Of Gini and Genies…why India’s model seems to be working ?

Summary : Our lack of privatisation in oil&gas/infra, sustained reservation of backward classes, NREGA type subsidy initiatives, our lop-sided “services-skewed” GDP growth, have in retrospect, proved to be a potent combination in controlling inequality in the past 2-3 decades, as … Continue reading

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Why am I optimistic about India – Part Deux

In the first part of this piece (Dec 2012), I had written about the structural strength of India being a sovereign secular socialist republic, supported by the four pillars of legislature, executive, judiciary and media. And why this structure had … Continue reading

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Importance of focus in Leadership (or…what’s wrong with Infosys, Wipro, and with India ?…)

I was reading the Economic Times, which had listed 13 ongoing rivalries, which will continue in 2013. Like Airtel and Reliance in telecoms (4G), Raj vs Uddhav, Apple vs Android and then, a bit shockingly, TCS vs Cognizant. That neither … Continue reading

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