Cut & Thrust: Why Chanda Kochhar must go

Propriety demands that Chanda Kochhar, member of Kamath’s Angels (K V Kamath headed ICICI for many years and both Chanda and Shikha Sharma were his proteges) quit post haste. While she chose not to make her presence felt at a FICCI event last week, she remains underground and incommunicado. Amazingly, she has chosen to maintain a sage like silence and simply refuses to quit. Meanwhile people continue to spitball, more so after Shika Sharma was literally given marching orders by RBI.

Bail for Salman Khan

The totemic animal appears to us in many ways. The Sikhs have their lion, Singha. The Hindus have the cow, Gaumata. The Zeno cow is found wandering the streets of Delhi and has been the subject of much sociological discussion. Are they owned, are they retired cows, do they go home every evening after having eaten plastic in the city’s garbage? The continuous representation of other animals sacred to the Indians such as the peacock, the black buck, the tiger is part of how we understand the relation between nature and culture. Hindu Gods and Goddesses always have vahanas or carriers.

Disequilibrium: Lack of Kashmir policy

 As the dreaded Saudi political Wahabi Islam takes root in Kashmir more aggressively than ever before, replacing the strong Sufi moorings that existed for years, it is ironical that Moulvis from Bihar and UP are spreading the new cult in the madrasas and masjids. Socmedia has done irreparable damage in furthering this Islamic sect of Salafi Wahabism.

What Facebook leakage means

What Facebook leakage means for the Digital Platform Businesses?  In their classic paper titled “Platform competition in two-sided markets”, the Nobel Prize winning Economist Jean Tirole along with Jean-Charles Rochet published in 2003 issue of the Journal of the European Economic Association, explained the characteristics, the externalities, and models of pricing in 2 –Sided Market (2SM).

The fallacy of being a miner

Iron ore is intrinsic to India’s industrial growth. And when we talk about Iron ore availability in India than names of only few states come to our mind. Karnataka, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Goa. Out of these states, Goa is one state that stands out. Of course, for its heavenly beaches, its food and its culture but also the iron ore economy.

Finance minister suffering from kidney ailment

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is suffering from a kidney ailment and may have to undergo a surgery.

Late on Thursday evening, Jaitley tweeted, “I am being treated for kidney related problems & certain infections that I have contracted. I am therefore currently working from controlled environment at home. The future course of my treatment would be determined by the doctors treating me.”

Healthcare impasse

Is BJP government serious about making healthcare affordable in India? “If yes, then why is it killing its own messenger”.

Why honest and upright officials working in favour of people and domestic medical products industry are being transferred jeopardising further progress?

Why draft national device policy 2015 proposed to strengthen the medical devices sector and recommendation of task force for reducing dependence on imports and promoting ‘Make In India’ initiative is gathering dust even after nearly three years?

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Urgent Retrofit Needed

In May 2014, the plates of history were shifting before our eyes. Aggregation of the Hindu vote behind BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi brought him a mandate unprecedented in recent Indian history. The policy of minorityism practiced for years by the Congress through downright appeasement was replaced by a spanking new era of faux nationalism and brute majoritarianism. This flinty germ passed into new carriers over the next few years to see massive wins in Assam and more recently UP.

When life is irrelevant

As Industrialisation proceeds, the world changes, and development is thought to be the ultimate good. The working class is absorbed into construction and manual labour, and for this, networking with contractors is required, as well as the means and mobility, by which urban livelihoods are achieved. This is dependent on minimum education, for purposes of travel and banking. Privatising  education excludes vast populations from accessing clerical jobs. When one looks at the working class, it draws from both kinship networks as well as conjugal stability.

Impact of digital Campaigning

The upcoming assembly elections in the Hindi heartland of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the southern Congress bastion of Karnataka  have set the stage for a mini general elections as the ruling  BJP braces for a confrontation with its political opposition, the Congress party. Assembly elections are going to be followed by the general elections for the Lok Sabha next year. Leaders on both sides have set the process of selection of their party candidates and faces to lead the party campaigns in respective states.