DISEQUILIBRIUM: Are we really underlings?

In school, one had to memorise Julius Caesar and one got pretty good at it. The one quote that has always stood out for its perfection in an imperfect world is when Cassius appeals to Brutus to stop the powerful Julius Caesar. The plot to kill Caesar is predicated on these two lines — “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” This comment unleashes a chain of events which results in Roman noblemen collectively assassinating Great Caesar.

Bridge the gap

The following is an outlook for 2018 for all infrastructure projects —  not just for the small subset of PPP that gets disproportionate attention.

Aim for a healthy growth

With 17 per cent of world population and a GDP growth rate of 7.2 per cent, India is amongst the fastest growing economies of the world. The Indian healthcare sector grew at a rate of 18 per cent from 2010 till 2016 and is expected to advance at a rate of 15 per cent during 2016-20 to reach $280 billion by 2020.

Time to go electric

We should move towards alternative fuel... I am going to do this, whether you like it or not... For pollution, for imports, my ideas are crystal clear” — when Nitin Gadkari issued this stern warning to the automotive industry he firmly conveyed to the world at large that India, like most countries in the world, had decided to go electric in its transportation and it would be in the interest of the Indian automobile industry to start their countdown for conventional vehicles and its curtailed longevity on Indian roads.

When world becomes your backyard

The gypsy couple is back home in Pune. In one piece, as it were. Manas Dewan, 43, and his wife Anuradha, travelled across Europe covering a whopping 20,000 km across 18 countries in a span of 100 days on their customised Ducati Scrambler. “We explored a little more of this beautiful planet, experienced nature and elements in the raw, and found bonds of love and friendship with strangers who opened their homes, hearts and lives,” say the Dewans.

Roti Kapda Aur Makaan

The Gaekwad family lives in a single-room-house on the outskirts of a city. The family cooks their food, eats it and sleeps in the same room. This room is also used as a play area by their three-year-old child. Lack of credit has prevented the Gaekwads from obtaining a loan to improve their living conditions. Every day, more and more families find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads.

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Act on Gujarat learnings

You remember Bipasha? No, not the sultry actress Bipasha Basu, now happily married but the underlying credo of bijli, pani and sadak which gained currency in the MP elections of 2003 in particular, this came after a decadal rule of Congress under Digvijay Singh ensuring his defeat at the hustings. Actually, the BJP used this theme as its bulwark in the 2003 state elections —for the Assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Delhi — as Uma Bharti, Vasundhara Raje, and Raman Singh, all swept into office promising development.

The Abc of affiliates

Affiliate, should it be part of the business agreement or should it not be part of the business agreement? This is uppermost question that most corporate lawyers have in their mind while drafting and negotiating the agreements. So we will evaluate in details the impact of having/not having affiliates in the agreements.

Tech, on the go

The digitally-enabled, smartphone-equipped, and experience-hungry millennial has already begun to create ripples in various industries, as companies scramble to evolve with the changing expectations and preferences of this vital consumer-demographic.

Their presence in the market has been changing how consumers, increasingly from different demographics, interact and engage with service providers. Consumers today are more tech-savvy and want more personalised and customised offerings.

Faith lifts you up from depths of despair

There is something special about St Francis Xavier of Old Goa whose death anniversary is celebrated on December 3. He is revered not only by Catholics but also by non-Christians.While thousands of the faithful make vows to the Saint to change their lives, others seek favours and undertake a 200 to 300 km walking pilgrimage to the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, a Unesco world heritage site and reach there on December 3. On this grand feast day, thousands of people gather. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, a Spanish Jesuit.