Plant seeds of success

The India that existed in 1965 no longer exists today. Agriculture was the main contributor to the GDP then; today it is a distant third. We were not self-reliant in food production then and food security was a genuine national concern. Today India is self-reliant in food grains, fruits, vegetables, milk and livestock.

Cut & Thrust: The man who knew too much

At the height of the cage match between Infosys Founder N. R. Narayana Murthy and CEO & MD Vishal Sikka in mid-February, Sikka came up with a bizarre comment which created a maelstrom on socmedia. He famously remarked – I am a Kshatriya warrior. I am here to stay and fight. Odds for the same man to cut and run in the face of relentless pressure being exerted by Murthy on the foul odoured Panaya deal. Curious that Sikka was seen jumping off the high dive as his Promised Land narrative for Infy was to be bushwhacked only six months later.

Retro Fit: My Day Of Freedom

Truth, it is said, has a mind of its own, it always finds a way to emerge, breaking all the shackles imposed on it to restrain it. The echoes then are inherent in the question itself as we found out on Thursday. Again proving that life is not binary, it is full of zeroes and ones and so on. The numeric walks and keeps walking, it cannot be fettered or bottled.


Under the brown fog in a winter dawn, everything is cold, bleak and desolate. The Game of Thrones playing out in Bangalore at one of India’s largest tech companies — Infosys — is at one level despicable, at another disturbing and extremely destructive from a shareholder point of view. On Monday, Infosys, bellwether and once darling of the bourses practically fell off the cliff, closing at Rs 870.15, down Rs 53.10 on the NSE. Between Friday and Monday when the latest episode of Star Wars firefight had consumed Vishal Sikka, the wheels had truly come off the bus.

Insolvency blues

Last year, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) was passed in the Lok Sabha in May. It took almost six months to pass the law after it was introduced in December 2015. IBC that was passed in May 2016 replaced three existing laws on insolvency and bankruptcy.

#Throwback 1947

In the early 1940s, when the idea of Pakistan had been well mooted and in the air, no one quite knew what it stood for. Most certainly, no one had reckoned with what it would entail if Punjab were to be partitioned along with the division of India. Then, neither the Congress, Muslim League or the Sikh Panthic parties in Punjab could have envisaged that in their zeal to mobilise vote banks, they were a few years away from one of the most horrific genocides in history.

Brace yourselves...

Indian markets posted their biggest weekly decline in 18 months as several worries dominated the street, beginning with the escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea.

The Doklam standoff between India and China along with the crackdown on suspected shell companies by SEBI added to negative sentiments as earnings and macro numbers continued to disappoint.

Cut & Thrust: The Filthy Indian

It is an abomination of epic proportions and nobody gives a damn about it. A living, breathing and vilely smelling testimony of everything that can go wrong with the clarion call of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign. Located in north west Delhi, the Bhalaswa landfill site is spread over 21 acres and was commissioned in 1994. It receives about 2,700 tonnes of garbage per day. Yes, there are hills in the plains. The Bhalaswa landfill is now a mountain of sizeable height and width.

Rumour. gossip. death

Certain parts of  India are  occasionally subject to the circulation of rumours. These are often vindictive and violent, resulting in death or mutilation. Either through the use of emotional manipulation or extreme forms of aggression, a vulnerable group is targeted. These may be the elderly, women, uneducated, young people, the extremely poor, or the wealthy.

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Scripting a trend

India has always been a nation where household savings were predicated on a model of thrift. And while household savings are inextricably linked with economic growth, Indian households always preferred to park them in bullion and real estate.  Although in recent years this theorem has been tested with the savings rate dropping alarmingly. Savings rate in India declined to 31.6 per cent of GDP in 2015-16 from 32.3 per cent in 2014-15.