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Saturday , March 22, 2014

Power of 49: The power and its mystique


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The world's largest democracy is bracing itself for the most anticipated event every 5 years. To keep things in perspective, almost 1 in 6 on earth would be voting this April-May 2014. More than the election extravaganza, this is the world's largest sociological exercise; an exercise that places everything else outside and puts the Indian at heart and mind while casting the ballot. As much as the focus on this has been the youth, there is a particular section of society which is slightly undermined yet equally important; the Indian women. India's pride has been its existential reverence for the females of the country. It is an existential fact, irrespective of whether popular media accepts it or not, that the Indian women is the epicenter of the Indian economy. She plays such an important role that without her neither the family nor the economics of the country can....


Saturday , February 08, 2014

Satya Nadella: Can the system claim the success?


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The appointment of Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO has been a breath of refreshing news amidst the state of business gloom in the country. As part of Indian diaspora's phenomenal professional growth in America, the appointment of Nadella reinstates the professional excellence that Indians can pursue abroad. However, this also poses pertinent questions on whether the Indian system can claim their successes. One of the major reasons that the Indian diaspora thrives (professionally not necessarily holistically) in the US and other developed economies is due to the ecosystem provided by these countries. The rise of Indian Americans such as Indra Nooyi, Sundar Pichai, Nilesh Arora and Satya Nadella reflects the true might of the American system. As most of these people would agree, the egalitarian and transparent professional atmosphere in America served as a fundamental base to their success. The emphasis on providing an equal opportunity to everyone is....


Monday , December 16, 2013

Nirbhaya: One year later


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It's been a year since the infamous Nirbhaya incident took place in the streets of Delhi. The events of December 16th last year shook the nation's conscience and triggered a women's rights revolution across the nation. The events that unfolded not only stirred the women's rights movement, it brought the issue to the national center stage. Has anything changed over the last one year? Why is this being depicted globally as a pan Indian phenomena? As always, more questions than answers. Ever since the incident last December, the number of rape incidents across the country has not decreased. According to the Delhi Police, there have been 1,493 cases in the last one year. Even though a new legislation has been brought into place to curb the menace, things seem to be worse because of various factors. One of the major factors is that the implementation of these laws has....


Monday , October 14, 2013

India's Phailin: System was the hero


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The nature of being a journalist or columnist is to introspect and look at the 'other side' of any particular situation. As such the loopholes of a system are more prominent than the achievements of the same system. However, there are times, one need to stand up and appreciate what the system does. Cyclone Phailin was a point in case. The cyclone was one of the most serious cyclones that this region has ever seen. It was estimated to have a landfall of 200 km/h and it was expected to cover almost the entire eastern coastline across Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone was an extension of another cyclone in Thailand and turned towards India due warm water conditions in the Bay of Bengal. All of this would have been havoc in the India of yesteryear. A similar cyclone devastated the Eastern coastline in 1999 with similar speeds and covered....


Monday , September 02, 2013

India: The rape debate with a cab driver


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The economic rise of India in the first decade of this century has set off a wave of unprecedented expectations in the country. These expectations have had a profound impact on the socio economic balance of the country. As the juvenile accused of the Delhi rape incident was convicted for a meager 3 years, I tried to explore the entire social debate on rape through the prism of a cab driver. As I was travelling on the streets of Noida, I was able to interact with a cab driver on the lack of matching these expectations. The cab driver was a middle aged man with two kids. While I was discussing in staggered Hindi with the cab driver about the recent rapes in the country, I noticed two instant things. One, there was instant condemnation of the act and two, the reasons mentioned by him are deep rooted in....


Thursday , August 15, 2013

Independence Day: India Positive beneath the radar


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It's that time of the year once more. As the nation celebrates its 67st Independence day, there is a sense of pessimism that swirls the state of affairs in the country. Be it the political discourse or the economic realities in a recession bound world; the general impression is that positive things about the country are hardly heard in news discourse. In this context, I try to provide a few positive things about the country, positive anecdotes about 2 organizations and 2 individual people, things that would have beamed under the news radar. Akshaya Patra and the Mid-Day Meal Scheme: The Mid-day meals scheme is one of the largest found providing schemes in the world. Even though it was in the news recently for the wrong reasons, the government led scheme provides food to millions of children across the country. In partnership with the government, AkshayaPatra is one of....


Friday , July 12, 2013

Economic inertia: the less said, the better


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It's the economy, stupid! This sentence speaks a lot about the Indian economy nowadays. Even the most mundane person would relate to such a sentiment. Issues such as rising prices, increasing fiscal deficit, declining rupee and the lowest growth rate in the last decade or so, has made even the most optimistic Indian question the state of the economy in the country. Needless to say, the younger generation wants answers and answers that are instantaneous. Here are some issues that need to be addressed: FDI brouhaha: This is probably the single most hyped economic policy in the last two years. The hype around the entry of FDI in multi-brand retail and other sectors such as aviation was promised to be a path-breaker. The fact of the matter is that FDI was never a path breaker; in this country it constitutes not even 1 per cent of the entire....


Friday , June 21, 2013

The real stars of the land: The Indian soldier


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The unprecedented rainfall over the hill state of Uttharakhand has left everyone in a state of introspection. Sometimes such natural calamities makes people think about the sequence of events especially if its in a pilgrimage spot. And nothing get's more divine in Hinduism than the holy shrine of the twin cities of Uttarakhand, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Despite the scale of the disaster, its mitigation was largely done due to the swiftness of the Indian Army. In a largely peaceful country like India, the purpose of the army seems to be a dilemma to many. The sight of war is the only purpose of the armed forces, at least in the mind space of the majority of the people. Little do we know about the impact of the armed forces in other missions besides serving the war. Peace missions and disaster management teams are one of the more key and....


Thursday , May 09, 2013

Sir Alex: Football, bloody hell!


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The greatest manager in world football finally bid adieu to the game in his own inimical style. Contrarian to his aggressive on field personality, the announcement arrived via an official statement at around 9am on the 8th of May 2013 in a subdued manner.The news spread like wildfire and United fans and football lovers across the world were in shock yet were in awe of the great man. Needless to say, his presence has left a vacuum on the minds of the millions of fans across the planet. As I sat over at work wondering about the news, numerous flash points went through my head. Since I have been following the game for a long time, I traced a journey through the years and wondered how everlasting he has been. From my early teens, I have been following Manchester United and at every stage of watching football, the only....


Saturday , April 20, 2013

Bangalore blasts and Delhi Rape: What Boston can teach us


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The images flashing over television screens across the world have been riveting to put it mildly. The entire American establishment was on a mission to hunt down the perpetrators of the Boston attack; the entire city of Boston was grounded to a halt till the task was completed. The operation was swift and ruthless. A couple of days before, a similar act of terror occurred on the streets of Bangalore, the pin up city of the tech world in India. Another instance of the crime was the rape of the 5 year old in Delhi. So how was the response in these situations? What are some things we could learn from the Boston episode? Rapid Response: Within hours of the Boston incident, the area was cordoned off completely and the entire area was brought under the control of the investigators. And within 24 hours, the video footage around the area....


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Sriram Balasubramanian is a Journalist, voracious reader, avid Blogger, social enthusiast and a believer in excellence not mediocrity. With an inherent passion towards journalism and writing, he believes in playing the "Straight Drive" all the time. Besides this, he has a MS in Engineering Management and has played Chess for Singapore.

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