• Ravi Pillai: From farmer's son to construction tycoon November 28, 2013

    Ravi Pillai Chairman and MD, RP Group of Companies Age: 60 Rank in the Rich List: 34 Net Worth: $1.7 billion The Big Challenge Faced in the Last Year: A huge shortage of skilled workforce. To overcome this, is planning to set up technical training institutes in India, Middle East...
  • I am no saint, says Bajaj Auto Chairman Rahul Bajaj November 22, 2013

    Rahul Bajaj Chairman, Bajaj Auto Age 75 Rank in the Rich List - 20 Net Worth - $3 billion Key Learning - Every top business school today teaches family business. The basic principles that come to my mind are love, truth and non-violence. You follow those, then there will be...
  • No easy road for Ashok Leyland July 30, 2013

    Dheeraj Hinduja, chairman of Ashok Leyland, India's second-largest truck manufacturer, got a taste of shareholder activism at the company AGM on July 16. During a three-hour meeting, shareholders expressed displeasure at everything including results performance, dividend payout last fiscal (60 paise per share versus Re 1 the previous year) and...
  • Will electric vehicles finally take off in India? March 18, 2013

    Over the past five years, the clamour about electric vehicles (EVs) becoming a feasible transport option has become loud. "It has all come together", is the refrain. ...
  • Salman Khan: The hit machine February 7, 2013

    Saat Rasta, known earlier as the Jacob Circle, is the vortex that joins five different areas of Mumbai. On that junction lies New Shirin Talkies, a non-descript theatre. Normally, the traffic on Saat Rasta roundabout is messy, but a week before Eid in 2010, at least three roads leading up...
  • India is not a cheap technology destination January 16, 2013

    You cannot strip down versions of European products and introduce them in India, VK Viswanathan, Managing Director of Bosch India, tells Forbes India. ...
  • A lean production system is bad for workers September 7, 2012

    In 1936, Charlie Chaplin released his movie 'Modern Times'. The film starts with the shot of a herd of jostling pigs followed by a frame that captures a swarm of workers entering a steel factory. It makes a telling statement on the similarity in the behaviour of animals and humans....
  • RC Jain: Can't treat contract labour unfairly August 6, 2012

    Ramesh C Jain Age: 65 Designation: Chairman, Industrial relations task force, CII and Former group vice chairman of Eicher Career: Mr. Jain is the former group vice chairman of Eicher and throughout his career he has held several top positions in CII's industrial relations committees. Currently, he is working as...
  • Mahindra & Mahindra's American speed bump June 27, 2012

    On January 1, 1959, the government of Fulgencio Batista fell and Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba. Rumours started doing the rounds that all children would be taken against their parents wishes and sent to military schools or to Soviet labour camps. Americas Central Intelligence Agency launched Operation Pedro Pan....
  • CFL bulbs dim out in Delhi March 14, 2012

    The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) had the right intentions. As incandescent bulbs use too much energy, it decided to replace them with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). CFLs consume only a fifth of the energy used by the tungsten worms. Kerala had already shown the way by saving 300 MW...
  • Tata Motors focuses on going global February 29, 2012

    As they say, looks can often be misleading. At first glance, the Engineering and Research Centre (ERC) inside the Tata Motors' factory in Pimpri doesn't seem to be the kind of place where great ideas are born. The paint on the walls is a dull shade of blue and white,...
  • IIT-JEE will be missed February 23, 2012

    A former director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, professor MS Ananth, recollects a dinner table conversation with an Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer. The IAS officer firmly believed that the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) could easily be replaced by any other exam in India. Like what,...
  • The Ice Candy Man and how he built Coldex February 9, 2012

    You know, there is no easy way to say this, says Gaurav Jain, the 39-year-old managing director of Swastik Roadlines and explains. His father had started Swastik in partnership with two friends. Jain joined the company in 1999 when it was doing very well. It had 23 trucks. None of...
  • 'Media industry will take off with digitisation' January 10, 2012

    Outgoing CEO of M&M's automotive division Rajesh Jejurikar tells Forbes India why he is excited about moving to Zee Entertainment. Rajesh Jejurikar Age: 47 Designation: CEO, Automotive Division at Mahindra & Mahindra Education: MMS in marketing, SP Jain Institute of Management, Mumbai Career: Joined M&M in 2000 and played a...
  • The Indian education of Renault-Nissan's CEO December 9, 2011

    Joseph Campbell, in his The Hero with a Thousand Faces, explained the making of a hero. The hero starts out ordinary; gets a call to adventure; undergoes severe tests and on survival gets a great boon. After this, he returns to an ordinary life and uses that boon to improve...