• India 2022: High on skills but low on jobs? July 15, 2013

    If you plan to seek an exciting career in 'rag chopping' with the paper industry, the government has plans to sharpen your skills. After 60 hours of training and paying a princely sum of Rs 500 for a test, you get a certificate to hang on your wall. Or you...
  • Need private sector to help skill youths: Mallikarjun Kharge July 9, 2013

    Mallikarjun Kharge Age: 70 Designation: Railway minister Career: Elected to the Karnataka State Assembly 10 times since 1972. Elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009 from Gulbarga Interests: Reading sports books, removing superstition Q. India has set a target of skilling 50 crore young people by 2022. Do you think...
  • India's business environment deteriorating: GE's John Flannery March 14, 2013

    John Flannery tells Forbes India the environment for some of GE India's businesses has deteriorated, and government statements is yet to translate into activity. ...
  • Punjab Deputy CM has a plan for change January 18, 2013

    It is a chilly winter morning in Chandigarh. Pramod Kumar is in deep discussion with retired judge KS Grewal and Additional Director General of Police SK Sharma at a roomy office in the Institute for Development and Communications on how to stop harassment of women in public places. "Perhaps," he...
  • Five commentators who could help you know your world January 3, 2013

    Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent, The Independent: There is no region in the world that is as volatile as West Asia (Middle East for Westerners). While the countries in the region are not world powers, they have the constant attention of the big guys of the world. Central and West...
  • A Kochi company satisfies Delhi's seafood cravings July 30, 2012

    Mathew Joseph did not hit upon the idea of selling fish online at the spur of the moment. It was a carefully thought out strategy to escape competition. Joseph, a 45-year-old Kochi-based entrepreneur, set up seatohome.com, an online fresh fish retailing venture, operating currently in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi. Its...
  • Compulsory licencing of Bayer's cancer drug is a triumph May 12, 2012

    Nata Menabde Age: 52 Designation: WHO Representative to India Education: MSc in Pharmacy, PhD in Pharmacology Career: Nearly 20 years at WHO; was deputy regional director for Europe before coming to India in 2010 Interests: Plays the piano and guitar. Likes classical music, jazz, water sports, history and Russian literature...
  • 'Volatile govt Policy is a deterrent to investing' April 3, 2012

    Jayant Sinha, partner and MD, Omidyar Network India Advisors, tells Dinesh Narayanan that government trying to micro-manage the economy is not good. Edited excerpts from an interview. Jayant Sinha Age: 48 Profile: Partner and managing director, Omidyar Network India Advisors Career: Was a partner at McKinsey and Co; Managing Director,...
  • RTI queries don't affect goverment work February 24, 2012

    In August 2011, the Supreme Court made an observation which had some unintended consequences on the Right to Information (RTI) process. The judgement by Justice RV Raveendran is turning out to be a seemingly legitimate excuse for government officials to restrict information. Aditya Bandopadhyay went to court when the Central...
  • Dealing with the young at art January 21, 2012

    A painting is not a bond. A sculpture is not a share certificate. You like an MF Husain or Tyeb Mehta painting because you can look at it for hours and marvel at the brush strokes that evoke history, politics, religion, philosophy; interpreting the scope of human existence itself within...
  • Six Forbes India calls in 2011 that were right December 31, 2011

    Too Big To Lead The media speculation around L&T supremo AM Naik's succession reached a feverish pitch last year. Yet no one had much of a clue on how L&T could possibly find a replacement to lead the engineering and infrastructure behemoth. It's another matter that by then, the L&T...
  • Afghanistan is emerging out of the rubble December 1, 2011

    There is no hint in Mahammod Khans boyish face and gentle demeanour that he is a member of Parliament from Kandahar, a province in southern Afghanistan where ordinary citizens have blind dates with violent death almost every day. As he talks of leaving Kandahar for the relative safety of Kabul,...
  • The rebirth of Afghanistan's banking system November 14, 2011

    Nearly nine million Afghans are living in extreme poverty because of a lack of investment in farming, Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Afghanistans minister for agriculture, livestock and irrigation, said on October 16, World Food Day. The World Bank estimates that about 36 per cent of Afghans live below the poverty line...
  • Europe has a superiority syndrome: Richter October 10, 2011

    Frank-Jurgen Richter Age: 44 Designation: Chairman, Horasis Education: Diploma in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering, Doctorate in Business Administration Career: 1994-2000: Robert Bosch GmbH (four years as CFO China, based in Beijing), 2001-2004: Director, World Economic Forum Interests: Travelling the world, learning languages, reading (classics, post-modern writing, history and economy),...
  • Documentary films pitching India to the world March 18, 2011

    Ally Derks remembers the day she was having a drink with Michael Moore in a small bar in Washington D.C. in 1989. Moore had just made Roger and Me, a searing documentary on the economic devastation of Flint, Michigan, after General Motors shut its plant there leaving thousands of workers...