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Finding chinks in Binayak Sen

by Sanjay Puri
Friday , July 27, 2012 at 11 : 27

It's true rather than traitorous to acknowledge that India will not win many medals at the Olympics. In track and field events we are almost not in the running at all in any sense. We're not the athletic sort and all around we see evidence of that. We think we were, most of us, just born that way, and then poverty did, or undid, the rest. We're not fit for the Olympics.

The 'burgeoning' middle class has begun to show some muscle and movement and the beginnings of appearance in world sports but it's going to be some time before our national anthem gets played in the vicinity of five rings in the company of the best athletes. At the moment, after the decline of hockey, our medals have come in events for sahibs like shooting.


The next big Indian export: festival holidays

by Sanjay Puri
Thursday , June 07, 2012 at 13 : 33

This Mothers Day, I happened to be in India and noticed the amazing way this holiday has caught on in the country. Being a Sunday, I went over to one of the high-activity malls and was surprised to see the rush of people buying gifts at big stores and also restaurants were buzzing with long waiting lines. Mothers and retailers are obviously beaming with joy; however, it made me think why would India adapt a holiday like Mothers day given that every day is mother's day in India!

As an Indian American who grew up in the US, I know some of these festivals were initiated in the West to get the cash registers ringing eg Halloween, Valentine's Day etc. However, these holidays do not have a cultural bearing in India, and yet the vigour with which Indians have taken to them...Read more...

In November 2009, President Obama announced the 1,00,000 student initiative by the US to send students to China to learn the language and get familiar with the culture. This comes in the backdrop of the US saying that the US-China relationship is critical and Americans need to understand their culture and language. I applaud this effort and the goals of getting Americans to move past being Euro-centric; and being more familiar with the rising powers in Asia.

China is the dominant and rising power in Asia and the rest of the world. However, India with its growing economy, population and demographics, is rising too. Though US-India trade is probably less than 20 per cent of US-China trade; it would still seem good reasoning to have Americans catch up on India and 'Indianness'. I frequently hear from American businessmen that they have a...Read more...

More about Sanjay Puri

Sanjay Puri is the Chairman of the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), a national, bipartisan political action committee representing over 2 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC works with members of the Congress and the US administration to ensure that the community's concerns are addressed. He is also a recognised authority on US-India relations and a frequent public speaker on US-India relations.

Sanjay Puri is also the founder and CEO of the Alliance for US India Business (AUSIB). AUSIB is dedicated to strengthening economic ties between the US and India. He regularly leads delegations of business and political leaders to India. He is the Founder and CEO of Optimos Incorporated, an information technology company located in Reston, Virginia. He received his MBA in Finance from the George Washington University's School of Business.

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