Wah, Ustaad Wah!

About the Author: “Mr K. C. Verma is a close friend, author of  “Stories I wouldn’t tell my mother” and ex-chief of R&AW. I don’t know what to call myself, but some name like Malter Witty might be appropriate. You see, I have a serious mental affliction. Whenever I am struck...

In Defence of the Nation – Towards Strategic Self Reliance

Over the last few months a number of defense deals that India was negotiating with international companies have come unstuck. In September 2016, India made a breakthrough in the Rafael deal, which was hanging in balance since 2007. India will buy 36 fighter jets from the French company, who will...

Transforming Indian Railways – From Chugging To Shinkansen –

India is amongst the fastest growing nations in the world today. However, the nation’s potential is not unleashed to the fullest given several challenges of education, job creation, and weak infrastructure amongst others. Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has launched several initiatives such as Make in India, Skill...

The Demonetization of Yours Truly

About the Author: “Mr K. C. Verma is a close friend, author of  “Stories I wouldn’t tell my mother” and ex-chief of R&AW. J’Accuse the Prime Minister of creating havoc in my life with the bombshell that he dropped on November 8. Sir, you must have had your reasons for doing...

Rebooting Higher Education -Building India as a Knowledge Economy-

In my last Essay I shared my thoughts on what ails India’s Primary Education system and had suggested some possible actions. Primary education undeniably forms the foundation of a strong and progressive nation. But the criticality of Higher Education, especially for an economy such as India can not be undermined....

The ILLS of Urbanization!” Is Smart Cities the Answer

Today, India is amongst the fastest growing large economies of the world, bringing with it unprecedented rates of urbanization. India’s expected urbanization of half its population, an astounding 750 million people, by 2030 is not much different from the global trend. Prompted by people’s desires to improve their quality of...

Leaders and Talk Around the Dinner Table

Do you talk about your boss at the dinner table? Most people do. Do you talk about political figures around the dinner table? Most people do. Conversations about trust, inspiration, likeability, honor and deceit are covered nightly, all over the world at the dinner table. Are these people setting an...

Do You Have A Problem?

About the Author: “Mr K. C. Verma is a close friend, author of  “Stories I wouldn’t tell my mother” and ex-chief of R&AW. There is a common misconception going around – that communication between a woman and a man improves with time. It is further believed, quite erroneously, that if the...

World Bank Rankings – Do They Tell The Whole Story!

Earlier this month World Bank released its Doing Business Report (DBR) which ranks countries on Ease of Doing Business. India was placed at 130 out of 180 countries – a dismal improvement of a single rank from last year. The Indian Government as well as several stakeholders have since expressed...

Is Global Trade the Whipping Boy in Politics!

On September 17, as I walked out for lunch in Frankfurt Down-town, I witnessed un seemingly sight of a large crowd (later the TV news confirmed 15,000) walk the streets demanding scrapping of the TTIP and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) of Canada.  Not surprisingly within three weeks...