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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Forget Time Management…Are You Managing Your Energy?

Phrases like “manage your time,” and “do more with less” have become buzzwords in some business cultures. The idea is that if you can manage your time, you’ll be more productive in all areas of life. In other words, if you can manage time well you can push yourself to...

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Putting Global Trade on a Growth Trajectory

The ongoing narrative and discourse against free trade is being led by some of the developed nations, who have traditionally been advocates of free trade. With the developed economies having slowed down since 2008, an attempt is being made to resurrect the barriers to trade that they have customarily pressed...

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Reducing ObNOxious Emissions

– A Challenge and a Mission-  Technological advancements and digital platforms are today transforming the world beyond recognition. The automotive sector is experiencing these tectonic shifts as well. With Vehicle to Vehicle Communication, data analytics, pre-collision assists and Internet of Things at work, I believe we are truly living the future...

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“Hop, Step & Finally Jump(?)!”

– Let’s Etch this Ambition in Our Country’s ‘Score-Card’ From Major Dhyan Chand, one of the greatest hockey players the world has seen and Milkha Singh, the Flying Sikh, to Vishwanathan Anand, amongst the most skillful chess players of our times, India has produced many a legendary sportsperson. Of late, many...

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Brexit, An Opportunity for India- The Dynamics at work

Post Brexit – the Emerging Scenario Since my last essay, the initial dust over the Brexit storm has settled. While analysts are still divided over what Brexit’s impact on the world might be, the doomsayers have somewhat mellowed down. The new world political and economic landscape will not get redefined...