Category: General

Nano Science & Nano Technology

From our televisions, laptops and mobile phones to the printers and wearable’s, a significant aspect of our daily lives, is already being touched by disruptive technologies. Many have made their way from the labs to our living rooms and workplaces.  The disruptive technologies that dominate our lives today were set...

The Old Is Scared of The Brave New World

Habits of a lifetime are difficult to change. And yet; I am trying. And trying. But not with much success! A major part of my sixty odd years have been spent absorbing information from sources that I have long been familiar with. Newspapers. Magazines. Newsreels produced by the Films Division...

GST – The Harbinger of a New India

Goods & Services Tax or the GST is being hailed as India’s biggest ever tax reform. After hanging fire for over a decade since it was first mooted, the day when this tax reform will be rolled out seems near – a demand that Indian industry has been making for...

The Promise of an India US Summit It’s Anybody’s Guess This Time!

The US President continues to spring surprises, even as world tries to size up the largest global political and economic power. Pulling out of the Paris Agreement last month President Trump certainly created a global flutter. As a result, the G20 nations issued a joint statement last week, hoping against...

Spurring Economic Growth – Will Jawboning Bring the Momentum

  In the three months that Trump has been President of the most powerful economy in the world, he has brought back memories of the Jawboning American politics of the 1960s. Carrying his poll rhetoric to the Inaugural Speech, he played on nationalism and xenophobia, following it up with a...

“E-Games Make Jack A Bright Boy! Influence of Video Games”

The word “gaming” conjures up several images – from children deeply glued to handheld devices to young adults aggressively shooting a miscreant to even gambling. These images stir up negative emotions about gaming, leaving parents lamenting about their children being “addicted” to gaming. Today, the world over, video gamers spend...

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...

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....

Education – An Imperative For Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

In an increasingly dynamic and volatile global economy struggling to achieve growth, both developed and emerging countries are challenged for job creation. India, fortunately, is better placed amongst these nations to achieve growth over a longer term. But to leverage its full potential, India has to achieve sustainable inclusive growth, where a vast...