Indian Railways Facts & Figures: Air India In The Making

If there is a singular way of knowing how defunct and dysfunctional Indian State is, it is through Indian Railways. If there is any time any more proof required that Indian State messes up everything that it engages in, look at Indian Railways. Indian Railways is symptomatic of what ails the Indian State; rather it […]

Educational qualification for elected representatives: A binary debate

In the daily deluge of news, a small update went unnoticed. Rajasthan’s newly elected Congress government decided to abolish the minimum educational qualification required to contest elections to panchayats and urban bodies. On the face of it, the decision and the rationale look simple. Educational Qualification: An Unviable Proposition What has educational qualification got to […]

Meghalaya miners: Nobody to the rescue

13 December 2018. 15 Meghalaya miners trapped. What have been the earlier precedents in the world for the rescue operations of such accidents? The rescue precedents 5 August 2010. Chilean mining accident happens. Thirty-three men trapped. On 13 October 2010, the men were rescued, as an estimated 1 billion people world-wide watched. Nearly every Chilean […]

Resignation of Urjit Patel and Indian State

First, it was the resignation of Arvind Panagariya. An incident. Second, it was the resignation of Arvind Subramanian. A coincidence. Third, it was the resignation of Urjit Patel. A pattern. I know that just three resignations in the mighty Indian State do not make a pattern. But then, these are not the resignations of a […]

Losing State elections 2018 can be a master stroke for Narendra Modi in winning India 2019

BJP has lost elections 2018 in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The national media is hyper-active theorizing that Narendra Modi wave has ended, Modi magic does not work anymore, Amit Shah has lost his touch, Amit Shah does not know the electoral pulse anymore and so on. Congress has won elections 2018 in Rajasthan, Madhya […]

Modern Retail Myths in India

Every now and then we come across the reports about the size of the modern retail in India. The experts and the analysts will predict the size of the modern retail in India in some years to come. It will be mentioned in these reports that the modern retail in India is growing at such […]

Indian Farmers and Organized Retail: A Fantasy

Indian farmers are in distress. There have been a number of farmers march to the national capital. Among the Indian farmers’ demands for loan waivers and MSP, the policy experts will also announce the requirement of development of organized retail in India to help out the Indian farming sector. The organized retail is being considered […]

Indian Railways Escalators Policy: Keep Climbing

The tag-line of Indian Railways is “Lifeline to the nation…”. Another strong contender for the Indian Railways tag-line can be “Keep Climbing”. Indian Railways has numerous objectives – some stated, some un-stated. One of the un-stated objectives is to keep the passengers of the Indian Railways fit and healthy. Indian Railways shows to the world […]

The corrupt TTE – Everlasting memory of a train journey

What would be your everlasting memory of a long distance train journey? The answer will vary from person to person. For someone, it might be the ever-changing landscapes. For someone, it might be the chance to take a long pending rest. It could be the smell of food at each of the railway stations for […]

Mitticool: The success story needs to continue

Mansukhbhai Prajapati of Mitticool is a case-study of what a man with vision, mission and ignition can achieve in real life. Starting with not even humble roots, Mansukhbhai Prajapati is now the extraordinary entrepreneur, the true grass-roots innovator, the real son of the soil. Mitticool is backed by National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Gujarat Grassroots Innovations […]