WHAT MG MOTORS NEEDS TO LEARN FROM THE JAPANESE

The automotive world since the early 1900s has changed dramatically with all kinds of manufacturing innovations. The Japanese shaped the manufacturing thought alongwith the Germans to give the world many an innovation not just in quality but also with delivery and service. Just in time (JIT) was the Japanese contribution to the world of management... Continue Reading →

THE TAXPAYERS BURDEN

For a massive population of 135 crore people, India is the most populous country growing at an unprecedented rate. To put that in simple number form, in 1947, India was some 350 million strong and in 72 years has grown 4 fold. That's an addition of over 1 billion people. By no measures does poverty... Continue Reading →

MAGIC MONEY

Have you heard of Softbank $100 Billion vision fund? Backed by Saudi, UAE, apple and Qualcomm, this fund is investing in some of the new age companies like Uber and WeWorks. While most of the companies they invest in are driving great ideas, they have burgeoning valuations with massive losses. Take for example WeWorks. It... Continue Reading →

QUALITY OF INDIAN JUSTICE

I've constantly heard that it's always better to settle out of court than to go to court and this intrigued me. With a large population which is poor, justice should be available at every nook and cranny like the age-old justice dispensation system where the village got together and resolved a matter under a tree.... Continue Reading →

IS DOLE THE WAY TO REMOVE POVERTY?

India has been a rich country for generations as it's land has provided it's people abundantly. It's no secret that the battering of the Mughals and thereafter the British for over 1000 years has left the country to build itself back from scratch and with scars that keep showing up from time to time. Post... Continue Reading →

TO RENT OR NOT TO RENT?

#Vitarkka: In assessment year (AY) 2017-18, there were approximately 4.98 Crore taxpayers across all categories. In assessment year (AY) 2017-18, there were approximately 4.98 Crore taxpayers across all categories. Of the approximate 4.66 Crore individual taxpayers, a revelation was that about 8.25 Lakh individuals earned an income of over 25 lakhs per annum whilst 37... Continue Reading →

HONESTLY DISHONEST

#Vitarkka: 'Convolution' is rife in India on how our entire system is setup to cater to business. Be it the laws which govern business, banking mechanics, how our courts operate and the hygiene between business-people. In every corner an ecosystem is created which favours a particular community or clan. There are certain communities which get... Continue Reading →

RESOLVING FARMER DISTRESS

#Vitarkka: Various data sources claim that between 160 to 395 Million acres of land are under agriculture in India and figures amongst the top 5 growers worldwide in many categories of agri-products. (India has about 812 Million Acres of land approximately). 60% of India’s population is directly or indirectly employed in agriculture. Agriculture exports according... Continue Reading →

LIQUOR HYPOCRISY

#Vitarkka: Two of India's highest revenue generators are Cigarettes and Liquor. Both undoubtedly controversial. WHO's report said that over 1 Million (10 Lakh) Indians died as a result of various smoking diseases accounting for a staggering 9.5% of all deaths. 48% die due to Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVD), 23% due to Chronic respiratory disease (CRD),... Continue Reading →

THE DEMON ON INDIA STREET

#Vitarkka: Since it was announced on 8th Nov 2016, Demonetisation in India has become the most talked about subject in the entire world. 86% of the country’s currency was rendered worthless on that dark day. When it was announced, the reactions were multifaceted. The government's stated aim was to shut down black money or the... Continue Reading →

TIME FOR A WATERWAYS BILL

#Vitarkka: The waterways of India is not a well studied system, nor proper planning for the same has been undertaken by bench-marking it against the best practices around the world. We do not worry about what contaminants or hazardous substances get into our waterways through the storm water drainage and canal-ways. We need to look... Continue Reading →

EVERY DEAL, A LOBBYIST

#Vitarkka: World over there is this eternal need for corporates to create their government or be close to the government. Business has a vicious need to constantly post growth. It's critical to keep their investors happy by meeting targets. Hence...more markets, more products, newer versions, push ... push ... push. The most successful lobbying undoubtedly... Continue Reading →

TACKLING UNEMPLOYMENT

#Vitarkka: India rarely uses an apprenticeship model to teach young people a trade. Could such a system help the unemployed? Millions of Indians are unemployed, but jobs stand empty because employers can’t find skilled people to fill them. With new technology transforming work across a range of sectors, more and more businesses are struggling to... Continue Reading →

ELECTION OBSESSED INDIA

#VITARKKA: India has always been a country obsessed with Elections as it feeds into the speculative nature of Indians and the fanfare which ensues is a delight for all. To exercise their vote amongst other fringe benefits is an added attraction and hence the famous saying ‘The Dance of Democracy’! The 140 Crore country lives... Continue Reading →

IS DISRUPTION GOOD?

#Vitarkka: Disruption scares the living daylights out of people as the name itself conjures up images of destruction and mayhem. And this word coined especially for the use of start-ups all over the world and them being encouraged to state what they are or intend to ‘disrupt’ as it were the prerequisite for funding, this... Continue Reading →

INDIA’S BIGGEST CASINO

#Vitarkka: Traditionally, Indians have always favoured holding on to some cash and gold as a rainy day investment. Be it for a medical emergency or a wedding in the family. Demonetisation appears to be an experiment to change the habits Indians have cultivated from time immemorial. This experiment along with higher tariffs to decrease gold... Continue Reading →

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