Mary Kom, 10 K, Marathon and Fitness

Mary Kom, “Epic Women” epitomizes fitness in India for both men and women. She is a six times winner of world boxing championship and hails from the northeastern part of India. North East India is undoubtedly the best-kept secret in India with unmatched natural beauty, resources, and absolutely fantastic and fittest people. Soon, the first all-women SWAT force will be inducted into Delhi police force comprising of 36 women constables from the northeast majority of them from Assam. My father was posted in the northeast in India as an officer in Indian armed forces and have had very fond memories of the place.

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Japan, Bullet Train and India

Many Indians have grown up with the wonder of Bullet Train, a synonym for technology, speed, and comfort. The Japanese are the pioneers of high-speed trains (French close competitors with TGV in Europe) and due credit to Mr. Hideo Shima, the father of the Shinkansen train aka the bullet train. It’s not a pleasant surprise that the Japanese government will be facilitating the development of high-speed rail in India. The public-private partnership model sponsored by Japan offers an extremely generous rate of 0.1% with repayment of 50 years for the yen denominated loan. A huge game changer for India, trains would be operating at speeds between 300 to 350 km per hour. It’s going to save travelling time, increase productivity and over medium term bring down costs of traveling within India especially airfare. India will buy 18 Shinkansen train sets with the first high-speed rail working by 2022 between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Apart from extremely benevolent funding agreement,  there is also  provision of transfer of technology to develop production locally. An article published in Economic Times, states that the economy class will only cost INR 3000 (USD 40) for travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad (508 km). This is one of the best policy initiatives taken by the government and must be given the utmost importance for support for effective implementation. Further high-speed railway network should be implemented nationally along key routes with increased alacrity.  Continue reading “Japan, Bullet Train and India”

Why India needs a lot of fighter jets? RAFALE & GRIPEN

Dassault has finally cleared the controversy over Rafale planes, and its time we move ahead with more orders for fighter planes. Indian Air-force desperately needs fighter planes to replenish its existing defunct MIG 21 and MIG 27 squadrons. I am writing this article as an exception. A country must have a redoubtable defense to protect against any threats. Generally a critic of defense spending, here I am emphasizing purchase of fighter jets. Compared to peers, India lags behind in defense know how in spite of many attacks and threats to our motherland. Continue reading “Why India needs a lot of fighter jets? RAFALE & GRIPEN”

India Sixth Largest Economy, Mr Modi’s endorsement by World Bank

26a7a260e277450ec2675726d6a264ebIndia recently became the sixth largest economy in the world in terms of gross domestic product at $2.597 tr according to 2017 figures of World Bank. World Bank gave the credit to reforms undertaken by Modi’s government, a huge  endorsement of pro market reforms of the government. Continue reading “India Sixth Largest Economy, Mr Modi’s endorsement by World Bank”

Educate Girls

Educate Girls, a nonprofit organization based in India, is empowering women in rural India through increased access to quality education to cut gender inequality. Educate Girls is also the first nonprofit or any organization in India to use Social Impact Bonds to proliferate pay for success as a model for delivering a measurable and sustainable social impact. Continue reading “Educate Girls”

One for China & India: Mr. Modi& President Xi

Buddha  “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

It is very heartening that Mr. Modi is taking a very moderate and middle path between the US and China as a foreign policy. The relations between China and India go back to more than 2000 years considering the cultural ties between the two countries. Continue reading “One for China & India: Mr. Modi& President Xi”

Jack Ma, Rise of Digital Payments, China, India and Paytm

Ant Financial backed by Jack Ma of Alibaba fame was recently valued at $150bn in a venture capital round, making it one of the most exciting and creative fintech start-up companies in the world. Ant Financial owns Ali Pay, one of China’s largest payment platform. According to an article published in Seeking Alpha, China leads in mobile payments with estimates at $5.5tr and strides over any other country in the world. Jack Ma is also one of the biggest philanthropists in the world and a bellwether philanthropic entrepreneur icon for China.  Continue reading “Jack Ma, Rise of Digital Payments, China, India and Paytm”