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Entries from March 2012

Weekend Reading

March 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Advantage of Youth in Innovation: by Bill Gurley. “Without the blinders of past experience, you don’t know what not to try, and therefore, you are willing to attempt things that experienced executives will not consider.” Y Combinator Demo Day: A review by TechCrunch. “Out of the 39 companies presenting on the record […]

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Reversing India’s Darkening Outlook – Part 5

March 30th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Third, we the people of Urban Middle India have to come together in a way that has never happened before. We have the technologies to make it happen – mobile and social networks. We have the reason to make it happen – our future, along with that of our children. We have a leader who […]

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Reversing India’s Darkening Outlook – Part 4

March 29th, 2012 · 5 Comments

  I have written in the past about the need for a single party to get to 275 seats in the Lok Sabha in the next election so we can get to the business of governance without being constrained by regional satraps wanting their say in every policy. I don’t think I went far enough […]

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Reversing India’s Darkening Outlook – Part 3

March 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments

On the political side, the Fronts are multiplying. Sensing weakness in both the Congress and the BJP, the regional parties are trying their hand at talking about various alternative formations for the next elections. One of them, the Samajwadi Party, has already sounded the bugle for mid-term elections. It almost seems like 1995-6 all over […]

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Reversing India’s Darkening Outlook – Part 2

March 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Economist, in its latest issue, featured India’s fading optimism on its cover. It wrote: This dispiriting scene is in turn mainly caused by two political problems. The gradual fragmenting of voters’ allegiances has made India’s parliamentary arithmetic excruciatingly tight. The Congress party, which has ruled the country since 2004, depends on fickle and populist […]

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Reversing India’s Darkening Outlook – Part 1

March 26th, 2012 · 4 Comments

The misplaced optimism that India would pursue a path of economic growth, good governance and development after the 2009 elections has evaporated. It is now clear that we are not just heading in the opposite direction, but doing so rapidly. Politics is, once again, hurting India’s economic and aspirational future. Just in the past couple […]

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Blog Past: India needs Leadership and Vision

March 25th, 2012 · 3 Comments

I wrote this a year ago: I was reading a book on India’s economic history when I started thinking about why we took the wrong policy turns we did repeatedly since Independence. My answer: it comes down to the leader at the top and his/her vision. Which, if you think about it, is not very […]

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Weekend Reading

March 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs: by Walter Issacson in HBR. ” Making an enduring company, he said, was both far harder and more important than making a great product. How did he do it?” Is Google facing the beginning of the end?by Rob Enderle. “The annals of tech history are littered […]

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Columbia’s India Business Conference

March 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

I will be speaking at Columbia University’s India Business Conference (organised by the Business School) to be held on April 14, 2012 (Saturday). I did by MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia, so its always good to go back to the Univ. Have many pleasant memories of the year  I spent there doing my MS […]

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Business Planning

March 22nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

The last few weeks in March and the first few in April are when plans get made for the next financial year. Targets get set, new ideas are brought forth, reviews are done. Even though business is a continuum, the March-April switching is a good time to reset things. Thats what has also been happening […]

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Club Penguin for Kids

March 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Abhishek and his cousins (ages 7-10 years) have been spending an incredible amount of time on Club Penguin. It is an online virtual world for kids. I have also had to gift them paid memberships ahead of their April birthdays. A lot of discussion revolves around penguins, puffles and the like! Its a very nicely […]

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Restaurant Reco: Tuskers at Sofitel

March 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Tuskers is an unusual name for a vegetarian restaurant in Sofitel in BKC. Equally unusual is to find an only-veg restaurant at an international hotel chain in India. I had a business dinner there recently, and the food was outstanding. The Jain food was also very well done. So, if you are looking for a […]

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Movie Reco: Kahaani

March 19th, 2012 · No Comments

I saw Kahaani recently. Very well crafted suspense thriller. Good to see Bollywood make movies of a different genre. Vidya Balan carries the movie on her shoulders. Kolkatta has been shot beautifully. There as a full house when I saw it on the second weekend. That says a lot about the pull effect of the […]

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Blog Past: Digital India

March 18th, 2012 · No Comments

I wrote this a year ago: Technology and Government: Fast-tracking Democracy IT Infrastructure to redefine Citizen-State Relationship Creating “Digital India” is about using Information Technology to: Disseminate information Deliver services more effectively to citizens in the State Encourage feedback from citizens and provide a channel for them to talk back Information Technology enables transformation at […]

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Weekend Reading

March 17th, 2012 · No Comments

This week’s links: Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas: by Paul Graham. “Any one of them could make you a billionaire. That might sound like an attractive prospect, and yet when I describe these ideas you may notice you find yourself shrinking away from them.” Online Newspapers: from The Economist. “To survive online, newspapers are seeking a […]

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Assembly Elections – Part 10

March 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

What the BJP needs to propose to its allies and potential partners is a two-pronged electoral model where BJP contests seats in urban areas in states even where the alliance partner is strong. For the alliance partner to agree to such a proposal, there must be a visible national wave for the BJP so that […]

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Assembly Elections – Part 9

March 15th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Besides the obvious elements that the BJP needs (mass leader and an aspirational agenda, to start with), I think that the BJP also needs to craft a new political model keeping in mind the federal structure of India. The existing approach that the BJP has will probably limit it to a maximum of 200 seats […]

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Assembly Elections – Part 8

March 14th, 2012 · No Comments

India’s political future, thus, has four possibilities after the next elections: A Congress- or BJP-led majority government: this is the ideal scenario A Congress-or BJP-led minority government: the stability of this government will be dependent on the quantum of support needed from the smaller parties A Third Front government: this will be inherently unstable given […]

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Assembly Elections – Part 7

March 13th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Regional parties rule many states in India already. Each one has the potential to win 20-30 seats in a national election. Since many of them do not have a footprint in more than one state, in theory, they could all come together and try and cobble a government after the next elections if the Congress […]

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Assembly Elections – Part 6

March 12th, 2012 · No Comments

As one looks ahead, India’s political and policy future does not look bright. On the policy side, government interference in business is increasing. The ban on cotton exports is one example of where the government is needlessly meddling with the markets. With a budget coming later this week, socialistic handouts are expected to increase under […]

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