WHAT IF DONALD “trumps”…?

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Ashwini Kumar Tewary,  EMBA 2015- 18,  Vinod Gupta School of Management

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Well its too early to predict but you never know. The American presidency elections are generating a huge interest and Donald Trump’s rating seems to rattle the pollsters at large.

A maverick and a successful figure, Trump has very cleverly marketed himself and his notoriety has ensured his popularity among the American voters. His remarks are generally not what you expect from a Presidential candidate. His behavior, often called boorish seems to have spirited the sagging elections. I guess the Americans must have been bored to death by the Bush & the Clintons. They both seem to be always in the fray. Perhaps in Trump they find a successful business magnate who makes his own rules and someone who has been hugely popular because of his style, glamour, life style and penchant for success.

Donald Trump seems to speak his mind and does not skirt issues which generally the others would sweet talk about. At times his ideas are regressive and to me he behaves as a right winged nationalist. He has his own interpretation of American values which he staunchly advocates. He might not be a true global leader now but he is smart enough to change roles. As a graduate in finance from Wharton School of Finance, Trump will perhaps create a strong America and stop meddling in International affairs like his predecessors. The middle east policy of the Americans is a big failure.

The ratings and equations might change in the coming weeks .

I persist Donald might “trump” .

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Who’s this lady??

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Anjali Ghosh, EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

The story of Indrani which is foddering to much media attention and national gossip is revolving around the woman who is compared with Lady Mack bathe. Many are accusing that this is the result of modernisation and westernisation which brought out the traditional Indian Sati-Sabitiris to face outer world and commit a social Hara-kiri. But nobody is thinking whether Indrani is the real example of today’s free Indian woman who can live life in their own terms. Was she ever in her life actually free or always did slavery to different relationships of being a daughter, a wife or partner and a mother. Give a glance to the males who entered her life and contributed to evolve Indrani what she is today. What about that adopting father who forgot to play father’s duty, what about her first partner who gave birth to two children with her out of wedlock and remained stationed in her house without taking any responsibility, what about her 2nd partner who continued to keep relationship with her may be in the search of good fortune and what about that media baron who pretended about being totally unaware about his wife’s past and present history, what about that drug addicted son who on and off accused his mother of being an evil. Indrani was constantly used and misused by her male counterparts but she never flied away from her responsibilities of raising children, taking care of old parents and her own family and established herself as an influential person in media. When so many male came to Mumbai penniless and establish a business emperor or become a Hero, we consider them as role model but when Ladies like Indrani came to Mumbai without any connection and establish themselves, the patriarchs always smell something rotten. Whether Indrani killed her daughter or not that is still under jurisdiction but we have already proved her guilty in the national mind and trying to remain blind about the people and circumstances which ultimately led to the crime.

Call Drop Monitering

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Arjun Ganguly, EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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When people are living in a world where time is money, literally, call drop not only poses as irritating phenomenon but also ends up eating away customers time. When a phone connection gets broken mid-call, it is referred to as call drop. For cellphone users in India, it has become common to be cut off mid-sentence when speaking.

The issue is more relevant now than ever specially in light of the fact that Call drops have doubled in the last one year, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). This is by the way four times higher than the permissible limit. The issue of frequent call drops has become severe in the recent months and concern has been raise by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well in this regard.

The government seems to have come up with a probable solution to this issue. On Wednesday(09/09) it went on to approve telecom spectrum trading norms, allowing mobile operators to buy or lend airwaves from one another. Immediately after the new broke out on the Cabinet approval, Telecom stocks soared – Reliance Communication soared over 15 per cent, while Bharti Airtel and Idea shot up over 5 per cent. The move is expected to bring the call drop rate down in India. India is the world’s second-
biggest market by number of mobile customers. The government’s nod will help telecom operators meet surging demand not only in the country’s phone connections but also the data usage. Why data usage? The number of smartphone users in India had stood at around 140 million in 2014. According to a study by Cisco it is expected to reach 651 million by 2019.

There is speculation, on the other hand, that the government may impose penalties on mobile operators for frequent call drops. Seeking urgent steps by mobile operators to put a check to frequent call drops, regulator TRAI said their performance would be reviewed. After a stipulated time of 15 days if the issue shows no improvement , TRAI had warned it will “cross the bridge”. Separately, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also said that the government is presently not thinking of imposing any penalty, but that option can not be ruled out if the situation does not change.

Whichever may be the case, i.e. whether penalties are imposed as warned or the news of approval of telecom spectrum trading norms by the government, the future certainly looks good for the country’s millions of telecom customers. It is good that the government is looking into these hassles faced by customers and are thinking of implementing various innovative methods to put an end to it.

References
ndtv.com
Economic Times

BIHAR – CASTE & DEVELOPMENT CAN CO-EXIST, BUT MODI & NITISH CAN’T

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Ashwini Kumar Tewary, EMBA 2015-2018, Vinod Gupta School Of Management

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“There is nothing called Vote for development, at least not in Bihar”

A senior politician remarked the other day. I was stumped for a moment. The politics of 2015 still centers around the Caste and community. Even after 67 yrs of Independence people still vote on the basis of caste without even thinking about the merits of the people in the fray. A closer look revealed that Caste and the Modi factor was the most important criteria for the realignment of the Political forces in Bihar. Old foes like Lalloo Yadav joined hands with Nitish Kumar and Congress with BJP consolidating with Ram Vilas Paswan & Jitan Ram Manjhi.

I personally disagree with the above remark. I admit Caste is one of the prime factors in Bihar elections but the new generation is yearning for development. The masses have been subjected to abject poverty and no Government has been able to eradicate the ills of illiteracy, social evils and develop skills. In the last 10 years the word development has being coined as a slogan . The JD-United with the BJP ruled together till Nitish Kumar decided to part ways. Both the political parties came together and made development their agenda after the so called ‘jungle raj” of Lalloo yadav. Development has struck the right chords with the masses and this election will prove its effectiveness.

Narendra Modi is leaving no stone un-turned in planning the exit of Nitish Kumar. He has stitched up a coalition to ensure he has the right combination of caste equations. He promises and raises the issues of growth & development in his speeches. Modi is an astute politician as his style and timing of communicating is excellent. His recent announcements of a package of 1,25,000 crores and One rank One pension scheme is certainly aimed to consolidate his vote share. His animosity with Nitish Kumar has raised the interest levels in the up coming election. The pitch and the adjectives are getting shriller and maligning. It has  become a battle of survival.

If the BJP wins it will be curtains for Nitish Kumar & Lalloo Yadav. Modi will then be able to take his revenge from one of the last protegees of L.K. Advani. If Nitish Kumar wins then it will result in the ascendancy of the kins of Lalloo Yadav and  Arvind Kejriwal will have a company to keep.

It will be a cracker of a fight this Diwali .

SYRIA – A ‘pawn’ IN THE USA & PUTIN CONFLICT

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Ashwini Kumar Tewary, EMBA 2015- 2018, Vinod Gupta School of Management

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“We are just living on the edge of life, We’re always nervous,we’re always afraid”

The above statement sums up the entire sentiment of the Syrian population.

Once regarded as a cradle of civilization of the Middle East, for centuries Syria has been a melting pot of religion and ethnicities. But now it has become a flash point for supremacy  between The United States and Russia.

Syria has had an autocratic ruler in President Asaad for decades . It also happens to house a military base of Russia (the only outside Russia). Syria with the support of Russia has always voiced its opinion against Israel, an ally of USA. The Middle East became unstable after the Iraq war. The instability in Syria can also be masked with the spillover effect reason of the Iraqi war.

It all began in March 2011, when security forces opened fire on pro democracy protesters, people took to streets. The unrest triggered nationwide protests demanding President Asaad’s resignation. The government used force to crush the dissent and this resulted in opposition supporters taking up arms , first to defend themselves and later to fight the security forces. The conflict escalated into a civil war and slowly acquired sectarian overtones.  It has now resulted in a Sunni and Shia war, drawing the neighboring countries and an excuse for the world powers to establish their supremacy. Capitalizing on the chaos in the region, Islamic State (IS) – the extremist group that grew out of Al Qaida in Iraq – has taken control of territory across northern and eastern Syria. Its many foreign fighters in Syria are now involved in a “war within a war”, battling rebels and jihadists. Iran and Russia have supported the government of President Assad and gradually increased their support. The government has also enjoyed the support of Lebanon’s Shia Islamist Hezbollah movement. The Sunni dominated opposition of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Arab states along with the main backers USA, UK & France has armed the rebels to fight the Asaad Government.

In the summer of 2011, before the civil war broke out Syria signed a gas pipeline deal with Iran and Iraq. This  would span from Iran’s gas-rich South Pars field to the Mediterranean coastline in Lebanon, via Iraq and Syria. It would be the largest gas pipeline in the Middle East. Further, the agreement calls for the construction of an underwater pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea, stretching to deliver Iranian gas to energy-hungry European nations from Lebanon to Greece. Syria’s geographic location on the Mediterranean Sea makes it an obvious export center for oil producers within the greater Middle East seeking to export their oil and gas reserves to European markets. Meanwhile the Sunni kingdoms and the western nations had invested heavily in a new gas pipeline which would feed the demand of the European nations. This pipeline was known as the Arab Gas pipeline. The mistake of President Asaad was to reject the Arab gas pipeline in favor of the Iran, Iraq and Syria pipeline. Thus he became a direct competitor to their business. Further, in 2013 & 2014 the Syrian government signed a major deal with the Russian Oil companies and Russian Government to explore gas along the Mediterranean . So it was all in all a Russian deal as Iran, Iraq and Syria were the closest allies of Russia. It was actually Putin all the way.

The Arab states classified it as a Sunni and Shia war as the new gas pipeline would be passing through all the shia dominated regions. The Gulf nations have both an Economic & a Religious reason to oppose the pipeline. They have armed the protesters with money and ammunition to destabilize Syria and overthrow President Asaad.  The United States accused the Syrian Government for using chemical weapons on its people and has entered the fray. The American interests are to have a favorable government in Syria and protect the interests of Saudi Arabia. Putin will never let it happen as he too also has a lot at stake.

The escalating violence and IS advances have had a significant humanitarian impact on Syria and its neighbors. Syria is now the world’s biggest internal displacement crisis, with more than seven million people forced from their homes. Millions have fled mainly taking refuge in surrounding countries .Turkey and Lebanon have each taken in more than one million Syrians, while Jordan, Iraq and Egypt have become home to hundreds of thousands more. The Syrians are now taking refuge in the European countries. The Europeans were certainly not prepared for this.

This” spill over effect” will be interesting to analyse in the coming decade.

Whats my Name…Whats my Name….Whats my Name…My Name is Sheena…

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Tathagata Mukherjee, EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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You all know what I am talking about. Yes, I am talking about the series of unfortunate events happening, with almost a new breaking and jaw dropping finding coming out every day for the murder case of Sheena Borra.

The are atleast 20 jokes I came across over the web connected to this incident which even included one saying that the family relationship tree of the victim fits a CAT exam question. What can I say?..you tell..it actually does….however in reality, this incident is a shame and a shock and is making me think how are we, humans, getting degraded. Amanush (inhuman), is the word which can fit here. I am not the first one saying this. I feel greed sometimes makes humans blind.

While everyone is speculating that the main motive behind this incident is monetary…a quick question arises…Can money bring back the life lost here? The truth(s) is yet to be found. Sheena Borra was not the first victim of such a greed and she is not going to be the last either and at this point of time it is difficult to feel sorry for any of the alive characters in this incident as no one knows who when where can suddenly be accused of some part played in this complex equation.

We may see a lot of debates over reformation in processes, demands for change in laws and many more blah blahs. We may see protests, candle marches, documentaries and ofcourse media masala in upcoming days (“Dhyan se Dekhiye Iss Chehre Ko!!” #Crime Reporter genre types) but lady Sheena is not coming back and after few days we’ll forget her and move on to a new story. Ahh we are so …predictable.

Sheena…wherever you are….’Requiescat in pace’…

So…Who’s taking movie making rights for this case? Someday this can be a Hitchcock styled thriller….and are we gonna have an app game?

Mother India ??

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Paroma Sen, E-MBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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A news in the Telegraph and other newspapers for the past couple of weeks compelled the society to get up from their bed with shock and pain. The news was wife of former CEO of Star India Mr. Peter Mukherjee, Indrani Mukherjee had killed her daughter from her previous marriage and dumped her body in the remote jungle with the help of her driver and her second husband.

Now the point arises the how a mother could kill her own daughter whom she had kept in her womb for nine months. They say the bond between a child and her mother is the most primary bond before any other bonds are created.

What was the reason of this killing? How could a person – a Mother could perpetrate such an act.

In my view our current socioeconomic condition is the prime reason behind this act. Human, specially the slightly upper middle class has become so ruthless regarding money and power that to achieve the same they do not even bother to look around themselves. They are all climbing the ladder to reach the ultimate goal crushing all relations lying below.

But how long will they climb the ladder because sky is beyond our reach. Ultimately it is the Mother Earth to whom we all have to surrender one day.

Jose & Arsene – The Hyde and Jekyll

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Arup Mondal, EMBA KOL 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


 

Arsene Wenger, manager of the Arsenal Football club and Jose Mourinho, manager of Chelsea Football Club are two living legendary football managers. They have different philosophies about the game. Arsene vouches for beauty, flair and silky footballing style while Mourinho focuses on physical aspect and justifies any tactics to win a game. The later has been more successful in wining trophies, cups and honors for the 4 clubs he managed over last decade. Arsene has stuck to his a single club for almost 20 years now. His initial 10 years has bought various trophies and numerous successes for Arsenal, but until recently till 2013 he had a dry spell for almost 10 years.

These two footballing managers often clashes with each other and sometimes it goes to the extent of being a physical fight. Wars of words are very common among them. And things got out of hands until Mourinho recently had a monologue when he called Arsene a specialist in failures and said – “Am I afraid of failure? He is a specialist in failure. I’m not. So if one supposes he’s right and I’m afraid of failure, it’s because I don’t fail many times. So maybe he’s right. I’m not used to failing. But the reality is he’s a specialist because, eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure.”

Yes, Arsene has had no recent success in terms of trophy and cups. But are these trophies and cups the only measure of success? Probably yes to some people like Mourinho who has always had the backing of some rich owners and always managed to gather a team of elite footballers. He sacrificed all footballing beauty for tactics and win. But the situation was not so kind for Wenger. After his initial trophy laden 10 years, Arsenal decided to build a new stadium in 2005 and spend 500 million dollars to build it. Suddenly coffers on player spending dried up for Arsene and he had to rely on youth and mediocre football players to stay up and competitive. Arsenal had to sell its best players to other clubs. It became vulnerable and instable. Leeds, another famous club couldn’t stay competitive when they built a stadium. So history was against Wenger and Arsenal. It was the moment of make –or – break for Arsenal and it needed a strong believer and philosopher to guide them through the turbulence and stay competitive. Luckily Arsenal had Wenger who in spite of numerous offers from richer clubs stayed true to his club and steered it to successive FA cup victories in 2013 & 14. He has built the new Arsenal, he has transformed the youth players to stars and he has laid down a solid foundation for future. The recent successes only irked Jose whose volatile character driven by madness for trophy and glory has always got better of him.

In all those difficult years, Arsene has stuck to his philosophy of fair play and stood for the beauty of the game. He has never sacrificed the entertainment part of the game for success. He sometimes is criticized as a fool who lets game slip away from his hands. This might be true, but his philosophy of the game and philosophy of managing a club during the turbulent times is appreciated by all.

 

References:

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/9933337/arsene-wenger-v-jose-mourinho-the-history-of-their-rivalry-in-quotes