‘How can we live after the death of India’ Mohanlal

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Mohanlal one of the finest actor of Indian film industry and  the first and the only actor to receive the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army Of India wrote a blog in Malayalam expressing disappointment on the current state of affairs inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University  campus. He reminded everyone about the sacrifices the soldiers were making at the border. In the blog titled ‘How can we live after the death of India’, Mohanlal commented on the issue of nationalism and spoke about soldiers and their sacrifice for the country instead of directly commenting on the ongoing controversy in JNU.

“We cover ourselves in thick blankets at the first sign of chill. We have hot water to brush and bath. After utilizing these comforts we go to universities and colleges to discuss about our soldiers, abuse and question them. Our country is the soil we stand on, the air we breathe, water we drink and finally we will part of it when die,” he said in the post.

Voices were raised against his blog from film industry and from Territory army also.

 

 

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Electric Cars: Future of Automobile Industry

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Most cars will be electric in the near future. Why? 2 reasons: because electric cars are way more economical than any other car, and also because they are multi fuel.
The neat factor concerning electricity is that just about any combustible fuel can be converted to electricity with efficiency. Electricity can be made in numerous ways. Solar panels, wind energy etc are to name a few. We don’t have to decide now what is that “right” technology. Indeed, the solution can possible be a mixture of the above, combined with some quantity of fossil fuels, depending on where we are generating power.
Even if we place thousands of solar panels on our roofs, establish windmills wherever possible, built tide-powered generators, or clean nuclear energy plants still we won’t cut back our dependence on oil by one drop unless we will use electricity to power cars.We don’t use oil to generate electricity, thus all those cool electric generating technologies don’t offset our oil consumption. The fact is that overwhelming majority of our oil consumption is employed for transportation.
So what’s wrong with electrical cars? Why not start using them? Currently except for the recharging limitations electric cars looks like the future of automobile industry. some of the proposed solutions to overcome the charging limitations include: quick charging, battery pack swapping and a powered auxiliary generator. But all of these has very significant technical problems. Another alternative suggestion was to increase the driving range. As of today this is not possible. Currently Tesla cars have 250 miles range. This is the maximum that lithium ion type batteries can offer at the moment. But the good news is the capacity of these batteries are steadily increasing by 8% every year. Also there are hints of breakthrough technologies.
Electric cars are similar to your mobile phones. Once the driving range is enough to make it through the day, then it needs to be charged only when one is sleeping. The Tesla Roadster is like that already for many folks, except after we wish to require an extended road trip. With a five hundred mile range, even road trips can be covered.

Unleashing the Consumer centric Railway Budget’2016

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Kanika Manocha, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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To manifold the satisfaction quotient of the consumers, railway budget stressed to improve the travel experience of each traveler. With a vision to see railways free from capacity constraints, higher train speed, increased punctuality and better safety measure, Suresh Prabhu announced the plan to improve passenger amenities.

The railway budget focused to strengthen three pillars for making railways a backbone for overall development of India- Employment generation for economic growth, enriching customer experience and overcoming its previous challenges. Making stations safer by CCTV surveillance, inclusion of more trains for unreserved category, e-catering facilities, 24*7 helpline for women and a long list was promised by railway minister during his budget.

Being one of the most strong strategy pillar of the government sector, railways have always shown tremendous growth in making the travel experience better for its customers. Although there have been many criticisms regarding the budget tailing on the fact that nothing new except for bio-toilets was included in this year budget. In order to bring cheer to the common man the railway budget showed no hike in travel fares except for the special trains for niche segment.

While some calling it a complete disappointment and a saga of hollow promises, railway minister said that they have always stood on their promises and worked for the betterment of the railway sector. With rhetoric bureaucracy, let’s hope that the new budget brings some good to the common man.

Munnabhai out of the jail, says I’m not a terrorist.

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Kanika Manocha, MBA 2015-2017, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Munnabhai of the Bollywood screen worked to make paper bags and came out with rupees 450 as his balance amount during the term he spent in prison. He was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case for illegal possession of the Ak-56 rifle. Emotionally and mentally drained actor asked the media that he is not a terrorist and don’t mention about the blast case as he was convicted under the Arms Act.

Just to see a glimpse of the actor, huge crowd gathered at the Pune airport to give the freeman a humongous welcome. The actor directly headed towards his home where he was given a warm welcome by his friends and family. Telling about the insights of the prison, Dutt mentioned about the hurdles and the sinking feeling he had to go through. Like all other prisoners he had to do some semi-skilled work according to the jail guidelines.

Marking the paper bags as the most valued possession, Dutt wanted to show those to his family members. His daughter’s excitement was unmatched to see his father out of the cage and she expressed her feelings on social media. My heartiest wishes are with the actor and his family, let’s hope he come across good future endeavors.

A Homage to ONV Kurup – Malayalam Legendary Poet and Lyricist

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Renowned Malayalam poet and lyricist O N V Kurup passed away at a KIIMS hospital,Trivandrum Saturday, his family said. He was 84 is survived by wife, a son and daughter.. His body was kept at VJT Hall in Trivandrum where many gathered to pay tribute.

He has penned over 900 songs in over 200 films  In addition to his valuable contributions to Malayalam literature, he has written over 900 songs in over 200 films and also numerous songs for dramas and plays. He received Padma Shri in 1998 and Padmabhushan in 2011 for his contributions to Malayalam literature. He also has won many national and state awards to his credit for his lyrics. In 2007, he was also awarded a Honorary Doctorate by the University Of Kerala

“Shri ONV Kurup’s demise is a major loss to Malayalam literature. His works were admired widely. May his soul rest in peace”. A tweet my Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He published his first poem Munnottu in a local magazine in 1946. Three years later his furst poetry collection ‘Porutunna Soundaryam’ was published. Some of his famous works are: Dahikunna Panapatram, Marubhumi, Agni Salabhangal, Bhumikku Oru Charamagitam and Valappottukal.

In Malaylam film industry Kurup made his debut as a lyricist with Kalam Marunnu in 1956. He won a National award for his lyrics for the film Vyshali. He also holds the record of winning 13 Kerala State Awards. Ormakale Kaivala Charthi – Pratheeksha (1979), Manjal Prasaadavum – Nakhakshathangal (1986), and Paattil Ee Pattil – Pranayam (2011), are some of his famous works.

Are smart cities the epiphany of ‘the growth story’?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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If there had been any topic that had instantly caught the nerve of any Indian, it was how profusely we were predicting our decade-long growth story. Long have we been admired for our ‘diplomatic’ skills but the threat that now looms upon the ‘superheroes’ of modern world upon the advent of young sinister has raised concerns over their forehead. The frequency of expert comments and ‘Nastredamusians’ predictions about how to be or how not be is rumoured across every nook and corner of the country. And, why would the esteemed citizens deny themselves with these opportunities to be  a scholarly ‘Socrates’?

So, once the talk of the smart city was publicly announced, it was only a matter of time that it would become the talk of the town. We had discovered something of substance and this something has raised the expectations of every young and old philosophist of this country. All the age boundaries have been dissolved and it has been like Martin’s I have a dream speech, in the presence of a grander audience.

Chinese have already been declared dead as we are growing more rapidly than them without ‘devaluating’ ourselves and the US’s are already busy in selecting their POTUS. So, here comes our window of opportunity where we can shut them up and pull them down.

So, Martin if you ever had a dream, we will also keep coming with our dreams, for we not only love our country we love to plan big for ourselves. Don’t underestimate us with the slight tumble of the market because this might be our another strategy to surprise you down. It might not be the era of Krishna or Shakuni but there always be a Chanakya to pull Ashoka’s victory lap.

100 is the number you should be wary about because already in the era of 20-20 we have started planning for 25. So, lest you forget there still a lot left with the flip of that coin which we are still carrying in our pocket. Act like Dhritarashtra as much as you can but Arjun will still prevail because we already have Krishna by our side.

Thank you!

Everything to know about the JNU unrest

Below is an unbiased timeline of what happened at the JNU campus:

– Alleged students of the JNU organised an event to to express solidarity with Kashmiri migrants and also protest against judicial hanging of Afzal Guru in 2013
– Posters were put up about the same at the Sabarmati dhaba of JNU campus. Also, a programme-‘A country without a post office — against the judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt’-was supposed to take off.

– This led to protest by ABVP members, demanding expulsion of the organisers.
– A disciplinary enquiry was taken up by the university which claimed the organisers went ahead with the event without permission.
– A protest march was carried out and ABVP members accused that JNU students shouted anti-India slogans. A video also appeared in which students were heard shouting slogans
– JNU students say they did not shout any anti-national slogans.
– A sedition case was registered at Vasant Kunj police station against unknown students and the university barred eight students pending an enquiry.
– JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on sedition charges
– Students of JNU demanding Kumar’s release gave a shutdown call. JNU teachers also joined the students.
– On February 14, violence broke out in the Patiala House. People in black robes slapped and kicked supporters of Kanhaiya Kumar. .
–  The Supreme Court criticised the unruly behaviour of the lawyers and ordered  security in the premises of the courts for both the clients and media persons
– On February 17 also, violence was witnessed outside Patiala House Court where two groups of lawyers clashed with each other.
– The Supreme Court was also informed that Kanhaiya Kumar was attacked in the court premises.
– SC restricted the number reporters to five and two supporters of arrested students for the hearing.
– Kanhaiya Kumar was sent to judicial custody till March 02. o Kanhaiya.
– Kumar claims that he did not shout any anti-national slogans and few outsiders were involved in raising anti-India slogans.

Indian Premier League step toward current season

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

NOOR MOHAMED M, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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April month is going to burn us as well as it is a hot season for cricket fans, advertising agencies, promoters and who are all expecting another season of Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 9. A decade old IPL season changed cricket ecology and evinced many talents pools from India to international cricket arena includes current star Kohli, Dawan, Rohit, Raina and many more.

Cricket is playing in India since 18 century. After India won the world cup on 1983, cricket has been followed by huge fans and considered as a premier game of India. It stimulated many of us to play on streets and shown our patriotism. Many of us spend a day and night to watch  important matches and forgot about our own needs.

Since Cricket is introduced, it faced a lot of changes in playing method. One of the recent and most welcomed changes is T20 format. It attracted many people to watch the game similar time on a movie or football. Moreover, an aggressive marketing campaign is penetrated game to follow huge fans. People expectation arouses and people watched and followed it madly. Through that, IPL and its Franchise enjoyed huge revenue growth. It’s contributed more revenue for government also. Its contribution to India’s GDP is increased from ₹910 million into ₹11.5 billion. It means compound annual growth CAGR is 37.31% per annum. (Source: IPL official website and Wikipedia).

IPL took aggressive Marketing and promotional campaigns in all seasons. Franchises did huge advertisement to promote them on their region and seek people support of the region. Moreover, IPL boosted the promotion by selling merchandise through companies like eBay India, HomeShop 18, Twenty-four seven. It did Strategic tie-up with Google for live streaming of IPL matches through YouTube. It also tied up with PVR cinemas for live screening of IPL matches at theatres and other public places. Likewise, it took lot of measures to reach cricket to more than target audience

Apart from that, Music band performance and cheers girls dance in stadium to boost players and entertain the audience. Many multinational companies overwhelmed with audience responses and started to sponsor game and team, and to advertise in the match.

Current season (2016), Chinese smartphone maker M/S VIVO is won credit as title sponsor. BCCI, an owning body of IPL, announced Freecharge, a subsidiary of snapdeal, will be an official partner. Approximately, 70% Advertising Inventory has been sold before two months of the tournament to start. It expected to collect ₹12 billion from advertisers for this season. Exclusive broadcast right holder Sony Pictures Network increased presenting sponsors to three for first time. Sony picture got 1000 crore from ad sales last year and planned to increase 20% for the current season. (Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2016-02-02/news/70282838_1_ipl-indian-premier-league-oppo)

Even though, many controversial happen, IPL still not reduced it hot on the current season. Huge Fan followers are waiting for the season to start. Franchises sit on hot seat and wish to make their team win and increase revenue advertising. Whatever, it is time for VPL at VGSOM J

How has cricket evolved over the years

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The season of the T20 world cup, or so famously called boom-boom cricket is around the corner. It is surprising how we have been constantly we have been struggling to improve our delivery time to meet our day to day experiences and this T20 format is just that salt which has found its way suavely. The cricket that we know was all about the class, the resistance, the resilience and how all this seems lost amongst the speed and thrust to go kaboom in this 120 ball format. No more techniques of Gavaskar, or sweating of Dravid to detest opposition from plucking one out. The satisfaction of denying bowlers the pleasure of wicket is no more the objective.

The kids from 80’s and 90’s are still looking for the Sachin’s and Kumble’s and the Laxman’s but, are we ever going to get to see them anymore. I don’t think so and the others will agree that in the era of power hitting where Pollard’s and Gayle’s of modern cricket continue to make a mockery of every stadium around the globe we are not looking for Rahane’s anymore. Amongst Rahane’s and Raina’s, I am afraid that it will be Rahane’s who will be sitting out every single time because there is no matching to the race to hit bit rather than to play along.

So, it’s time to get ready with your ultra HD televisions to watch the big boomy hits of Russel’s and Pandya’s who will somehow keep earning big bucks. For every other cricket lovers like us, it’s time to either make a sacrifice or to compromise with the change as change is continuously knocking the world in all forms. So, grow from your misery and be cheerful, whilst you can enjoy their show.

Cheers!

“Smart villages” : Thinking beyond “smart cities”

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Jagruti Jain, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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It’s been a trend of talking about smart cities these days. The simple question that bothers me sometimes is whether the entire globe is to be urbanised overnight? The United Nations projects, about 64% of the developing world will be classified as urbanised by 2050. Still 36% of the population in developing countries will be living in rural areas.

When we talk about Indian villages, we see that some villages even lack the basic necessities, like electricity and safe water. There is no basic health insurance in case of serious illnesses. Rural health centres are either not easily reachable or they don’t have the facilities and medicines to treat the common diseases. Malnutrition is common in such areas. The roads in the interiors are difficult to walk on. The indebtedness and high cost of farming leads to many farmers committing suicides. The young men go to metro cities in search of jobs leading to the lack of manual labour in the villages.

We must not overlook our villages in order to let our cities survive. The people in rural areas must have access to reliable basic services. In the last two years, in several parts of the country, consecutive crop failures due to drought and unreasonable rain brought down the agricultural growth rate. The children are deprived of the primary education.

It is not that conditions in the cities are much better. Roads are crowded while the number of cars keeps growing. People lack the driving sense. The luxury has become a part of status symbol. People don’t hesitate in taking loans which they can’t pay to buy things they don’t need. People are moving towards western culture leaving aside the vast Indian culture.

Two extreme conditions may be seen when you move from a village to a city. So let’s step up to fill the gap. Let’s think about the “smart village”.