On 8 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned the nation by announcing the demonetisation of ₹500 and ₹1000 notes. These denominations which comprised about 85% of the currency in circulation wo...
In this piece I will not go into a detailed analysis of the merits and demerits of the Start-Up India initiative because enough has been written on the subject, but suffice it to say that it has failed to meet expectations. My endeavour here is to find answers as to why this programme and many others of the Modi government fall short on delivering on their promise, despite what photoshopped images on social media might lead you to believe.
Launched in 1999, Indiaplaza.com was a pioneer in e-commerce and at a time when few things were in its favour - internet speed, payment avenues or online consumers - it barrelled on, surviving the dotcom bust in early 2000 and then the recession of 2008. In early 2011, it still seemed to be doing fairly well and it even managed to raise $5 million in investment. But just two years later the company went bust. What happened and what can entrepreneurs learn from it?
The summoning of the Kashmiri Pandits' exodus as a counterpoint every time one speaks of the communal politics of Hindutva forces often defies logic. Most of the time it is a classic case of "whataboutery". I will try to examine several nuances of this and why talking about KPs has become the new benchmark and prerequisite for "speaking about secularism".
It's great to have a competitive mindset, but yours is vengeful, pernicious (as borne out by your rude outbursts in public forums). When you're asked about your behaviour, you give it a positive twist. You say you're not diplomatic, you are a straight talker. But to me that is just a cloak for your arrogance... You are known not for solving problems or generating great revenues and profits. You are known for getting investors on board, just as much for you are infamous for your arrogant treatment of them.
I have always been fascinated by the multiple identities that Sidhwa seems to juggle - Parsi, Pakistani, migrant, woman, writer. I wrote to her a while back, and to my surprise, she answered with nuggets about her life in Pakistan, being a Parsi and her struggles and successes in writing.
Yes, I am talking to you, the likes of Arundhati Roy, who leave no occasion to speak eloquently on Kashmir but have yet to address our plight. I am writing to you because Kashmir refuses to engage with us on the subject of our return except to trot out standard arguments, protests, distortions of fact. I am hoping that in your garden of freedom, utopia, Azadi, Nizame Mustafa (Islamic rule), Intifada and liberalism, there might be some scope to talk about my township or ghetto or any form of return in accordance with my wishes.