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Shrinivas Dharma

Global Marketing & Public Policy Consultant

I am a Global Marketing & Public Policy Consultant with 25 years of experience major part of which has been by way of physical presence in regions like Africa (East & West) South East Asia and Europe. Besides, I have extensively travelled on business missions to Middle East, South and North America and former Eastern block countries. One of the distinct contribution has been popularising Special Research Algorithm developed by fellow Indian scientists in major international markets particularly USA and Germany, markets known for mature management practices. Besides professional engagements, I am also a member of Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. Engineer and International Management graduate by training, I was involved in number of progressive student and youth struggles during early days. Keenly follow social struggles world over for multi cultural, democratic and egalitarian values.
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Kejriwal Deserves Thanks For Shattering Our Illusions About A Democratic Delhi

The High Court has confirmed that Delhi is not a state with a sovereign legislature, but a Union Territory. Here, popular mandate becomes subservient to the sweet will of an officer -- the Lieutenant Governor -- appointed by the President on advice of Ministry of Home Affairs. With this one judgment, Delhiites can see how little their democratic rights matter… it’s not so very different from life under the British colonial masters from whom the concept of a Union Territory has been borrowed.
17/08/2016 4:26 PM IST

The Kafala System And The Indian ‘Slaves' In Qatar

A major portion of our foreign exchange is earned by millions of poor, ignorant but in-demand Indian workers toiling in harsh working conditions under slavery-like regulations. Their comfort and safety is nobody's concern.
29/06/2016 5:52 PM IST

Resolving Islam's Conflict With Modernity

I am cognizant of the fact that every religion has streams of pluralism as well as absolutism. There is often a conflict between what a religion actually teaches and how it is interpreted by followers. And while every religion has some heavy lifting to do in this regard, it is Islam that has the most urgent catching up to do. Given the fact that it is the world's second largest religion, and also the fastest growing one, the problem of its resistance to modernity concerns all of humanity.
16/06/2016 3:05 PM IST

America Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is For Harriet Tubman. Can We Do It For Ambedkar?

Last month, it was announced that abolitionist Harriet Tubman would be the new face of the $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson, who, incidentally, owned slaves. In a way, a place on a bank note is a tiny gesture for towering personalities like Harriet. However, it signifies the importance of the cause she fought for. Its symbolic value cannot be denied.
11/05/2016 8:23 AM IST

NPA Crisis: A Classic Case Of Crony Capitalism

Recently, The Indian Express, on the basis of a response to its RTI application, reported that 29 state-owned banks have written off a total of ₹1.14 lakh crore of bad debts (technically called non-performing assets or NPAs) between financial years 2013 and 2015. This is an atrocious waste of public money and a classic case of crony capitalism.
29/02/2016 3:50 PM IST
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Supriya Sule's Sari Secrets And The Disarray Of Indian Democracy

Baramati MP Supriya Sule's recent confession about her sari discussions in Parliament has created quite a rustle. Much of the disapproval directed towards her is less for the fact that she uses her time in the House to gossip, and more so for her breaking an Omertà-like code of secrecy among parliamentarians. For us observers, though, her revelations are not all that surprising.
15/01/2016 8:02 AM IST
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The Sand Mafia And The Tragedy Of The Commons

Illegal sand mining is prevalent nationwide, and with a spurt in housing and infrastructure projects it has become a greater scourge than ever, thriving beyond the ambit of formal economy and law and order. Sand is everywhere and so is the sand mafia. This all-pervasive illegal activity is the dark underbelly of our infrastructure corporates and building industry, posing a severe threat to the environment and claiming hundreds of lives.
11/12/2015 8:21 AM IST

Why The Entry Of US Special Forces In Syria Could Make Matters Even Worse

The US President's announcement that Special Forces would be sent to Syria "very soon" is no cause for celebration. In fact, it signals the beginning of even more dangerous developments to come. The overt purpose of this operation is to combat ISIS but also to strengthen anti-Assad forces like the Free Syrian Army and their allies. It is time to ask the US administration the million-dollar question: What is your primary objective? Changing the Syrian regime or fighting terrorism?
01/12/2015 8:35 AM IST
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Anish Kapoor's ‘Hindu Taliban' Jibe And The Rajasthan Govt's Revenge

Eminent sculptor Anish Kapoor's characterisation of the Modi government as a "Hindu Taliban" has invited instant action from Rajasthan Government -- in an obviously retaliatory move, it has scrapped Kapoor's nomination from the Governing Board of Jaipur's Jawahar Kala Kendra. I am no advocate of the Modi government, but as things stand today, even I believe that the descriptor "Hindu Taliban" is quite far-fetched.
28/11/2015 9:26 AM IST
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The Paris Attacks And The Endless Cycle Of Terror

France has already dispatched its aircraft carrier to the Middle East to intensify its air campaign in Syria and Iraq. Not enough mention is being made of the collateral damage that will come with the air strikes. Hospitals, schools, places of worship, wedding parties could be bombed out of existence. Then, some General will appear, rattling out an apology in an unconvincing monotone and the matter will be put to rest. But what will inevitably follow is the next round of violence, leading to further loss of life on both sides.
19/11/2015 9:10 AM IST
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‘What's Wrong Happening Bhai?': Anupam Kher's Saffron Blinkers

On 3 November, Anupam Kher appeared on a popular (and noisy) prime time show on the "Tolerance Tussle" vis-à-vis what is being termed as the "Award Wapsi" movement. On the show, Kher duelled with Shobhaa De and repeated one question with emphatic innocence: "What's wrong happening bhai?" This reflects the height of hypocrisy as well as sheer disrespect for the intelligence of millions of serious-minded Indians who are feeling genuinely concerned about the increasing frequency of "state-connived hooliganism" and the crass indifference of those in power.
06/11/2015 8:19 AM IST

Dear Mr President, Look The Other Way When You're In Israel

You are leaving on a state visit to Israel on Monday, 12 October. I wish you bon voyage, but would also like to give you a few "tips". A man of the world such as yourself might find this to be a little presumptuous, but it's something I want to get out of my system - and while my "advice" in this case is for Israel, it applies to India too, especially given the repulsive recent developments in our country. You'll see what I mean in a bit.
08/10/2015 4:31 PM IST

Lions, Liars And Masters Of The Universe

Last month's killing of Cecil, a 13-year-old black-maned lion, by American dentist Walter Palmer, was met with global outrage and condemnation. However, this incident cannot just be treated as another sign of American (or White) exceptionalism (read sickness) because behind it is a much larger and thriving trophy industry.
07/09/2015 8:15 AM IST
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Dear Greek Citizens, Here's Why The EU Is Not Your Friend

I must confess that at times I was disappointed in you. Particularly, when I saw some of you youngsters holding high the European Union flag and giant placards announcing, "We belong to the EU". Let me share few things that I know. I hope it will provide you with adequate reason to say ΌΧΙ - No -- on the coming Sunday, 5 July. Europeans like your sun and sand but the fraternity ends there. Let me give you five instances to support my claim.
03/07/2015 8:25 AM IST