Even while we were celebrating a second successive monsoon, we have been blindsided by the possibility of a late drought striking large swathes of India — as many as 235 districts (government has been denying this) — may end up facing the prospect. Pertinently, weak dispersal of rains has impacted water storage levels, vital for winter crops.
Coexistence is the greatest value that we have developed as human beings. Much of the contexts of human evolution in the face of a dominating cultural and natural environment is to believe that either God or powerful humans are in charge, and they make the decisions.
The Noida Sector 15 building of the Rekhta Foundation for the past few months has been abuzz with a new kind of frenzy. The foundation, primarily known for popularising Urdu among the masses, stays busy these days with students and teachers of all hues pursuing a one-of-its-kind short-term Urdu learning course. “The 30- hour Urdu rasm-ul khat (script) was my first experience of teaching the basic Urdu script and alphabets to adults. And it’s worth it,” says professor Abdur Rasheed of the Urdu department of Jamia Milia Islamia.
Lending, more specifically moneylending, as an economic practice has existed for centuries: first wearing the banner of barter, then under the tutelage of mercantilists and pawnbrokers, and today, in the hands of modern banks, credit card companies, mortgage lenders and the like. With such evolution, credit became a necessity but it wasn’t accessible, available or affordable to everyone. Primarily, the penurious and destitute were systematically excluded from this phenomenon.
The India that existed in 1965 no longer exists today. Agriculture was the main contributor to the GDP then; today it is a distant third. We were not self-reliant in food production then and food security was a genuine national concern. Today India is self-reliant in food grains, fruits, vegetables, milk and livestock.
At the height of the cage match between Infosys Founder N. R. Narayana Murthy and CEO & MD Vishal Sikka in mid-February, Sikka came up with a bizarre comment which created a maelstrom on socmedia. He famously remarked – I am a Kshatriya warrior. I am here to stay and fight. Odds for the same man to cut and run in the face of relentless pressure being exerted by Murthy on the foul odoured Panaya deal. Curious that Sikka was seen jumping off the high dive as his Promised Land narrative for Infy was to be bushwhacked only six months later.
Truth, it is said, has a mind of its own, it always finds a way to emerge, breaking all the shackles imposed on it to restrain it. The echoes then are inherent in the question itself as we found out on Thursday. Again proving that life is not binary, it is full of zeroes and ones and so on. The numeric walks and keeps walking, it cannot be fettered or bottled.
Under the brown fog in a winter dawn, everything is cold, bleak and desolate. The Game of Thrones playing out in Bangalore at one of India’s largest tech companies — Infosys — is at one level despicable, at another disturbing and extremely destructive from a shareholder point of view. On Monday, Infosys, bellwether and once darling of the bourses practically fell off the cliff, closing at Rs 870.15, down Rs 53.10 on the NSE. Between Friday and Monday when the latest episode of Star Wars firefight had consumed Vishal Sikka, the wheels had truly come off the bus.
Last year, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) was passed in the Lok Sabha in May. It took almost six months to pass the law after it was introduced in December 2015. IBC that was passed in May 2016 replaced three existing laws on insolvency and bankruptcy.
In the early 1940s, when the idea of Pakistan had been well mooted and in the air, no one quite knew what it stood for. Most certainly, no one had reckoned with what it would entail if Punjab were to be partitioned along with the division of India. Then, neither the Congress, Muslim League or the Sikh Panthic parties in Punjab could have envisaged that in their zeal to mobilise vote banks, they were a few years away from one of the most horrific genocides in history.