Freedom of thought not an option

Right wing domination is an expression of Malthusianism. Marx and Malthus were describing the industrial revolution, and so were Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. It was these novelists and journalists who described the ambiguities of how we think of the disparities between rich and the poor.


An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

                     - Victor Hugo

Opinion: Faculty key to student’s success

Passion is the key to unleashing the success potential of any venture. It also holds true for engineering studies. A faculty driven by passion and dedication can spark the academic interest of an impassive student. Designing customised problems or worksheets for students is the need of the hour to test their understanding to topics and prod them to think about the concepts from an application point of view. Student attention can be consolidated and interest in engineering studies can be generated through the assignment of project work.

Twists & Turns in Trade War

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s stopover at Beijing on October 8 may not have been a pleasant experience, more so in the backdrop of accusation of US vice-president Michael Richard Pen­ce about China attempting to interfere in US elections. The agenda of North Korean denuclearisation, where the US and China were broadly agreeing earlier, seems to have taken a back seat, and improvement of relations doesn’t seem to be realistic in near future.

Merger of Banks & you

The finance ministry rece­ntly annou­nc­ed merger of three public sector banks – Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank. Financial services secretary Rajiv Ku­m­ar, in the ministry – that exercises oversight on all public sector banks – had stated that the merged bank entity would have better financial strength based on lower NPA ratio than average of 12.13 per cent for other public sector banks. The me­r­ged entity’s provision coverage ratio and cost to income ratio would also improve. Dena Bank, which is the smallest of the three, has a bigger share of NPAs.

Auditing audit process

Accelerating change has characterised the global business landscape for many years. Several factors such as rapidly evolving technology, newer financial instruments, complex regulatory environment, increasingly integrated global economy, and competition are creating new risks and opportunities for organisations. Amidst all this the role of the chief finance officer (CFO) has also evolved. Whereas earlier chief finance officers used to focus on value preservation, today their role encompasses strategic and consultative roles driven by the needs of business and leading to value creation.

Glaring inequality & HDI

Despite the best phase of economic pr­ogress, In­d­ia losses qu­a­rter of its HDI value due to inequality. It requires more attention to bridge the regional and gender inequality to improve its relative rank globally.

Opinion: Technology expands reach of healthcare

It’s fascinating to look ba­ck on the advancements in technology and see how far the world has come in the last two decades. At the same time, the manner in wh­ich technology has proliferated and come to beco­me an integral part of our da­i­ly lives has led to the diminishing of distances. Tech has made it possible for people in remote ar­e­as to access health and rel­a­t­ed servi­c­es as well as interact with do­ctors and caregi­vers, witho­­ut having to travel vast distances.

A clean environment for human empowerment

Yesterday, the United Nations honoured me with the ‘Champions of the Earth Award’. While I was extremely humbled at receiving this honour, I do feel that this award is not for an individual. Instead, it is recognition of the Indian culture and values, which have always placed emphasis on living in harmony with Mother Nature.

It was a proud moment for every Indian to see India’s proactive role in mitigating climate change being acknowledged and appreciated by the UN secretary general António Guterres and Erik Solheim, executive director of UNEP.

Mining data for mining

The developm­ent of natural resources dat­es back to ab­out 50,000 ye­a­rs – in the Mi­ddle Paleolithic Chert mi­nes of Nazlet Sabaha (or Safaha), a site on the western ba­n­ks of the Nile River in Egy­pt. In India, zinc mining dat­es back to over 3,000 years in Rajasthan at Zawar.