Embracing the IDEA OF INDIA

And for a Friday at the PCGT annual event in Mumbai, some thoughts…… As a Trustee of PCGT (Public Concern for Governance Trust ), I am amazed by our Chairman – Padma Bhushan Julio Riberio – 90 years “Young” Warhorse, his childlike enthu, boundless Energy, Can-do Spirit and willingness to take up causes for the…

How Relevant is the National Budget in 21st Century India

And for a Budget Friday in Mumbai, some thoughts….. some musings…… In the seventies and eighties, in the Hey days of Socialism, “Garibi Hatao”, “Roti, Kapada aur Makaan”, I remember Nani Palkhiwala with his interpretation of Policies and taxes…. Income Tax was 75 to 90{aff5a224634bf574f692c8c7d068a0713fecca4ea38a30d3005107227dbb12e7} plus CDS – Compulsory Deposit Scheme. Nani explained the terms…

69th Republic Day – Time to Look Ahead

And for a Friday, the 69th Republic Day of India, when in an unprecedented event, 10 Heads of States of ASEAN countries are our Chief Guests….. some thoughts….. Whilst India gained Independence on 15th August 1947, we were still part of British Constituent Monarchy under King George VI, with Earl Mountbatten as the Governor General…

Kerala Model of Development – Obsolete?

And for the first Friday of 2018 in Gods Own Country, Trivandrum…. some thoughts…. The Kerala Model of Development has helped achieve Social and Educational development comparable to Western Countries in Kerala – low level of Infant Mortality, high level of literacy and life expectancy etc. etc. However, I think the role of that model…