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Indian IT is no crashing failure

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BusinessLine If a company tries to cut its costs and opts for a cheaper software vendor who uses low paid engineers and a technology glitch develops in its product, who is to blame? The vendor or the company? If a company uses software as a cost centre and not... More »

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E-buses gaining traction on Indian roads

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BusinessLine It’s the new player that’s stepping hard on the accelerator. Olectra Greentech now has 108 electric buses on roads from Himachal Pradesh to Kerala. It’s also in the race to supply buses to 14 States and cities — from Pune, which is looking for 125... More »

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Indian media stoops to a new low

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BusinessLine Indian media, particularly television news channels, has sunk to a new low after the Pulwama terror attack. Within a couple of hours of the horrific attack, in which more than 40 CRFP jawans lost their lives, TV anchors were screaming how “Pakista... More »

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Why cats are safer than children on Indian roads

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BusinessLine You heard me right: cats and dogs are relatively safer than humans while crossing roads in India. How did you arrive at that determination? That’s the conclusion derived from a research spearheaded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who... More »

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Indian industry must up its tech ante

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BusinessLine Picture this. In an Indore market many old shops are replaced by new types of stores. These make products on demand using 3D Printers. You enter a shoe store, select design, colour, leather type with the help of a virtual reality simulator. Order ... More »

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(Re)presenting Indian women abroad – Business Line

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BusinessLine Indian historians have expended much labour and analytical acumen in de-constructing the colonial construction of Indian women and gender relations in India. The British had highlighted the “low status” of Indian women by citing cultural practices... More »

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Indian politics’ dynastic dilemma – Business Line

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BusinessLine Elections have a way of throwing up moral dilemmas. The discourse on corruption ensures that much of the attention is focused on the morality of politicians, but what is of equal interest are the moral dilemmas of the electorate. If it is morally ... More »

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Indian democracy: 70, not out

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BusinessLine Despite an ecumenical secularism and myriad divisions, we’ve had a good innings, feels Desai December 31, 2017:   In the seven decades since India gained independence, how has the nation fared politically, economically and socially? This is the qu... More »

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Indian universities are a mess

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BusinessLine Title: The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives. Edited by: C Raj Kumar Publisher: Oxford University Press Price: ₹1,495 And we still don’t quite know what to do about it, as this long-overdue volume illustrate... More »

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The viability crisis in Indian agriculture

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BusinessLine The dilution of government intervention in the form of minimum support prices, procurement and public distribution is undermining agricultural production in the country Farmer movements and farm loan waivers in different States have driven home th... More »