The Union Minister for Culture, Tourism & Development Of North Eastern Region (DoNER) also held the Congress responsible for every problem in the country, and said that Sonia Gandhi has "no right" to criticise the BJP.
In an interview with IANS, the BJP leader and MP from Telangana expressed his views on a range of topics, including the party's foundation day, Vikas Yatra and prospects of BJP's expansion in south Indian states, among others.
Here are excerpts from the interview:
Q: What's your take on the message that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave to the party cadres on BJP's Foundation Day?
A: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken about the concerns of crores of workers and people of the country... Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the NDA government is working in 18 states. In the coming days, our goal is to make India a world leader again.
We have to make the country powerful by eliminating poverty and unemployment. For this, he (Prime Minister Modi) called upon all the workers to work together. He has asked the people of the country to stay away from family or individual-centric political parties because such parties have no principle and can do anything for power.
Q: BJP's journey started with only two Lok Sabha seats and today you have coalition governments in 18 states, with 301 MPs in the Lok Sabha. For the first time, the party's tally in the Rajya Sabha has crossed 100. How do you see this journey of 42 years?
A: When our journey started with just two seats, people made fun of us but we kept working hard under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani. Our workers worked hard, and sacrificed relentlessly.
Now, under the leadership of Narendra Modi, we have become the world's largest party. Today, the BJP is the number one party in the Lok Sabha as well as in the Rajya Sabha. We have governments in maximum number of states. The BJP is at the forefront in terms of number of SC, ST and women MLAs and MPs. Finally, a nationalist government is in power which is working in the interest of the country.
Q: The BJP is yet to make its presence felt in a big way in the south. Amit Shah has said on many occasions that the golden age of BJP is yet to come. What are the party's views in terms of expansion in south India?
A: You are right... At present we have government in two southern states -- Karnataka and Puducherry. In the coming days, we are going to form government in Telangana as well. The BJP will also emerge stronger in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, as people are angry with family and individual-centric parties in these states.
Q: Sonia Gandhi is criticising your government, alleging that the BJP is working on a divisive agenda. Your take...
A: Sonia Gandhi has no right to criticise the BJP on this issue. It is the Congress that has divided the country in the name of religion, caste, language and financial status. Whatever problems the country has today, the Congress is responsible for them.
Veteran Nepal diplomat Shankar Sharma, the former Ambassador to the US, has been appointed as the new Ambassador to India.
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Sunday appointed Sharma to the key post and he will take up his assignment soon.
The post in New Delhi was vacant after Sher Bahadur Deuba government recalled as many as 12 ambassadors including from India. Former minister Nilamber Acharya was the Ambassador until the time of recall.
Sharma brings extensive experience in government, international institutions, and economic research.
Before joining the National Planning Commission as a member in 1997, he worked as a Senior Economic Advisor, in the Ministry of Finance, as a Senior Economist in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, and a Fellow in the East-West Center, Hawaii.
He also served as a Professor of Economics in the Centre for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuvan University.
As a high level development planner in Nepal, Sharma provided leadership for national planning, policy guidance, program development and monitoring as Vice Chairman. He worked as policy advisor for many national and international organisations like the World Energy Council Committee, the Millenium Development Goal Assessment of the Asia Pacific Region, UNESCAP, Bangkok, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme.
The Centre on Monday announced the appointment of Madhabi Puri Buch as the new Chairperson of the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Smt Madhabi Puri Buch, former Whole Time Member, SEBI, to the post of Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India," an official notification said.
This is the first time that a woman and a person from the private sector have been chosen for the top post at the SEBI.
The appointment would be initially for three years from the date of assumption of post or until further orders, which is earlier, the notification added.
Buch will replace Ajay Tyagi whose term ends on Monday.
Those who are unable to handle the affairs of the party, cant's run the affairs of the state, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said in an exclusive conversation with IANS, referring to the state of the Congress in the Himalayan state.
Here are excerpts from the exclusive interview.
Q. Are you coming back to power in Uttarakhand?
A. Absolutely, there is no problem anywhere. This time we have given the slogan '60 paar'.
Q. Do you think you have a tough fight with Harish Rawat of the Congress?
A. There is no fight at all. We are not competing with anyone this time. Those who are unable to handle the affairs of their party, i.e, Congress, how will they handle Uttarakhand? The people will not allow them to do that.
Q. So who are you considering as the biggest challenge?
A. There is no challenge from any quarter. The Congress is divided into different factions - so many groups vying for supremacy. Rawat ji has won only one election since 1999. He was defeated twice. Now, where is the fight with the man who lost two elections while being the Chief Minister? And the Aam Aadmi Party has no mass base here. That's why we said, we will cross 60 seats this time.
Q. So there is no anti incumbency factor?
A. Our party works in the interest of the people. Our aim is the welfare of the last person of the state. Working more, talking less is our mantra. So when everyone is happy with the government then where is the anti incumbency factor. You can check the latest survey, we are ahead.
Q. Are you under pressure so far as ticket distribution is concerned?
A. Well there is a process. Whatever fits right with the circumstances, will happen. Everyone plays his part with full faith in the organizational structure of our party. So there is no pressure of any kind.
Q. On which issues are you contesting the election?
A. The issues are of development, and they have only misled people. With the help from the Centre, public welfare schemes worth Rs 1 lakh crore are going on in the state -- from the Char Dham project to the development of rail network in the mountains. I have visited all parts of the state, and I have seen, people are giving us lot of support and the work Modi ji has done -- these are our issues.
Q. Are you ready for the digital campaign that has been asked by the Election Commission?
A. Yes, we are ready. Our campaign is going on. We had two Vijay Sankalp Yatras. Modi ji has had four programs here, Home Minister ji has had two programs, Nadda ji has had four, Rajnath ji has had four, all the leaders have visited Uttarakhand. I myself have visited all assembly constituencies. All festivals have been communicated. As for digital campaigning is concerned, we have always been ready for that.
Q. Will Dhami become the next Chief Minister?
A. How can I tell about myself, our party works in a democratic way, here there is no family rule.
Q. Is it Dhami vs Rawat or BJP vs Congress?
A. At this point in time, there is only BJP, we have no competition with anyone.
Q. In between, the rebels keep troubling the party, what about them?
A. That is not a problem, all are united. The BJP family is big, small things keep happening. You must have seen, a few days ago, many Congress leaders were resigning. We don't have that situation at our party.
Q. Do you really BJP will cross sixty this time?
A. Yes absolutely.
Q. Your tenure has been short, what have been your achievements during this period?
A. There have been many achievements. We have taken more than 500 decisions -- we started Mukhyamantri Vatsalya Yojana, launched Chief Minister Mahalaxmi Yojana, Chief Minister Self Employment Scheme, relief packages to all the people, laid foundation stones for various projects, in tourism, in the cultural sector. Apart from that, the honorarium of the Mangal Dal, the village head, anganwadi workers has been increased.
Q. Do you think the people of Uttarakhand are satisfied with your work?
A. Absolutely, you should find out yourself. About 90 percent of people want BJP back.
Q. Government keeps changing here -- BJP, Congress every five years...
A. After Modi ji became the Prime Minister, the history of the whole country has been changing. This time history will change here also.
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In an attempt to restore tribal pride, the government will remember all the great tribal heroes who have sacrificed their lives and contributed to nation-building, said Arjun Munda, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs.
In an exclusive interview to OE/IANS, Munda said: "Tribals never compromised on their basic principles - 'Jal, Zameen and Jungle' (Water, Land and Forest) and many heroes sacrificed their lives for the country and community. The government has decided to remember all tribal heroes who have sacrificed their lives and contributed to the nation-building and community."
Munda said that Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) will be opened in every block in 2022-23.
EMRS is opened in blocks in every block with more than 50 percent ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons.
"The ministry is working on filling the infrastructural gaps in all the aspirational districts to empower tribal communities," he said.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q. What will be the focus area of the Ministry for this year?
A. This year we are celebrating 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' and the Ministry is preparing a blueprint for the future for the next 25 years, the year 2047 when the country will celebrate 100 years of independence. Our emphasis is that tribal areas and tribal people will progress and we have a fixed target to achieve this by 2047 when the country will celebrate the centenary year of our Independence.
We have initiated several developmental works for the tribal people and region and they are progressing well.
Q. Would you elaborate on the Ministry's plan for the progress of tribal areas and people by 2047?
A. As I said that several developmental works for the tribal people and region are already going on and we are ensuring that it must progress at a good pace. Among the ongoing work, the government is currently focusing on two parameters -- education and health. The government is also working on the economic growth of tribal people.
The Ministry is working on filling the infrastructural gaps in all the aspirational districts to empower tribal communities.
On the education front, Eklavya Model Residential Schools will be opened at all blocks in 2022-23. Construction works are going at a good pace and the government will ensure the earliest completion of these schools. We plan to ensure a national level of quality management in these schools at par with any other schools so that after completing class 12 students from EMRS, students can get admission at the best institutions of the country. The government will also try to send students overseas for higher education. In the future, tribal communities must be known as 'Knowledge Society'.
On the health front, the government is working on reducing the mortality rate, which also includes the infant mortality rate. For this, the government is creating health infrastructure. In some areas, tribals are faced with 'genetic health issues' which pass on from one generation to another. The government is working to get rid of this. We took a pledge to get rid of genetic health issues by 2047.
Q. What are plans for the economic empowerment of tribal communities?
A. While taking care of health and education, the government is also taking care of their immediate concern of employment opportunities. We are ensuring their economic growth by developing entrepreneurship while protecting their ethnicity.
Our 'TRIFED' is working in this direction by ensuring the right market to their products maintaining ethnicity. TRIFED is doing great work with the help of Self Help Groups (SHGs) in tribal areas.
It is also in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to connect people living in rural and forest areas with the economy.
Natural farming is the expertise of tribal people and we are also promoting this by providing training and helping them to market their products.
The National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC) is providing loans at low interest to support entrepreneurship. We are also helping the tribal entrepreneurs in assessing risk management to reduce any possibility of loss.
The government is empowering tribes by restoring their pride.
Q. What do you mean by tribal pride?
A. Whoever ruled the country, tribal people never compromised on their basic principles - Jal, Zameen and Jungle and many heroes sacrificed their lives for the country and community. The government has decided to remember all tribal heroes who have sacrificed their lives and contributed to nation-building and community.
The government will make museums to remember the contributions of tribal heroes including unknown ones. We are also planning to connect routes related to tribal heroes.
Q. How many museums on tribal heroes will be made?
A. The government has decided to build museums remembering tribal heroes in every state. Work is on in 10 states. The museums will be tributes to our heroes but will help us learn about our ancestors who sacrificed their lives for the country and community.
Q. What is your opinion on the Union government declaring November 15 as 'Janjatiya Gaurav Divas'?
A. It is a historic decision after the independence of the country. Understanding the importance of tribal areas, people, and pride, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the Janjatiya Gaurav Divas. It will be celebrated as 'pride day' every year on November 15 on the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda. Will inspire people to learn about his fight and how Bhagwan Birsa Munda became 'Dharti Abba' while fighting for land.
The Congress government in Rajasthan recently completed three years in power. While it attracted many accolades for its Bhilwara model which helped check the corona spread, the state government equally drew criticism for infighting within its MLAs, rebellion among its workers and the ministers camping in five-star hotels to avoid toppling of the government. Further, the state also topped NCRB charts in rape cases.
In an email interview, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot candidly replied to questions like -- how the BJP did horse-trading to gain power in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. He also alleged that almost half of the complaints received for crimes against women were fake.
Remaining equally concerned over the health of women, he talks about announcing the free-of-cost distribution of sanitary napkins in the state which he says should be followed by other states as well. Also known as a 'magician', Gehlot has declared that his party will return to power again in the 2023 polls.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q: Your three years of governance came with many success stories and you have left a mark with the Bhilwara model which has been recognised even at the world level...what shall be the priority areas in the next two years?
A: Health and social security have always been our government's priority. Hence, we didn't let anyone be deprived of treatment during the Covid pandemic and not let anyone sleep on an empty stomach. Our government gave financial assistance of Rs 5,500 to 33 lakh families each. We had also provided dry ration and meals and we have worked on it too.
We are organising the 'Invest Rajasthan' summit in January where the country's leading industrialists will participate to invest here. Our focus is to bring more investment and provide employment. Farmer's welfare, women empowerment, improving the delivery of public services, taking social security to the next level and providing more and more opportunities to the youth will be our priorities.
Q: What's the secret behind being able to save your government from being toppled? Neighbouring states like Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka could not save it but you managed.
A: In MP and Karnataka, the BJP did horse-trading to gain power. In Goa and Manipur, they formed governments even when Congress was the single largest party. But in Rajasthan, with the support of independent MLAs, and the MLAs who came to the Congress from the BSP, CPI-M and BTP and the wholehearted support of the public, our government was saved.
Here, the BJP could not break even the Independents and those MLAs, who came from the BSP to the Congress even after offering crores of rupees. Public boosted our morale. The MLAs were told by the people that even if they have to stay in the hotel for two months, the arrogance of the money power and muscle power of the BJP has to be taught a lesson.
Q: Even after three years, those who helped save the government are disappointed...will there be any soothing balm for them?
A: It is true that due to the MLAs, who supported the Congress at the time of political crisis, the government could have a majority. But I have always said that the MLAs had extended support to the policies of good governance of the state government in the interest of the public, not to the greed of any post. We cannot forget their cooperation during the crisis time. Each of our MLAs is a participant in the government and their opinions have importance in governance.
Q: How did you boost the economy post-Covid?
A: When we assumed power in 2018, we inherited a debt of Rs 3.25 lakh crore from the previous government. We ensured good financial management, but corona reduced revenue of the state government by 70 per cent. But, we never allowed the economic vacuum to come into the state. All the government employees in our state got their salaries on time. The salary cut of Rs 1,600 crore happened during the lockdown was given back to all the employees. We succeeded in presenting an inclusive budget even after the Covid crisis.
Q: You have said Congress shall return in 2023 to form the government. Is groupism over?
A: Our party is united and will remain united under the leadership of Congress President Shrimati Sonia Gandhi and Shri Rahul Gandhi. The government has done excellent work in the past three years and it is evident by the people's continuous support to us. We have done a great job so far and will continue to do so in the future also. That's the reason why this time the people are happy and we see no anti-incumbency and this government will repeat itself. We are providing good governance with a sensitive, transparent and accountable government.
Q: Any major aspirational scheme?
A: The women's issues have been dealt with earnestly. The periods or menstruation is such an issue for our society where there is always a hesitation in discussing it while this is a natural process. I was surprised to know that about 62 percent of women in the country use products other than sanitary pad, which has an adverse effect on their health. Doctors say that using cloth during menstruation leads to several illnesses, including cervical cancer which may also lead to death. Hence, we announced in this year's budget to provide sanitary napkins to all women in the state with Rs 200 crore.
We launched the first phase of this scheme on December 19. I believe that there should be a debate in the state and across the country and the governments make schemes (for this) in the interest of women and girls so that the women feel that the government stands with them and they don't need to feel any hesitation.
Q: How shall you sum up these three years overall? Opportunities, challenges and the way forward?
A: Our government has worked for every section of the society and uploaded the details of every beneficiary on Jan Suchana portal in a transparent manner. Our government has waived nearly Rs 15,000 crore worth of farm loans, has given an additional subsidy of Rs 1,000 per month on electricity bills of farmers -- which has led to zero electricity bill for about three lakh farmers, given free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh through Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana, and during Covid, everything was free from tests to treatment.
Government medical colleges are being opened in 30 districts, 123 new colleges have been opened of which 32 are girls colleges, we have given 1 lakh government jobs while about 80,000 are in the pipeline, rules are being formed for contractual workers, about 90 lakh people are being given social security pension, about 36,756 km roads are developed and 5,384 km new roads have been built in three years, the complainants are being heard in the police stations due to compulsory FIR scheme and reception rooms at the police stations, and RIICO industrial area is being opened in every block, this is just a snapshot of the work done by our government.
The people have approved our work time and again. That is why we have had big wins in six out of eight Assembly bypolls, and in urban local bodies and in the Panchayati Raj polls as well.
Q: Data from the NCRB shows that there is an increase in crime in Rajasthan, how do you see it?
A: It is written at the beginning of the NCRB report that crime is a result of various circumstances prevailing in society. We should avoid comparing states solely on the basis of these figures due to various state-specific policies and procedures. Some people make a mistake by assuming that increase in crime and an increase in the registration of crime are the same thing. The media and the Opposition are also making the same mistake.
Our government implemented the policy of mandatory registration of FIRs in 2019. Earlier, the police used to write a report on a blank paper and lodged an FIR when they found any evidence. But the women and the marginalised communities used to face trouble a lot of times due to this and they weren't heard. Now everyone's FIR is registered due to which every case is taken to its logical end. This has provided much relief to the common man.
Earlier, 33 percent FIRs in rape cases were lodged through courts under CrPC section 156(3). Due to a policy of free registration, this figure is now just 15 percent. Not just this, in 2019, our government set up a special unit for investigation of crimes against women under an officer of Deputy SP rank in every district -- this was promoted to Additional SP. Due to this, the investigation in heinous cases such as rape has decreased from 274 days in 2017-18 to 73 days. We have also appointed legal officers in courts and have made such an arrangement that the culprit isn't let off by the courts either. This is the reason why you keep reading in newspapers now that the accused is getting punishment in ten days or that a decision is being made within a month.
But it is a matter of concern that a lot of people are maligning this policy. 45.88 percent of the FIRs lodged for crimes against women in 2019, 45.23 percent in 2020 and 47.56 percent in 2021, till June, were found to be fake. This means that almost half the complaints received for crimes against women are fake. The state is being maligned due to people misusing the law in this manner. And you already know how FIRs are lodged in other states.
After 43 years in service, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat (63) was tasked with making the Indian military modern and capable of dealing with any emerging security challenges on the Northern or Western borders.
Unfortunately, his life was cut short after a tragic chopper crash on Wednesday in the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu killed Rawat, his wife and 11 others onboard the ill-fated helicopter.
General Rawat took charge as India's first Chief of Defence Staff on January 1, 2020. The position was created to integrate the three services -- Army, Navy and Air Force. The CDS is mandated to facilitate integration, ensure best economical use of resources allocated to the armed forces and bring uniformity in the procurement procedure.
As CDS, General Rawat was also the Principal Military Advisor to the Defence Minister on all tri-services matters. Later, he was also appointed as the head of the newly-created Department of Military Affairs.
On December 17, 2016, the government had appointed him as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff. He took charge on December 31, 2016, after the retirement of General Dalbir Singh Suhag.
He had assured the government that the Army, Navy and Air Force will work as a team and the CDS will ensure integration among the three forces.
He played a key role in ensuring optimum utilisation of allocated budget, ushering more synergy in procurement, training and operations of the services through joint planning and integration.
He facilitated indigenisation of weapons and equipment to the maximum extent possible while formulating the overall defence acquisition plan for the three services.
When he took over as Chief of Defence Staff, General Rawat vowed to work to create more synergy among the three services.
"The CDS is mandated to facilitate integration, ensure best economical use of resources allocated to the armed forces and bring uniformity in the procurement procedure. I want to assure you that the Army, Navy and Air Force will work as a team and the CDS will ensure integration among these," he had said.
Before being appointed as the CDS, he had served as Indian Army chief for three years.
He was an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and National Defence College. He also attended the Command and General Staff Course at Fort Leavenworth in the US.
During his distinguished career in the Army, General Rawat commanded an infantry battalion along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector, a Rashtriya Rifles Sector, an infantry division in the Kashmir Valley and a Corps in the Northeast.
General Rawat had also commanded a Multinational Brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As an Army Commander, he commanded a theatre of operations along the Western Front and was appointed the Vice Chief of the Army Staff before assuming office of Chief of Army Staff.
During the span of 43 years in the Army, General Rawat has been awarded several gallantry and distinguished service awards.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has named IIT Mumbai, central school alumnus, Parag Agrawal, as his successor. IANS refreshes a list of prominent CEOs of US Inc. and the schools in India (and the US) that shaped their lives.
Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, attended Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, and did electrical engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka. Nadella then shifted to the US for an M.S. degree in computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Sundar Pichai, helming Alphabet, earned a degree in metallurgical engineering from IIT Kharagpur and. an M.S. degree in material science and engineering from Stanford. He followed this with an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Indra Nooyi, Chairperson of Pepsico until 2019, has a Bachelor's degree in physics, chemistry and maths from Madras Christian College and a post-graduate diploma in management (PGDBM) from IIM Calcutta. In 1978, Nooyi attended Yale where she earned a Master's degree in public and private management.
Like Nadella, Shantanu Narayen, Adobe Inc. CEO since 2018, attended Hyderabad Public School. His electronics and communication engineering degree was at the University College of Engineering, Osmania. He moved for a Master's degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. An MBA came next from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Sanjay Mehrotra, boss of Micron and co-founder of SanDisk, started with Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in New Delhi. He then transferred mid-way from BITS Pilani to attend Berkley for a Bachelor's and Master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science at the age of just 21 years. In 2009, Mehrotra attended a Stanford Graduate School of Business executive education programme.
Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup until October 2012, started from Bishop Cotton School in Nagpur but completed his schooling at the Dadar Parsee Youths Assembly High School in Mumbai. He moved to the US at the age of 16 years and attended Columbia for the entire academic track thereafter. This included an undergraduate programme, a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering, and a turn to economics and finance for an MBA and PhD in finance.
Nikesh Arora, Chairman of Palo Alto Networks Inc, attended Airforce School in New Delhi and then IIT Benaras for his electrical engineering. He then did an MBA from Northeastern University.
Ajay Banga, Executive Chairman of Mastercard, is part of the Hyderabad Public School club followed by economics at St Stephen's College in Delhi. He then went to IIM Ahmedabad for a PGDBM.
Ashok Vemuri, former CEO of Conduent Inc and IGATE, received a Bachelor's degree in physics from St Stephen's College, New Delhi, and then did his PGDBM from IIM Ahmedabad.
Victor Menezes, helmed Citibank, and has an electrical engineering degree from IIT Mumbai followed by an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. His younger brother, Ivan, though not part of a US Inc.list, headed Diageo in the UK and did his schooling at St Columba's in New Delhi followed by Bachelor's degree in economics at St Stephen's and MBA at Kelloggs.
IBM Group CEO, Arvind Krishna split his schooling at Stones Anglo Indian School, Coonoor, and St Joseph's Academy, Dehradun. A BTech in electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur came next, followed by a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
This list of US XI is only indicative. The bench strength of Indian-origin CEOs could go one to another eleven. Illustratively, Dinesh Paliwal, CEO; Reckitt Benckiser's CEO Laxman Narasimhan; Arista Networks' Jayshree V. Ullal; Vivek Sankaran of Albertsons Companies; Punit Renjen, Deloitte; Vasant "Vas" Narasimhan, Novartis; Niraj S. Shah, Wayfair; and Rakesh Gangwal former boss at US Air, Srikant Datar, Harvard Business School (HBS) and a constellation of academic leaders, including Nitin Nohria, HBS, and Deepak Jain, Kellogg.
As for Parag Agrawal, our trending CEO of the day, the academic voyage began at a central school under The Atomic Energy Education Society and then to computer sciences in IIT Mumbai and a PhD at Stanford.
New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh had a magical connection with the masses, President Ram Nath Kovind said following the demise of the BJP stalwart after prolonged illness on Saturday night.
The President said, "As the Chief Minister of UP, he determinedly pursued clean politics and purged governance of criminals and corruption."
Kovid also said that Singh dignified the offices he held.
Singh died due to sepsis and multi-organ failure in Lucknow at the age of 89. The two-term Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh also served as the Governor of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.
Since July 4, he had been undergoing treatment at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said, "He was a nationalist and an exemplary leader who was deeply committed to serving people. My thoughts are with his bereaved family and followers."
Condoling the demise of Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, "With the passing away of Kalyan Singh ji, we have lost an eminent personality who left an indelible mark at the national level with his political acumen, administrative experience and development-oriented approach."
Birla also said that Singh was dedicated to the upliftment of the underprivileged and the welfare of all sections of society.
"As the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, he gave new impetus to the development of the state. Both the states of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh also benefited from his long experience during his stints as the Governor of these states. His death comes as an end of an era in politics," he said.
New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) N.K. Singh, who has chaired the 15th Finance Commission, has been appointed as the president of Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) at a meeting of its general body early this week.
He succeeds former prime minister Manmohan Singh who retired from the presidency of the IEG Society earlier this month.
Former CII Director General Tarun Das is the current chairman of the Board of Governors while Ajit Mishra is the director of the institute.
The name of N.K. Singh was suggested for consideration of the general assembly of IEG by Manmohan Singh, widely regarded as the architect of economic liberalisation of 1990s and had served as president of IEG since 1992.
"Mr Sircar spent nearly 42 years in public service and was also the former CEO of Prasar Bharati. His invaluable contribution to public service shall help us serve our country even better," the Trinamool Congress in a tweet said.
The nomination of Sircar is considered to be a master-stroke by chief minister Mamata Banerjee because this public intellectual based out of Kolkata was strongly vocal against the BJP for a long time and Trinamool Congress will try to use his intellect and his 41 years of Bureaucratic experience on the floor of the Upper House. Presently Sircar utilises his experience to stand up for citizens' rights and for multiculturalism, "both of which are under severe strain in India at present", the party said.
Sircar studied at the universities of Calcutta, Presidency, Cambridge and Sussex and has two Masters Degrees in History and Sociology. His main fieldwork has been on social history, popular religion and the cult of Dharma Thakur in western Bengal. He covered numerous field sites in five districts of the state of West Bengal, but could not submit his thesis, as the government did not permit even a short sabbatical. Sircar has, however, published parts of his findings through several articles.
Sircar has published numerous articles on cultural, historical and anthropological subjects for several years in books, as also in noted national and international journals and newspapers. He has also delivered several talks on the subjects of history, religion, contemporary affairs and the intersection between religion and anthropology. The Asiatic Society of Kolkata (established in 1774) has conferred its Biman Behari Memorial Award on him for his contribution to popularising the study of history and politics.
Sircar also has a glorious career in public administration. He has headed India's Culture Ministry from November 2008 to February 2012, the longest for any Secretary. He was CEO of India's public broadcaster, (2012-2016) and had stood up for transparency and objectivity, which finally led him to resign prematurely. He is now on its four-member statutory national-level self-regulatory mechanism, which is chaired by the former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan Lokur.