A Populist Budget

A Populist Budget

By Kiran Mazumdar Shaw The Budget, ahead of the general elections later this year, was expectedly populist in nature and announced several measures for farmers, informal sector workers and the middle class. Relief for Farmers To relieve farmer distress the Budget unveiled the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, an assured income support program, for 12 [...]

Budget 2019 Must Address Some Immediate Needs in the Larger Interest of the Economy

Budget 2019 Must Address Some Immediate Needs in the Larger Interest of the Economy

The Budget that will be presented on February 1, 2019 will have to factor the forthcoming general elections and I therefore expect it to be populist in nature. The Agriculture, Healthcare and Education sectors are likely to receive priority attention. However, I do expect certain Industry sectors like the MSME and Start-ups to receive a [...]

2018 – A Year When Healthcare in India Got a Booster Shot

2018 – A Year When Healthcare in India Got a Booster Shot

2018 has been a happening year for healthcare in India. Developments such as the launch of the government’s flagship universal healthcare program, Ayushman Bharat; the insurance regulator's direction to insurers to cover mental illness; the heightened focus on public screening of non-communicable diseases, all  point to the fact that healthcare is starting to get the [...]

Rebuilding Our National Character around Civil Obedience

Rebuilding Our National Character around Civil Obedience

Eighty-eight years ago, Indians had responded to Mahatma Gandhi's unifying call for a non-violent, mass ‘civil disobedience’ movement to force the British to leave India. It provided the momentum that eventually secured our country’s independence in 1947. Today, India needs another mass movement. But this time it has to be all about ‘civil obedience’, which [...]

Kannada With English Education Can Prepare Karnataka Youth to Succeed in a Globalized World

Kannada With English Education Can Prepare Karnataka Youth to Succeed in a Globalized World

To read the Kannada version please Click Here As a Kannadiga, it pains me to see that my comments suggesting that students should learn both Kannada and English in schools being deliberately misinterpreted to suggest I support English as a medium of education over Kannada. Nothing could be further from the truth. Kannada is my [...]

Academia Must Inspire Society through Science

Academia Must Inspire Society through Science

Date: 25 June, 2018 It is my proud privilege to deliver the annual convocation address of India’s iconic institution for advanced scientific education and research. At the outset, let me offer my felicitations to the medal winners, the graduating students and their families on this proud day.  My congratulations also to the faculty, the Governing [...]

New Government Should Focus on Inclusive Development of Karnataka

New Government Should Focus on Inclusive Development of Karnataka

By - Kiran Mazumdar- Shaw, President, B.PAC and CMD, Biocon The results of the Karnataka Assembly elections have fallen short of giving an absolute majority to any party paving the way for alliances which has set in a bit of uncertainty. Irrespective of which alliance forms the government, Karnataka needs a stable government that carries [...]