India

  • Resolving India’s Entrepreneurial Paradox: The Key To Start Up The Economy?

    Resolving India’s Entrepreneurial Paradox: Key To Starting Up The Economy?

    Despite its sizeable youth population, some fear that India’s much touted demographic dividend is on the verge of going horribly wrong – that the economy may not produce enough jobs to absorb the fast-growing labour force, leaving millions of young people feeling bitter and betrayed. To make matters worse, a recent Gallup study found that Indians are simultaneously the LEAST and MOST entrepreneurial people in Asia – with many Indian youths possessing strong entrepreneurial traits, though few actually wanted to start their own businesses.

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  • Low-Cost Innovation: Waves Of Change From India?

    Low-Cost Innovation: Waves Of Change From India?

    READER SUBMISSION – Nearly two years after the Indian government declared that this was the Indian “Decade of Innovation,” the country is now emerging as one of the world’s hotbeds for low-cost and frugal ideas. Can India continue on its vision of innovation; and what can the rest of the world learn from this era?

    What does it mean for Indians today to live in our so-called “Decade of Innovation”?

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  • The Might Of Thorium: Is India About To Lead The Next Global Energy Revolution?

    The Might Of Thorium: Can India Lead The Next Global Energy Revolution?

    Since 1951, the Indian government has somehow managed to fail every single attempt to reach its annual target of increasing the nation’s electricity production capacity. But while the nation continues to struggle with crippling blackouts and power shortages till today, an energy plan, conceived during the 1950s, may fundamentally alter the nation’s, and quite possibly the world’s, energy future.

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  • The Price of India’s Nuclear Ambitions: People's Lives?

    The Price of India’s Nuclear Ambitions: People's Lives?

    After being in denial for years, India’s Department of Atomic Energy finally admitted last month that the deaths of some employees and their dependents at the Kalpakkam nuclear site were caused by multiple myeloma, a rare form of bone marrow cancer linked to nuclear radiation. Will this news put a damper on India’s plans to broaden their nuclear power capabilities?

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  • Will India’s National Solar Mission Shine?

    Will India’s National Solar Mission Shine?

    The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission is a major government initiative in India that aims to promote ecologically sustainable growth for the country, while addressing India’s energy security challenges. But, disputes between the private and public sectors threatens to cast a dark shadow over the project. Will India’s National Solar Mission get its chance in the limelight?

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  • The Cost of Corruption in India

    Anna Hazare is one of India's well-acclaimed social activists. The 73-year old fasting Gandhian was a former soldier in the Indian army.  Anna is well known and respected for salvaging a hopeless village ridden by drought, alcoholism and poverty. He inspired the state government to implement the ‘Model Village’ scheme as part of its official strategy.

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  • Sun Co-Founder Khosla Promotes Micro-Finance To End Indian Poverty

    Sun Co-Founder Khosla Promotes Micro-Finance To End Indian Poverty

    16 December 2010

    Vinod Khosla, the billionaire venture capitalist and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, was already among the world’s richest men

    when he invested a few years ago in SKS Microfinance, a lender to poor women in India.

    But the roaring success of SKS’s initial public stock offering has made him richer by about $117 million —

    money he says he plans to plow back into other ventures that aim to fight poverty, while also trying to turn a profit.

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