Saturday, May 16, 2015

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
Events for the Week 18th to 22nd May, 2015
‘Writing, Petitioning and the
Formation of Colonial Subjects
 in Manipur state, 1891-1949’
Seminar (Common Room, Annexe Building)
Dr. Deepak Naorem,
University of Delhi,
Monday, 18 May 2015.

A Deluge of Identity Documents:
Applying for rations in wartime Delhi’
Weekly Seminar
Dr. Tarangini Sriraman,
Gargi College,
University of Delhi, Delhi.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015.
Jawaharlal Nehru’s Interim Government, 1946-47: 
An alternative historical assessment
Dr. Rakesh Ankit,
Independent Researcher.
Thursday, 21 May 2015.
 ‘Ecology and Society’
Workshop (9.00 a.m.)
Friday, 22 May, 2015.
All events will be held at 3.00 pm in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library unless otherwise specified.
For further information please visit
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Enhancing India’s Competitiveness

Note from the President and CEO

Dear Colleagues,
We at India Council on Competitiveness are committed to see India grow and enhance its prosperity. In our efforts to deepen the narrative on competitiveness, we have conducted deliberations, discussions and debates. Through these, we have put the focus on key issues, challenges and opportunities faced by India. Some of the engagements that we did last month are as follows
  1. Sustainability SummitSustainability Summit: Creating Social Impact through Corporate Efforts was organized on May 7, 2015 at The Leela, Gurgaon. The Council conducted the session in association with Institute for Competitiveness, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Fair Climate Network (FCN), Roland Berger, India Council on Competitiveness and SoulAce. Ashok Kumar Pavadia (Adviser & Additional Secretary, Inter State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs) delivered a keynote at the session. It was followed by a very intriguing talk by Dr. Nipun Vinayak (Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India) who is passionately working on the issue of open defecation. The summit was designed as a platform to deliberate on the CSR and Sustainability issues crucial to organizations from the perspective of implementation challenges, solutions and opportunities. Some of the discussion leaders who shared their views on sustainability were Pranshu Singhal (Head of Sustainability, Microsoft India), Deepak Arora (CEO, Essar Foundation), Deepa Menon (Sr. VP – CSR & Corp Communication, PVR Ltd.), Suresh Reddy (Director, SRF Foundation), Subhrangshu Neogi (Director – Marketing & Brand, Religare Enterprise Ltd.), Neerja Singh (Group Executive VP, Responsible Banking, YES Bank) and Ganesh Tripathy (Chief Sustainability Officer, Jubilant Life Sciences). They discussed  how corporates can be a catalyst in working on environmental issues, in partnerships for successful CSR implementation, and in having a management approach to CSR.
  2. Interaction with The United States International Trade CommissionThe United States International Trade Commission (USITC) delegation led by Ms. Laura Bloodgood and Mr. David Coffin met the members of the Council on May 13 in Gurgaon. The delegation discussed about how India’s trade and investment climate has changed under Prime Minister Modi’s administration. The meeting had dialogues around how India’s trade and investment policies are affecting bilateral trade and investment.
  3. Shared Value Initiative IndiaShared Value Initiative India (SVII) was announced as a regional partner of the global Shared Value Initiative ( at the Shared Value Summit held in New York on May 12. The Shared Value Initiative is a global community of leaders who find business opportunities in societal challenges. The Initiative was announced as a Commitment to Action for the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in 2012. In attendance and there to confer the partnership were industry stalwarts includingMichael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School; Wilfried Aulbur Managing Partner & CEO, India, Chairman Middle East, Head Automotive Asia at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants; and Mark Kramer, co-founder and Managing Director of FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm established in 2000 and specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research, among others. SVII wants to tackle the underserved needs of society by engaging partners who have the capacity to create new inclusive business opportunities around social and economic challenges. The initiative would provide a platform for knowledge, experience, research, and thoughts of global leaders and organizations that have embraced shared value thinking and practice within their organizations, to be shared. (
The above activities have added value to existing dialogues on the state of our society and also clearly defined outcomes.
We welcome you to become an active participant of the ongoing debates by getting associated with the India Council on Competitiveness. To explore the memberships details, either write to me or visit the following link:
Look forward to hearing from you.
Amit Kapoor
President and CEO
India Council on Competitiveness

From the Members Desk

Deborah Wince-Smith

Deborah Wince-Smith, President and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, Joins the Delos® Advisory Board
New York-based wellness real estate and technology firmDelos® is pleased to announce that Deborah Wince-Smith, President and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness…..more.

Wilfried Aulbur

‘Make in India can succeed only if logistics is put in order’
Automotive retail globally is a challenging, low-margin business that requires the consistent leverage of all available revenue opportunities.….more.

Rohit Bansal

The Rupee 1 Note
When was the last time you saw a cash gift of Rs11, 21, 51, 101, or even 1001? Probably, all the time. But when was the last you saw a crisp and unsoiled Rs1 note to close the auspicious figure?…..more.

Amit Kapoor

‘Make in India’ can lead to ‘Decade of Manufacturing’
The government’s manufacturing focus is evident. On the recent three-country foreign visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Make in India campaign……more.

Rishikesha T. Krishnan

How to create an Indian MBA
The MBA programme, as we know it in India today, is an import from the West with modest efforts at adaptation. The time to change it has come..….more.

Ajay Vir Jakhar

If you do not hear the farmer
During the election campaign, the BJP had promised a 50 per cent profit margin on minimum support prices to farmers. But over the past year, the optimism of farmers has turned to despair. Since the parliamentary elections……more.

Ganesh Natarajan

Net neutrality and the protection of the consumer
Any stifling regulations that restrict access to the Internet would suppress the development of data oriented internet revolution in the country……more.

V Raghunathan

It’s a great deal when a fine is an incentive
The CBI special court has indicted Ramalinga Raju & Co for criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust and a host of other dark misdeeds……more.

Competitiveness in News

Manufacturing Prowess within Select Economies
Manufacturing sector of different economies shows an interesting trend over time. The size of the bubble in the chart represents the size of the manufacturing sector in absolute terms (in billion of current USD in 2010). On the x-axis is the share of manufacturing in total GDP and on the y-axis is the CAGR of manufacturing sector over the eight-year timeframe..….more.

Members of the India Council on Competitiveness

Achhe Din Ka Kacha Chittha
Dear Friends,
As the  NDA government  completes its one year in office, we come together as representatives of different people’s organisations and civil society to evaluate its promise of “Achhe Din” -What has this meant for people at large, for rights of those living in the margins, for constitutional principles and cultural diversity and the very idea of India. We invite you to join us from 16th May to 2nd June in a series of events.
The government has declared ambitious schemes like Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Smart cities, Make in India etc and has also given slogans likeSaab Ka Saath Saab ka Vikash. It is essential for us to know how far the government has lived up to its promises.
The development approach of the current government is seemingly heavily tilted towards attracting more foreign direct investment to India. In pursuance of creating an ‘enabling environment to do business’, the government is attempting to amend the land acquisition law, which may lead to undemocratic transfer of land  in the hands of land sharks since the consent clause is being diluted.
The nation has witnessed several instances of communal violence under the current regime which has bred insecurity among the religious minorities. Similar concern is clearly visible by the recent attacks by the government on the civil society by way of de-registering them, stopping the fund flow under FCRA, alleging them to be involved in anti-national activities and so on. The unabated suicides of farmers raise questions on the model of governance being followed by the current regime.
We in we invite you to join us in the series of programs, attached with this invite,
Yours sincerely,
Aruna Roy
Paul Divakar
Shabnam Hashmi
Ranjit Verma
Harsh Mander
Nikhil Dey
Abhishek Srivastava
Anil Chaudhary
P V Rajagopal
Biraj Patnaik
Amitabh Behar
Richa Singh
Kavita Srivastava
Jayati Ghosh
Sunita Dhar
Shireen Vakil Miller

The Organising Committee (Achhe Din Ka Kacha Chittha)
Program Schedule
Sl .noDateEventVenueOrganiserContact Persons
1May 16-17, 2015
9 am – 6.30 pm
Idea Of India Conclave: One year in Office & Evaluation.Constitution Club,
Deputy Chairman Hall, Rafi Marg, New Delhi
 Shabnam Hashmi: 9811807558

Harsh Mander: 9810523018
2May 17, 2015
9 am
16 May Ki Baad Ki ParisthitiIndian Social Institute, Lodi Road, New DelhiRastriya SangothiRanjit Verma: 8800535376;Abhishek Srivastava:8800114126
3May 20, 2015Press Conference by Jan Aawaj: All Events to be announced.Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC)Nikhil Dey: 9910421260;
Sohini: 8506984500
4May 24, 2015
2 pm – 5 – pm
Citizens’ Report on one year NDA: Slogans and RealityConstitution Club, Deputy Chairman Hall, Rafi Marg, New DelhiWada Na Todo AbhiyanPradeep Baisakh: 011-46082374; 8447459549,Animesh:8587967962
5May 25, 2015Launch of Online Joint Statement
6May 26, 2015Minorities in 365 Days of NDA GovernmentNew Delhi
Venue to be confirmed
AnhadShabnam Hashmi:9811807558
7June 2-25, 2015Cultural Program on India’s Diversity(Moholla Sabha, Nukkad Naktak, Photo ExhibitionConstitution Club on June 2, 2015
Rest will be across Delhi
Jan AawazNikhil Dey: 9910421260;
Sohini: 8506984500
Best Electricity Bill 2014 Yet NOT GREATEST
May15, 2015 (C) Ravinder Singh
Only great thing to have happened in NDA-II is the Electricity Bill
2014 presented by Piyush Goyal. But this is not the Greatest in The
World –
Great thing missing are: –
didn’t Integrate 80,000 MW of Standby Power with our Power Supply
system. Delhi alone has over 5000 MW of standby power. This implies
Delhi can be alive even in case of Total Grid Failure in minutes. In
worst breakdown situation Delhi was in total blackout for two days.
[North Zone has over 18,000 MW of Hydro Power also.]  As given in the
following picture Companies have installed Rooftop Automatic Operated
Gen-sets which can attain full power in seconds.
    Electricity Bill 2014 needs to include STANDBY POWER in Power Supply
Network. [Let Me Explain BRPL has few Portable Generator or
Transformer but it takes say 5-10 hours to Connect and Supply Power
but Standby Generators of say 2000 MW can be switched on few seconds
or can be Switched on Than ‘Load Shedding’]
Meter Testing & Calibration Agency.
    No One in India TRUST Private Companies who install SOFTWARES to RUN
Meters Fast. Private Companies FIDDLE with ISI Marked meter before
installing including Software – My Meter at TAIL END records 250V as
in picture.
3.]  POOR QUALITY OF SERVICE: – As given in second picture at the end
of this pdf – BRPL led DISCOM has completely neglected QUALITY OF
SERVICE. There was a local fault in one home and BRPL disconnected
power supply for over 250 Consumers for entire day – Contractor had
    SMEs led by Qualified Engineers should be Operating upto 10 MW 11 KV
Distribution Feeders who are accessible to Consumers easily.
4.]  ENERGY EFFICIENCY: – SME Distributors who are Engineers should be
to get 50% of Savings as Incentives for 4 years.
    SME Distributors for Example Buy LED Lamps or Efficient Gadgets in
Bulk & supply them to Consumers, get ADDITIONAL REWARDS FOR ENERGY
PROGRAMS? I have offered to save 20% Power Lost in T&D or 200 BU
Presently worth Rs.100,000 Crore Retail Value and paid for 2-4 years
of Energy Saving for Lifelong Savings for India.
5.]  RENEWABLE ENERGY – 200,000 MW SolarPV Rooftops: – Electricity
Consumers can install STANDBY POWER for Rare Use – Why Are They are
Not Permitted to Install SOLAR POWER which is Clean, Daytime Peaking
Generation & Green Energy?
    Developing 200,000 MW of Hydro Power Potential with 500 BCM Storage
& Flood Control Benefits is not in the Bill But CRITICAL for INDIA
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857

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