Elections 2014: This Time We Need More Women To Vote and Vote Responsibly

In the 15th Lok Sabha, only 11% of the elected representatives are women. And less than 10% of all MPs and MLAs are women. This is a gross under-representation of women, whose voice has constantly been stifled. By giving them representation in Parliament, women will be in a position to pass more gendered legislation. We must all unite to ensure that 33% of the seats are reserved for women.

That’s why women must come out and vote - vote responsibly to ensure that the best possible leaders serve as their representatives within the Parliament.

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BPL Mobile: End of an Era

Yesterday was a bit of a sentimental day! I was reminded of this by Harsha Subramaniam of Bloomberg whilst on an interview about the Budget & Economy. My entrepreneurial journey began in the 90s when I set up BPL Mobile in Mumbai, enabling the first cellular call on Oct 2, 1995! Now, that company changes hands from Loop to Airtel at the end of a 20 year license period!

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Budget 2014: Govt leaves economy in serious crisis. Don’t envy future Finance Minister’s job!

Have had many requests to post my comments on the Budget and so here are my views.

1. I call this Budget the Parliamentary version of the ‘Bharat Nirman’ advt that’s all over the media – high on ‘we did this and we did that’, but not surprisingly, silent on some of the REAL issues.

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Disconnected from democracy: Our armed forces should not be denied the right to vote

In the next three months, many of India’s 880 million eligible voters will start lining up at voting booths to select members of the 16th Lok Sabha. But, surprisingly and shockingly, there remains a large group, estimated to be almost 3 million, which remains largely disconnected from this democratic right: the men, women and families of the Armed and Paramilitary forces.

This Article appeared in Mail Today on February 04, 2013

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