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How Diaspora Investors Can Help Diffuse India’s Social Risk Powder Keg

With “one hand on the steering wheel and the other on their smartphones ready to tweet,” frustrated farmers in Mandsaur (Madhya Pradesh) leveraged communications technologies to fight perceived social and financial injustices. The farmers’ movement embodies the pervasive, decentralized nature of social movements that air grievances and increase instability both in India and around the world. Investors, especially members of…

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Control Your Mind, Control Your Life: A conversation with philosopher Gautam Jain on ancient wisdom and its role in modern living

At a young age after graduating from College in the US with top academic and athletic honors,  Gautam Jain chose to give up lucrative corporate offers and instead dedicated his life to study, research and teaching of Vedanta, the ancient philosophy of India. We had a chance to catch up with Gautam about his background, this wisdom and its application…

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August 20, 2017

Celebrating India at 100

Celebrating India at 100

Today is the 15th of August, 2047. A proud day for the land of my birth, a 100 years since her independence! I left India for America’s distant shores in 1976, and although my work as an entrepreneur, angel investor and Indian-American community leader has brought me back to India a few times each year since then, I’m still amazed by…

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Unleashing the Forgotten Billion of India

A saying in Hindi goes, Pehle darshan dhari, phir gun vichari. We initially judge something by its appearance rather than its quality. The boot of our car, the rear of our house or the back of our teeth is usually accorded a second-class status. I had accorded the same status to the “poor and poorly educated” billion people in India…

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Barbie with a Prayer Mat: The Child Soldier’s Struggle

Fade All dreams are beginning to fade like beggars from streets as night falls. I have been working with youth of all ages since I was a kid myself. More formally, when I graduated from college, I took a year off to skill youth with special needs at Navjivini in my hometown Patiala. It was then a run-down bungalow many parents would…

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A silent retreat that just may change your life

Recently, I returned from a 10-day silent retreat that left me wondering why I hadn’t done it sooner. In fact, I wished I had done it before joining the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), after graduating, and before making any of life’s biggest decisions. It is not for the weak All enrollees to the retreat are expected to commit to…

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Team Hyperloop India: Trailblazers

In 2016, SpaceX developed a one-mile test track and CEO Elon Musk launched a worldwide challenge for student engineering teams to build pod vehicles to race on that track, to test out the concept for a new mode of transport he had proposed, called the Hyperloop. A small group of undergraduate students from BITS Pilani decided to take up Musk’s…

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May 26, 2017

Miss Silicon Valley

Miss Silicon Valley

My pageant journey started about a year ago when I decided to get serious about competing in the Miss America System. I am an avid traveler, pet lover, and knowledge seeker of business and philanthropy. I am currently employed at Cisco Systems supporting Business Strategy in Global Infrastructure-IT. In my role, I contribute to developing new methods, techniques and criteria…

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With Only $8 They Couldn’t Imagine

They didn’t imagine they would change community housing for four decades. They just wanted a job based on their engineering education. They didn’t imagine they would be one of the architects behind the system to capture rainwater in Chennai.  They didn’t imagine they would create an engagement structure that would change the way problems are solved in universities, government agencies…

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Expressing Gratitude at the Game Developers Conference (GDC)

My first six years living in Mumbai working for a nutritional foods company was nearing it's end in 2011. With nothing tying me down to come back to the US, I moved to Bangalore. As a native of America's Silicon Valley, it fascinated me to see what the center of India's famed IT industry was all about. Four years later,…

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