UK Edition – August 2019

///UK Edition – August 2019

Kamikaze Boris?

2020-08-20T06:59:56+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, India Inc News, UK Edition – August 2019|

Whether the UK PM is headed down a path of national self-harm or one of ultimate glory is a question that hangs heavy over Brexit-bound Britain, India cannot be a bystander, writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa. That question mark at the end of this headline remains a matter of debate in my own mind as I write this. Kamikaze pilots, as we know, were on suicide missions in favour of Japan during World War II and embodied [...]

Policy makers need to have an astute feel for how the public will react to government initiatives

2019-08-30T09:05:31+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, Home Page, UK Edition – August 2019|

King’s College London experts outline the importance of improving the skill sets of policymakers and civil servants the world over, including India, and how the new International School for Government hopes to address that gap. There’s no doubt that the process of governing, including in India, is getting increasingly complex. For a start, a well-educated global public is becoming more demanding of high standards. That means there is less public patience for inefficient or misdirected policy making and provision of [...]

TechXchange: helping start-ups explore, engage and excel in the UK

2019-08-30T09:06:21+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, UK Edition – August 2019|

An Indian industry expert looks into the TechXchange programme. It is no secret that there is massive untapped potential in the Indian start-up sector in terms of innovation, uniqueness and revenue. According to the Economic Survey for 2018-19, India has been ranked third in the global Startup ecosystem. More than 1,200 Start-ups came up in 2018, including eight unicorns, taking the total number to 7,200 Startups, NASSCOM reported. However, despite the start-up, multiple reports mention a need for rewarding start-up [...]

Article 370: A step forward in resolving the Kashmir issue?

2019-08-27T07:40:19+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, UK Edition – August 2019|

The removal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special is an unprecedented step taken by India but one which raises more questions than it answers, writes a strategic expert. The former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir is India’s only Muslim-majority state and acceded to India in 1947 on the basis that it would retain considerable autonomy. Under article 370 the state had its own constitution and freedom to make laws on a number of issues, excluding foreign policy, defence and communications. [...]

Modi’s Arabian clinch paying rich dividends

2019-08-23T14:53:48+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, UK Edition – August 2019|

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arab countries have emerged as key Indian strategic and economic partners because of strong synergies in their world views and a shared abhorrence of terrorism. The India-Saudi Arabia hug is about to acquire $15 billion worth of substance. Saudi Aramco, the world’s most profitable company, will invest $15 billion to buy a 20 per cent stake in the oil refining and petrochemicals business of Reliance Industries, India’s largest private sector company, Reliance Chairman & [...]

An Indian touch to a royal blanket

2020-09-21T08:31:26+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, UK Edition – August 2019|

An eco-friendly summer blanket chosen by Meghan Markle for royal baby Archie recently brought Indian handiwork and traditional skills to the global forefront. An Indian entrepreneur, whose organic and eco-friendly baby blanket was used by Meghan Markle to wrap up her two-month-old son during a recent outing, believes that it is the painstaking labour that goes into the fabric that makes it so special. The 37-year-old American actress turned royal chose Malabar Baby’s $42 “Erawan Cotton Dohar” for baby Archie as they went to watch a [...]

Significant Bonds for the Twenty-First Century

2019-08-30T08:39:17+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, UK Edition – August 2019|

A former Foreign Secretary of India lays out the many opportunities for the UK and India to strengthen their relationship to face the challenges of today. The understanding that we are ruled by consent is a critical element in the friendly ties between us as people and the ability of our leaders to empathise with each other’s concerns, whether we are in agreement, or diverge when dealing with the issues of the day. I witnessed this during the meetings that [...]

Development Impact Bonds: an innovative future for financing social impact

2019-08-27T12:32:39+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, UK Edition – August 2019|

Social impact investing offers a unique solution to India’s quest to meet the UN’s SDG goals, writes the executive Director of British Asian Trust. India has set itself an ambitious target to accelerate its economic growth beyond 7% over the next five years, while ensuring there is no trade-off between sustainability and development in order to fulfil its United Nations-mandated Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Achieving this would be no mean feat. Adopted in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly, [...]

A plastic-free India can be achieved only on mission-mode

2019-08-23T15:41:11+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, UK Edition – August 2019|

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call for Indians to shun single-use plastic has the potential to replicate some of the success of a similar drive to address the lack of toilets in the country. The annual Independence Day speech delivered by the Indian Prime Minister from the ramparts of Red Fort in New Delhi is an iconic moment, with Narendra Modi having used it to unveil some of his most ambitious campaigns over the years. And his message this [...]

The UK is losing the numbers game on Indian students

2019-08-23T14:28:03+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, Home Page, UK Edition – August 2019|

Since the peak of around 40,000 nearly 10 years ago, the figures for Indian students choosing Britain’s universities have been in free-fall. While the slide has been somewhat arrested recently, the numbers remain a far cry from what they were and, indeed, what they ought to be, given Britain’s world-class educational institutions and an aspirational Indian youth ready to be lured by destinations with decent professional promise. The figures in this case really do speak for themselves – in 2010, [...]