Women Entrepreneurs: A Podcast

Podcast: Conversation on the challenges women business owners face when interacting with suppliers, financiers, and other stakeholders in their ecosystems.

The Amazons: Women in Greek Myths-4

In Greek mythology the Amazons, the fifth Greek women story in Natalie Haynes book ‘Pandora’s Jar: Women in Greek Myths’, were known as a tribe of women warriors known for their skills in riding, for their pride and courage. Natalie Haynes argues that the amazing Amazons are also maligned and reduced in significance in many Greek mythological writings. She argues for a better and fuller description of Amazon heroes using lesser known and used texts of various Greek and Roman ancient historians

Women’s Day 2022: Gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow

The bulge in the population pyramid in the age groups 15 to 35 years is the ‘demographic dividend’. While most countries are aging and have very low birth rates, India’s population will continue to grow for a decade more. However, the advantage of having a young population will not be an advantage if the education system fails us.

Rethinking Human Capital: View of informal workers

Concept of human capital captures years of formal general-technical education which are sufficient to measure the skill level of the wage worker. The skill sets required by majority of informal self-employed workers running small business are not captured by this measure. As the latter constitute a vast majority of worker the concept of human capital needs re-thinking.

‘Close Encounters of the Statistical Kind’: PhD before the Digital Era

The PhD student of today is so blessed, little does she know it. I started work on my PhD in Economics more than three decades ago. During this period I had the most interesting ‘close encounters of the statistical kind’ with data and statisticians of the National Sample Survey Office in Kolkata. This association with the National Statistical Office (NSO) and officers continues till today.

Social Norms and Participation of Women in Work

Whether you take the social norms framework, statistical framework, the political framework or the judicial framework the question is: How to design policy to improve women’s work participation in India? Social norms remains a major factor to contend with no matter which framework is used to design policies.

‘Tiger’ in the Woods: Trying my hand at Game of Golf

Tiger Woods was an American who turned a professional golfer at the age of 20 years. He won the 1997 Masters title in 12 strokes, a record breaking performance. I am not trying to be a Tiger in the Woods! I have thought of golf as a game of the leisurely rich. Then why am … Continue reading ‘Tiger’ in the Woods: Trying my hand at Game of Golf

Super 30: A story of discrimination and search for excellence

I watched the Hindi film Super 30 again. It is based on a true story of a mathematics teacher who runs an educational program for poor children. The film scrutinizes the ambition of parents and children in India to enter the top engineering schools known as the Indian Institute of Technology and the ethics of coaching centers.

Verghese Kurien: An Ode to Father of the White Revolution, India

An Ode to Dr. Verghese Kurien, The Milkman on India, on his 100th Birth Anniversary. Reposting.

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Credit: Google, Google acknowledges the Milkman of India on his birth anniversary

Verghese Kurien (1921-2012) is considered the Father of the White Revolution in India. He is also known as the ‘Milkman of India’. He was responsible for moving India from a milk powder importing country to becoming self-sufficient in milk and milk products. He is credited with creating a series of institutions in Anand, a small town in the Western state of Gujarat, the AMUL Brand of milk products and its cooperative milk federation (GCMMF), the National Dairy Development Board to name a few. The Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) was one of the last institutions he built.

I joined IRMA in 2009 as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Chair Professor in Economics and became the Director of IRMA in 2011 for a full term till 2016. I met Dr. Verghese Kurien a couple of times during…

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