Reclaiming Hindu Masjids and Restoring National Pride

Arnold Toynbee, the distinguished British historian, associated a place of worship with national honour when in 1960 he had come to Delhi to deliver the Maulana Azad Memorial Lecture. He expressed great surprise that Aurangzeb’s mosque in Varanasi was still there. He felt that it should have been removed and illustrated the issue with a…

Why People make fun of Judiciary

Killing animals in Temples versus elsewhere Judges at Tripura HC, CJ Sanjay Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh, passed an order that animals have “Right to Life” under Article 21, apparently only in temples and not outside it.Source: LiveLaw Millions of animals are killed daily for food. Not to forget sacrifices done by other religions on…

Villains of Sabarimala Disaster

Petitioners Bhakti Pasrija Sethi (pictured left), who is General Secretary of the Indian Young Lawyers Association, as well as Laxmi Shastri, Prerna Kumari (pictured right), Alka Sharma, and Sudha Pal, are listed as the petitioners. Judges 4 from here: Deepak Mishra, A.M.Khanwilkar, R. Nariman, D.Y.Chandrachud

Dare to Dream – Zee Business

I got a chance to give a talk in the Dare to Dream show in Zee Business. It was a great experience to be part of the show with Beena Kannan (Seematti), MSA Kumar as other speakers and many accomplished people from the industry as part of the audience.

Budget 2019 Views – From a Solar-electric Boat builder

Let me summarise my views from two aspects – as an entrepreneur and the other as a solar-electric boat builder. From an entrepreneur perspective, There is talk of streamlining multiple labour laws to set of four labour code. From the past record of this government in making statements in major policy and leading to real…

Budget 2019 – General

FM highlighted that patents trebled from 2014 to 2018. Let us see where we stand. We are seventh only because we have a huge population. If one add a parameter called patents per million people, we are no where. If you see all the top countries, they are those that are pursuing technical education in…

Giving feedback for Modi Manifesto 2019

The other day I had a chance to interact with Smt. Smriti Irani during her visit to Kochi as part of BJP’s outreach to get inputs for their 2019 election manifesto. I raised a pertinent point with regards to NITI Ayog, once again, missing out electric boats for support when giving the same for electric…

Speaker at World Future Energy 2019, Abu Dhabi

I was part of the panel held by International Solar Alliance during the World Future Energy 2019 held at Abu Dhabi. It was an interesting session where I could talk about our experience of solar ferry, the differences with electric vehicles and technologies, and some of the challenges when we plan for more applications in…

Villains of Diwali Crackers Ban

Supreme Court has in the recent times giving judgements what one would call judicial overreach especially when it comes to restrictions on Hindu traditions and practices. The recent ban on crackers in Diwali is no exception, especially when there is no evidence to point to the effect. The court is infiltrated by lot of judges,…

Why choice of Lithium Battery Chemistry is Important?

Watch the following video to see the difference between Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC) and Lithium Iron Phosphate  (LFP) battery (used in our boats) in the way they respond to a puncture. This difference is the reason for choosing LFP for public transport systems, especially boats where the time to escape from the boat…

Economics of ADITYA in IEEE

My article, “Economics of ADITYA” is published in IEEE India Newsletter. IEEE India Info. Vol. 13 No. 3 Jul – Sep 2018, Page 38-45. Download from their site.

Why VEGA 120 is a landmark for Kerala

Last year ADITYA solar ferry created a landmark by showing an alternative that is better and cheaper for short voyage routes on water. The boat has in the last 22 months carried 6 lakh passengers, travelled 36,000 km without a single drop of fuel thereby saving 55,000 litres of diesel. This year it is VEGA 120 that…