Suggestion to FM for Budget 2020

Perspectives of MSME, boatbuilding, innovation, renewable energy: 1. Remove discrimination against water transport. Currently FAME 2 support only for electric vehicles and not for electric boats. 2. Boatbuilders sell at 5%. Input is all 18% and 28%. Delay in refund of tax inversion to be avoided. Notification to get input tax at 5% is not…

KMRL is building boats or train?

Cochin Shipyard has come out with the tender for supply of FRP superstructure for the 100 pax electric hybrid boats to be supplied to KMRL (23 no.s). Download here. Some interesting observations: Seeing the above criteria, one can think if they are making a metro coach or a boat! Even rocket manufacturing will not need…

Comparing Religions

Origin of Universe Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) This is the famous नासदीय सूक्त the 129th sukta of the 10th mandala of the Rigveda. It has been translated and discussed by many scholars and there have been volumes dedicated to just this one sukta . The current translation is by A.L.Basham, from his book entitled, “The Wonder…

Talk at Swasraya Bharat 2019

Today, I had a chance to talk to students on how Solar power can be used to make transportation on water sustainable. I took the example of ADITYA, India’s first solar ferry as a successful demonstration of this mission.

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…