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

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…

My talk at ASCEND 2019

My talk on entrepreneurship, startup, innovation.While I highlighted the great benefit of being in Kerala, I pointed out the issues which can be addressed that can improve the situation in Kerala.

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,…