Reimagining India: MIT Sloan’s Prof. Yasheng Huang

India is known globally for the rise of its information-technology and software industry. Yet in this video interview, Yasheng Huang, a professor of global economics and management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and essayist from Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower Simon & Schuster, November 2013, warns the country against becoming too dependent on those sectors. He argues India’s potential will only be realized if the country develops its manufacturing and services sectors, which requires labor-market reforms and significant investments in both education and social services. Without those, India will not only face growing social inequality but could also jeopardize its pipeline of college-ready students critical to the high-tech industry.

via Reimagining India: A conversation with Yasheng Huang | McKinsey & Company.

Morning with the Master, the Dalai Lama

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HH Dalai Lama, a set on Flickr.

His Holiness Dalai Lama’s keynote was topical and inspiring. He covered topics of compassion, Indian culture and its influence, education, environment, with equal ease.

Attended a panel discussion this morning at Teenmurti House, Jawaharlal Nehru’s residence, on “Nonviolence and Spiritual Values for a secular India”. This gathering was organised to mark the centenary of India’s former President, the late Shri. R Venkataraman.

Pictures of the Master — one of the greatest beings to walk the planet. Humility personified. His presence cleanses.

Reportage: 3rd April, 2011

1. DNA –  Tibetan Plateau degradation
2. Economic Times – India can lead the world
3. Indian Express – Preserve ethos of non-violence

Innovation goes bananas

Innovation is difficult to define – it perhaps even defies definition. We may be better off not even trying to. Can innovation be taught? Short answer, no. Can wisdom be bought? DITTO.

Courses in innovation are being created without any focus on the human being. Today’s innovation bandwagon focuses on philosophy, methodology, tools and what not. I ask a simple question. “Do you not need something more than education and training to be a musician”. Basically, can anybody become a musician or does s/he have to be one in the first place? If I simply teach musical notation after which you practice strumming for 6 hours a day, can you become a guitarist OR do you have to be a musician before I brush you up?

Are there some intrinsic traits or talents or experiences that are prerequisites for innovation?

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