What it is that one needs the most to thrive in today’s complex and continuously changing world? Education, opportunity, will, practicality, positivity? All of that, yes! But there is something one needs to bind all of these characteristics together. And it’s mental and physical fortitude. As an entrepreneur, I was constantly questioning myself at the beginning of my career. I had enormous shoes to fill in and the ideologies I was brought up with were often too much to carry, amidst the stress.
In March 2019, India achieved nearly 99% rural electrification status. The electrification scheme also known as Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, or Saubhagya electrified more than 45,000 households every day for last 18 months. This showcased India’s commitment towards progress, understanding electricity as one of the basic requirements of life. Considering that more than 68% of people in India live in rural parts of the country, this was a decisive action and the journey from the drawing board to success has given India a very realistic idea of how to lead the country towards wholesome growth.
However, electrification of households do not necessarily mean uninterrupted power supply 24×7, which was targeted to succeed by March 2019. Unfortunately, there is still a major gap between electrification and receiving reliable power supply in major states like- Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Therefore, in order to consider 24×7 power for all a reality in the near future, we need to identify hurdles and find solutions.
We live in a country where Cricket is a religion and where a child learns the names of the cricket idols possibly before he/she knows names of everyone in the family. The magnitude of Indians’ love for cricket maybe as incomprehensible as its feverish intensity. Cricket also throws up many exciting lessons that every corporate can learn from and integrate in their professional lives.
There is a story behind every selection or rejection. And the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is throwing up some exciting leadership lessons for everyone. Some stories act as a driving force for us to achieve our own dreams, while some leave us wondering how brutal this game can be. Sometimes life is tough and cricket is just a reflection of it.
India’s new Finance Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman will be presenting her first and India’s 2019-20 budget on 5th July 2019. The interim budget, presented earlier this year, received appreciation for tax reductions, job creation and security, support to agriculture, support to MSMEs, aiding real estate, improving social infrastructure and bringing technology led governance aimed at inclusive and equitable growth. Thus, it may be seen as setting the guideline for future.
Less than 90 days after becoming the Prime Minister in 2014, Shri Narendra Modi, in his address from the Red Fort on India’s 68th Independence Day, gave a clarion call for “Make in India” for the first time. From satellites to submarines, he said, “sell anywhere, but make in India”. We have got skill, talent, discipline, and determination to do something. We want to give the world a favourable opportunity…to come, Make in India.