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How 23-year-old Ashay Bhave made a 100 percent recycled sneaker from plastic waste

How a nine year old is increasing green cover, and more

GI walks hand in hand with Global Indians.
Game changers who lead by example.
Get on the GI coveted list.

Hope for the thirsty thanks to the matka man Alag Natarajan

Jayshree Seth:

The Indian-origin chief science advocate with 72 patents to her name

Chinmay Tumbe:

The IIM-A professor on a mission to archive India’s rich history

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 Top reads curated from the internet 

#1
Banning cryptos will hurt innovation: Hindu Business Line
Reading Time: 5 min
#2
Policymakers must break India’s cycle of poverty: Indian Express
#3
Kongthong: The Indian village where your name is a song – BBC
Reading Time: 8 min
#4
The T-20 investment path: Indian Express
Reading Time: 8 mins
#5
CoP26: A climate of mistrust – The Telegraph
Reading Time: 5 min
#6
The legend of the Indian prince who is the forefather of all Cambodians: Scroll
Reading Time: 8 mins

Banning cryptos will hurt innovation: Hindu Business Line

(The column first appeared in The Hindu Business Line on November 30, 2021)  

  • Last week, the government released a list of 26 Bills, including the much-awaited cryptocurrency Bill, to be tabled in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. Post the release, there have been widespread speculations of an imminent crypto ban in the Indian crypto circuits and trading circles. The crypto industry’s wait towards the much-anticipated parliamentary discussion on the crypto Bill is getting more anxious with speculations of an imminent crypto ban circulating the crypto circuits and an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty looming in the markets. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman issued a statement that there was no proposal to accept Bitcoin as a currency. The current description of The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2021 seems to be getting ready to ban all but a few cryptocurrencies to promote blockchain technology and bring forth India’s official digital currency...

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Policymakers must break India’s cycle of poverty: Indian Express

(The column first appeared in The Indian Express on November 30, 2021)

  • In early November, three troubling reports came in. Approximately 5.46 million Indians lost their jobs in October as per CMIE data. In particular, our youth unemployment rate was 28.26 per cent in 2020-21, compared to 15.66 per cent in 2016-17. By August 2021, around 33 per cent of all employable youth were estimated to be unemployed. With 20 million Indians entering the job market annually, there are few jobs being created...

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Kongthong: The Indian village where your name is a song – BBC

(The column first appeared in BBC on November 25, 2021)

  • A piercing chorus of cicadas reached my ears from the dense subtropical jungles as my car precariously navigated its way through the narrow road carved into the steep hills. Around a bend, a different tune floated across the valley – this one softer, melodious, almost eerie. A few more perilous turns later, the first houses of Kongthong came into sight, accompanied by more melodies wafting in the air as one villager called out to another. Nestled amidst the verdant East Khasi Hills in the state of Meghalaya in India's remote north-east, the village of Kongthong is only accessible by a three-hour drive from the state capital, Shillong. Civilisation is sparse in these parts, and the village is surrounded by magnificent high ridges and dizzyingly deep gorges. It's also home to a unique tradition called jingrwai iawbei, which has been flourishing here for centuries. According to this tradition, each newborn in Kongthong is assigned both a regular name and a distinct melodious tune at birth by their mother. While their name is only used for official purposes, this tune becomes their identity to which they respond throughout their lives. Once a person dies, their tune dies with them, never to be repeated for anyone else ever...

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The T-20 investment path: Indian Express

(The column first appeared in The Indian Express on November 13, 2021)

  • For the last four months or so, we have all been glued to the Star Sports channel with the IPL being followed by the World Cup. Quite clearly, the 20-20 format has caught on. As a viewer, one would have also seen a lady in a track-and-field race suddenly sit down to get on to the mobile for some stock updates...

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CoP26: A climate of mistrust – The Telegraph

(The column first appeared in The Telegraph on November 29, 2021)  

  • The success of CoP26 in Glasgow is difficult to ascertain. There were some positive moments: pledges of net-zero targets by countries, including India, the US-China agreement on emission cuts, and the declaration of phasing out of oil and gas production. But the conference did not engender the evolution of a strong climate governance. Garrett Hardin, an American ecologist, argued in his 1968 paper in Science that should we all exploit the natural resources to maximize our gains then it would lead to a tragic end of the world’s common resources. Hardin opined that humanity could save itself through mutual coercion or restraint. One of Hardin’s greatest critics, Elinor Ostrom, who received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009, also suggested mutually-agreed-upon, binding constraints to save nature. Institutions need to be developed to set these binding constraints...

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The legend of the Indian prince who is the forefather of all Cambodians: Scroll

(The column first appeared in Scroll on November 21, 2021)

  • One of the most beautiful theatrical spectacles that a person can witness in Asia is the Preah Thong Boung Soung, a rendition of the story of Preah Thong and Neang Neak that is performed by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia. With elaborate costumes, gentle music and exquisite dance, the opera depicts the story that every single child in Cambodia is told at a very young age – the saga of an Indian prince and a serpent (Naga) woman who are the ancestors of all Khmer people...

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  • Who could have thought that one could experience the raw beauty of nature and wildlife through the comfort of their homes? But wildlife photographer and presenter Suyash Keshari has made it possible with virtual safaris. The 25-year-old has carved a niche by by creating India’s first virtual safari experience with – Safari with Suyash TV.
    Duration: 3 min
  • It’s time to introduce you to Thaley, a startup that’s converting waste plastic bags and bottles into daily wear sneakers, and the man behind this is Ashay Bhave. The 23-year-old entrepreneur is a champion of sustainability, and his brand is proof of it.
    Duration: 2 min
  • Alag Natarajan chose to drop out of his engineering course back in the 1970s but his passion for innovation is evident in his specially modified vehicles. Each day he drives his maxi-truck that’s fitted with two 1,000 litre water tanks to fill in the 70-80 matkas across South Delhi.
    Duration: 1 min