Monthly Archives: April 2007

Shipbuilding- A sector with huge employment potential

Even in 1950s when India established its first IIT at Kharagpur, it happened to have a department of naval architecture, though with an intake of a dozen or two students. I used to wonder where we they be usefully employed. … Continue reading

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Frugal Manufacturing- Is it a Chinese Nomenclature?

I came to know of the term ‘frugal manufacturing’ after the news reporters wrote about the interview of Carlos Ghosn, the legendary boss of Renault Motors, France. He talked so highly about the frugal manufacturing that has been mastered by … Continue reading

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An Address to Mechanical Engineering Students

We had two professors at IIT, Kharagpur who were the alumni of engineering college of BHU of those days. Prof. Belgaonkar was the head of mechanical engineering when I was in IIT, Kharagpur. Prof Rajendra Misra headed the production engineering … Continue reading

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Indian Auto Industry – Two New Alliances

France headquartered Renault, one among the top 10 carmakers in the world that rolls out over 2 million vehicles every year and Mumbai-based tractor and particularly popular ‘Scorpio’ utility vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) through their joint venture Mahindra … Continue reading

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You must have seen my entry- China Invades India’s Manufacturing Sectors’. That got published in too. While my blog didn’t attract comments (now I have inserted the ones from, there were some critical ones on the later site. … Continue reading

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Globalisation’s offspring

‘The Economist’, April 7, 2007 has these insertions in an article captioned as above. A pack of fast-moving, sharp-toothed new multinationals is emerging from the poor world. So far this year, Indian firms, led by Hindalco and Tata Steel, … Continue reading

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Feel good? April fool!

Are we heading for some worse news than India and Pakistan getting out of World Cup after a defeat from Bangladesh and Ireland respectively? Here comes the other devastating news of crash in sensex. Nearly 617 points were lost in … Continue reading

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Can Communists Run The Country?

With my experience of working in the largest industrial unit of its time in West Bengal since 1961, and a longer association because of my education in Presidency College and IIT, Kharagpur, I feel pained with both the political and … Continue reading

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Kothapally and Raj Samadhiyala

To come out of the mental agony created after reading the lead article-‘The elephant must remember’ of the Outlook’s special edition on the ‘state of the nation’ about ‘the other India’, I tried to dig deep and found some stories … Continue reading

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Management Matters

Be it a public or private enterprises, management is key. And many times it requires only some commonsense. One needn’t have an IIM, or Stanford/ Harvard background. Let us look at two stories- one from the pubic sector and the … Continue reading

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