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Vikram Sethi posted an opinion to a discussionNov, 18 2016

Can Trump be the right president for the Businesses and Entrepreneurs?

Generous assessments of Trump's wealth suggest, had he not done a single deal and simply invested the money daddy gave him before and after his death, his net worth would actually be higher than it currently is. So, what makes for a good business mind how many deals you do or consider doing? Trump has failed with many businesses and some disastrously so. Besides a host of ethical issues in businesses he's been involved in or lent his name to, he's shown spectacularly poor judgement in a number of projects and investments.

His willingness to engage in controversy as a tool to selling his brand or making a buck, doesn't 't bode well for leadership let alone the highest office in the land. The bankruptcies don't show a disciplined or efficient approach to businesses. Or, they might just show, more than just being willing to take advantage of US law when needed, at some point it became part of his plan and was somehow expedient. It doesn't seem, that if a businessman were attractive for the Presidency, that this would be the one. There's simply too much downside - for starters, questionable deals, ethical issues, controversy, mismanagement, impulsiveness and poor judgement. Where are all the titans of industry singing his praises - their absence is just odd. Then, there are all the other things outside of business that don't recommend him for any public office. But his business history and style alone ought to be enough to show he is simply not qualified to be President.

Generous assessments of Trump's wealth suggest, had he not done a single deal and simply invested the money daddy gave him before and after his death, his net worth would actually be higher than it currently is. So, what makes for a good business mind how many deals you do or consider doing? Trump h
Vikram Sethi agreed with a discussionOct, 20 2016

life spirit

जीवन तो अपने दम पर जीई जाती है,
दूसरों के दम पे तो जनाजे हीं उठते हैं।।
Vikram Sethi started a new discussionOct, 02 2016

Facebook failed in its ambitious attempt of becoming the online shopping store, should there be a change in their strategy?

Facebook did everything, it introduced chatbots in Messenger, it was the ideal place for an commerce to exist. Earlier this month, Facebook said developers had built 30,000 bots to date.
Then why has it failed to do so? Do they need to revise their strategy or forget the dream to be an ecommerce platform

Facebook did everything, it introduced chatbots in Messenger, it was the ideal place for an commerce to exist. Earlier this month, Facebook said developers had built 30,000 bots to date. Then why has it failed to do so? Do they need to revise their strategy or forget the dream to be an ecommerce pl
Vikram Sethi disagreed with a discussionSep, 29 2016

Is Marriage as beneficial for women as for men?

Landmark research by University College London, the London School of Economics and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that single women do not suffer the same negative health effects as unmarried men.

In fact, middle aged women who had never married had virtually the same chance of developing metabolic syndrome – a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity - as married women.

(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/03/14/marriage-is-more-beneficial-for-men-than-women-study-shows/)


I guess that is so true for the typical arranged marriages in Indo-Pak region. Women are happy, working, studying, doing what they want to and living their lives until....one day the guy's family sends in "RISHTA" and all her independence is perished. She will have to ask her husband-to-be for everything she has to do, and not only that she has to be answerable to mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law etc etc.

Landmark research by University College London, the London School of Economics and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that single women do not suffer the same negative health effects as unmarried men. In fact, middle aged women who had never married had virtually the same chan
Vikram Sethi started a new discussionSep, 27 2016

There were around a 1000 suicides in Prison in the last 20 years. We have failed to safe guard a fully lawful institution

From 1995 to 2014, 999 suicides were reported inside Indian prisons. Tamil Nadu alone has seen 141 of them. The State houses less than 4 per cent of the country’s prisoners, yet it accounts for 14 per cent of suicides inside prisons. With such a poor track record, the State machinery should at least deliberate possible solutions.

Is Tamil Nadu the bad apple or is the entire orchard rotten? Data show that in the last 20 years, three inmates on average have been found dead daily in Indian prisons. In 2014, there were five deaths every day, so 35 deaths in a typical week. Two of these deaths were suicides. In the same period, the death rate inside prisons rose by 42 per cent. Ninety per cent of these deaths were recorded as ‘natural’, but what constitutes ‘natural’ in a custodial set-up is questionable.

From 1995 to 2014, 999 suicides were reported inside Indian prisons. Tamil Nadu alone has seen 141 of them. The State houses less than 4 per cent of the country’s prisoners, yet it accounts for 14 per cent of suicides inside prisons. With such a poor track record, the State machinery should at lea
Vikram Sethi agreed with a discussionSep, 26 2016

A manager's role in football is over-hyped.

With Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Conte and Wenger the Premier League has without a doubt become the most competitive and watchable league in the world. But when you see the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Dortmund during their games, the gulf in class is almost embarrassing. The Premier League teams are nowhere close to that level. With such teams being managed by far less experienced managers such as Luis Enrique, Zidane and Tuchel, one can't help but wonder how big really is the role of a manager? Maybe it's just having a good enough personality to act as an enabler between great players in a squad.
With Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Conte and Wenger the Premier League has without a doubt become the most competitive and watchable league in the world. But when you see the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Dortmund during their games, the gulf in class is almost embarrassing. The Premier League t
Vikram Sethi agreed with an opinion onSep, 21 2016

Exploitation of resources in Tibet will affect India badly in the future. Nationalist Indians should fight for Tibet to protect their own interest.

Vassal Shergil had posted

I think we can. Upon reading up on Tibetan issues and initiatives undertaken by Tibet support groups, what seems to be lacking isn't the drive or logic behind demanding c



Vikram Sethi posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 18 2016

This country needs a massive overhaul in its education system

At the intermediate level, there is a problem of high drop-outs. One of the reasons cited is the inability of the students to find any economic value in the curriculum. In many tribal areas, students are not even able to relate to the language of the teachers from the urban areas. School development plans need to factor in tailoring the common curriculum in the local context to keep students interested. At the same time more thought needs to go in to prepare the students for future employment rather than for basic literacy.

At the intermediate level, there is a problem of high drop-outs. One of the reasons cited is the inability of the students to find any economic value in the curriculum. In many tribal areas, students are not even able to relate to the language of the teachers from the urban areas. School development
Vikram Sethi posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 18 2016

British couldn't colonize China as they did with India and the USA. Was China mighty even in colonial era?

North America was empty! India was full, but fragmented. China was full, and unified. Disease had killed off much of the sparse indigenous American population, which is why the Pilgrims got such prime real estate. India and China were probably the most densely populated places on earth when the British went there.
Also, India was a mess of warring kingdoms, which allowed the British to create an overarching ueber-state to control most of them. Even at the high point of the Raj, some areas of India remained independent. China, on the other hand, was a monolithic power under one ruler. The only place the British could squeeze in was in Hong Kong, a beautiful port that was unoccupied at the time. After the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion, the British were able to make more room, but there were still all those hundreds of millions of Chinamen in the way, so they couldn't bring in a new population.

North America was empty! India was full, but fragmented. China was full, and unified. Disease had killed off much of the sparse indigenous American population, which is why the Pilgrims got such prime real estate. India and China were probably the most densely populated places on earth when the Brit
Vikram Sethi posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 15 2016

Steve Jobs, a Zen Buddhist, chose to manufacture his products in China- the country that inflicted horrific crimes in Tibet

Tibetan Buddhism is not even the main stream sect of Buddhism (roughly 5% of total Buddhist population) and isolated to other Buddhism practices. Hence, it is very different from Zen Buddhism, a branch from Mahayana Buddhism. Oh ya, guess where does the Zen branch originate from?

China, to be specific, Tang Dynasty.

Tibetan Buddhism is not even the main stream sect of Buddhism (roughly 5% of total Buddhist population) and isolated to other Buddhism practices. Hence, it is very different from Zen Buddhism, a branch from Mahayana Buddhism. Oh ya, guess where does the Zen branch originate from? China, to be spe
Vikram Sethi agreed with a discussionSep, 13 2016

Dictatorship failed because of people who came to power not because it is flawed as a concept.

Usually when I hear about a dictator I think of someone that's power hungry and always ends up hurting the people in some way. Has there ever been a dictator that was somewhat nice or made really good decisions that benefited the people?

Vikram Sethi agreed with an opinion onSep, 13 2016

The perception of human being in Qur'an is of the best creation which is imperfect at the same time. Isn't this a bit confusing?

Ahmed Azab had posted

Purpose of life is very subjective in itself. That's why enlightened ones gave you a simple way to understand the purpose. The book so profound to lead you to the real pu



Vikram Sethi agreed with a discussionSep, 13 2016

"Saudi Arabia and Iran accuse each other of not really being Muslim". 'Religion above all' mentality has to be challenged.

'Religion above all' not a islam-centered phenomenon but at the core nature of all the religions. Although its obnoxiously prominent in current interpretation of Islam. This school of thought have just placed some muslims against the world but, is also now placing muslims against muslims. Protagonists are trying to convey a message that one is either a protagonist of god or one is a kafir. Its high time Muslims stand up to their own biggest enemies, that is (mis)interpreters of Islam.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/07/saudi-arabi-and-iran-accuse-each-other-of-not-really-being-muslim/

'Religion above all' not a islam-centered phenomenon but at the core nature of all the religions. Although its obnoxiously prominent in current interpretation of Islam. This school of thought have just placed some muslims against the world but, is also now placing muslims against muslims. Protagoni
Vikram Sethi agreed with an opinion onSep, 13 2016

"India would be more than half a century late for the global education commitment” reports UNESCO. What exactly went wrong?

Priyanka Prasad had posted

I totally agree to the above the statement. Despite India’s claim to being a rising world power, it fairs badly, in terms of the human development index, such as litera



Vikram Sethi agreed with an opinion onSep, 12 2016

Tibetan Struggle- it's time we become more than just good hosts

Tenzin Shonu had posted

Indian govt and people have done a lot for us. I have lived in Delhi and Dharamshala both, and I feel like it is my home. Freedom to do business, love I received from peo



Vikram Sethi started a new discussionSep, 12 2016

Indian exams like JEE or CAT or GATE etc should follow footsteps of GMAT GRE SAT etc. as they have clearly produced better results.

GMAT or GRE are relatively high scoring exams, then comes SOP where genuine interest in a particular area is a must, or at least a sense of purpose. Then comes the overall performance and interview to judge. This is very different from the academic way of induction at Indian colleges. Why don't we just copy that model looking at the outcome it produces?

GMAT or GRE are relatively high scoring exams, then comes SOP where genuine interest in a particular area is a must, or at least a sense of purpose. Then comes the overall performance and interview to judge. This is very different from the academic way of induction at Indian colleges. Why don't we

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