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Message of Ambassador Sunil Jain on the 69th Independence Day of India (15 August 2015)

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On the happy occasion of our 69th Independence Day, I extend my heartiest warm greetings and best wishes to all my compatriots in Kuwait.

Today we pay respects and homage to all those who selflessly and courageously fought for India's political freedom. The ideals and the values that guided our freedom movement, led by Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, became the guiding principles of the Independent Indian Republic. We also re-dedicate ourselves today to build a modern vibrant India, while serving the cause of humanity at large. It is deeply satisfying to see our country of 1.25 billion people, characterized by vast linguistic, religious, ethnic and cultural diversity, confidently and unitedly marching ahead as one Nation. As our tribute to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, we need to work hand-in-hand to realize his vision — India a developed country by 2020.

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Under the transformational leadership of Hon'ble PM Shri Narendra Modi, the Government of India has set accelerating national economic development and ease in doing business its primary goals. To make India an international investment and manufacturing hub, the Government launched the ‘Make in India' initiative in September 2014. A host of measures have been taken to revitalize the industrial sector in general and manufacturing sector in particular. The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy has been liberalized. 100% FDI under automatic route has been permitted in construction, operation and maintenance in specified Rail Infrastructure projects; FDI in Defence liberalized to 49%. In cases of modernization of state-of-art proposals, FDI can go up to 100%; the norms for FDI in the Construction Development sector are also eased.


India's macroeconomic indicators have improved considerably during the last year and we have been among the fastest growing major economies in the world. We are already the third largest economy in purchasing power parity terms. India's GDP grew by 7.3% in 2014-15, up from 6.9% in 2013-14. At the same time, inflation has been reined in with Wholesale Price Index (WPI) recording its lowest level in nine years in March 2015. The Government has implemented deregulation of diesel, petrol and cooking gas prices without entailing hardship for the consumers. To cater for urgently required land acquisition for major infrastructure projects, the Government has promulgated an ordinance to amend the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Re-Settlement Act. We are building a tax regime that is predictable, stable and competitive and have brought in a positive regulatory framework.

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The Government has launched 100 Smart Cities Mission, Housing for All by 2022 and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) schemes. A 10-year infrastructure development plan has also been announced. Digital India programme has been launched recently which seeks to transform India into a digitally-empowered society and knowledge economy. The Digital India programme is centred on three key vision areas: Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen; Governance & Services on Demand; and Digital Empowerment of Citizens. Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), a National Mission for financial inclusion, account can be opened in any bank branch or Business Correspondent (Bank Mitr) outlet with Zero balance. The Government of India has also introduced National Pension System (NPS) for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) which will benefit over 10 million NRIs between the age group of 18-60 years so as to provide them old age security.


The Government has placed equal emphasis on enhancing knowledge, skill, technology, innovation and research & development. In September 2014, the landmark success of Mars Orbit Mission, India's maiden Mission to Mars made India the only country to reach Mars on its first attempt, and its being fully manufactured indigenously at a relatively low cost is a testimony of India's expertise and robust scientific & technological infrastructure. This year in June, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s commercial launch capability reached a new high, when it successfully launched five satellites for the UK. This being the heaviest commercial mission undertaken by ISRO, not only underlined it as a major player of space industries globally but also as a leading foreign exchange earner for the country.

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(GM-Managing Partner KSCS, G5 General Trd & Al Lewaa Security services)

Let us celebrate & enjoy the freedom to live independently in our country cheerfully, helpfully, hopefully, peacefully by remembering our national heroes who gave us freedom after suffering years of pain & humiliation.
Today we come together, Be the cause for the unity,
Make it Beautiful day another.... Fight against corruption, Spur the flag of On NATION
Happy Independence Day

On the foreign policy front, India is assiduously working towards mutually beneficial relations with all countries in the world. India will continue to pursue its enlightened national interest, maintaining the strategic autonomy and independence in decision-making that has been its hallmark. India has consistently been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism and has always condemned it in all forms and manifestations. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble President of India, in a message to His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait, expressed condolences over the heinous attack at a mosque in Kuwait on 26 June 2015 where 27 people, including two Indians, were killed and many were injured. India believes that the progress of humanity lies in unity, peace, brotherhood and non-violence.

The Government of India is committed to the well-being and interests of Indian diaspora, including over 7 million Indians in Gulf countries. No efforts were spared in evacuating Indian nationals from conflict zones, including 7200 from Iraq, 3400 from Libya, 1000 from Ukraine and 4700 from Yemen. Thousands of Indians were brought back from earthquake-hit Nepal. The United Nations, on India's initiative, declared 21 June as the International Day of Yoga and the 1st International Day of Yoga was celebrated all over the world including Kuwait this year on 21 June. Yoga literally means to join and observing the International Day of Yoga is the perfect platform to bring the world together in a spirit of unity and harmony. Today when ethnic conflicts and extremist violence are threatening to destabilize societies, Yoga can serve as the perfect remedy to stop such negative tendencies and take us on the path of harmony and peace.


The close historical and friendly ties between India and the GCC countries is the foundation stone on which our robust contemporary relations are flourishing. India and Kuwait enjoy excellent relations, reflecting the centuries old economic and socio-cultural interactions. Over the past few years, sustained high-level interaction has provided significant fillip to bilateral relations. His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait made a State visit to India in November 2013. Dr. Abdulmohsen Medeij Al-Medeij, Minister of Commerce and Industry of Kuwait led a Kuwaiti business delegation to India at the 4th India-Arab Partnership Conference held in New Delhi on 26-27 November 2014 as well as for the India-Arab Summit held in Jaipur, Rajasthan on 15-17 January 2015. The two countries have been engaged at the highest level and have established several institutional mechanisms of cooperation in various domains. Bilateral Foreign Office Consultations, meetings of Joint Working Groups on Hydrocarbon; Labour, Employment and Manpower; and Medical cooperation as well as the Joint Ministerial Commission are slated to be held later this year. Both sides have been working closely to further intensify engagements at all levels.

Kuwait remains India's reliable supplier of crude oil & LPG and India has consistently been among Kuwait's top 10 trading partners. The total bilateral trade during the Financial Year 2014-15 was US$ 14.58 billion. Several Indian companies, viz., Larsen & Toubro, Dodsal, Punj Lloyd, Shapoorji Pallonji, Simplex etc have been awarded contracts worth over US$ 4.15 billion in 2014 in Kuwait. In May 2015, Larsen & Toubro signed a contract worth US$ 77 million with Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) to replace an old power substation at Al-Ahmadi Refinery in Kuwait.

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Dr. Seetharaman
CEO, Doha bank Group

Today we are celebrating the “Independence Day” of India. But for that day many Indians, solders, leaders fought for so many years, so many generations laid down their life’s, Infinite no of peoples sacrifices them and youth, spent their entire lives behind wars.

For this freedom we pay our respect to the cores of citizens of India on the Independence Day. The day of independence is a festival when we take a solemn pledge of working for the welfare of mother India, and also for the welfare of the poor, oppressed, the exploited & the backward people of our country.

Today, I pay my respect, greetings and homage to all those who laid their lives for the country`s independence. Independence day is an occasion to refine and rebuild the national character. To dedicate ourselves to the nation and our every activity is linked to the interest of the nation and only then this festival of freedom can be a festival of inspiration to take India to newer heights.

Happy Independence Day 2015 !!!

The dynamic Indian community continues to play its part in the deepening and widening of ties between the two countries. I would like to reassure the Embassy's top-rate service to each and every 8 lakh Indians in Kuwait. The Embassy has taken several measures for the welfare of the Indian community in Kuwait. Our community can reach the Embassy on 24x7, in cases of emergency. Annually, over 80,000 Indian passports are issued by the Embassy. Attestation work of the Embassy has been quicker and hassle-free. Over 12,500 visas issued every year to Kuwaiti nationals and other expatriates. The Embassy, in addition to existing visa services available at Sharq and Fahaheel, has decided to introduce visa services from CKGS centre in Jleeb Al Shuwaikh (Abbasiya), which will be opened soon. We remain in touch with the Kuwaiti authorities to address various problems faced by our community particularly in Jleeb Al Shuwaikh.

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In view of serious irregularities in the recruitment of Indian nurses for work in Kuwait, the Embassy took up the matter with the authorities both in Kuwait and India so as to put an end to the financial malpractices in the recruitment process. As a result of Embassy's efforts, the Government of India decided in March 2015 that the recruitment of nurses for work in Kuwait (and other ECR countries) would be regulated through three State Manpower Corporations in India (two in Kerala - namely NORKA-Roots and ODEPC and one from Tamil Nadu – OMCL, Chennai) w.e.f. 30 April 2015. Further, Indian nurses have been brought back under the ECR regime and their recruitment is being done under e-Migrate platform of MOIA for transparency and to protect their interests. An Indian delegation comprising senior officials of NORKA and ODEPC visited Kuwait in April 2015 to interact with Ministry of Health, Kuwait and to finalize the modalities of recruitment of nurses under the new guidelines.

Most vulnerable members of Indian community in Kuwait are our female domestic workers. The Government of India had introduced a Bank Guarantee of US$2,500 from employers / sponsors in Kuwait for bringing Indian female domestic workers to Kuwait. As this welfare measure was not found acceptable by Kuwaiti side, the Embassy has suspended attestation of employment contracts for bringing our female domestic workers to Kuwait, since December 2014. The illegal flow of our female domestic workers to Kuwait is a matter of serious concern.

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Chejarla Indra Kumar Raju

Chairman, Burgan Express Gen.trd.cont co,
Sun victoru Int’ l Ltd, HongKong

Let every patriot be honored;
Don't let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can't repay.
Thousands laid down there lives
So that our country breath this day.
Never forget there sacrifice.

The issue of delays in repatriation of Indian nationals lodged in various police stations and Deportation Centre in Kuwait due to various procedural reasons, has been taken up by the Embassy at various levels. The Embassy has been providing air-tickets and small financial assistance to distressed Indian workers to facilitate their repatriation to India under Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF). During 2014-15, a total of 976 distressed Indian nationals benefited while the total expenditure on account of our assistance under ICWF was about KD 42,000.

Due to Embassy's efforts, the Kuwaiti authorities discontinued the service contract of Khadamat Integrated Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai who were charging an exorbitant amount of Rs.24,000 towards medical tests from prospective workers seeking employment in Kuwait. The services of GAMCA which was charging much less were restored. We have requested Kuwaiti authorities for reduction in visa processing charge in India.

The Embassy has a dedicated Community Welfare Wing looking after the various community related issues including transportation of approx. 550 mortal remains to India as early as possible. In case of natural death, the mortal remains are airlifted to India within 3-4 days on an average.

The Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons (TSP) between India and Kuwait, signed in New Delhi in November 2013, has now been operationalised. This will help 250 Indian prisoners presently in Kuwaiti jails to return to India to serve the remaining part of their sentences.

Once again, I greet my fellow countrymen and women on our 69th Independence. I also take this opportunity to convey best wishes from our leaders for the continued good health and well-being of His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince, His Highness the Prime Minister, and the friendly people of the State of Kuwait.

Jai Hind!

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Managing Partner, Samara Auto Parts

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
Here's wising our dreams of a new tomorrow come true for us..
The flag of my country furls very high
Other might have forgotten,
But never can i,



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General Manager,
Kuwait India International Exchange Co., Kuwait

My greetings to all Indians on our country's 69th Independence Day. While it's time for joy and celebration, more importantly, it's time to seriously ponder over a few issues, vital to our economic and political freedom.

The opening up of the economy, however inadequately and partially, since 1991, has led to some improvements. Certain perceptible social changes too have been noticed. For instance, 250 million people are estimated to have been lifted out of poverty and are finding new ways of unlocking their potential. Dalits, breaking out of their traditional low occupations and embracing entrepreneurialism, boast of over 3,000 millionaires, according to the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI).

Despite these half-hearted reforms and some progress, for which a mere one-handed shake, much remains to be done.

With all the vast resources it is endowed with, India has not taken off in the way it ought to have. Even after nearly seven decades, India continues to be hampered by insufficient economic freedom, difficult business conditions, inadequate infrastructure, and rigidity in labour laws, mis-governance, profligate social spending, criminality in politics and corruption. India's rankings, on several aspects, among the comity of nations, is poor indeed! Why?

India broke free of the 'foreign yoke' (of colonialism) and plunged right away into the tyranny of socialism. State interventionism, 'welfare statism', and the 'entitlement mentality' have been the disastrous features of our socio-economic philosophy since independence. These continue to have debilitating effects on our economic performance.

The 'socialist mindset' is still dominant in our polity and society. That we only partly gave up on the insular, socialistic policies more out of compulsion than any genuine, positive desire for 'market-oriented' reforms is a telling commentary on the state of affairs.

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Ashok Kalra

(Managing Partner, Mughal Mahal)
Hon. Ex. Chairman - ICSK

Walk together, move together, think together and resolve together


On the jubilant occasion of our 69th Independence Day it gives me immense pleasure to extend my greetings to all readers of Indian Frontliners and to the Indian community in Kuwait.

Independence Day is the occasion when we come together to pay respect and homage to the many men and women, both well-known names and faceless martyrs, who fought and died so that future generations could enjoy the fruits of freedom. On this day we remember the brave soldiers who paid the ultimate price to ensure the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country.

On Independence Day we also recollect with gratitude and express profuse thanks to all the security personnel who day and night stand vigilant guard on our borders ready to defend our hard-won freedom.

Since Independence in 1947, India has pursued a path of secular democracy, of tolerance, of equality and justice for all its citizens; this has gained us admiration and deep respect from the international community. With a population of over 1.2 billion, we are the largest democracy in the world; this label confers on us the huge responsibility of showcasing democracy to the comity of nations We are called upon to uphold the traditions and values of a democratic society that demonstrates its functions effectively not just for a privileged few but for all our billion plus people.

Independence Day is also an opportunity for us to candidly assess our achievements and discern our shortcomings since gaining independence more than six decades ago. While we can look back with pride on our nation's many accomplishments, we should also concede that a lot more remains to be realized. Let us make this Independence Day the occasion when we rededicate ourselves to the nation and pledge to take forward the flame of freedom that was handed to us by past generations, with the promise to keep the flame burning bright for posterity.


On this glorious occasion let us recall the words of our Prime Minister, who last year, during his first Independence Day speech, called on the nation to “Walk together, move together, think together and resolve together to take our country forward.”

On our 69th Independence Day, let us promise to work together for the welfare of our less privileged brothers and sisters; let us collectively help uplift the poor, teach the illiterate, free the exploited and the oppressed. Together let us make India a country where the every person can lead the life they desire and rise unfettered to their fullest potential. Let us commit ourselves to building an India of tolerance, harmony, equality, justice and the rule of law. Let us make the multiplicity of our diversity in language, religion, culture and customs, our greatest asset in building a strong and truly independent nation. Let us together build a nation where every individual will be able to lift their heads and proudly say, “I am an Indian.”

On this Independence Day let us also thank Kuwait and its leadership for hosting the Indian community in this country. India and Kuwait have deep-rooted social, cultural and commercial ties that date back centuries. India was the principal port of call for Kuwaiti trading dhows and it was the main exporter of most day-to-day items used in this country long before the discovery of oil here.

Today, the nearly 800,000 strong vibrant Indian community, which incidentally is the largest expatriate group in Kuwait, is an attestation of the strong people-to-people relations we have maintained and nourished over the decades. Let us now work as a well-knit community to continue contributing to the socio-economic development of both India and Kuwait.

I take this opportunity to once again wish all Indians the very best on this Independence Day!

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General Manager,
Kuwait India International Exchange Co., Kuwait

A Politically Incorrect Viewpoint


My greetings to all Indians on our country's 69th Independence Day. While it's time for joy and celebration, more importantly, it's time to seriously ponder over a few issues, vital to our economic and political freedom.

The opening up of the economy, however inadequately and partially, since 1991, has led to some improvements. Certain perceptible social changes too have been noticed. For instance, 250 million people are estimated to have been lifted out of poverty and are finding new ways of unlocking their potential. Dalits, breaking out of their traditional low occupations and embracing entrepreneurialism, boast of over 3,000 millionaires, according to the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI).

Despite these half-hearted reforms and some progress, for which a mere one-handed shake, much remains to be done.

With all the vast resources it is endowed with, India has not taken off in the way it ought to have. Even after nearly seven decades, India continues to be hampered by insufficient economic freedom, difficult business conditions, inadequate infrastructure, and rigidity in labour laws, mis-governance, profligate social spending, criminality in politics and corruption. India's rankings, on several aspects, among the comity of nations, is poor indeed! Why?

India broke free of the 'foreign yoke' (of colonialism) and plunged right away into the tyranny of socialism. State interventionism, 'welfare statism', and the 'entitlement mentality' have been the disastrous features of our socio-economic philosophy since independence. These continue to have debilitating effects on our economic performance.


The 'socialist mindset' is still dominant in our polity and society. That we only partly gave up on the insular, socialistic policies more out of compulsion than any genuine, positive desire for 'market-oriented' reforms is a telling commentary on the state of affairs. Many are seduced by the notions of socialism and democracy. They are charitably inclined towards these ideas by an infirm and an inadequate understanding about them. Let us be clear about what socialism and democracy mean and entail.


"Socialism is the doctrine that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that his life and his work do not belong to him, but belong to society, that the only justification of his existence is his service to society, and that society may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good." (Ayn Rand, 'For the New Intellectual'; 1961; p 43); (underscoring & emphasis mine)


The alleged goals of socialism are: the abolition of poverty, the achievement of general prosperity, progress, peace, and human brotherhood. Over the 20th century, a look at the countries (almost all in the world, with varying degrees) where socialism is/has been at work, show that the results have been an unmitigated disaster and a terrifying failure—terrifying, if one's motive is men's welfare. Instead of prosperity it has brought economic paralysis and/or collapse to every country that tried it. It is estimated that over 100 million people were killed, the largest peacetime killing, in/by the major socialist/communist countries** (USSR, Peoples Republic of China, North Korea, Kampuchea). Indeed, the extent of socialization has been the extent of disaster. H.L.Mencken rightly observed: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face (front) for the urge to rule."('Minority Report: H.L.Mencken's Notebooks'; 1956) ** Source: "The Black Book of Communism - Crimes, Terror, Repression"; Ed: Stephane Courtois et. al. ; 1999; Harvard University Press


"Democratic" refers to unlimited majority rule; a social system in which one is at the mercy of any group that may muster the vote of a majority at any moment for any purpose. Democracy is a form of collectivism, which denies individual rights: the majority can do whatever it wants with no restrictions.

If we accept this idea, how are men then to apply this in practice to their actual lives? Who is the majority? In relation to each particular man, all other men are potential members of that majority which may destroy him at its pleasure at any moment. This, at root, is the totalitarian manifestation of democracy. Certainly not a credo of freedom!


Dr. Ludwig von Mises, the fountainhead of the Austrian School of Economics, had this to say about Democracy: "Majorities are no less exposed to error and frustration than kings and dictators. That a fact is deemed true by the majority does not prove its truth. That a policy is deemed expedient by the majority does not prove its expediency. The individuals who form the majority are not gods, and their joint conclusions are not necessarily godlike." (Omnipotent Government; 1944; p. 47)


For our country to get out of the sorry morass that it is in, to start with, one has to challenge and overthrow the shibboleths of socialism and the interventionist, economic orthodoxy that is at the base of our polity. And embrace laissez faire capitalism.

However, this alone is not enough. Fundamentally, the issue is one of ethics. At a deeper level, altruism - the unjust and destructive ethical code of self sacrifice - which is at the base of these pernicious, socio-economic doctrines, needs to be questioned, challenged and rejected.

Again, this alone is not sufficient. Positively, what is imperative is to defend, uphold and fully embrace the ethics of rational selfishness --egoism.

While it may take, perhaps, generations for these ideas to take full root, there is no shying away from these fundamental principles. Nor can there be any middle ground! In matters of principle, there can be no compromise. 'There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil', to quote Ayn Rand. To conclude, in the words of Rand again, "Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries."

(The views expressed are those of the author and do not represent or speak for Kuwait India International Exchange Co.)

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Victory Story over the DECADES

We have made decent progress in several areas during the last 68 years. We have produced world-class scientists, engineers, journalists, soldiers, bureaucrats, politicians and doctors. We have built complex bridges and dams. We have sent satellites and rockets into space. We have increased the number of doctors tenfold.

We have increased life expectancy from 32 years to 65 years. We have built about 1.25 million miles of new roads; we have multiplied our steel production by over 50 times and cement production by almost 20 times. We have increased our exports from a few million dollars at the time of independence to more than $125 billion now, with about $150 billion of imports.  IFL

There is an equally convincing set of data to show that we have a long way to go in certain other areas. A whopping 350 million are illiterate; 260 million people are still below the poverty line; 150 million people lack access to drinking water; 750 million people lack decent sanitation; 50% of children are below acceptable nutrition levels; and basic medicines are unavailable in 75% of villages.

Be that as it may, today I want to focus on a few major achievements that have transformed the lives of our people in a way we never imagined would happen.

Green Revolution

Perhaps, no other Indian initiative has enhanced the national confidence as the Green Revolution initiated by Dr. M.S. Swaminathan. This revolution, which started in 1965, not only transformed India into a food-surplus economy from a food-deficit economy but also triggered the expansion of the rural, non-farm economy. The lives of at least 400 million to 500 million Indians have been uplifted due to this initiative. From being a perennial importer of grains, India became a net exporter of food grains 10 years ago.

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Managing Partner,KITCO


Word of one billion souls

On the night of August 14, 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru rose to make a maiden speech in New Delhi, “When the world sleeps, India will wake to life and freedom.” Yes, India became free from the bondage of British rule. Now, India is the largest democratic country in the world. The country’s strength is to find, “Unity in diversity”. Though there are stray incidents that test her secularism, people of India are ready to rise back and sacrifice anything for the cause of unity.

Today we remember the great leaders who gave their lives for the nation’s freedom and prosperity. Subash Chandra Bose inducted courage in us. Swami Vivekanada gave us spiritual power. Yes, with these contributions, India will be the super power in the coming years. Our former President Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam called the children of India to dream to build a strong Nation with aim and perseverance. Indeed! This is not a word of a single man ; it is word of one billion souls.


White Revolution

Coming from a generation that experienced an acute shortage of milk, it is unimaginable that, today, we have become the largest producer of milk in the world. The credit goes to the extraordinary vision of one person, Dr. Verghese Kurien. In a nation where children are malnourished, such abundance of milk has offered us the opportunity to fight malnutrition with the means produced in India.

Economic Reforms Of 1991

The economic reforms of 1991--initiated by the late Narasimha Rao, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Shri P. Chidambaram and Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia--opened up the minds of Indian corporate leaders to the power of global markets, helped them accept competition at home and abroad, and raised the confidence of consumers. Our hard currency reserves have gone up from a mere $1.5 billion in 1991 to over $220 billion today. The reforms encouraged entrepreneurship and gave confidence to businessmen and entrepreneurs to dream big, create jobs, enhance exports, acquire companies abroad and follow the finest principles of corporate governance.

Independent Media, Brave Journalists

The success of a democracy depends upon certain important values of governance: fairness, transparency and accountability. The freeing of media, particularly television, has laid the foundation for improving these values in our governments. The courage, enthusiasm and zeal to seek truth of scores of idealistic journalists like N. Ram, Arun Shourie, Sekhar Gupta, Sucheta Dalal, Barkha Dutt and Rajdeep Sardesai are what make us feel confident that the future of this country is safe.

Telecom Revolution

No other technology has brought India--the urban and the rural--together so effectively as the 500-line EPABX designed and implemented by the Center for Development of Telematics under the leadership of Sam Pitroda. This program brought fresh confidence to the people, as they could reach out, in a jiffy, to their loved ones, officials and doctors, just to name a few. People no longer feel that they live in isolation.

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Space Technology

Yash Pal's Satellite Instructional Television Experiment blossomed into a full-scale television facility connecting millions of villages of India. Television has made our political masters realize that their actions and inactions will be seen and judged by every citizen--from the forgotten villages of Assam to the activist villages of Kerala. This technology has given voice to the opinions of a billion people--the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, and the powerful and the disfranchised.

Atomic Energy

Dr. Homi Bhabha conceptualized the Indian nuclear program and initiated nuclear science research in India. His program has made possible successful utilization of nuclear energy in defense, power generation, medicine and allied areas. Our peaceful use of nuclear energy has raised India's prestige as a mature and responsible player in this field.

Software Revolution

N. Vittal's Software Technology Program, along with the economic reforms of 1991, laid the foundation for this industry's spectacular progress. The Indian IT industry is unique for several reasons. It focused on exports; benchmarked with the best global companies; followed the finest principles of corporate governance; created the largest number of jobs in the organized sector; and demonstrated that Indians, too, could succeed in the most competitive global markets.

What do these eight programs have in common? They were all led by visionaries. These visionaries adopted and improved upon global benchmarks and settled for nothing less despite tremendous odds. In each of these initiatives the national government was a genuine catalyst whose extraordinary leaders helped fashion the India of today. They and so many others created an India where all Indians have the freedom to design, innovate, create and build their futures together. What a remarkable story.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee

Country Manager, Oriental Insurance

We ,as proud citizens of India have arrived at another Glorious year of our Independence. We salute our Great Nation in the 69th year of our Independence day of India. We remember this day to recall the hard struggles by which our Independence was achieved. I am specially overwhelmed to see the Great Progress that our beloved Nation has achieved in the past one year with a new assertiveness in National and International Forum.

We ,though are a little far away from our Great Country, are always eager to commit to the progress of our Country and contribute to its prosperity. We ,from Oriental Insurance, are doing our bit to take care of the Indian Expat Population in Kuwait, by providing Financial security in the form of Insurance. We also feel extremely privileged to serve the Residents of Kuwait with all that we can do for them by providing insurance covers and we thank them from our heart for allowing us this unique opportunity, at the onset of this Glorious event.

A very happy Independence day to all.

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Chairman, TVS Travels & Cargo services co. Wll..

Without freedom, no one really has a name.
One Nation, One Vision, One Identity
If our country is worth dying for
in time of war let us resolve that
it is truly worth living for in time of peace. It is time for us to show our freedom.
Let yourself be heard
Don't follow others footsteps
Let yourself fly free
You are independent after all!
Happy Independence Day

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Few Highlights of India Since Independence


India gets Independence from Great Britain on August 15, 1947. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru becomes its first Prime Minister


Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948

Jammu & Kashmir joins the Union of India on October 27, 1947 after India stops an attack by Pakistani troops and tribals.

The state of Hyderabad ruled by the Nizam joined Union of India on September 13, 1948

India gets its Constitution on January 26, 1950 and becomes a Democratic Republic

'Iron Man of India' and Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel dies on December 15, 1950

The first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) was born at Kharagpur in West Bengal in 1950


First General Elections were held in 1952

India wins its first cricket Test match against England at Madras (now Chennai) in 1952

India's national carrier Air India was nationalized in 1953

National Film Awards established in 1954

The chief architect of the Constitution Dr. B R Ambedkar dies on December 6, 1956

Re-organisation of states based on language/linguistics takes place in 1956.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama escapes to India on March 31, 1959

Two Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) were born in 1961. IIM Calcutta and IIM Ahmedabad were established by the Centre government.

India conquers Goa. Portuguese leave Goa.

China attacks India in 1962. India loses the war. China withdraws.

Pondicherry merges with India in 1963. French return home.

The first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru dies on May 27, 1964. Lal Bahadur Shastri succeeds him as the PM

First war with Pakistan in 1965. India defeats Pakistan

The second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri dies in Tashkent. Indira Gandhi succeeds him as PM

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Green Revolution makes India a self-sufficient country in food grains in the 1960s

The Indian National Congress (INC) splits at Bangalore in 1969


India defeats Pakistan in the 1971 war. Independent Bangladesh comes into existence in 1971

Smiling Buddha (MEA designation: Pokhran-I) is an assigned codename of India's first nuclear weapon explosion, which took place on May 18, 1974

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposes Emergency, suspends Constitution and fundamental rights

India wins Hockey World Cup in 1975. Sikkim

Emergency lifted and Lok Sabha elections were held in 1977. India Gandhi-led Congress loses power. Morarjee Desai led Janata Party comes to power

Mother Teresa gets Nobel Peace Prize in 1979

Janata Party loses power. India Gandhi returns as the Prime Minister in 1980

India hosts Asiad Games in 1982 in Delhi.

Kapil Dev led India wins World Cup Cricket in 1983. Surprises and shocks the World.


Maruti Suzuki cars hit the market in 1983.

Operation Blue Star at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984. Militancy in Punjab.

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi assassinated by her own body guards in 1984.

Indira Gandhi's son Rajiv Gandhi takes charge as the PM.

Rajiv Gandhi starts telecom and computer revolution in 1985.

Rajiv Gandhi orders unlocking of disputed Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.

Bofors scam rocks India in 1987.

Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress loses power at the Centre.

VP Singh heads a Janata Dal-led government. 11 months later, Chandrashekhar succeeds him as PM.

Former PM Rajiv Gandhi assassinated near Madras by the LTTE suicide bombers in 1991.


The Congress returns to power at the Centre. PV Narasimha Rao becomes the PM.

PV Narasimha Rao appoints Dr. Manmohan Singh as his Finance Minister. Together, they start economic reforms. Ram Janmabhumi movements peaks. Babri Masjid demolished on December 6, 1992.

The first mobile cellular phone was launched in India in 1995.

The private airlines were given licenses by the PV Narasimha Rao government.

India's Information Technology boom begins in mid 1990s.

The PM PVN Rao loses election. The first ever BJP led government comes to power under the Prime Ministership of AB Vajpayee. He resigns within 13 days. HD Deve Gowda succeeds him as the new Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister AB Vajpayee led NDA government comes to power in 1998.

India conducts the second Nuclear test at Pokhran in 1998.


Sonia Gandhi enters politics.

Kargil war breaks out with Pakistan in 1999.

AB Vajpayee-led NDA returns to power in October 1999.

Infosys Technologies became the first Indian company to be listed on the US NASDAQ in March 1999.

Several dozen TV news channels start operation across India. Three new states - Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand - are created.

Pakistan backed terrorists attack Parliament building in 2001.

NDA loses power in 2004. The Congress returns to power. Dr. Manmohan Singh becomes the PM.

Devastating Tsunami hits India's southern coast, killing thousands in 2004.


India witnesses a boom of low cost airlines in 2005.

Abhinav Bindra wins India's first individual Olympics gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Games.

India sends a mission to the Moon. Mission 'Chandrayaan' was a big success.

The Congress-led UPA retains power at the Centre in 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

India hosts Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010.

CWG and 2G scams hit India.

Anna Hazare starts anti-corruption campaign in 2011.

India launches Mars Mission. Sends a probe vehicle to the Mars in 2013.

Narendra Modi led BJP/NDA sweeps Lok Sabha polls in 2014. Congress suffers worst ever defeat since Independence. First time a non-Congress party gets absolute majority on its own in the Lok Sabha.

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Independence Day: India Positive beneath the radar


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It's that time of the year once more. As the nation celebrates its 69th Independence day, there is a sense of pessimism that swirls the state of affairs in the country. Be it the political discourse or the economic realities in a recession bound world; the general impression is that positive things about the country are hardly heard in news discourse.

In this context, I try to provide a few positive things about the country, positive anecdotes about 2 organizations and 2 individual people, things that would have beamed under the news radar.

Akshaya Patra and the Mid-Day Meal Scheme:

The Mid-day meals scheme is one of the largest found providing schemes in the world. Even though it was in the news recently for the wrong reasons, the government led scheme provides food to millions of children across the country. In partnership with the government, AkshayaPatra is one of the largest private NGOs to assist in this task. The organization distributes freshly cooked, healthy meals daily to 1.3 million under privileged children in 9000 government schools through 20 locations in 9 states across India.

The organization provides meals with centralized and decentralized kitchens in all these locations. They also ensure that the hygiene and quality of the food is on par with what the rest of the young children across the country receive. This organization is a true example of what can be achieved without much fanfare yet has a significant impact in its activities.

Public delivery system that spearheaded Polio eradication campaign:

The world's largest democracy is polio free for the second consecutive year except for a few cases. To understand the magnitude of the task, we need to put it into context the amount of investment that has been invested by philanthropists such as Bill Gates in this endeavor. Spreading awareness about polio and eradicating it completely requires immense coordination between private donors and the public delivery system. For once, our public delivery system has delivered and these systemic best practices should be adopted across the board so as to help in confronting other health care related issues. Do we get to hear about it anywhere? Is this even publicized by the government as a matter of significant achievement?


Independence fighter to poverty fighter:

Saunak Bhattacharya is not an ordinary man. The 96-year-old,is a freedom fighter who has now become a poverty fighter. He is the founder of SRKS (Sri Ramakrishna Sevashram) which has set up 18 free schools in remote villages in the Sunderban area, around 40 odd kilometers from Kolkata.

In addition, he is bringing up 67 orphan students who study and take care of all the work of SRKS. They also provide support to 29 senior citizens from nearby villages. The ideation and execution of this entire home by a 96 year old is no mean task; such acts would barely come out in the public domain since the TRP's would not yield to it. Here is an instance which should drive and inspire you this Independence Day.

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The Pandey Family:

In the coastal town of Pondicherry, there is a home, "JeevanPrabath", which caters to orphans in that area. Not a big deal? The home in Pondicherry is run by a couple Mr and Mrs Pandey for orphans especially those who were affected by the tsunami that hit the coastline almost a decade ago. The couple had come down from Uttar Pradesh voluntarily almost 8 years ago; Mr Pandey left his cushy and comfortable job in Uttar Pradesh and decided to come to Pondicherry to help the needy. He says that he was guided by an inner voice that had guided him here.

My first question to him was "Why would you want to come to a place where you didn't know the language? Why give up so much?". He answered with a comforting smile to his face "God wanted me here, I came here. Initially it was hard, now it provides me strength". As I walked through the home which he is running, the enormity of the task dawned on me. There were almost 20 odd young children in the home; imagine taking care of all their needs from dawn to dusk just by a couple! Besides a few other assistants, the only support that they have is their mental strength and grit. As I left the home, I asked him if he goes back home to UP often. He nodded his head and said "Once in a while, my home is here now and these children are my children". Such acts define the essence and trueness of this magnificent nation.

Such people and stories are there all across India in various capacities. Be it the state organizations or private individuals, the stories of survival and grit in this magical country is second to none in this world. For a country with a billion people, there are millions of such stories that form the ethos of this magical nation. Despite the numerous challenges surrounding the country, the people and the stories around it keep reinforcing its greatness. Let's contemplate on these positive stories and wish you a Happy Independence Day!!

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Mohamed Ghouse

Velldon Real Promotors, Velldon Makkal Nala Mantram &
Kuwait Inba Tamil Magazine

Let's Salute the Freedom
Freedom in the Mind
Faith in the Words
Pride in our Hearts
Memories in our Souls
You live and Breath like a living for your Self,
Celebrate Freedom
Good wishes Independenc
Let's Salute the Freedom.

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"At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity."-

- Jawaharlal Nehru,
Independence Day Speech (1947)

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Aziz F

Taj Mahal Marbles

Work Tirelessly To Keep Our Pride In Our Nation.
Tell Your Children and Their Children Too
So That They May Remember.
Happy Independence Day !!!

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Ravi Kohli

MD, Al-Sabah and Kohli Group

Let's take decision..
to value our nation...
shall not forget those sacrifices. .
who gave us the freedom...!
Now its our turn ..
to have a reformation...!!!
Happy Independence Day 2015
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Hotel Saravanaa Bhavan, kuwait

Heartiest Independence Day Greetings to all !
Long years ago , we made a tryst with destiny and this is the time to redeem our pledge !
India - the Land of vedas , the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life , but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium , electronics , airship , all were known to the seers who founded Vedas . Even Albert Einstein says “we owe a lot to Indians , who taught us to count , without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made . "
India is the cradle of human race , the birth place of human speech, the mother of history , the grand mother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition . Our most valuable and most astrictive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.
Let us celebrate our Independence Day with all glory and joy and shall always remain proud to be Indian !!

With best wishes and warm regards


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M. Shayinshah Khan

Managing Director (NQG)

In our home, we expect to live a life as we wish. We always expect the near and dear ones to allow the space that will make our life happy and comfortable. Think about the endangered lives of sparrows. Earlier our homes provided the space they needed to build their nests.

The sophisticated, luxurious buildings of today have no place for sparrows; they deprive the need to be a part of the nature.
That may be one of the reasons why more death occurs during an earthquake because of destruction of buildings. Nature is always compassionate. She always provides the chance to survive in spite of difficulties. It is man who spoils everything with his greediness.

Let us all take a vow to change ourselves and be compassionate once again. Then only nature will also be compassionate towards us.

Independence Day Greetings!


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India's Top Five Achievements Since Independence ( 1947 )


As India completes 68 years of its independence on August 15, 2015, it is time to reflect on what the nation has achieved in this period. One can reel out dozens, possibly scores, of achievements but then these have to be special, unique and extremely select. Five should be a good number and a challenge!

So, here we go!

If the question were to be regarding achievements of India as a nation since the Indian civilization began millennia ago, there is no doubt that India has been a world leader in diverse fields, not just spiritualism.

India invented the decimal and the Number system millennia ago. Zero was invented by the Indian prodigy in astronomy and mathematics, Aryabhatta (476-550 CE). Great Britain's oldest university, Oxford, came into existence only in the year 1167. India's Takshashila University was the world's first which was established in 700 BC wherein more than 10,500 students from all over the world pursued higher studies in more than 60 subjects.

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We see so many people; so many cultures and creeds in India that it almost looks like India itself have her own world. So much diversities, that, moving from one corner in India to another will make you to experience complete transformation in your surroundings, yet, it shares common interest - respect and belief for the Nation !

The University of Nalanda, built in the 4th century BC, is another feather in the Indian cap. It's a pity that for various socio-political reasons the two ancient Indian universities could not sustain, while Oxford University continues its glorious run uninterruptedly.

The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, who actually is the father of the concept known to the modern world as the Pythagorean Theorem. Budhayan flourished in the 6th century, long before the European mathematicians dominated the world stage.

India is the birth place of algebra, trigonometry and calculus. It was a thousand years ago when Sridharacharya used numbers as big as 1053 while the largest numbers in the world then, used by the Greeks and the Romans, were 106.

But then this is the past. What about the present: the contemporary India?

The Six top most achievements of the independent India are as follows.

1. Maintaining its unity and integrity:


This is the most important achievement of India since independence because India has survived its modern map despite diverse challenges, despite an over a quarter century-long proxy war from across the borders and stiff terrorism-related challenges on domestic and foreign fronts. More importantly, despite such challenges India's secular fabric and its amazing unity in diversity have remained intact.

2. India's vibrant democracy:

India has remained an island of democracy amid a vast ocean of autocratic rules in the neighbourhood. India has been a pulsating, throbbing democracy and has emerged as the largest democracy in IFL the world. Right from the days of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, when the two topmost Indian leaders often differed drastically from each other on core issues, to the contemporary times of Anna Hazare, India has continued on the democratic path. Whenever a general election has thrown out a government, the new dispensation has taken over; peacefully; many times.

This is India's victory!

3. The aam aadmi (common man)-specific programs:

Few other countries in the world would have taken up such programs and implemented these with such gusto as India has. The list is long, but on top of the chart would be the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sarak Yojana, Right to Information (RTI), Right to Education (RTE) and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). India's most ambitious developmental project perhaps, the Right to Food is in the pipeline. This would inevitably pave the way for Right to Medicare and Right to Shelter and many more other rights that are enshrined in the Indian Constitution but have not yet been delivered.


4. India's Space Program:

India's modest efforts to conquer the space that began in 1975 with the successful launch of its first satellite Aryabhatta have now come of age. Today, India is among the select few space powers in the world to launch foreign satellites and eye a big chunk of the $ 200 billion commercial rocket launch industry.

India has sewn up space agreements with over 20 countries. It is no mean achievement for a country that was finding it difficult to feed its own people till it successfully embarked on a Green Revolution nearly half a century ago, is now aiming literally for the stars!

5. The Nuclear and Missile programs:

 IFL No other programs have beefed up India's defence and forced the world to acknowledge India's strides in the field of defence and science & technology as these two. In fact the Point number 5 in this list is a supplementary to the point number 1. India's prowess in the field of missile technology is a strong deterrent for the enemies.

The nuclear program and the missile program form an integral part of this. India has been running the two programs simultaneously and successfully. India's missile program is spearheaded by such missile systems as the Agni, Prithvi, Akash and Nag. BrahMos, the world's fastest Cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia, is the newest addition to the Indian missile bouquet.

These, in my view, are top five achievements of India since independence. India's Herculean efforts in combating poverty, illiteracy and unemployment do not find a mention in this list, though they are covered in point number three. This is largely because India as a nation was expected to fare better than it has thus far.

6. The Growing Economy:

India is the leading economy of the decade and the role is quite mesmerizing and demanding. With a historical trend of increasing growth rate Indian market has always been a potential area for creation of new jobs. There a number of reasons which have led India to this very stage involving decisions of precise and decisive nature.

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Dr. Rumane Abdul Razzak
Ex-Officio Chairman IEI, Kuwait Chapter

On the eve of 69th Independence Day of India, I extend my heartfelt greetings to all fellow citizens in Kuwait, back home and to all Indians staying in other parts of world.


"I believe that the civilization India evolved is not to be beaten in the world. Nothing can equal the seeds sown by our ancestors, Rome went, Greece shared the same fate; the might of the Pharaohs was broken; Japan has become Westernized; of China nothing can be said; but India is still, somehow or other, sound at the foundation."

- Mahatma Gandhi

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Dr Bhaskar Gupta

Medical Director and Pediatrician,

Yiaco Apollo Medical Center, Salmiya Kuwait


My hearty greetings to you all on the occasion of the 69th Independence Day of India. The very mention of the word Independence brings back nostalgic memories to all those who love their beloved country. They are moments of sheer magic when a nation held in bondage for centuries breaks free from the shackles of foreign rule and breathes in winds of freedom.

The country that suffered slavery is the very country that has been admired by many in the West. We need to be proud of that legacy. No less a person than Albert Einstein has said of India: “We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.” The famous German scholar Max Muller observed, “If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India.”


And Mark Twain who is known for his satirical comments observes seriously that India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only

But today, we see that freedom that was won by sacrifice, blood and toil is being taken for granted. Most Indians are not keenly appreciative of the blessings of being born an Indian. In the face of skepticism and even ridicule from others, India stood up to the challenge of making a success of its independence and proved its critics wrong on many counts. Today, it is the largest democracy and is poised for keeping its tryst with destiny. It is true that there are many hurdles at present, and some major failures on certain fronts, but the country is relentlessly surging ahead.

The progress may not always be dramatic, but it is sure and steady in all the sectors. The country is facing unprovoked and unwarranted assaults from neighboring countries and still managing to maintain its calm. The world knows that our military strength is unquestionably superior and hopefully a timely and firm signal of no-nonsense will set things right. We as people are peace-loving and committed to progress not only of our nation but also of all our neighbors to bring peace and stability in the region.

While we all are proud of the progress our country has made, there is so much more we can do at whatever level we are working.. All my fellow countrymen are full of so much talent and possess a unique and personal knowledge of our home country. With the powerful combination of hard work, talent and resources that all of us have by working in this country let us make our positive contribution for the growth and development of our motherland. Jai Hind

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Partner & MD
Al Qabandi United Company, Kuwait

Oppressed and suppressed getting freedom is not an easy task. Many tests, more pains, several sacrifices, number of fights and struggles, demonstrating all this, we got the freedom for our future generation to have freedom of speech, freedom to walk and live, the sacrifice of the freedom fighters,
we have to remember them, bless them, worship them on this Independence day…

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Al Rashed Shipping

May the sun in his course visit no land
more free, more happy, more lovely,
than this our own country!
Keep India green & clean!!
Let us make this our National Motto
Happy Independence day!

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Sunil Menon
Al Qabandi United Company, Kuwait

Freedom in the Mind,
Faith in the words.. Pride in our Souls..
Let us salute the Nation. ..
Happy Independence Day!
Vande Mataram. !!

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N.S. Shetty

Partner, Oriental Inter. Gen. Trd. Cont. Co.

Independence of our nation is not what we feel, but what we make of it and most importantly, independence is not about rights, but our duties towards the nation...
This Is the Perfect Moment
To Pray for Our Beloved Country
By Heart in all the Three Colors
That Gives Us the Message Of Love.

Happy Independence Day..!
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Engr. Joseph Panicker

Chairman, IEI Kuwait Chapter



It is my privilege and pleasure to extend my heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all members of Indian community in Kuwait, members of IEI, well-wishers and the entire Engineering fraternity on the auspicious occasion of 69th India's Independence Day celebration.

We remember the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters during their struggle against colonial rule. Under the leadership of our Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi and other great leaders, those brave men and women fought valiantly for the independence of our Mother land from British rule through non- violence, a weapon of great potential which could bring down the mighty British empire to give back our freedom. It was a freedom movement with no parallel in the human history.


We are the proud owners of the largest democracy in the world and a secular and free India. Home to the largest multi-ethnic population living in harmonious co-existence, rule of law, concern for less privileged, fair and just society and inclusive development have captured the imagination of the entire world and have been a role model for rest of the world. In little less than 7 decades, we have been able to achieve many milestones, in virtually every sphere of human endeavour. I am sure that many of you share a similar inspiration.

We indeed had a glorious past. India has been one of the most ancient civilizations in the world. During the period 2600 BC- Indus Valley Civilization- Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro, India has been in the forefront of Agriculture, Medicine, Science, Technology, Engineering etc. Nalanda University was the oldest University in the world and students from all over the world come to India, for getting educated. We had trade relationship with almost all the nations known at that time. We were one of the most advanced nations in the world. Over the years we lost the glory and were under the control of foreigners.

Once again India stands at the threshold of new era of progress and development. Today there is a new dynamism among our people; a new feeling of confidence in their capabilities and a new sense of hope in their collective future- the Indian resurgent is truly underway.


We are the fourth largest growing economy in the world in term of purchase power parity. Our economic growth rate is one of the highest in the world, with the last few years witnessing unprecedented growth in all the sectors. On Friday, 17 July 2015, The Indian Space Research Organization's PSLV rocket successfully placed its largest commercial cargo - five British built Satellites into orbit. Space agency has so far successfully launched 40 satellites from 19 countries on a commercial basis. This reflects an impressible ambition of Indian Engineers of "Making Indian Engineering World Class". The Institution of Engineers (India) IEI is a familiar name among Indian professionals as her elite Engineers have played a major role in building infrastructure of modern Independent, Democratic, Republic India and in spiralling the growth of our great country into one of the fastest growing world economies.

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Let us see how our host country's prominent Kuwaitis think of Indians, Indian Engineers and Indian Engineering: Under Secretary -Ministry of State National Assembly and Deputy Chairman of VWC, Eng. Ahmad Almershed in his message to IEI stated "Year after year the balance of Indian account in Kuwaiti hearts keep growing, and that is the real good investment" Director General/ Chairman of Board of Directors, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development Mr Abdul Latif Al- Hamad, wrote in his message "The Theme chosen for this year's commemorative event is -Making Indian Engineering a World Class- which is in line with recent Indian triumph in Mars Mission. History has been created to achieve such success in the first attempt in a very low budget than other nations. The Indian Engineers have already proven the world class skill and they have to work very hard to improve more in quality and to provide world class engineering service to their nation and other world".

Dr Manaf Behbehani, Environmental Expert and Consultant, Professor in Kuwait University said "I encourage the IEI to exert more effort towards strengthening relation with Kuwaiti engineers through co-operative programs and activities with the Kuwait Engineering Society and the Faculty of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University".

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"I wish our Engineers the very best and call upon them to continue to apply their skills to serve our nation and make our Engineering world class" Mr. Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of India Tweeted on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sir. M. Visvesvaraya, a recipient of Bharat Ratna whose creative genius revolutionized the concept of engineering, planning and execution in India.

The Indo-Kuwaiti relationship that has existed for centuries will continue to grow and flourish under the able guidance of HH the Amir, HH the Crown Prince, HH the Prime Minister and the Indian Democratic leadership. I call upon all Engineers to rethink of our role in the society as Engineers, who build lives, drive the national economy and care for the wellbeing of the humanity. The world is becoming connected and borders do not restrict people from seeking opportunities beyond their borders. We must innovate and constantly upgrade the latest technologies to contribute knowledge and experience for the progress and development of Humanity. I reaffirm that IEI Kuwait Chapter will continue its forward march with renewed dedication, commitment and vigour and render good quality and selfless service to achieve one of our objectives of "Making Indian Engineering World Class".

Jai Hind! Happy 69th Independence Day!!

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Achievements in space research

 IFL India's progress in space has been very systematic starting with experimental satellites like Aryabhatta, Bhaskara, Apple and Rohini. It performed satellite application experiments like SITE, STEP and Apple application programme. The operational space services consist of INSAT system and Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS).

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made a modest beginning in launch vehicles like SLV-3, and ASLV. The first development flight of the indigenous Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) was carried out in 1992 which could put 1,000 kg class remote sensing satellite into 900 km polar sun-synchronous orbit.

India has acquired eminence in world class space science. It has mastered modern space technology and its various applications for the benefit of society. New space technology is being utilised for telecommunications, television broadcasts, weather watch and for providing information relating to agriculture, forests, water resources and minerals to mention a few.

In the past three decades ISRO has built an infrastructure sector of space programme- construction and operation of satellites and their launch vehicles, ground station and sensors. ISRO has also collaborated with other Indian institutions and over 250 private industries. Both private and public sectors manufacture a vanity of equipment and materials- light alloy structure for inter-stages, motor cases, liquid thrusters, propellant tanks, gas generation and electronic packages. The second launch facility at Sriharikota at a cost of Rs.280 crore is under construction.

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7 Major News Events Of 2014 Which Every Indian Talked About

With India's 69th Independence day on the way, let us recap some of the major news events of 2014 which every Indian talked about. There are some stories which rejoiced us, and made us proud; then there are some events which made us realized how barbaric and inhuman we can be.


These are some of the stories and events which affected us, Indians, in some way or the other.

Popular leader of FACE BOOK:

When Narendra Modi took oath as India's 15th Prime Minister on May 26th, 2014, he said, "It is proof of the strength of our constitution that a man from a poor family is standing here today,".

Immediately after swearing in, he introduced Ministry of Entrepreneurship, improved labor laws, and introduced the concept of Digital India, which can transform the whole IT landscape in the country. As of now, he is the 15th most powerful person on the planet, and 2nd most popular leader on Facebook, just behind Barack Obama.


India Conquered Mars:

As on September 24th, Wednesday, India created history when Mangalyaan, our very own spacecraft reached Mars. We are the first country in the world to reach Mars within first attempt, and that too in a budget which was less than the budget of movie Gravity. The western world was in awe with ISRO's achievement, and the whole country felt immensely proud of this achievement.

The journey which started in November last year took 10 months and $74 million to reach the red planet. Here are the reasons which makes it one of India's top achievement for 2014.

Indian Stock Market Crosses Rs 100 Lakh Crore M-Cap:

As on November 28th, Dalal Street in Mumbai burst into unprecedented jubilation and celebration as the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) crossed Rs 100 lakh crore or Rs 100 trillion market capital mark, thereby signally a new era for Indian stocks and equities market.

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The total market capital of any stock exchange directly indicates the financial health status of the investors. Investment bankers issued statement that investor's wealth in BSE and NSE has doubled in the last 5 years, a feat which very few stock exchanges in the world can claim.

Emergence of Ecommerce: Flipkart; Amazon; Snapdeal Steals The Show:

In a country with less than 20% Internet penetration, which is lowest among the developed countries, Internet companies notched billions of dollars of private investment, thereby signaling a new era of Indian business trends. People are not shying away from buying online, and investors are not shying away from pouring billions of dollars into these companies. Flipkart, the most successful Indian eCommerce company ever, attracted $1 billion+ investment in 2014 alone; Amazon India pledged to infuse $2 billion in next 2 years and Snapdeal pumped up more funds, along with some high profile associations which included Ratan Tata.

Indian eCommerce industry has never appeared better positioned to create history.

Kashmir Devastated By Floods:


The heaven on Earth: Kashmir was devastated by flash floods in September, 2014, which affected both India and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. More than 250 people in both the countries died, with hundreds still missing and thousands injured. Government decided to spend the Diwali at Kashmir, overseeing rescue mission and assistance first hand.

Changing Indian IT Industry: Layoffs and Bloodbaths :

IT Industry, which is traditionally regarded as fluctuation-free and a safe bet for someone who is looking for stability and 'job security' showed the first signals of transformation. Indian IT companies were unaffected during the dot com bubble of 2000s and the recession of 2008, but this time, things are a bit different. There was unprecedented layoffs reported from reputed companies such as IBM, TCSand Yahoo; and the trend looks dismal.


IT industry is changing, and the news of layoffs and pink slips were talked about everywhere.

Nobel Prize for Peace for Kailash Satyarthi :

Kailash Satyarthi, founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan an NGO which saves children from slavery and forced labor, won the Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with Malala Yousafzai, the brave heart child from Pakistan who was shot in the head by Taliban but still survived to tell the tale.

Kailash has saved more than 88,000 children from 144 countries and it is due to his efforts that International Labour Organization has adopted Convention No. 182, which is right now the guiding principle for all Governments against child labor and child exploitation.

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Sharif Mohamed Rangrej
Founder & Chairman
Eternity Inter. Travels & Tourism

Let's celebrate the day that gave us the freedom of thought, actions, faith and speech! Today we celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave. Independence a precious gift from God; May we always remain independent. On this special day here's wishing our dreams of a new tomorrow come true! May your day be filled with patriotic spirit!
Wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Pascal Baptist Pinto
General Manager: Fadak Gen, Trad, & Cont. Company, President : Gulf NRI Forum - Kuwait

Independence is having the freedom of choice in whatever we may do, in whatever we may wish to do, and similarly, freedom with reference to our great heroes is the biggest gift that our forefathers could have ever given us. The very thought that believed in making the future generations see the light of an independent India, was a great vision and expressed the freedom of the mind. |
Happy Independence Day!

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Thousands laid down their lives so that our country can breath this day. Never forget their sacrifice, Let’s honor the patriotism of the people who lost their lives to free India. Let’s feel proud to be part of our glorious nation and hoist the Tricolor high… Let us celebrate & enjoy the freedom to live independently in our country cheerfully, helpfully, hopefully, peacefully by remembering our national heroes who gave us freedom after suffering years of pain & humiliation.
Happy Independence Day!

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10 Amazing Indian Achievements In The Field Of Science And The People Behind Them


Despite not having access to high level equipment and wealth, India has consistently doled out stalwarts in the fields of physics, maths, medicine, chemistry and space studies. Scientific research done in India by our very own citizens have changed the way the world works, from healing and eradicating deadly diseases to understanding the world and the universe around us. Scroll down to see some of the greatest achievements from the Indian diaspora and the people who made them possible.

 IFL Dr. Koti Harinarayana - The brain behind India's first indigenously built combat aircraft Tejas, which was the name given to the aircraft, saw first flight in 2001. Our country's first self made light combat aircraft was built by HAL and developed by Dr. Koti. It was a result of the diminishing value of the country's soon to be obsolete Mig-21 fighter jets and, true to it's name, made our defence sector's future a lot more radiant.

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S.M. Arif Maricar

Project Document Controller (MEW)
Editorial Team, Indian Frontliners.com

Look at the birds that flap their wings high in the sky glittering in the morning sun light! It is that freedom every man wants to enjoy in this worldly life. Freedom to thoughts, expressions and the ways of lives may make men feel fulfilled before leaving this earth. We all know this. Yet, are we ready to respect the other person as we respect our wishes.
Today in this materialistic world every man and woman has become a self-oriented junk of life that can be disposed at death. Once the spark of life leaves a human body, we are at nature's stake. Only our good deeds can come with us if we wish to have a decent burial. As responsible adults, we must teach our children not to step on the freedom of others and understand the value of boundaries and limits. Though countries may be split by unseen boundaries, it is the freedom of air that binds every limit to an unseen oneness. Learn to realize this. Then, the world will become a better place to life for every one of us.
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 K. Radhakrishnan and his team - In charge of the Mars Orbiter Mission, need I say more? Also known as Mangalyaan, or  IFL Mars-Craft, this program by our very own space research organisation has been lauded as one of the most low cost but high functioning space missions till date. We can now proudly claim to be the only nation to reach Mars orbit on its first attempt. The brain behind the operation is actually credited to 14 scientists at ISRO.

 IFL Mylswamy Annadurai (ISRO) - Behind Chandrayaan 1, India's first moon probe This space probe was successfully inserted into the lunar orbit in 2008 and pushed India's space program into the world map, placing us side by side with NASA and the European Space Agency. Chandrayaan's greatest achievement was the discovery of the widespread presence of water molecules in the lunar soil.

 IFL Suneet Singh Tuli - Empowering students with the Aakash Tablet Empowering millions of Indians with tablets to study and access the internet, the low cost Aakash tablet comes pre-loaded with huge amount of educational material. It is being distributed to students all over the country at highly subsidised rates so as to give everyone an equal oppurtunity.

 IFL Vijay P. Bhatkar - Conceptualised India's first supercomputer Called the PARAM 800 and unveiled in 1991, PARAM stood for parallel machine. Living up to it's nomenclature of 'supreme', this machine, built indigenously by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing , placed India second after USA in the field of supercomputing.

 U.R. Rao - The man behind The first satellite launched by India Aryabhatta, the name given to the satellite, was an  IFL indigenously designed space-worthy satellite that set up tracking and transmitting systems in the orbital sphere.

U.R. Rao, the chairman of ISRO at the time was the man behind the launch in 1975 that put India on the world map in terms of space research.

 IFL Subhash Mukhopadhyay - Gave life to India's first and the world's second IVF baby The 3rd of October 1978 saw Subhash performing India's first In vitro fertilisation which resulted in the birth of baby Durga. Tragically, Subhash was only given a posthumous recognition of his achievements in 1986 as the West Bengal Government refused to support his 'unethical' methods.

 IFL Narinder Singh Kapany - The creator of Fiber optics The process to transfer information freely and almost instantaneously was made possible by the pioneering work of Narinder Kalpany. Fiber optics have revolutionised the way we communicate, offering high speed data transfers as well as helping in medical procesdures such as endoscopy and laser surgeries.

 IFL Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha - The father of the Indian Nuclear Research Programme India achieved nuclear capability thanks to the efforts of Homi, thereby avoiding certain conflict simply through non aggression treaties. This also made us one of the few nations to have atomic power as a source of energy as well as a way to weaponise.

 IFL Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai - Oversaw the creation of Indigenously developed missile systems India's self sustaining missile developing programme is called BrahMOS. Dr. Pillai developed the concept of the joint venture BrahMOS, which makes India one of the few countries to develop it's own ballistic missiles as well as produce and supply missiles in other key areas of the world. The onset of BrahMOS led to the negation of the absolute power held by Western countries.

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SMI, Kuwait

Some things just can't be expressed in words…
some people just can't be live without…
love can speak volumes even when words can't..
so, all I am going to say is
Happy Independence Day 2015


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Vice president ( overseas operation)
EDAC Engineering ltd.

This day 15th August of every year is a golden day engraved in the history of the world. We got freedom on this date and it is a day worth a celebration. When we celebrate it hoisting the flag, playing our National Anthem with fervor, distributing sweets, we need to sail back into the past to remember and pay homage to the builders of our nation. We were the privileged lot to have been born in free India.
Today we have come a long way in the path of free India. We have proved ourselves worthy of freedom. We are considered as the largest democracy in the world. We will have our own day.
Happy Independence Day.!

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What are the greatest achievements of India and its government in the past two decades?

- Balaji Viswanathan, Political Observer.


Ending Polio among 1.3 billion people - Ending polio in India is world's greatest health achievement, says Bill Gates

Mission to Mars - India's mission to Mars has smaller budget than hit film Gravity, says PM

Mission to Moon that gave further evidence of water in the Moon -Chandrayaan helps NASA detect water on Moon

Right to Information - An achievement that has turned thorn govtin flesh - The Times of India

Golden quadrilateral and other new highways - Over 40,000 km of highways/expressways added in the past 15 years. We are still not near the quality of US interstates, but in terms of length of highways, we are near there (US interstates is about 76000km). NDA regime constructed 50% of national highways laid in last 30 years: Centre

Entering the nuclear club - For years, India was a nuclear pariah, getting to nuclear bomb little later than the top 5 powers. However, since 1998 explosion in Pokhran India has slowly gotten recognized as a nuclear power. This has helped avoid a fullblown war with Pakistan in 1999 and helped India resist temptation to fight Pakistan in two provocations (2001 attack on Parliament and the 2008 attack on Mumbai).

Built a software industry from nowhere. 20 years ago, Indian software industry was almost non-existent. Now, it has grown more than 100 times in 20 years. In the next decade, India would have a few dozen billion dollar software companies.

Over 200 million people have been brought out of illiteracy. India's literacy rate rises to 73 per cent as population growth dips and student enrollment for ages 6-14 goes up to 98%.

Not enough to bask in the glories, but enough to feel that things have started moving.

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Vice President – Operations,
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As we celebrate the 69th anniversary of our Independence Day, let us take a moment to remember the leaders, as well as the tens of thousands of ordinary people, who laid down their lives so that we could enjoy this freedom today. Let us come together and celebrate our wonderful unity in diversity.
Happy Independence Day..!

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India is the only country which has diverse Religions, Languages and culture diversity. People of all religions practice their faith as brothers. Unity in diversity is what we preach; I take this opportunity to express my pledge and oath to my motherland in whose care and benevolence we find warmth and comfort.
Happy Independence Day.!

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Some of the Top Indian Personalities of the year 2014

Kailash Satyarthi:


 IFL A devout campaigner against child labour, Kailash Sharma or Satyarthi (bearer of truth) is only the second Indian winner of the Nobel Peace Prize after Mother Teresa. The founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), Satyarthi started working as a child rights activist when the country did not have many. He has directly contributed towards protecting the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries. Satyarthi has been the subject of many a documentaries, talk shows, and awareness films.  IFL

K. Radhakrishnan:

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman and Padma Bhushan Dr. Radhakrishnan created and unleashed a historical moment when Mars Orbiter became first Indian spacecraft to enter Martian orbit in a maiden attempt. In December recently, he also guided ISRO to blast its heaviest ever rocket GSLV Mark-III, paving the road to manned space missions.


Kapil Sharma

Known for his spontaneous humour, Kapil Sharma made the biggest climb this year as he ranked 33rd in the Forbes India Celebrity List of 2014.


From being an under-paid theatre artist to a most loved host of the popular TV show Comedy Nights with Kapil where almost every Bollywood celebrity wants to promote their films, this man from Amritsar has seen a stellar growth.


Honey Singh

The Indian rapper, better known by his stage name Yo Yo Honey Singh, recently became the highest-paid musical artist in Bollywood after he charged Rs. 70 lakh for a song in a film Mastaan. The year 2014 brought him a flurry of awards including the Global Indian Music Awards and the Zee Cine Awards for International Icon. His all-pervading popularity was felt when he composed the theme song for Om Prakash Chautala's Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) ahead of the Haryana assembly elections.


Chetan Bhagat

The Indian author was adjudged "the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history" by The New York Times. It took just 3 months for his book 'Revolution 2020' to sell one million copies. At the age of 36, Bhagat entered the Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People 2010. His debut as a screen writer for the movie 'Kick' was a huge success as the Bollywood flick entered the Rs. 200-crore club within two weeks of its release. Having made reading a cool habit among India's youth, Chetan can boast a following of 4 million on Twitter, way higher than luminaries like Shashi Tharoor and Vijay Mallya.


Sundar Pichai


In a major shake-up at Google, co-founder CEO Larry Page made Sundar the new product king who became responsible for everything that Google offers from search, ads Google+, maps, commerce and infrastructure teams. The meteoric rise of young and brilliant Chennai-born Pichai from a senior vice president to #2 position is a calculated move to continue building vastly successful products aligned with the teenager mindset.


Nandan Nilekani

One of the richest candidates to have contested 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Nilekani is worth around Rs 8,000 crore. The man behind the UID campaign, which has delivered 70.43 crore Aadhaar cards in the country as on November 15, is revered for his expertise in implementing e-Governance projects. After the success of UID Campaign, the ex-Infosys chief has started incubating ideas to bring reforms in the Indian education system, especially the primary education.


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India's one of the most distinguished constitutional lawyers has spent six decades in courtrooms. He has been vocal in his demand for procedural reforms in the Supreme Court. In his book The State of the Nation, Nariman sought answer to a pertinent question, "Who Will Judge the Judges?". The celebrated jurist was chosen by NDTV as one of the 25 living Indian legends.


Mary Kom

Nicknamed 'Magnificent Mary', this fighter from Manipur became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014. The biopic on Mary Kom grossed a whopping Rs.104 crores worldwide within one month of its release. Both Padma Bhushan and Arjuna Award came her way in 2013. She was the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal.


Sachin and Binny Bansal IFL

Founders of now-famous e-commerce store Flipkart, Sachin and Binny Bansal took its valuation to over $11 billion this year. The Bansals acquired fashion etailer Myntra in May and sparked a storm in October when their Big Billion Day Saleover Rs.600 crores within 10 hours.


Rohit Bansal

The Snapdeal co-founder and COO, Rohit Bansal was instrumental in setting up India's second-largest e-commerce firm after Flipkart. With over 1400 employees and 50,000 sellers selling five million products on his site, Rohit has plans to have over 100,000 sellers by next year. Snapdeal has already raised over $800 million funding this year, which will be used for infrastructure development for mobiles and sourcing talent.


Peyush Bansal


Peyush is the founder of the highly successful online eyewear brand Lenskart. Under his leadership, the brand has seen a whopping 300 percent growth since inception and is making 2000 shipments a day. Lenskart was seriously considering a funding of $25 million from an American private equity fund.


Rajat Sharma

The new president of the News Broadcasters Association is also one of the few journalists to have regular access to Modi. His signature show Aap Ki Adalat, which celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2014, has quizzed over 750 celebrities. Known for making subtle-yet-pointed questions, Rajat had predicted Modi's clean sweep in Uttar Pradesh in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, much before anyone could predict.


Raghuram Rajan

The "celebrity central banker", who came to the limelight for predicting the 2008 global  IFL recession, is receiving admiration from all quarters for not succumbing to demands of lowering lending rates. The ex-chief economist at the International Monetary Fund has been fighting for RBI's autonomy ever since he was appointed as its Governor. Rajan was recently conferred the Best Central Bank Governor award for 2014 by Euromoney Magazine. His book Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy had won the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs award for Best Business Book.


R.K. Pachauri

Nobel-laureate Dr. R.K. Pachauri is the chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and director general, The Energy & Resources Institute. PM Modi has decided to retain him while restructuring the high-level council on climate change. An industrial engineer and economist by training, he is a noted leader on energy and environment issues.  Indian Independence Day 2015


Chanda Kochar

The CEO and MD of ICICI, India' second largest bank, Chanda steered it past the Rs.10,000 crore net profit during 2013-14. Currently on a three-year extension, her latest focus on mobile banking in rural areas has received much praise as a cost-effective expansion model for banking in India.


Vishal Sikka

After hitting the headlines for being the first non-founding CEO & MD of Infosys, Vishal has started to make his mark by building the company's capabilities in the social, mobility, analytics and cloud sector. Vishal is regarded as the creator of the 'timeless software' concept, which focusses on renewal of products without any disruption to customer environments. Under his guidance, Infosys has started to build its capabilities in new technologies ranging from artificial intelligence to design thinking.


Udai Shankar IFL

Udai Shankar, CEO of Star India, made a very positive difference to media and storytelling and was conferred Person of the Decade 2014 award. He effectively tried to stimulate social change through series like Satyamev Jayate and gave a new boost to coverage of forgotten sports like Kabaddi and Hockey in India where nothing but cricket prevails as a religion.


Satya Nadella

With a pay package of around Rs. 520 crores, Nadella is among the highest paid CEOs in the world. As a change maker, Nadella is aggressively helping Microsoft to make inroads on mobile and the very latest example is the acquisition of email maker Acompli for $200 million. Ever since the Indian- origin technocrat came at the helm, Microsoft's revenues have risen 14 percent to $67 billion.


Rahul Bhatia IFL

The co-founder of the biggest airline in India is known for his smart moves. With a market share of 33.5%, he has already made Indigo the biggest success story of Indian aviation industry. Rahul's aggressive expansion plans have charted the course for Indigo, which is the only airline to have sustained its profit margin despite difficult operating environment. The company has ordered a whopping 530 planes ever since it came into existence in 2006. For five years in succession, Indigo has won the Skytrax Awards for being the 'Best low-cost carrier.'


Sunil Bharti Mittal

Founder-chairman and group CEO of Bharti Enterprises is the sultan of nation's telecom revolution. Airtel crossed the high mark of 300 million subscribers and in February, the company purchased extra spectrum estimated at $3 billion. He pledged $16 million to build toilets in rural areas of Ludhiana in response to Modi's call for rural sanitation.


Arnab Goswami IFL

Arnab as a star news anchor won many hearts through his most-viewed TV show The Newshour on Times Now channel. An effective articulator of middle class frustrations over corruption and terrorism, his controversial interviews included likes of Lalu Yadav, Rahul Gandhi, Vinod Rai to Narendra Modi this year.


Y. C. Deveshwar

ITC Ltd chairman Deveshwar was adjudged the 7th best CEO worldwide by Harvard Business Review this year. He committed ITC's full support in making PM Modi's 'Make in India' initiative a success. Under his stewardship, ITC diversified beyond tobacco business into food and hospitality, actually netting over 55 percent of its overall revenues from new segments.


Kiran Majumdar Shaw IFL

Leading the Business Today's Top 13 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business is Kiran, founder of India's leading listed biotechnology firm Biocon. In a first-of-its-kind tie-up globally, Biocon and Mylan together sought to introduce biosimilar for breast cancer treatment among Indian women.


Pawan Munjal

The Vice-Chairman & Managing Director of Hero Motocorp is a proud captain of the ship that has steered past its rivals to emerge as the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer. His business acumen has worked wonders for the company which not only sold 547,413 units in November but also launched its operations in Colombia. Under his stewardship, Hero Motocorp became India's first automobile company to cross cumulative production of 50 million two-wheelers.


Padmasree Warrior IFL

Dubbed as one of the most influential women in the male- dominated technology industry, Warrior is the chief technology and strategy officer at Cisco. She is often regarded by many as the future CEO whenever current incumbent John Chambers steps down. An alumnus of IIT-New Delhi, Warrior and a Cornell graduate, she has grown the company's fortunes to over $4.2 billion through a series of business deals.


P. Kashyap

Badminton player Kashyap again proved his mettle by winning an individual gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2014 at Glasgow. He thus became the third Indian after Prakash Padukone and Syed Modi to do so. Earlier he earned the distinction of being the first shuttler to reach the quarterfinals of the Olympics.


Cyrus Mistry

Described as "the most important industrialist" in both India and Britain, the Irish businessman and the chairman of $138- billion Tata Group is known for taking hard decisions. From driving organisational changes to focusing on consolidation, the head of the salt-to-software conglomerate plans to make


Tata Group among the top 25 in the world over the next decade. He has recently announced his plans to invest $35 billion in next three years. Mistry has also set a trend by being upfront about the fact that he has allow write-downs of $2.2 billion.


Renu Sood Karnad

Besides being the MD of HDFC Bank, Renu led the bank to a net profit of Rs. 5440 crore in financial year 2014, which was 12% higher than the previous year. She also features among the highest paid female corporate heads with a package of Rs 7.16 crore during 2014.


Niraj Antani

A 23 year old Indian-American law student at the University of Dayton, Niraj became one of the youngest state legislators when he got elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. Where the average age of US state representatives is 57, the election of Antani heralds the importance of youth in politics.


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