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A Train Journey And Two Names To Remember


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Shankersinh Vaghela and Narendra Modi, who between them left a lasting impression on two strangers in 1990.

“It was the summer of 1990. As Indian Railway (Traffic) Service probationers, my friend and I travelled by train from Lucknow to Delhi. Two MPs were also travelling in the same bogie. That was fine, but the behaviour of some 12 people who were travelling with them without reservation was terrifying. They forced us to vacate our reserved berths and sit on the luggage, and passed obscene and abusive comments. We cowered in fright and squirmed with rage. It was a harrowing night in the company of an unruly battalion; we were on edge, on the thin line between honour and dishonour. All other passengers seemed to have vanished, along with the Travelling Ticket Examiner.

We reached Delhi the next morning without being physically harmed by the goons, though we were emotionally wrecked. My friend was so traumatised she decided to skip the next phase of training in Ahmedabad and stayed back in Delhi. I decided to carry on since another batchmate was joining me. (She is Utpalparna Hazarika, now Executive Director, Railway Board.) We boarded an overnight train to Gujarat’s capital, this time without reservations as there wasn’t enough time to arrange for them. We had been wait-listed. Read more of this post

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Rajesh Jain – Friend Of The BJP


wealthymattersRajesh Jain is a Mumbai based serial entrepreneur , investor, technologist and committed BJP supporter.He is the founder and Managing Director of Netcore Solutions Pvt Ltd.Should you wish to get to know him better,you can catch up with his views on his personal blog Emergic.org. He has been a key backroom player in creating the Narendra Modi wave on social media.He started the network of professionals called Friends of BJP and funded the right-leaning website NitiCentral .

He made many millions early on, when he sold his portal IndiaWorld-India’s first Internet portal which was launched in 1995-to Sify ,in 1999, for 500 crore.

He is currently invested in 11 companies through his own fund -Emergic Venture Capital.

  1. Novatium – Network Computers ($100 PC)
  2. Rajshri Media – Broadband and Mobile Portal
  3. Midas – Communications Equipment
  4. n-Logue – Rural Services
  5. ValueFirst – Enterprise Mobility (SMS)
  6. Greynium – Local Language Portals and Classifieds
  7. mChek – Mobile Payments
  8. New Horizon Media – Local Language Publishing
  9. Yos Technologies – Personal Healthcare Records
  10. Intelizon – Solar Energy for Rural Electrification
  11. Mobifusion – Consumer Mobile Apps

With Narendra Modi becoming a popular search term on the internet, it should be interesting to watch the what Rajesh Jain does next.

Should you be interested in an interview,check out the one here:Link

Here’s To Action!


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The Rise Of Gautam Adani


wealthymattersIn September 2003, about a year after Gujarat was ravaged by communal riots under Modi’s watch, the chief minister was seeking approval from the business community. Thus was born the ‘Vibrant Gujarat Summit’, the investment jamboree that Modi has made a biennial political statement since. Back then, though, it was a tentative idea, rising from the ashes of a polarised state and a leader seeking validation.

Some leaders of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the country’s main industry grouping, had criticised Modi for the riots and told him that it would be hard for the state to pull in investments. He needed to prove them wrong,Companies were called to announce large investments in the state. While everyone expected the Ruias and Reliance to make large announcements, Adani surprised everyone by announcing a 15,000 crore investment.

Any reference—good or bad—to Gautam Adani’s sprawling business empire is rarely unaccompanied by his alleged proximity to Narendra Modi, the man who could be prime minister in 2014.There are parallels between the two. Both have their roots in Gujarat. Both have bloomed in their respective spheres in the past decade. Both have created a deep imprint at the state level and are restless for a national footprint. That is the ‘now’. Read more of this post

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