Vinayshil Gautam


Vinayshil Gautam served as the first head of a management department at an IIT and as the first director of an IIM

In defence of simplicity

Monday, 09 Oct 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

The time has come to look at the unnecessary complications the human mind is extrapolating into simple ways of joyful living I recall a quote from Sri Aurobindo’s book, The Mother, which ran roughly as follows: “Human life would be quite simple if the human mind did not extrapolate in...

Ground conditions and sloganeering

Monday, 25 Sep 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Nation-states have become the new category of political governance. This becomes clearer if one sees human civilisation in a continuum of early civil societies Perhaps one of the decisive gifts of the 19th century to the world history was the concept of a ‘nation-state'. Ever since the civil society was born,...

Of public practices, political discourse

Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Decision making systems either survive or sink because of practices developed under those who are at the helm. This aspect is never taken up in public discourse Life in general has several ironical experiences. This fortnight I was in Malaysia regarding some consulting work. I could not but be impressed...

Designing and re-designing

Monday, 28 Aug 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Be it regulatory system or the education policy, one is entitled to ask the thoughts on funding at every level if the country's educational scenario is to take an upswing Some days ago, a news item was allowed to creep into the newspapers about how shortage of funds has affected recruitment...

Roots of turmoil and living through them

Monday, 14 Aug 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Histrory will tell that turmoils happen. But a commonly shared approach of reasonableness alone can mark the beginning of a road which is bound to be long Between 1945 and 1960, world order changed dramatically. Not only did empires crumble, following the conclusion of World War II, but unprecedented forces were...

Age of superficial fact-finding

Monday, 31 Jul 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

In an era of ostentatious presentations, one should not forget the need for in-depth and applied research in strengthening business Business effectiveness usually emphasises operations and evaluation by results. This approach cannot be grudged too much. If people want to see results on the ground, that raises its own questions. However, the...

Untangling India’s financial services

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

The nation’s finance sector cannot operate without due recognition of social realities. Neither can interventions be solved in isolation. A clear line of vision is needed There are so many balls in the air today that it is increasingly becoming difficult to understand what the speed of each one is....

From maharaja to pauper for sale

Monday, 03 Jul 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Air India’s woes are not just financial. It has been used by the political class to establish the latter’s ‘privileges’ in a blatant manner The social discourse, like anything else, becomes painful when it is repetitive. Consider the case of Air India. The news has come of Cabinet approval of Air...

Sustainable growth for greater good

Monday, 19 Jun 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

The breakthroughs at the level of conceptual contribution has many challenging distances to cover in land, sea and space Human civilisation stands at the brink of many seminal developments. Some are beginning to acquire a clearer profile, others are still in the mist. It may not be possible, here, to even...

Unconventional but effective measures

Monday, 05 Jun 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

A cohesive public policy, coupled with quick action, can bring a change in the financial market. For this, one needs a specialised mechanism and methodology The financial markets are in a state of churning — in more senses than one. The present times are seminal. Simultaneously, multiple moves are being made....


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