Vinayshil Gautam


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

Unscrambling urban complexities

Monday, 04 Dec 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Several models of development or non-development have got telescoped in the chaotic ecology of urban India Nearly two decades ago the centre of gravity of business development infrastructure slowly began migrating out of the centres it occupied, in what was referred to as the Union Territory of Delhi. It imperceptibly and...

Lasting solution to Padmavati imbroglio

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

With Padmavati in the eye of the storm, the need to verify information is even more important. If emotions are aroused, they need sensitive handling The media has a progressively expanding bed of flow of commentaries on the film, ‘Padmavati’. From ‘saints' to ‘rogues', a very wide cross section of the...

Working on a digitised ecosystem

Monday, 06 Nov 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

People must be educated about the ecosystem of digitisation to prevent gimmicky slogans substituting the charting of well-considered paths The world is said to be moving towards digitisation. What needs to be remembered is that it is the biggest and the best which gains attention. That is what gets to the...

Priorities, balance and action

Monday, 23 Oct 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

As a nation we are clearly at a crossroads on the governance and quality-of-life front because we choose easy options and are quick to apportion blame Almost everyone and almost all societies have problems. Some have the wisdom to recognise this, understand it and try to cope with it, sensibly. There...

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...


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