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2020 will be, no doubt, remembered as a year that changed the world in nearly every aspect. From a business perspective, it has been full of ups and downs with large-scale uncertainty, numerous disruptions, and a recently kick-started recovery process.

Having said that, for specific industries such as e-commerce, ed-tech, among others, 2020 has been surprisingly good. Even though the e-commerce industry experienced significant transformation, it made it through thick and thin in this decidedly difficult year.

Riding a transformative journey, India’s e-commerce sector has markedly advanced despite the COVID-19 pandemic, further expanding the industry’s scope for growth over the…

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India’s Union Budget 2021 can be summed up in three words — reinvigorate, reinforce, and restart. The country’s finance minister (FM) and co have framed a long-overdue budget in unprecedented times. After the industry and economy encountered huge shock amidst the COVID-19 crisis, India’s growth engines had to be brought back on track.

Even though the massive fiscal deficit would be a concern for many, these ambiguous times accent for significant government expenditure. The FM has assured capital allocation toward the healthcare industry, social welfare programs, diligent India, and efficient governance.

Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) is one of such reforms…

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Chanakya (Kautilya or Vishnugupt) is one of the greatest mentors of India. Under his supervision, Chandragupta Maurya — a commoner by birth — established the Mauryan Empire. At its time, the empire was among the largest empires across the globe, and perhaps the largest ever in the Indian subcontinent.

From Myanmar to Afghanistan, and Kashmir to mid-Tamil Nadu, the Mauryan Empire expanded across 5 million square kilometers.

One currency, one system, one law. It was the ‘complete’ empire!

However, Chandragupta’s bloodline did not make him a king. He was a commoner by birth.

So, how did he emerge from being…

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When the COVID-19 pandemic compelled people to remain indoors, smartphones became their window to the world, helping them keep in touch with their acquaintances, work from home (WFH), and even try new recipes.

“And 2021 assures to reinstate the double-figure growth curve for the smartphone segment as people welcome hybrid work models, binge on movies and web series, and continue the quest for the perfect selfie on their 6-inch screens.”

2020 has been a difficult year for the smartphone industry right from the start as supply chains for the components were disoriented amidst the rising COVID-19 cases in China. Considering…

How much money did the British Raj siphon out from India? How did they do it? And why didn’t the Indians stop them from doing so?

“It’s been over 70 years bro, what difference does it make?”

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2020 was characterized by the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the instrumental role science played in addressing these challenges. India has been in the vanguard of the worldwide battle against the public-health crisis to provide cutting-edge solutions at scale, not only for itself but also for the world.

The lessons and achievements from the year such as scaling up home-grown testing capacities and teaming up with communities and sectors for development and innovation have helped us create a stronger environment to combat health crises over the years ahead.

During the initial days of the pandemic, it was implausible…

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‘Smart’, as the word reads, is the technology that learns and curbs the burden on humans to accomplish a job, whether it is smartwatches, smartphones, or smart TVs. The same theory goes true with smart homes — an emerging technology that understands the utilization pattern of the house owner, decreases the effort a person takes, and enhances the safety and security of the house.

A couple of years ago, smart home technology was difficult to grasp due to the civil workforce required to automate the home. Besides the circuitry that an individual has to do at home, smart devices leveraged…

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest thinkers, said, “You can’t solve a problem at the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level”. As such, in order to figure out novel approaches to fix issues and come up trumps, one needs to “INNOVATE”.

Social investment is picking pace as impact investors are seeding projects in healthcare, agriculture, education, and fintech industries, and driving innovation throughout the value chain. (Image by Worldspectrum from Pexels)

Innovation has conventionally helped ward off several broad-scale problems and trigger transformational changes as well as radical disruptions.

Social entrepreneurship is striving to stave off a couple of the worldwide issues of gender equality, financial integration, offering access to shelters, healthcare, and education to the underprivileged.

This is a…

Working professionals in India are encountering increased burnout due to insufficient separation between personal and professional life as well as concerns regarding COVID-19 infection.

In India, close to a third of employees are having increased burnout at work due to a surge in workday period by one hour (Image by cottonbro from Pexels)

Microsoft’s latest Work Trend Index revealed that India had the second-largest percentage of employees confronting increased burnout in Asia at 29%. In addition, India topped the list with more than 41% of employees indicating inadequate demarcation between professional and personal life as adversely affecting their health, leading to risen stress levels, the study revealed.

(The report investigated more than 6, 000 information and front-line working professionals across eight countries across the globe including, Brazil, Australia, Germany…

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Mental or psychological health has had its Cinderella moment in 2020. From being the ignored and stigmatized area of healthcare, it has become the latest woke slogan in view of the socio-economic disruption caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers, public health connoisseurs, mass media, self-proclaimed gurus, and social media influencers have voiced their opinions on this over the last six months. Everybody has a narrative and a solution — yet the change at the grassroots has been insignificant.

Several myths hovering around mental health reside in our collective approach — those who encounter mental health issues are weak, looking…

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