Interviews

Madhu Pandit Dasa is chairman of Akshaya Patra. A B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Mumbai, he initiated the Akshaya Patra program in the year 2000 by feeding 1500 children in 5 govt schools. Presently, this program reaches out to over 1.5 million school children in 26 locations in ten states in the country. We asked Madhu Pandit Dasa about Akshaya Patra, its vision and its success

How did the journey begin for Akshaya Patra? What was the motivation to start the foundation? 

MyInd Interview with Dr. Richard Benkin

Dr. Richard Benkin is a human rights activist based in America. He is the co-founder of ‘Interfaith strength’ and is a journalist and author. He has authored various books and is associated with organizations like the ‘Islam Israel’ fellowship. He has raised the issues of Hindus in Pakistan in Bangladesh around the world. MyIndMakers talks to him about his work, books and human rights across the world.

Please tell us about your background and how you came to be associated with interfaith issues worldwide? 

MyInd Interview with Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam

Arjun Subramaniam is a serving Air Vice Marshal in the Indian Air Force and is currently a faculty member at the National Defence College, New Delhi.

This interview offers a peek into the Mind of a Soldier-Scholar-Historian & the Author of ‘India’s Wars: A Military History 1947-1971’

What prompted you to write” A Military history of India's wars (1947-1971): https://harpercollins.co.in/book/indias-wars/ ? Was John Keegan one of the motivating factors? 

MyInd Interview: Nilesh Oak speaks to Wim Borsboom

Nilesh Nilkanth Oak had a chance to sit down with independent researcher & Indologist Wim Borsboom, author of: “Alphabet or Abracadabra? Reverse Engineering the Western Alphabet”

He returned from India to Victoria Canada - where he lives - from a four and a half month book promotion and lecture tour to 20 universities, colleges, museums and private institutions throughout India.

Nilesh read his book just after publication last year, June 2015, titled “Alphabet or Abracadabra? - Reverse Engineering the Western Alphabet”, a monograph on his discovery about the origins of the Western Alphabet, how it was modelled after a very early Indian alphabet, at least 3400 years ago,

We reproduce their conversation here:

MyInd Interview with Dr. B. R Shetty

Dr. B. R Shetty is the Executive Vice-Chairman & CEO of Abu Dhabi based NMC Healthcare and the pioneer behind the concept of UAE Exchange. Having migrated to UAE in 1973, he has successfully founded NMC which is UAE's largest private healthcare provider. He also started UAE exchange which has been a very successful program. Dr. Shetty was awarded Padma Shri in 2009. In an e-mail interview with MyIndMakers, Dr. Shetty spoke about his work, his achievements and his vision for modern healthcare.  

What is your background and why did you come to the UAE in the early 70's?

MyInd Interview with Manoj Prasad

Manoj Prasad is the Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Que Capital Limited. In our continuing series of talking to Entrepreneurs in India and Indian origin Entrepreneurs outside India, we talk to him about his journey thus far and about the ease of doing business in India.

Please tell us about your background prior to Que Capital? You have a degree in Mass Media (yes we noticed ;)) but what was your journey like into the financial world? 

There is nothing for BJP to worry in Gujarat

The Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel was sworn in as the CM in May 2014. Previously she had held various ministries in the Gujarat Government and has had a political career that has spanned decades. As her government completes two years, she speaks to MyIndMakers in an email interview about her tenure thus far, the challenges ahead and on the rumors floating around the rift in Gujarat BJP.

MyInd Interview with Fereshteh Forough

What is your background and what prompted you to start CTI?

I was born as an Afghan refugee in Iran during the Soviet invasion to Afghanistan. I finished my high school there and one year after the fall of Taliban my family and I moved to Herat, Afghanistan where I was able to get my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Later I got my Master’s in Computer Science from Technical University of Berlin in Germany. I was teaching as a professor in Computer Science faculty of Herat University for almost three year. 

Aadit Kapadia, Sunanda Vashisht and Pramod Kumar Buravalli discuss about World Hindu Economic Forum (WHEF), its objectives, conferences and the road ahead with Swami Vigyananda one of the founding members and the global chairman of the WHEF.

MyInd Interview with Nilesh Oak

Nilesh Nilkanth Oak, is the author of ‘When did the Mahabharata War Happen? The Mystery of Arundhati’ (2011), where he freshly evaluated astronomy observations of Mahabharata text.  His work led to validation of 5561 BCE as the year of Mahabharata War while falsifying more than 120 alternate claims.  The book was nominated for the Lakatos award; the award is given annually by London School of Economics for a contribution to the philosophy of science.  He published ‘The Historic Rama’ in 2014.  He writes extensively on ancient Indian history at his blog at https://nileshoak.wordpress.com/

The pace of growth needs to be quicker, currently it is pretty slow.

Mr. Agarwal, you started as an Airman in Indian Air Force. From there to heading one of the largest moving companies in India, how has the journey been? 

Leading a disciplined life has been a major takeaway for me from my short commission role at the Indian Airforce, after which I returned to my hometown Hyderabad.  In 1987, with two trucks which my father owned, we evolved from a small scale business of Agarwal Household Carrier to INR 650 crores business conglomerate we are today.  It’s been 28 years since then & we still look forward to reinvent ourselves with lot of enthusiasm.

MyInd Interview with Makarand Paranjape

Prof Makarand Paranjape is a Poet and Professor at Jawahar Lal Nehru University. He has been teaching undergraduate/postgraduate students for almost 30 years. Recently in news for a talk he delivered on Nationalism in JNU campus, Prof Paranjape started the debate whether JNU should be a hub of radical leftism or should it welcome all thoughts and ideas. We speak to Prof Paranjape about variety of issues ranging from Student Politics to JNU culture.

Prof Makarand Paranjape, Thank you for speaking to MyIndMakers.