15th PoleStar Award Winners - From left to right:Geetika Rustagi from Mint, Ayushman Baruah from InformationWeek (India), R Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director, Tata Sons, Arun Jain, Founder, PoleStar Foundation and Chairman & Group CEO, Polaris Financial Technology Limited, Srikanth RP, from InformationWeek (India) and Kandula Subramaniam from Outlook Business Chennai based Pole Star Foundation honoured 4 Indian journalists on 4th October 2013, for their excellence in Business and IT journalism. After presenting the 15th PoleStar Awards, R Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director of Tata Sons delivered the key note address.
Gopalakrishnan focussed on the 'corruption' in his speech. He threw light on history of corruption in India and in other societies across the world. He said, “Just as adolescence is a necessary part of a person’s growth, widespread corruption that touches almost everybody represents an adolescent phase in a development of a nation. Just as adolescence passed, corruption also morphed from being widespread and petty to fewer but bigger instances”. When commenting about the media in India, he pointed out that “as a nation, India is the only country among the emerging markets to have a vibrant media. Though media in India can go overboard, it is however good to have an active media than a docile media.”
Please listen to his inspiring and interesting speech. (22 minutes).
This speech can also be listened from the following link.
On 27th Sep 2013, Indian Supreme Court directed Election Commission to include a button called 'None of the above' (NOTA) in the Electronic Voting machines (EVMs) with immediate effect. (download the judgement copy).
This judgement has generated a ray of hope among the Indian voters to clean the politics. Presently, all the parties put up persons of doubtful background as their party candidates. Since the voters had no choice to reject such candidates, they chose either one of the candidates or refrain from going to polling booth.
In the early 2000, when Mr T S Krishna Murthy was the Chief Election Commissioner, some of the social activists like Mr R Desikan (Founder and Chairman of Catalyst Trust and Consumers Association of India) and Mr A K Venkatasubramanian (IAS Retd) took serious initiatives to improve the system.
During 2004 and 2009 General Elections, when Mr T S Krishna Murthy and Mr N Gopalswamy were the Chief Election Commissioners of India, they promoted the concept of Rule 49 (O) in the conduct of Election Rules 1961. As per this rule, the voter can exercise his option not to record his vote. But he had to sign a register.
In this process the secrecy guaranteed by the Constitution is not protected. Though the Chief Election Commissioners from Mr T S Krishna Murthy have been recommending to the Government, to bring in electoral reforms, including adding a button for NOTA, the Government of India has not implemented any electoral reforms so far.
The recent SC judgement was delivered in the PIL filed by PUCL. According to Mr Desikan, this judgement will revolutionalise the future elections. Probably, it may also lead to 'proportionate representation system' to avoid huge election expenses.
Please listen to the podcast interview with Mr Desikan, recorded over mobile. (5 minutes).
|Jaya Institute of Technology (JIT)|
Prof. A Kanagaraj, Chairman of Jaya Group of Colleges presided over the event. In his presidential address, he stressed the importance of self confidence among the youth. He also focussed on the importance of good attitude and discipline in the life, when they undertake the jobs. He wanted them to become good citizens of this nation.
|Prof. A Kanagaraj|
|Graduates waiting to |
receive degree certivicates
While welcoming the students and parents, Dr Suresh Babu, Principal of the College recalled the pains taken by the individual parents of the students, to make the students an engineering graduate. He wanted all the graduates to fullfill the dreams of their parents.
|Dr Suresh Babu, Principal|
|Prime Point Srinivasan|
Prime Point Srinivasan, who was the Chief Guest in his Convocation (Graduation Day) address stressed the importance of good communication skills. He suggested all the graduates to learn as manay languages as possible, including Hindi and English properly to become successful in their career.
Please listen to the convocation (Graduation day) address of Prime Point Srinivasan (17 minutes).
Please see the photographs taken during the event.
|Mr T S Krishna Murthy (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)|
presenting Sansad Ratna Award 2013 to Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal,
Member of Parliament from Bikanir, Rajasthan
Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal, Member of Parliament from Bikanir, Rajasthan ranks No 1 among all the MPs of Lok Sabha for participation in debates and he received the Sansad Ratna Award 2013 in a function held at IIT Madras. The Award is instituted by Prime Point Foundation. Mr T S Krishna Murthy, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India presented the Awards.
Dr K Rosaiah, the Governor of Tamil Nadu was the Chief Guest. Since Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal arrived late due to flight delay, the Award was presented in the next session, after the departure of the Governor.
After receiving the Awards, Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal in his acceptance speech, talked about the disruption in Parliament. He said, disruption was also part of the Parliament function under rules, to draw the attention of the Government on many vital issues. He said, but for disruptions, the culprits in 2G, Delhi gang-rape, and coal-gate would not have been arrested. However, they would ensure smooth functioning of the Parliament.
Please see the video of his speech (3 minutes 40 seconds)
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|Chakshu Rai of PRS Legislative Research |A National Seminar on politics, democracy and governance was held by Prime Point Foundation on 20th April 2013 jointly with IIT Madras in their Auditorium. The National Seminar was inaugurated by Dr K Rosaiah, Governor of Tamil Nadu. Top performing Lok Sabha MPs were presented with Sansad Ratna 2013 Awards, instituted by Prime Point Foundation. As part of the National Seminar, Mr Chakshu Rai of PRS Legislative Research made a presentation on 'Overview of Indian Parliament - Tracking the work of legislators'. During his presentation, he explained the overall functions of Indian Parliament and the duties of the Parliamentarians.
The powerpoint presentation is embedded here.
Please watch the video footage of the presentation
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