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Manish Kumar Jha

Manish Kumar Jha is an Associate Editor, BW BUSINESSWORLD & BW DEFENCE. He writes on the Foreign affairs, International Trade & Defence. His global coverage-on the ground- spans more than 25 countries worldwide. Received International Press Fellowship award.

Latest Articles By Manish Kumar Jha

The Increasing Type 2 Diabetes In Young And Adolescents Is Alarming In India: AIIMS Prof Dr. Naval K. Vikram

Manish Kumar Jha

Diabetes is the biggest and fastest growing killers in India today, making India the second most affected in the world. An incurable disease, it requires lifelong medication and the cost that makes it an acute social burden. It is about the toxic food, decreasing physical activity and the stress in young adults as well as adolescents which is alarming. Then what is the medical science’s cutting edge research on such malaise? Is it reversible? Dr. Naval K. Vikram, Professor, Dept. of Medicine, AIIMS has been leading the advance research on the complexity of diabetes and metabolism at India’s leading AIIMS in New Delhi. BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha speaks with Dr Naval on clinical breakthrough in medical sciences and his own findings on plants based alternative system with medicine.

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The Middle Classes Have Become Hollowed Out: Nobel Laureate Prof. Abhijit Banerjee

Manish Kumar Jha

On an exceptionally clear afternoon in August, Manish Kumar Jha of BW Businessworld sought him out in the capital during a visit to India and picked his mind on the state of the Indian economy, India’s privatization programme and the need for centres of excellence in academia which is lacking in advance and cutting edge R&D. The discussion centered on the inflation--rise in prices of consumer products; a “realignment of the market” as it adjusts to the growing inequality among consumers. He advocated injecting more liquidity into the economy. He did not consider the Indian economy to be “unusually closed” in the perspective of the developed West or China. And let the “rupee slide” to promote Indian exports, among other things. Excerpts:

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Time To Step Up Defence Innovation & Modernization; Services Must Be The Primary Driving Force Behind All Defence R&D

Manish Kumar Jha

Modernization is an inescapable and inexorable need of the defence forces in India. The thrust on technology and innovation is an imperative for both the establishment and industry. Instead of adopting a lead role in technological innovation in drone and anti- drone capability by virtue of the available expertise in IT, the country scrambled to hastily acquire even basic equipment. In the face of each crisis, the Armed Forces end up looking far and beyond and yet again initiate a complex cycle of procurement with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), mostly foreign. What is the way out then? The Indian Armed Forces must step into the role of the soldiers- scientist, taking ownership of the weaponry and technology that they depend on, to defend our country, writes Manish Kumar Jha.

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Govt. Must Consider Reintroduction Of Tax Incentives For R&D In Defence: Jayant D. Patil, L&T

Manish Kumar Jha

Time-lags have proved a hurdle for defence equipment procurement in India, which is why the private sector L&T Defence’s ahead- of- schedule delivery of 100 of the K9 Vajra to the Indian Army is path-finding. L&T Defence heralds a new chapter in defence production in India, standing out as a leader with next-gen technology that ranges from the potential light tank to next generation submarines under the P75 I. Jayant D.Patil, Whole-time Director and Sr. Executive VP (Defence & Smart Technologies) - L&T, is a key force behind these game-changing initiatives and unprecedented transformation that the Indian defence industry is witnessing. In a free-wheeling chat with BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha, he addresses wide-ranging topics on technological innovation for the Indian Armed Forces.

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Integrated Theatre Commands Considered A Necessity Since Kargil War And Will Gradually Unfold Over The Years: Indian Army Chief Gen M.M. Naravene

Manish Kumar Jha

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane speaks exclusively with BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha on the Indian Army’s steady march into the next era. The Indian Army is one of the world’s finest institutions hallmarked by its strength, historical glory and impeccable peace-keeping record. The institution has needed far reaching reforms in the new century in its continuing quest for modernization. Gen Naravane speaks on a range of topics including Integrated Theatre Commands, artillery modernization, the LAC Standoff with China, military equipment and new tech such as anti-drone capability, the OFB, defence industry, the procurement process, J&K and the situation in Afghanistan and his initiative to have an independent human rights cell within IA--its unique and humane nature. Excerpts:

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Nepal Reclaims Its Constitutional Glory

Manish Kumar Jha

It began with the unprecedented upheaval in the Himalayan Country which set forth to establish a robust democratic tradition after the tumultuous years of struggle. Nepal soon reclaims its constitutional glory after the period of anarchy under the gullible KP. Sharma Oli. Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba secured a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives. Nepal's quest for stability and economic growth must begin now. PM Deuba holds the promise and India is already on his mind--repair and build together.

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Not A brick Is Placed In The Contested Areas Along The LAC In Ladakh And Arunachal Pradesh: Army Chief General M. Naravane

Manish Kumar Jha

Indian Army Chief General Mukund Naravane in an exclusive interaction with the BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha, denied that there was any reinforcement across in the contested part of LAC and at the buffer zone across the border along Arunachal Pradesh. He put his strong worded statement: “Not a brick has been placed in the part of contested areas.”

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Overdrive To Minimise Cost Of Defence, Restructuring Should Not Compromise Operational Effectiveness: Maj Gen Asthana

Manish Kumar Jha

There is no question that Indian Armed Forces needed that twitch of modernization and restructuring in the times that are changing the dimensions of warfare. The Integrated Theater Commands (ITC) is designed to do so. Some formulations are already up on the ground-- restructuring to address some of these aspects was done, with formulation of HQ Integrated Defence Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command and Strategic Force Command (SFC). But make no haste, says military veteran Major General S B Asthana as speaks with BW Businessworld's Defence Editor Manish Kumar Jha on the ITC -- its complexity and the conflict within. It is about the training and equipment that must fulfill the spirit of jointness in building command.

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Tech Firm UdChalo Offers ‘UTAX’, A Digital Solution To File Income Tax Returns For Defence Personnel

Manish Kumar Jha

Defence Personnel can easily file their ITR now. udChalo which is a leading Consumer Technology Company for Indian Defence Personnel recently introduced ‘UTAX’ to its existing portfolio of Services offered to its Customers. UTaxis the only player operating within the Defence fraternity with an ERI license and is officially authorized to file Income Tax Returns. As a common practice, in the absence of such digital solutions, most of the Armed Forces Personnel file their taxes with the help of their friends or using unauthorized agents who promise huge returns without asking for any valid proof. This also leads to incorrect filings. Besides, It has Outreach Center which is located in places like J&K for the serving Personnel.

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It Is A Major Cabinet Reshuffle Confirmed; What Are The Trends And Indications

Manish Kumar Jha

It is official now as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reshuffle his council of ministers on July 8. Top three who are among the list for the ministerial birth including Narayan Rane from Maharashtra, Shantanu Thakur from West Bengal and Sarbananda Sonowal from Assam already landed in Delhi on Tuesday. And, Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has also arrived in Delhi, abruptly cancelling his trip to Dewas in Madhya Pradesh. In addition to that Meenakshi Lekhi, Kapil Patil, Ajay Bhatt, Heena Gavit, Pritam Munde and Shobha Karandlaje are among those leaders present for the interaction with the PM. What are the other major indications now?

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