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Marching For Peace

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

If others actively wage war, we must actively "Wage Peace."

Today, facing growing violence in our society and around the world, there is an urgent need to show that the true bravery needed to counter conflict takes the form, as Mahatma Gandhi said, of "waging peace." We cannot counter violence with more violence.

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Exclusive Interaction with Mr. HP Singh, Managing Director and Founder, Tomorrow’s India

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Mr Singh’svision about the immense potential in the present and future Indian Economy has given birth to another not for profit called “Global Social (India) Foundation “, which is the first ever platform that strives to bring together the three important pillars constituting the holistic growth of any nation- Culture, Knowledge and Business Opportunities-all on the same table! As a Social Entrepreneur, through Tomorrow’s India Mr Singh aims to enhance the economic cooperation as well as foster dialogues between India and the world economies.With approximately 1.2 billion people, India is the world’s largest democracy and second largest country by population. Mr Singh believes that in order to use these resource to drive results it is important to reach out to the untapped economies and “Showcase India” to the World.

1. What is “Tomorrow’s India” exactly? Is it an NGO or a consultancy? What does it exactly do? How old is it? What work has it done so far and what are its future plans?
Tomorrow’s India Global Summit was incepted with the ambition to connect Indian start-ups and SMEs with the world. The vision of the program is to create immense opportunities with economies around the world and identify emerging trends within India for the participating countries. The program was launched by The Global Social India Foundation (GSIF) in January, 2016 in Singapore and brought together experts, entrepreneurs, head honchos and corporate gurus from diverse sectors of the industry in form of interactive and power packed panel discussions, knowledge sharing and cultural exchange. Tomorrow’s India is hosting its second edition Tomorrow’s India Global Summit in Seoul, South Korea.
2. Can you please share with us your Mission and vision for “Tomorrow’s India” in more details?
The pause for thought came last year on August 15, 2015, when I envisioned a world offering an exclusive platform to businesses and entrepreneurs who are ready for globalization with India being at the forefront. That’s how the idea of Tomorrow’s India emanated.With approximately 1.2 billion people, India is the world’s largest democracy and second largest country by population. But how do we use this resource to drive results? The notion is simple – by reaching out to the untapped economies and “Showcasing India” to the World.Our global initiative is inspired by a great purpose – a purpose which lets your mind transcend limitations and you find yourself in a whole new ecosphere with different partner countries on board, helping you grow, without being limited by any geographic boundaries.

Our endeavour is to ensure that each member country derives the maximum number of opportunities in terms of joint ventures, intercountry collaborations, business tie-ups or investments and witnesses many more such glorious chapters going ahead – creating a whole new economic order.We have identified 3 vital pillars: BUSINESS, where we promote youth, MSMEs, start-ups and big corporate houses; KNOWLEDGE, where we aim to give education a whole new holistic approach and CULTURE where we create a fusion of intercountry performances never seen before.

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Revitalizing the India- Korea Strategic Partnership

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Despite India’s new “ACT EAST" policy nothing seems to have changed on the ground as far as India’s engagement with the East is concerned. Actually in some cases, bilateral relations between some regional countries have gone from bad to worse.

Korea is such a case in point. Only a few years ago the trade growth rate between India and Korea was among the highest. Now it has come to be among the lowest. It used to be thirty percent a year, but now it has come down to around three percent a year, The trade target of $40 billion by 2015 is all but forgotten.By the end of 2015, trade was stagnant around $18 billion and the trade deficit against India is said to have reached $8 billion. Furthermore, CEPA has become completely dysfunctional. It has failed to provide any new impetus to the business relations between the two countries.

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Five Principle Components to Revitalize the India- Korea Strategic Alliance

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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India- Korea Strategic Partnership has become completely dysfunctional and has completely failed to have any deterrent effect on the fast deteriorating "Balance of Forces" in the region. if something is  not done soon to revitalize the alliance, damage to India- Korea alliance will become permanent and  it will become impossible to repair  the alliance for long time to come.

Here are my Five Principle Components to Revitalize the India- Korea Strategic Alliance

1. Acknowledge that India or Korea alone cannot stop the fast changing “balance of forces” in the Indian Ocean and in the East Asian region at large.

Developing the common threat perception is urgent need of the hour.

2) Acknowledge Indian and Korean Naval cooperation with regional navies will be very critical for keeping the SLOCs open and free for use of all in the Indian Ocean.

Developing the conceptual framework that India and Korea defense cooperation can have positive effect in stabilizing the fast deteriorating situation in the region is of paramount importance in revitalizing the alliance

3) Acknowledge Defense of South China Sea is interconnected with the defense of Bay of Bengal and East & West Sea..

Have a conceptual model of ‘inter connecting of strategic interests” between India and Korea. It can help in building the stronger foundation to have sustainable India- Korea defense cooperation for the longer term.

4) Acknowledge cooperation between Japanese and Korean naval forces will be very critical in keeping the east and South China Sea open for international trade.  Development  of any serious  difference  between  these two countries  will  have serious consequences for the whole region.   Other regional countries such as Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia are also important. But these two countries are most critical for the defense of East Asia. India needs to work on this bilateral alliance on priority basis. India as a serious stake holder  in the region and good friend of both countries should leave no stone unturned to make sure these two navies works together as much as possible in the defense of “open sea” principle.

5 Acknowledge USA is fast loosing grip on the situation. Era of USA led East Asia is on the verge of ending. However India and Korea must coordinate together with USA to keep the balance of forces in the region as long as possible deep into the future. Do not give up on USA yet.

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India's move on China expansion

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Since the eruption of South China Sea crisis in East Asia, a serious debate has started in India about possible ways to respond to the crisis. In normal circumstances it should not have bothered India much about what happens in this part of the world, however, the fast changing strategic balance of forces in East Asia has started worrying Indian strategic thinkers and policy makers.

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Prime minister Modi ’s visit to Korea heavily tilted towards business

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Modi's maiden trip to South Korea as is scheduled for May 18-19, after  his visit to China and Mongolia.

From all the available sources in the public domain, it is becoming more and more clear our Prime Minister’s visit to Seoul will focus on economic and business promotion. If advance visits of Indian official to Seoul in recent weeks are any indication Strategic and security issues are not expected to get much attention and mostly likely put on the back burner.

It is hoped that the Prime Minister's May tour to these three countries might attract as much as $10 billion in financial assistance for his pet projects: Smart Cities, Digital India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

South Korea has shown significant interest in these projects. Advance teams are currently negotiating terms and conditions for the infrastructure development package, which will be funded by South Korea's Export Import Bank. Sources have indicated that most of the assistance would be provided on a long-term basis at reasonable interest rates.

South Koreans have also shown great interest in his “Make in India” campaign. Indian delagates are said to be persuading big South Korean businesses to invest in India, and the Indian government is hinting that more infrastructure sectors could be covered following the bilateral negotiations to make the deal more attractive to South Koreans.

The Prime Minister is especially interested in developing closer ties with the shipbuilding industry, in particular those companies open to building ships in India. Knowing well that South Korea is a world leader in LNG transportation vessels, he has been encouraging India's private as well as state-run players to develop relations with Korea’s top shipbuilders such as Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo, Samsung, STX, Hanjin, Sundong and Hyundai Samho; and looking into the possibility of making a ship in India for LNG imports. If a deal comes through this might be seen as one of the concrete outcomes of the visit.

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Emerging Strategic Convergence Between India and Korea

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Strategic balance in East Asia is changing. In this new strategic equilibrium Korea and India are being forced to evolve new policy alternatives to protect their national interests. Fundamental questions are bothering both countries. How do they to keep peace and stability during this transition period in a region full of historical animosities and boundary, ethnic and economic disputes? How best can two middle powers like India and Korea serve, protect, and promote their national interests?

India and Korea, two of the most successful democracies in Asia, are natural partners. India and Korea have lot to gain if they work together. Today, both are significant middle powers with strong economies and are already playing an established role in e international institutions. Both as democracies have a strong interests in the rule of international law establishing regional order. Their joining of hands presents a new paradigm shift in international relations: two new rising Asian powers building their collaborative identity, and crafting a new role for themselves to protect and promote their own vision, instead of blindly following the polices of traditional super powers. Together they have the potential to forge a third way, not only for themselves but all other fellow smaller countries facing the same choice in the region.

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India needs to 'act' to make its new "Act East Policy" work

Friday, April 17th, 2015


At the 12th ASEAN summit in Myanmar on November 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi renamed India's "Look East" policy to “Act East” policy. On the occasion, Prime Minister Modi proudly declared: "My government has been in office for six months and the intensity and momentum with which we have enhanced our engagement in the east is a reflection of the priority that we give to this region... A new era of economic development, industrialization and trade has begun in India. Externally, India's 'Look East Policy' has become the 'Act East' policy,"
High sounding rhetoric apart years of neglect has left India‘s Look East Asia policy in shatters. Serious doubts are being raised about India’s commitment to the region. Case in point is the fate of two important projects— the Kaladan multi-modal transport project and India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway. These were both sold as big ticket projects for India’s commitment to East Asia. The deadline, for the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway which was expected to be completed by 2016, has been extended to 2019. Similarly, the Kaladan multi-modal transport project is also struggling to meet the completion deadline, which calls into question the India’s commitment to the region. Meanwhile China, another country trying to integrate Southeast Asia with its growth engine, has started building roads and bridges, gaining the trust of Southeast Asian countries.
It is common perception that there is definite bias against East Asia as far allocation of human resources is concerned. Almost all diplomatic and consular posts in the region are understaffed and under experienced. There is no longer sanctity about the level of particular post in the missions. A second secretary is replacing a counselor, a grade III officer, replacing a Grade I officer and so on. Very few officers being sent to the region have shown to have some understanding of the power dynamics of the region. Most of them learn on the job. Such practices are sending the wrong signals to the region. The region is crying out for fully functional missions staffed by skilled and dedicated diplomats corps.

Branding is about how to Define Products

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

 

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First of all please tell us how important branding is in the marketing strategy of any product.

Companies need to engage in marketing through differentiating their product in price, retailing, and promotion. These days, however, the technology gap between companies is narrowing, which makes it difficult for companies to make their product significant and different. Quality-wise products are almost the same. Almost everyone is doing great in price, retailing, and, advertisement. Big companies and SMEs all are good at marketing. Thus, it is difficult to differentiate their products through marketing alone. Inevitably, companies seek brand management to stand out. Marketing is about how to sell, but branding is about how to define products. When companies engage in marketing, they think about how to make marketing outstanding. This is brand marketing. Marketing raises real value, while branding raises perceived value. Despite the high quality of the product, if the perceived valueis low, the product cannot be appreciated properly. As differentiated marketing is required, businesses are seeking brand management, which puts emphasis on brand. Therefore, branding is becoming a trend.

Brand Academy in Search of Indian Marketing Talent

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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According to a recent research by FutureBrand, a leading global brand consultancy with offices in 25 cities around the world, India and South Korea have been ranked 42nd and 49th, respec­tively, in nation brand value.
FutureBrand’s annual Country Brand In­dex (CBI) ranks the world’s countries based on global perceptions in four different cat­egories -- culture, industry, economic vital­ity and public policy initiatives -- drawing insights from a collective of 3,600 opinions from 18 countries. In the latest 2012-2013 survey, Switzerland took the number one spot, followed by Canada, Japan, Sweden and New Zealand.

India and Korea can develop a mutually beneficial business relationship going forward: Shashi Maudgal

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
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Shashi Maudgal is Senior Vice President and President of Novelis Asia. In these roles, he pro­vides leadership for Novelis as the company grows in Asia. Prior to joining Novelis in 2012, Mr. Maudgal was Chief Marketing Officer for Hindalco Industries Limited, an Aditya Birla Group company.
He built and led the company’s marketing depart­ment, led the European due diligence process dur­ing Hindalco’s acquisition of Novelis in 2007, and served as a member of the executive leader­ship team in setting strategic direction. In addition, he is a member of the Aditya Birla Group’s Business Review Councils for Grasim Vis­cose Fiber and Ultratech’s Birla White Cement.
Mr. Maudgal holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in chemi­cal engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a Master’s degree in Busi­ness Administration from the Indian Institute of Manage­ment, Calcutta. Recently he sat down with Dr. Lakhvin­der Singh, Managing Editor of Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report. Here are excerpts of the interview.

Novelis is one of the biggest aluminum producing companies in the world. What makes the company so successful? What are the vision and values of the company?
Novelis is the global leader in rolled alu­minum products and the largest recycler of aluminum in the world. While there are a number of factors driving our success, what really sets Novelis apart in the market is the combination of our global footprint, ad­vanced technology and superior expertise.
Novelis is the only industry player with the capability to produce premium rolled aluminum products on all four major indus­trialized continents – Asia, Europe, North and South America. We are well positioned to support our global customers with high-quality products and service wherever they do business and pursue future growth. The advanced material science and engineering technology behind our products is our key competitive advantage, fueling the design and development of innovative products. Our highly-focused business model that le­verages our manufacturing excellence and expertise delivers higher value in premium product markets.
Novelis is also a growing company. Sever­al expansion plans are underway to increase our rolling capacity globally in response to the growing demand for our products. We are also investing in recycling expansions globally to increase the recycled content across all our products. It is noteworthy that our growth strategy has a strong foun­dation based on sustainability. Our vision is to remain as the market leader in high-end products and in sustainability

Key for Future Success between South Korea and India is mutual love for each other’s culture and values

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

 

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President Ms Youngsook Lee with her daughter and Dr. Singh in her Seoul office

Under the corporate motto, “Truth and Peace, Wisdom and Love, Creation and Changes”, Youngsook Lee, the President of Youngwoo T&F Lead, has secured the company’s global competitive edge of inspira­tional , high-end, and market­able textile, especially union clothes. For the past thirty years, with her firm business philosophy of ‘Trust and Fidel­ity’, Lee is the head, mentor, and fine artisan who has sub­limated the nature in fabrics that people can be fully con­tent with. Her vision for creat­ing innovative products and a unique sub-culture of the Ko­rean textile industry has made her the ‘True Dream-Weaver’, a woman who has become a pos­itive influence for the industry, fashion trends, and people of the world.

The following are excerpts from an interview she gave with Asia-Pacific Business and Technology magazine:

 As you know, the fashion industry in Korea is getting world attention. Where you think the industry will go from here in the future in Korea?

It’s a big thing for me to predict the fu­ture of the fashion industry as such. But I can give you my take on the future of the Korean fashion industry. So far it has been working in a relative shadow. However, I believe that since all the world trends such as k-pop, Korean well-being food, culture, and fashion are now converging, the textile industry can be part of the emerging sun­shine of this movement. ‘YOUNGWOO’ also has been preparing to come out in the open and face the light with a firm belief that the uprising of the textile industry is the cor­nerstone for a trend-leading country.

Establish More Chairs of Indian Studies in Korean Universities

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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Professor Woo Jo Kim is head of the depart­ment of Indian Studies in Hankuk University in Seoul, Korea. She has a Ph.D. in Hindi lit­erature from Visva Bharati University in West Bengal, India. Considered to be one of the most versatile scholars of Indian studies in Ko­rea, Professor Woo is the author of many books, with some of her most famous works including ‘Korean Hindi Dictionary’ (2008), ‘Communalism in India’ (2006) and ‘Indian Women: Myth and Reality’ (2004).
With a career spanning more than 30 years Prof. Woo commands respect and au­thority matched by very few among Korean scholars on Indian studies. In an exclusive interview with Dr. Lakhvinder Singh she gives her view on a wide range of issues facing India-Korea relations. Here are some excerpts of the interview.

Thank you for your time. First of all, we’d like to know about your association with the university. When did you start here? How long is your experience and how do you feel about your job?

I was one of the first students who start­ed studying the Hindi language in South Korea. It was back in 1972. Our Hindi de­partment was established at Hankuk Uni­versity of Foreign Studies in 1971. I studied a four year BA program there and then went to India, where I studied for two years at a central institute for Hindi, followed by two years at Jawaharlal Nehru University and then five or six years in Visva Bharati Uni­versity. My Ph.D. dissertation was on Chhay­avaad Hindi romanticism, and during my research work, I started teaching Hindi and Indian literature and Indian culture in this university from 1981 onward. So it’s been more than 30 years.

US$100 billion trade relationship between India and Korea is possible by 2020

Sunday, July 21st, 2013
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Prof. Choong Yong Ahn is a former chairman of the presidential Regulatory Reform Committee (2010-12). He is also the Foreign Investment Ombudsman, in which post he is responsible for resolving grievances raised by foreign investors in Korea, and a distin­guished professor at the Graduate School of Interna­tional Studies at Chung-Ang University.

Mayor of Guri City:Park Young Sun

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
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Mr. Park Young Sun is the mayor of Guri City in Gyeonggi province, South Korea. After graduating from Kongju National Teachers College, he joined the Korean diplomatic service and served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in various capacities.

Dr. Eva Latham

Sunday, January 27th, 2013
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Dr Latham, CEO at the Institute for Contemporary Studies and speaker at many conferences, has had extensive experience as consultant to governments and organizations on different issues. She gives BT her view on Corporate Social Responsibility.

 

Q: In our contemporary world people are expecting much of corporations and corporations do understand that. CSR is one of the ways in which corporations are reacting to the new obligations expected of them in the context in which they operate. How do you see this phenomenon?

A: I think it is a very interesting phenomenon which is a result of an increased level of awareness of our collective responsibility as human beings coupled with the fact that the world has become a global village. Fundamentally contributing to this is of course modern technology. The IT Revolution has made the world more connected than ever before, making information available at the click of a mouse or fingertip. We now not only can hear about situations, we can also see situations on our TVs and mobile phones all day long; anyone can produce information and send images the world round, and as the saying goes, “One image is thousand times stronger than words”. Secondly, the continuous development of social media as a consequence of the IT revolution has brought with it exposure of everyone to everyone. Though in itself a positive development, it has its downsides: one is no longer master over one’s situation. Not only individuals but also corporations have become vulnerable in this sense. Many countries are therefore putting privacy laws in place. As a result of being able to see and hear everything in the world and to connect, to speak out, via social media and participating on Youtube and Facebook, etc., the level of consciousness of what is happening around the globe has taken a leap forward and thus also one’s conscience; the call to be responsible and accountable for one’s action as a corporation cannot be denied and corporations do understand that. So they are responding, some even pro-actively to this “revolution of exposure”.

Choi Seung Yoon CEO of Ogada

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
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Choi Seung Yoon is a figure of success in the Korean café and beverage industry. Within a short span of three years he has made his company one of the fastest growing in Korea. It has already got some international attention with a franchasie café opened in both Japan and Taiwan. Choi Seung Yoon talked to Dr. Lakhvinder Singh in his office in downtown Seoul about his future plans to expand to global stage.

Can you tell me about the history of Ogada and your own background in the Korean beverage industry?

One day, while walking the streets of Seoul, I could not fail to notice that the street was full of coffee franchise stores, but nowhere were any Korean tea stores to be seen. I thought ‘why not open a teahouse selling Korean tea? It will be a great success’. That’s when I started doing research about our tea. 2 to 3 years later, I decided to open a takeout store near City Hall, and that’s how Ogada started.

Knowledge Show Convergence Storytelling

Thursday, December 20th, 2012
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CBK Solution’s planned Knowledge Show was held at Munwha Station, Seoul, a place that has historical significance for all Koreans, on July 7th, 2012. The Knowledge Show, a lecture plus a show, was called “Convergence Storytelling Show” for its new concept of storytelling.

Interview: Rosa Lee President of CBK Solutions

Friday, December 14th, 2012
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Rosa Lee is CEO of CBK Solution, one of the fastest growing Social Business Ecosystem consulting companies in Seoul. She also serves as director of Neo Cultellects (Culture + Intellects) Global Network. Before founding CBK Solution she worked as a consultant at Samsung Economic Research Institute’s Planning Forum. Here are excerpts of the interview she had with Dr Lakhvinder Singh, Managing Editor of the Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report, in her office in downtown Seoul, Korea.

What does CBK Solution stand for, and what is your company’s mission?

CBK Stands for Cross-way-win-win, Ben- efit all the world, and Knowledge sharing. CBK Solution is specialized in developing ethical business model for multi-cultures, Korean culture, eco-friendly and social en- terprise. Our mission is to create action plans for “Social Business Ecosystem.” What is the “Social Business Ecosystem” (you think)?

First of all, I would rather to talk about “Social Business.” Someone says “Social business” is a business to create social val- ues. The others say it is business that uses social network. I want to take both of them. In terms of the “Business Ecosystem”, it is simply collabonomics (collaboration + eco- nomics) network system.

Therefore, the “Social Business Ecosys- tem” is the socially valuable business sys- tem using collaborating network. Until now, governments, companies, NGO/NPOs, and people have done many efforts for creating social values. However, the problem is that those efforts have been overlapped, unconnected, ineffective, and even uncirculated.

Interview: Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
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Dr. Lakhvinder Singh with Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Chouhan

Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on November 29, 2005. He essayed the role of star campaigner for Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in the elections to 13th Vidhan Sabh On December 12, 2008 Shri Chouhan took the oath o the office of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister for the second time in Bhopal. Shivraj Singh Chouhan is a gold medalist in M.A. (Philosophy) from the Barkatullah University, Bhopa A humanitarian by nature, he has been organizing religious and cultural activities and seminars for many years. Mr. Chouhan is a low profile leader who has always remained a grass root politician even after occupyin the top post in the state. He himself assiduously cultivated his image as the common man’s chief minister, describing himself as one among them, a farmer’s son.

Below are excerpts of the interview Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan had with Dr. Lakhvinder Singh, managing editor of Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report, during his recent visit to Korea to promote Invest Madayah Pradesh 2012.

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