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EDITORIAL: Mango of Salem

It is August and we Indians celebrate it as the month of freedom. It is also a time when we should look back and thank those who made it possible.

In this issue of Siliconeer, we look at the life of one freedom fighter-turned politician Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) whose consistent approach, dedication and strong will was functional in shaping the Independence Movement and the subsequently modern day India.

Though Rajaji was considered one of the most able statesmen in the national arena, his provincial and later his state administrations are seen as having fared badly. Critics opine that he completely failed to gauge the thoughts and feelings of the masses.

That said, Rajaji aslo fondly known as Mango of Salem, has immensely contributed to India’s independence.

He was also instrumental in opening the doors of the temples of South India to Dalits.

The recent terror attacks on Mumbai are yet another example of how inefficient the administration is when it comes to protecting the citizens of India. While terrorists find new ways to haunt the peace of a nation, the administration is still in the back seat be it the police or the politicians.

The question on the abilities of the police to counter insurgency attacks arises when it is debated that the attacks could not have happened without their support.

IEDs, which are the probable cause of the mass destruction, were probably triggered by local goons, or in other words, a terrorist organization outsourced the work to local goons. The police, meanwhile looked the other way.

If that is the case, terrorism cannot be curtailed unless the administration gets its act together and brings a sense of fear among those who succumb to bribes and among the goons as the ones who have been instrumental in driving this vehicle of destruction and death, writes Siddharth Srivastava.

As India celebrates its 64th Independence Day, the world is looking into the inventions of the common man.

These inventions are the result of finding ways to get the job done with the limited resources at hand. In her book Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World, Angela Saini writes about the promising inventions that Indians make to solve a situation.

These inventions are directed by need as opposed to want. Yet it is an invention, done right, done cheap and it works. Now the world is taking a cue from the Indian inventors.

The foreclosure crisis is deepening and at the helm of it all is our very own state, California.
Ngoc Nguyen looks at this unfortunate crisis that looms over the heads of most homeowners in California, and the nation.

In an era of recession and cost cutting, it is now up to the entrepreneur to be creative and smart to keep costs low when starting a business.

BeatTheGMAT, a start up is one of the best cases of being a smart business.

Prof. Vivek Wadhwa looks at the operations of the company and explains how with only $32,000, this start up is already grossing a million dollars.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is going to be a mom. So what does that have to do with betting?
The illegal betting syndicate of India has taken on the Bollywood star and is reportedly making a lot of money with bets on the sex of the child.

First it was cricketers, then politicians, then political outcomes and now this. Wonder what will come next.


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Mango of Salem:
C. Rajagopalachari

Siliconeer presents an essay in remembrance of those responsible for India’s independence. This year, we take you through the life of a freedom fighter-turned politician Chakravarti Rajagopalachari.

Outsourced Terror:
Mumbai Bombings

The latest Mumbai bombings could be outsourced to local criminals. The police needs to be more vigilant and less hungry for bribe, writes Siddharth Srivastava.

Power of the Indian Inventor

Angela Saini writes about the promising inventions that Indians make to solve a situation. Now the world is taking a cue.

EDITORIAL: Mango of Salem
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BOLLYWOOD: Aishwarya’s Pregnancy
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