Ashok Kallarakkal

IBM
Bangalore, India

About Ashok

Languages

Hindi, Malayalam

Areas of Expertise

Software Engineering

An idea worth spreading

If

I'm passionate about

Technology, Physics, Mathematics, Low Cost Energy, Creative Writing

Universities

IIM Bangalore, NIT Calicut

Comments & conversations

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Ashok Kallarakkal
Posted over 4 years ago
Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India
We need to see this in differentiated contexts. The more aristocratic version of this game is five days long- 40 hrs - a work week!!!. Considering that millions of Indians spend all these 40 hrs literally glued to TVs or radios clearly indicate what its effect on GDP is. Even multinationals in India provide large LCD TVs to enable their employees to watch the game undeterred. Add this to the associated hero worship and lost direction among youth due to the almost narcotic influence of the game. On the other hand the 20:20 version of the game promoted by IPL is similar to any other sport like Football or soccer and can be considered a welcome change in dull life, if we can get rid of the demi-god status of the game's greats and their influence on the youth in a still struggling economy. So the cost to the country today due to lost productivity and misdirected generation is phenomenal and left to itself this could play a major role in killing the Indian dream prematurely.
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Ashok Kallarakkal
Posted over 4 years ago
Bill Gates: Innovating to zero!
Being from a region of high population growth, let me explain few observations here from my experience. India and China where population explosion is extreme are predominantly agrarian societies. People opt for large number of offspring in these societies primarily because each additional member is also another working/earning member (from tilling land to sowing seeds to reaping harvest). With minimal mechanization of agriculture and cattle rearing activity, each additional member brings in a higher ROI, so to speak. Hence population explosion can be directly linked to the dependency on manual labor for the primary occupation in these economies. A solution to that can only be found through mechanization of farming and cattle rearing in these geographical regions. Dr. Ashok Kallarakkal