Asia’s 9 Most Powerful Indian Businesswomen

8 03 2012

Indian businesswomen have proved that the world of business is not only a man’s world. Indian businesswomen have proved their mettle and truly deserve the worldwide credit they are receiving. Forbes has revealed its list of ‘Asia’s Most Powerful Businesswomen to Watch’ and 9 Indian women are present on this esteemed list.

Vinita Bali

Vinita Bali is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Britannia Industries. Bali has transformed Britannia into a household name and its within-the-budget biscuits have flourished immensely in the country. The ‘5 Packs’ of biscuits were a revolutionary idea in the FMCG business. Not only well-known in homes but, Bali has helped Britannia become the largest listed food company of India. Her experience from working in major firms, like – Coca-Cola and Cadbury Schweppes have gained her the much sought after expertise to run such a large empire. This has helped her gain exhaustive knowledge of sales, marketing and management in packaged foods and beverages. Forbes has placed Britannia among ‘Top 200 Small Companies of the World.’ It is also 2nd most trusted brand in India. Bali is currently chalking out strategies to balance cost and price, as raw material costs are rising for FMCG products. Keeping the current slowdown in mind, she is also preparing to revise her plans for the products.

Shobhana Bhartia

Shobhana Bhartia is the Editorial Director and Chairperson of the Hindustan Times Group. Her shift towards media is something new as she hails from the grand family of the Birlas. Still, she has emerged as the reigning queen of print media. With media giants, like The Time Group, in the limelight, Bhartia has not given up and has raised Hindustan Times to a national status. In the year 1986, she was the first woman CEO of Hindustan Times and also the youngest. She is deemed the driving force behind the successful revamping of Hindustan Times as “a bright, young paper.” In the year 2001, she made an investment of 4 billion to challenge their main competitor, Times of India. This was how she had openly declared war on TOI. Vir Sanghvi was appointed as the Editor of HT in 2009. She even added 5 more supplements to make up for their drawback. It even adopted the marketing strategies of TOI, namely – ad campaigns, promotions and events. Her fresh and innovative ideas have infused new life into the Hindustan Times Group.
Chanda Kochchar

Chanda Kochchar is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of ICICI Bank. Without a doubt, she is the woman behind making ICICI as India’s largest private sector bank. She is so adept at managing her workforce that N. Ramkumar, Chief Human Resources Officer of ICICI Bank, says that she can even “command an army.” K.V. Kamath still fondly remembers her for her focus. In a man’s world of investment banking, Kochchar has emerged as the leading investment lady. Still, she recalls her early days, “It was not easy to visit a factory” and “There was a lot of social pressure – people didn’t expect a young girl could check machines.” She says that the only 2 values which have helped her scale such great heights are – perfection and integrity. The one driving force of her determination is passion. She quotes, “My passion lies in the pursuit of excellence – can I do it very well, better than others?” She believes in “recognizing challenge in its entirety, and taking it head on.” Her sheer hard-work reflects in ICICI’s profits. It reported a 30 percent increase in Q1 of 2011-12.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the Managing Director and Chairman of Biocon. She is among the most industrious of Indian entrepreneurs. She got the idea to start Biocon after working for Biocon Bio-chemicals. She withstood and successfully overcame initial hurdles like – lack of funding and unproven business model. Sheer determination helped her sail through such rough times. She also overcame the next obstacle of the required technology in the field of bio-technology. Shaw can be seen as sort of a pioneer in the field of bio-tech. She has inspired countless people to pursue bio-tech, especially women. Shaw has literally single-handedly shaped and changed the face of bio-technology in the country. She is solely responsible for channeling Biocon towards development and modernization. Shaw is the only reason behind Biocon’s overnight success. It became the first biotech corporation of India to receive funding from the U.S. for proprietary technologies in the year 1989. In 1990, Shaw improved Biocon’s in-house research programme. Biocon even went for a joint venture with Cuban Center of Molecular Immunology. Biocon became a high-profiled IPO in 2004, with its value being oversubscribed 32 times. Its market value shot to a whopping ₨55.95 billion on its first day on the trade listings. This earned Biocon a position as the 2nd Indian firm to have a first day IPO crossing the ₨50.4 billion mark. Biocon also has more than 2,200 R&D licenses and entered into other emerging nations through M&A.

Ekta Kapoor

Ekta Kapoor is the head of Balaji Telefims. This unapologetic and strong-willed woman of ‘K-soaps’ truly deserves the title of TV serial queen. She is the one who has not only revolutionized the Indian TV serial field but also added zing and peppiness to it. TV serials before her period were immensely entraining and educational but she raises the bar one up. People who personally know her agree that she never compromises with quality. This can be a reason why her TV shows not only sell stories but also characters. The glam quotient now so very apparent in TV shows these days is also her doing. She has changed the face of Indian TV shows by introducing the never-ending saga of ‘Saas-Bahu’ shows. Very few people in the TV industry have achieved half of what this lady has done. She has faced setbacks as well but never gives up or in to challenges.

Zia Mody

Zia Mody is the legal consultant and trustee at Baha’i Faith in India. Mody has quite a few laurels in her cap. The very modest Mody has been garnered with many accolades. She was awarded the title of ‘Business Woman of the Year’ in 2010 by The Economic Times. She has made her presence felt in the prestigious honour of ‘The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers’ and ‘The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.’ Financial Express awarded her the ‘Business Woman of the Year.’ Business Today has placed her on the list of ‘25 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business’ in – in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Economic Times placed her on ‘India’s 100 Most Powerful CEOs’ from 2004 to 2008. The American Lawyer calls Mody as one among the ‘country’s leading stars.’ Global Counsel 3000 calls her a ‘Highly Recommended Lawyer.’ She got ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in 2009 and was featured in ‘Asia’s top 25 M&A Lawyers’ in Asian Legal Business in the same year.

Shikha Sharma

Shikha Sharma is the CEO and MD of Axis Bank, India. Sharma might be of a compact frame but delivers results like a wiz. Her career started with ICICI Bank in the field of personal financial services. Narayanan Vaghul, former chairman of ICICI Bank, quotes the typical reaction of women in the field of finance, “A lot of people were skeptical.” But as fate would have it, Sharma proved all such disbelievers wrong. Vaghul was the one who urged Sharma to head ICICI Prudential Life Insurance. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has been the most successful insurance firm in India under her, with over 200,000 policies been sold. Vaghul further says, “She built an entire new business in insurance and became a leader in no time.” She started heading Axis Bank in the year 2009. Her work on Axis Bank has shown outstanding results since. Its Q3 (2011-12) results are as follows – it registered a rise of 23.5 percent in Net interest income, a year-on-year rise from 1,733 crore to 2,140 crore. She thanks ICICI Bank to give her the much needed boost in a period of turmoil. “The opportunities I got at ICICI, I would have never got elsewhere. I think God has a design for each one of us.”

Mallika Srinivasan

Mallika Srinivasan is the CEO of Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE). The moment one hears of tractors and farming, the image of a typical farmer flashes by. So, it is only natural for people to think that a man would head such a firm. Still, Srinivasan handles her tasks deftly. A successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, Srinivasan has all the right qualities. Economic Times called her Businesswoman of the Year in 2006. She is also ranked among the top woman CEOs of the nation. Though she has inherited the family business, it was her choice to join the team. Her father was her supporter and mentor and has been since. She helped the company go from a turnover of 85 crore to 1,200 crore. In the period of testing times, her decision to invest 70 crore in product designing and development helped the company sail through. It is commonly agreed upon that Srinivasan’s determination and courage has helped TAFE rise like a phoenix. Apart from catering to a niche market, TAFE has diversified into – farm implements, hydraulic pumps, automotive batteries gears, panel instruments and engineering plastics.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra

Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the Executive Director and CEO of HCL Technologies. She is also a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. She is regarded as someone who brings an international view and fervor to work for her firms. Her age also plays an important role in infusing the firm with new ideas. She is in charge of strategic decisions in both the firms. She is also the powerhouse behind VidyaGyan schools in UP. VidyaGyan provides free education to rural children. To Nadar, helping the under-privileged is a noble task. Forbes calls Nadar and Nisha Godrej as “a breed of heiresses who choose to live a lower-key life and working to make a difference behind the scenes.” It further says, “These women to a degree illustrate that being the relative of a billionaire is not just about the money or the lifestyle so commonly associated with it. It’s about the high standards, set by their family that they aspire to reach.” Shi is also a board member at SSN Institutions.


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Cyber fraudsters target new sectors beyond financial transaction

25 08 2010
Cyber fraudsters seem to be thinking beyond financial transaction related verticals and cyber crime has evolved as an organized crime today. Cyber criminals are developing fixed strategies to capitalize on particular trends in a particular geography like sports, entertainment and telecom in India, reports N. Vasudevan and Thanuja B. M. from Financial Chronicle.

The ICC 2011 cricket World Cup begins in February 2011 in the subcontinent, and phishing websites promoting the tournament have already been observed by Symantec. A phishing site claims that users can get tickets to the matches by entering their login credentials of a popular social networking site that the phishing site has spoofed. Symantec also observed similar phishing websites during FIFA World Cup that tried to steal login credentials of users by promising to sell memorabilia of World Cup.

Sanjay Bahl, Chief Security Officer of Microsoft India said, “By using events related to sports and entertainment, cybercriminals play on a person’s fear, trust and desire. Cyber attacks globally are primarily driven and motivated by financial gains.”

In addition to spam mails with links promising to show some graphical content of celebrities, the other key trend noticed by Symantec is spoof websites of popular social networking brands promising fake offers for free online mobile phone top-ups to capitalize on the huge number of prepaid mobile users in India.

“Major news stories like IPL cricket, FIFA World Cup and now the Commonwealth Games seem to result in a spike in theme-related malware attacks strategically designed for a greater return on investment,” said Shafi Shanavas, Director of Product Management, PC Tools.

According to data from CERT India and cyber crime cells, 2009 saw 375 cases of phishing incidents, 6,500 malware and fraudulent websites and 3.5 million bot infected systems in the country. Bot is a type of malware that allows an attacker to take control over an affected computer.

Shantanu Ghosh, vice-president, India Product Operations at Symantec, said, “Cyber crime has now become very organised. Earlier, only the techies were involved in this. But, now-a-days there are non-techie criminal gangs, who hire techies to write malwares. Also, there are automated tool kits available to develop phishing sites and write malwares.”

According to the latest report by Symantec, India ranks at No.2 in terms of spam originations, contributing 6 percent to the global spam levels. In June, Symantec found the phishing websites created by automated tool kits doubled with an increase of 123 percent from May. “Spamming is becoming very specialised. First part is stealing email addresses and second part is social engineering, that is, working on human greed and curiosity and make the user click on something,” Ghosh said.

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Older entrepreneurs succeed more with their startups

25 08 2010
If you are holding back because you are old enough to take a risk establishing a startup, then Vivek Wadhwa would certainly inspire you. The 40 year old founder of a high tech startup who studied 549 successful technology ventures was not interested to work for others anymore.Wadhwa, a Duke University scholar proves that older entrepreneurs have higher success rates when they start companies. They are expert in their technological fields, have deep knowledge of their customers’ needs and have years of developing a network of supporters. “Older entrepreneurs are just able to build companies that are more advanced in their technology and more sophisticated in the way they deal with customers,” says Wadhwa.

According to data from the Kauffman Foundation, the highest rate of entrepreneurship in America has shifted to the 55 to 64 age group, with people over 55 almost twice as likely to found successful companies than those between 20 and 34. And while the entrepreneurship rate has gone up since 1996 in most other age brackets as well, it has actually declined among Americans under 35.

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Stop tweeting against your bosses, your employer has a check on you

25 08 2010
People who share any kind of opinion about their employers or the organization in which they are working could land their career at stake. Many organizations are going online to have a pre-employment check by assessing their Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, MySpace and LinkedIn profiles. As a part of assessing an employee’s profile, companies are hiring third party verification agencies to see the presence of a prospective employee in the digital world, reports Shilpa Phadnis & Mini Joseph Tejaswi from Times of India.

Employees might land to trouble while posting information about companies on their social networking sites. “Hiring is a very subjective process, and HR managers have the freedom to hire or reject a candidate based on his or her online social networking behavior,” said Nandita Gurjar, Group Head (HR), Infosys Technologies.

Recruiters go through the LinkedIn profiles while hiring employees in the middle senior management level. “It started with IT hiring, but is spreading to other industry verticals,” says Madan Padaki, CEO of skill assessment firm MeriTrack.

Ajay Trehan, Founder and CEO of background screening firm Authbridge, says one of his clients rejected a candidate for a director’s position because they found a discrepancy in his graduation year mentioned in the company records and on LinkedIn. “When we did a due diligence, we found that he had failed in 1979 but he had not revealed that to our client,” says Trehan.

In order to have a check on employee’s profile is soon going to be a part of general hiring process in many companies. Recruiters of many companies feel that such an initiative is very necessary.


Why does an IT professional go paranoid?

24 08 2010
IT professionals are often known to get paranoid with their worklife. Now with the advent and demand of newer technology each day and the growing reliance of every business on their ICT, IT professionals have got more work to do.Here are some five reasons that get IT professionals paranoid, reports Dan Tynan of InfoWorld.

Failure of data center: To keep the datacenter running continuously without any snags is one of the toughest tasks, IT professionals have to face. If the data center goes down, it can take the entire organization to a loss. “Simply keeping the data center running (and armed to the teeth) isn’t enough. IT managers are also under constant pressure to reduce data center costs”, says Gary Marks, VP for Raritan.

Gadget fever will infect your network: Devices containing sensitive data can be lost, stolen, or compromised by malware. As with infected PCs or laptops, the entire network can be at risk. “Absolutely no data should ever sit unprotected on a mobile device,” says Dan Zeck, CTO for Antenna Software, a mobile enterprise solutions vendor. “A minimum of two-factor authentication with a timeout to reset the log-in should be required for any mobile-based application. This would help mitigate the issue of stealing data sitting on any device”, Zeck added.

The cloud will obscure the mountains behind it: Cloud computing can dramatically reduce capital expenditures and allow IT to outsource bread-and-butter internal ops so that internal expertise can be applied to innovative and differentiating projects. “A good cloud computing implementation can make you a hero,” says Bender’s Archibald. “A bad cloud computing implementation or strategy can go horribly wrong and cost a company hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Data will leak from your network unseen: “Most IT folks are not focused on this stuff,” says Bob Houghton, CEO of Redemtech. “They just go down a list and tick things off without scrutinizing the results. People tell you they’re doing everything the right way, but the actual outcomes are never audited and reviewed for effectiveness.” Everyone in IT knows sensitive information on company hard drives and network storage devices must be secured. But where the real IT paranoia lies is with all the other places data might be lurking.

Management will never understand your value: No matter how long the IT professionals work, at the end if something goes wrong they have no excuse for it. “If IT people want to improve their visibility and their credibility, they need to take it upon themselves to step up and connect with the business side through relationships and communication. It’s never going to happen any other way”, says Patty Azzarello, CEO of Azzarello Group.


Arjun Atwal becomes first Indian to win on PGA Tour

24 08 2010

Arjun Singh Atwal (born 20 March 1973) is an Indian professional golfer who has played on the Asian Tour and the European Tour and is the first player born in India to become a member of, and later win on the U.S.-based PGA Tour.

Atwal won by a stroke Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club, becoming the first Monday qualifier to win on the TOUR in 24 years.

After leading or sharing the lead after each of the first three rounds, Atwal shot a 3-under 67 in the final round. He finished at 20-under 260 and earned $918,000 — or, more than double the amount he previously earned this year, the reason why his future on TOUR had been in jeopardy.

“I told my caddie, ‘We’ve got nothing to lose this week. Just go out there and try and win it,’” Atwal said. “Guys are going to be out there trying to secure their FedExCup spots or whatever. We’ve got nothing. I don’t have a card. I don’t have anything. Just go out there and free-wheel it, and that’s what I did this week.”

He’s the first Indian-born player to win on TOUR and the first to win both the qualifier and the tournament that follows since Fred Wadsworth at the 1986 Southern Open.

David Toms (64) was 19 under. John Mallinger and Michael Sim shot 62s to match John Rollins (65) and Justin Leonard (65) at 18 under.

For a few dizzying moments late in a low-scoring day, seven players shared the lead at 18 under.

Atwal, who carried a three-stroke lead into the final round, was at 19 under for most of the day but bogeyed the par-3 12th a few minutes before Lucas Glover bogeyed 14 and Toms, Rollins and Leonard all birdied No. 16.


“It just kept changing,” Atwal said. “Everybody’s tied for the lead at a certain point.”

Atwal reclaimed the lead with a birdie on No. 14, Leonard birdied No. 17 and Toms birdied No. 18 to join them at 19 under. Leonard dropped back a stroke after running into trouble on 18, while Atwal still had three holes to play — giving him more than enough chances to settle things himself.

Atwal made his move on the par-3 16th, plopping his tee shot 6 feet from the flagstick and sinking his birdie putt to move to 20 under. He followed that with consecutive pars, sinking a 7-foot putt on No. 18 before dropping his putter and extending his arms upward in jubilation after closing out his first tour victory.

“I was thinking about going to the (driving) range, but when he got to 20 under and they said he had a 15-footer on 17, I just went in the clubhouse and tried to cool off,” Toms said. “I was ready to go to the range, if need be, but good for (Atwal). I know it’s tough to get that first victory. … I’m sure that he was battling some nerves, and to pour it in from 6-8 feet on that last hole was pretty impressive.”

Glover (67) finished at 17 under, and Webb Simpson (63), Chris Riley (64), Scott Piercy (68) and second-round co-leader Brandt Snedeker (69) were one stroke behind him.

Atwal, who has won on the European, Asian and Nationwide tours, certainly has been through plenty during the past few years.

The player perhaps best known for his practice rounds with Tiger Woods is ineligible for the Playoffs and lost his TOUR card last month because he was too low on the money list when his minor medical exemption ran out. That came after he said he returned too soon following weightlifting injuries to both shoulders.

Shot of the Day

Scott McCarron rolls in a 50-foot putt.

Three years ago, a driver trying to race him down an Orlando street died in a crash. Atwal was cleared of any wrongdoing, although the yearlong investigation took an emotional toll.

Glover made five consecutive birdies, sinking four putts from 14 feet or beyond, to catch Atwal, then briefly had the lead all to himself with a birdie on No. 9 that put him at 20 under. That didn’t last long: He sent his drive on No. 10 into the rough and three-putted for bogey, and slipped out of contention after he was 3 over on the back nine.

“I didn’t make anything coming in,” Glover said. “Don’t win doing that.”

The Wyndham marked the last chance for players to pick up points for the Playoffs that begin next week in New Jersey.

Michael Letzig, who arrived at Sedgefield at No. 125 on the points list, finished 14 under move to 118th place, solidifying his spot in The Barclays.

“The goal is to give myself another tournament to play,” he said. “I’m in, so (I’ll) see what happens.”

Others weren’t so fortunate. Mallinger started at No. 163 on the points list, but initially figured a final round that included six birdies and an eagle was good enough to propel him into next week. But when others joined him in a tie for third on the leaderboard, he slipped to 132nd place in the standings and finished roughly 40 points out of the playoff picture.

Jeff Quinney, who arrived at No. 127, only moved up one spot on the list and finished about 3 points shy of making the postseason field with his 12 under.

“I could have taken care of my own business today,” Quinney said.

“The goal is to give myself another tournament to play,” he said. “I’m in, so (I’ll) see what happens.”

Full Leaderboard
+ 1 IND Arjun Atwal -20 F -3 color info 61 67 65 67 260
+ 2 3 44 USA David Toms -19 F -6 color info 64 68 65 64 261
+ T3 16 132 USA John Mallinger -18 F -8 color info 65 67 68 62 262
+ T3 16 67 AUS Michael Sim -18 F -8 color info 66 68 66 62 262
+ T3 2 59 USA John Rollins -18 F -5 color info 64 65 68 65 262
+ T3 2 70 USA Justin Leonard -18 F -5 color info 68 63 66 65 262
+ 7 5 47 USA Lucas Glover -17 F -3 color info 64 65 67 67 263
+ T8 21 94 USA Webb Simpson -16 F -7 color info 66 64 71 63 264
+ T8 11 87 USA Chris Riley -16 F -6 color info 67 69 64 64 264
+ T8 3 40 USA Brandt Snedeker -16 F -3 color info 63 65 69 67 264

MS Office Web Apps

23 08 2010

Office Web Apps are free web-based version of Microsoft‘s Office productivity suite. It includes the web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote. The web apps allow users to access their documents directly from anywhere within a web browser as well as share files and collaborate with other users online. Supported web browsers include Internet Explorer 7 and later, Mozilla Firefox 3.5 and later, Google Chrome and Safari 4.

Office Web Apps is available to its customers via three channels:

Office Web Apps was released to the public via Windows Live Office on June 7, 2010, and Office Live Workspace users are expected to be migrated to Windows Live Office within the next months.

Office Web Apps was first revealed on 28 October 2008 at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2008 in Los Angeles. [3] Microsoft originally announced that Office Web Apps will be available through its Office Live Workspace offering. During PDC 2008, Office Web Apps was announced to be powered by AJAX as well as Silverlight, however the latter is optional and its availability will only “enhance the user experience, resulting in sharper images and improved rendering.” [4] Microsoft’s Business Division President Stephen Elop stated during PDC 2008 that “a technology preview of Office Web Apps would become available later in 2008″, [5] however, the Technical Preview of Office Web Apps was not released until 2009.

On 13 July 2009, Microsoft announced at its Worldwide Partners Conference 2009 in New Orleans that Microsoft Office 2010 has reached its “Technical Preview” development milestone and features of Office Web Apps was demonstrated to the public for the first time.[6] Additionally, Microsoft also announced that Office Web Apps will be available to users in three ways: via Windows Live for consumers (instead of the previously announced Office Live Workspace), or via Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Online Services for business users. However, Office 2010 beta testers were not given access to Office Web Apps at this date, and it was announced that it will be available for testers during August 2009.[7] However, in August 2009, a Microsoft spokesperson stated that there has been a delay in the release of Office Web Apps Technical Preview and will not be available by the end of August.[8]

Microsoft officially released the Technical Preview of Office Web Apps on 17 September, 2009.[9] Office Web Apps was made available to selected testers via its Windows Live SkyDrive service. The final version of Office Web Apps was made available to the public via Windows Live Office on June 7, 2010. [10]

Google to provide live search to avoid keystroke

23 08 2010
Google is developing a new kind of search capability that delivers the results instantly as you type the letters. It doesn’t require keystroke on “Enter” or “Return”. The new experiment was discovered by search engine optimization consultant Rob Ousbey, who noticed the results being delivered instantly and wrote about it and others have confirmed it. He also recorded a video to show it. Google has also confirmed to TechCrunch that the video is real.

Once you start typing, the search box is relocated to the top of the site. Results are changed to match what you type, kind of like a Firefox page search, Spotlight on the Mac, or Windows 7‘s ‘Search programs and files’ field in the start menu. We have to wait and see if the new capability is launched as a standard part of Google’s search engine. It would definitely save time as we type familiar searches.

These live search results are not yet available to the public as limited CPU power or bandwidth is likely to slowdown live updates for searches of this kind. Google is known to regularly test new features with very small selections of users. Many of those features never see a public launch, but some do. Last week it launched Google Apps Search, which searches Google’s Gmail, Docs and Sites web apps.

Google spokesperson Gabriel Stricker said that at any given time, we are running between 50-200 search experiments.

Shashi Tharoor weds Sunanda Pushkar in Kerala

23 08 2010
After months of media speculation, Shashi Tharoor, former minister of state for external affairs, and Sunanda Pushkar tied the knot at his ancestral home here Sunday morning in what was said to be a typical Kerala Hindu traditional wedding.Tharoor, a Congress MP, tied the ‘thali’ around Pushkar’s neck, exchanged garlands and handed her ‘podava’ or a new set of clothes around 8.30 a.m, friends and relatives said. Both of them were dressed in traditional attire.

They got married in the presence of Tharoor’s 94-year-old maternal grandmother. About 15 people from the Pushkar family were present at the wedding. This was Tharoor’s third marriage.

Tharoor was a former UN undersecretary general who was a candidate for the UN secretary general‘s job before he lost the election to present incumbent Ban-ki Moon. He then returned to India to join politics and won a seat to parliament from Thiruvananthapuram constituency with a big margin.

He was made minister of state for external affairs, where he acquitted himself well, especially in powering India’s outreach to Africa, before he ran into media controversies over his perceived political indiscretions, particularly his tweeting where he was seen to say things he should not be saying as a minister, and then in favouring a bidder for an Indian Premier League (IPL) team from Kerala amid insinuations that he had financial stakes that he stoutly denied.

Senior Rajya Sabha member Mani Shankar Aiyar was among the 300 odd guests who attended the wedding. His wife Sunanda Pushkar, for whom its her third marriage, lives in Dubai.


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