On the new philanthropy landscape in India.
Bertelsmann has direct stakes in three Indian online companies: online commerce platform Pepperfry, real estate portal Indiaproperty and Authorgen Technologies, which operates the online education platform Wiziq.com.
“Expanding our business in India is an important part of Bertelsmann’s growth strategy,” said Shobhna Mohn, executive vp emerging markets at Bertelsmann. “We now have holdings, with three partners, in renowned funds in India that focus on the digital or education sectors, which are important to our strategy. We are also and simultaneously investing directly in selected companies that are of strategic relevance for us.”
I know this is from June – it’s been open as a tab on my browser for months…
This is when the Marconi Company decided it was not enough to have a 1kW transmitter each in Calcutta and Bombay. These transmitters were small and away from the government’s sight. If the government were to spend money on installing a stronger one in Delhi, its hands would thereafter be tied and it would not speak of shutting down the radio ever again.
So Marconi wheeled and dealed to get the government to install a 20kW transmitter in Delhi. They also went to Peshawar and installed a 10kW transmitter there at their own expense, telling the Frontier government that it was very important for its voice to reach the tribes and it could experiment with the transmitter for free; if the experiment worked, they could pay for it, otherwise Marconi would just take the transmitter back.
The central government was unsure which ministry to make responsible for radio. It fit neither into the Public Works Department nor into Irrigation. After much consideration, this hopeless and helpless department was handed over to the Post Office.
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The average minister is worth over Rs. 13 crore, however, and at least 14 ministers have criminal cases against them.