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  • The Army conducts an operational alert exercise in eastern Ladakh
  • The IAF reopened the Vijaynagar advance landing ground, an airstrip in Arunachal Pradesh near the Chinese border
  • Amit Shah says he never sought to impose Hindi
  • Government bans the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in India
  • Mamata Banerjee seeks an appointment with Home Minister Amit Shah today
  • Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee meets PM Modi in what she later described as a government-to-government meeting
  • Supreme Court sets a deadline of October 18 for completing the hearings in the Ayodhya case
  • Pakistan rejects India's request for use of its airspace when PM Modi flies to the US later this week
  • Crude prices fall sharply as Saudi Arabia assures normal production in a few weeks. Prices fall by 5.4% to $65.30 per barrel
  • Sensex tumbles 700 points over fears that rising crude prices will deal a body blow to the tottering Indian economy
  • As Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before the CBI despite several notices, the agency forms a special team to locate and apprehend him
  • S Jaishankar says Pakistan is not a normal neighbour and its behaviour is a "set of aberrations"
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says PoK in Indian territory and the country hopes to have physical jurisdiction over it one day
  • Barasat Sessions court near Kolkata rejects Rajeev Kumar anticipatory bail application citing lack of jurisdiction as the reason
  • PM Modi celebrates his birthday with Narmada aarti and later has lunch with his mother.
Sunni Wakf Board and Nirvani Akhara write to the Supreme Court for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya dispute
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Startup India Gets Overwhelming Response

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
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The very fact that there were over one lakh requisitions for the approximately 1500 passes available for the government’s “Start Up India” show shows that budding talent wants to strike out on its own. Young India is now bursting with innovative ideas and it is our duty to ensure that the workable among them are allowed to flourish and the others are at least given a fair chance to try. Even if they fail, they will learn from their failures and perhaps come up with a better plan next time.

It is not as if innovation did not strike the Indian mind in the past. But most of it was crushed under bureaucratic red tape which found anything new and untried that deviated from existing norms as quirky. Outdated government norms have buried the dreams of generations of Indians. Those who got the chance left India and pursued it elsewhere. Others just rued their bad luck and pursued mundane things. In the process the nation was deprived of innovation and enterprise.

Controls and unnecessary bureaucratic interference are surefire ways of killing innovation. Normal bureaucrats go not understand new things. Normal financial channels are also not available to innovators as the banks are shy of taking risks as per existing norms. Hence, it is good the government is doing its share to kick-start the startups. The realization in government circles that startups have different needs is bound to change bureaucratic and banking mindset.

Private investors had recognized this fact long time back and had supported startups through incubation, handholding, mentoring and financing at various stages of their journey. While some investors have burnt their fingers in plans that failed, most have made good. That is the only reason why the startup space is buzzing and many more people are coming up with new ideas and more investors are also joining the party. But the government initiative is likely to expand the reach manifold. If done properly and without bureaucratic bungling, it will change for better the way India does business.