Alumni Magazine Fundamatics
Here comes the Foundation Day issue of
This issue provides sketches of the early Directors by Profs. Sukhatme and Narasimhan, both of whom were intimately involved in setting the trajectory that IITB has taken.
Prof. Ashok Misra, during whose term IITB celebrated its Golden Jubilee, gives a very readable account of the initiatives and achievements of his term. While Prof. De was travelling abroad during the past couple months and thus not available, Prof. Khakhar has chosen to let his work do the talking.
The event that caused millions of Indians to hang their head in shame, unfortunately did not provoke many to take part in PKG3. Personality features Prof. Deepak Phatak, our very own Padma Shri. Humblebee has tried to do justice to this remarkable alum and prof who seems to be able to tap into some mysterious source of energy; if only more of us could do that!
Vivek Borkar exhibits his colourful plumage and sharp fangs while classifying the various species inhabiting Indian Science. He himself certainly is a Primma donnae though he may not consider himself Fundsenhonour disbursae. I am sure readers will find his piece educative and it will encourage them to look for similar species in their own habitat.
Behruz Sethna and Rustom Kanga provide further evidence that it takes a sense of humor to survive IITB, while others provide proof of the need for it.
Wishing you happy reading........
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Bee’s Knees ...
This quirky, linguistic coinage from the 20s (which means excellence) is a perfect way for us to announce the first anniversary issue of Fundamatics. We have officially been in business for a year and it enables us to announce to the world that Fundamatics, a magazine that you helped us create, is in business—that it is the real deal and that too of a high quality. Not only have submissions and participation increased at a steady clip, we have also been featured in the press. But most important of all, we are being read not just by people within the IITB community but others as well.
The editors felt that the defining issue of our generation will be humanity's response to the challenge of environmental and ecological degradation and climate change. This belief underpinned our decision to focus on the subject as the theme of our second annual special issue.
The contributors of issue include some of the leading experts and opinion makers and activists in this field today. Some like Shripad Dharmadhikary, Raghu Murtugudde, are IITB alumni. Others like Ramchandra Guha, Rajendra Singh and Joan Chevalier are not: but represent powerful voices that need to be read and heard. The journey from problem to solution for today’s messy, complex intertwined environmental issues makes their opinions all the more urgent.
We wish all a very happy 2013. As always, we look forward to your critique and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Readers Write in 3
Balanced Development 5
Rethinking Growth, Redefining Development
Addressing India's Water and Energy Needs Shripad Dharmadhikary 6
An Environmentalist among Historians 13
The Indian Road To Sustainability Ramachandra Guha 14
Climate Change Needs an Elephant Whisperer Raghu Murtugudde 17
Balancing the wild : I love not man the less, but Nature
more... Fundabees 22
From the Big Apple 27
Cattle Ranching, Roosevelts, and Climate Change
The Divide between Rural People and Environmentalists in the United
States Joan Chevalier 28
Trail Blazers in Participatory Democracy 32
IGnatenrdvhiei w33 with Aruna Roy with asides from Inayat Sabhikhi Shailesh
Feet of Clay Ali Baba 38
The Cabinet Re-bungle Grumblebee 40
A Fiery Storm Tejas Shyam 43
Economy, Ecology and Nonviolence Sudheendra Kulkarni 44
The Original Rainman Janak Daftary 48
What’s in a date? Stumblebee 51
Hatti o Hatti Satish Hattiangadi 54
Global Mega Trends Rajeev M Pandia 56
Jeeves, Robot? Beheruz N. Sethna 59
Close Encounters of the Chinese Kind Akshay Mishra 69
“Genius met here”:In conversation with Pandit Dr Arun
Dravid Humblebee 72
Economics of Progress and Need for Nature Restoration Ajay Phatak 78
The Court of the Crimson King 85
Through the ‘eye’ of the Moment Dhananjay Saheba 88
Innovation: Is it Serendipity or is it a Process? Subhash Tantry 93
Fundamatics is already fly-paper. We are here to stick around.
The third issue of Fundamatics is a landscape lovingly crafted: part discursive dialogue, part cynical satire and part anecdotal.
The magazine though young has already established itself as the vehicle of choice to voice alumni opinion. During the recent JEE controversy, IITBAA’s statement to media as well as its deposition to the senate was based and backed by the results of the opinion poll (Poll Khul Gayi) conducted by us to elicit alumni opinion on this critical issue.
As a second theme for the issue we have presented first person, accounts from entrepreneurs that enjoy the felicity of humerous, self-deprecating narration. In the process they highlight the qualities of innovation, initiative, professionalism and integrity in a mixture which we hope you find both informative and inspirational.
For a magazine editor, the cardinal rule of publication hanging right at the doorway is “thou shalt not be late.” Year 1. Just two issues old and we have not only gone past that door but it has also fallen off its hinges!
There is little left to do but shrug our collective shoulders and go on as best as we can with humble apologies for our tardiness.
The German poet-philosopher, Friedrich Schiller had once written ‘Late you come, but still you come,'
Fundamatics is late, but here it is none the less.
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FUNDAMATICS April issue ...
It has only been a few months since we inaugurated the first issue of FUNDAMATICS. Since then, the Fundabees have been totally buzzed by the response they received. The hive has grown and proliferated and already, the magazine has started to take on a life of its own. So here it is, our Foundation Day issue of FUNDAMATICS to flip through and enjoy but also to invite to mull over things as well—long after the pages have been turned and the magazine has been laid aside to rest.
Although slimmer, this April issue has tried to retain the breadth of scope of the first issue—the snappy satire of Zappa Man, the romance of M&B, the nostalgia of Hos-tales, evocative poetry, discussions on critical national issues like governance and the voices of non-IITB alumni, in the form of IITKGP alumnus and Ramon Magsaysay winner, Arvind Kejriwal.
We hope FUNDAMATICS’ April issue lingers, grows on you, invites you back and makes you hungry for more. Start Reading and we hope you see what we are talking about.
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Red Alert: FUNDAMATICS irresistibulus—the epidemic has broken out. No known cure.
Unveiled at IITB campus on Alumni Day, 25th December, 2011 by Dean (ACR) AQ Contractor.
Over 200 pages of power packed reading material in this bumper inaugural issue with separate sections for reunion batches.
Stories, interviews, features, articles, thought provoking debates, nostalgic reminiscences and humour from alumni comprising of Directors of other IITs, eminent politicians, world renowned economists, bestselling authors, nation’s policy makers, mountaineers, industry czars and even mess workers.
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