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Not a mere sepoy; Mangal Pandey was the man who sparked off the great rebellion of 1857

Mangal Pandey was the man who sparked off the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Here’s what you need to know about the great ‘sepoy’ when we celebrate the 161th anniversary of the great rebellion of 1857

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One of the most inspiring figures in the Indian independence movement and widely known as the man behind the great rebellion of 1857, Mangal Pandey became a symbol of India’s rage against the British.

Pandey was a sepoy (soldier) with the 34th Bengal Native Infantry regiment of the infamous British East India Company. A hero for the Indian masses, he successfully played a crucial role in the unrest that resulted in the rebellion of 1857, which became a turning point in India’s struggle for independence.

The unrest against the British East Company turned intense when they had come up with the norm of using cartridges that made up of cow and pig fat. This was something unacceptable for both the Hindus and Muslims for religious reasons. Mangal Pandey was working at the Bengal Infantry in Barrackpore then.

The protests had no result. Finally Mangal Pandey decided to challenge the British with the arms in his hands. Mangal Pandey had succeeded in gaining the support of Indian soldiers against the inhuman actions of the British East India Company’s army.

Savarkar’s work, The Indian War of Independence, 1857, had become a sacred book for the nationalists across India to lead their struggle against the invaders

On March 29, 1857 Pandey dared to fire Lieutenant Baugh, the Adjutant of the 34th Bengal Native Infantry, but he missed the shot. The valiant effort by Pandey had paved the way for Sepoy Mutiny, and he was sentenced to death bu the British.

Pandey was hanged on April 8, 1857 by the British. In 1909, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar published a book named The Indian War of Independence, 1857, which celebrated the sacrifice of Mangal Pandey and the Sepoy Mutiny as two path-breaking events to inspire the revolutionary movements in India. Savarkar’s work had become a sacred book for the nationalists across India to lead their struggle against the invaders.

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Pro-nationalist thinker S Gurumurthy appointed as part-time RBI director

A staunch advocate of Swadeshi economics, Gurumurthy is known for his nationalistic views on various issues including demonetization

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Narendra Modi-government has appointed Swaminathan Gurumurthy and Satish Marathe as part-time directors on the board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), indeed, a move that would please the Swadeshi group in Sangh Parivar.

Gurumurthy, a chartered accountant by profession, has been a staunch advocate of Swadeshi economics, known for supporting Narendra Modi’s crucial reforms including demonetization.

For him, the Swadeshi philosophy is contrary to the idea of protectionism

Gurumurthy is also the co-convenor of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, an organisation affiliated to the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), which has been promoting national self-reliance since its inception in 1991.

“Story of my appointment as director RBI. This is the first directorship ever. Never accepted any private or PSU directorship. Not even audit of PSUs or Pvt cos.  Wanted to be free to speak. But when pressure built up I am needed to do something in public interest I had to accept,” Gurumurthy tweeted.

One of the most influential figures in the Sangh, Gurumurthy has succeeded in projecting ‘Swadeshi’ ideology as an ideal platform for India to take her growth to next level.

For him, the Swadeshi philosophy is contrary to the idea of protectionism.

He belongs to the league of Hindutva idelogues who think that India has to bank on development models that will work for India instead of importing the economic ideas from the West.

Sathish Marathe, founder of Sahakar Bharati, has also got entry into the RBI board along with Gurumurthy.

Marathe has been associated with the cooperative movement in the country as the head of Sahakar Bharati, an organisation functioning under the aegis of the RSS.

 

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From Madras to the top of food & beverage giant PepsiCo

As Indra Nooyi is stepping down as CEO of PepsiCo, the corporate world is losing one of its few high-profile female chief executives

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Indra Nooyi, one of the most high-profile female chief executives in the US, is stepping down from her role as the head of food-and-beverage company PepsiCo.

Nooyi was the first foreign-born as well as the first woman chief executive of PepsiCo.

Nooyi, 62, will step down from the company on October 3rd, and stay on as chairman until 2019. India-born Nooyi is leaving her job at a time when the drinks maker is struggling to explore new growth potential from the old business model. But leave that for a while. The story of Indra Nooyi is an exceptional one for aspiring women business professionals across the world.

Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and became the chief financial officer of the firm in 2001

“Today is a day of mixed emotions for me. @PepsiCo has been my life for 24 years & part of my heart will always remain here. I’m proud of what we’ve done & excited for the future. I believe PepsiCo’s best days are yet to come,” Nooyi tweeted.

Born to a Tamil family in Chennai of India’s southern state Tamil Nadu, Nooyi has achieved great heights with her strong willpower and sheer enthusiasm to move on irrespective of adversities.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Madras Christian College and got management education training from IIM Calcutta. Also a master’s degree holder from the Yale School of Management, Nooyi served some of the big corporations at the beginning of her career, including the Boston Consulting Group, Motorola, and Asea Brown Boveri.

Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and became the chief financial officer of the firm in 2001. Recognizing her sharp management skills, she was named the president and chief executive of PepsiCo in 2006.

The strategist

Nooyi has a phenomenal stint at PepsiCo as the top executive of the firm. She has shaped the global agenda of the drinks giant, spearheading the diversification plans which resulted in the shifting of product portfolio into healthier and more nutritious brands.

She also made the crucial decision of Pepsico’s Tropicana acquisition, and led the merger with Quaker Oats. Nooyi has been widely projected as an inspiring role model for women entrepreneurs and young female business professionals.

“Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead an extraordinary company like PepsiCo,”Nooyi’s emotional tweet tells the crux of the story. If you have the will and determination, you can achieve.

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