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Mahesh Murthy
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Marketer: Founder Pinstorm. Venture capitalist: Founder, Seedfund. Traveler. Columnist
Marketer: Founder Pinstorm. Venture capitalist: Founder, Seedfund. Traveler. Columnist

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Quoted in "What do these valuation markdowns mean for entrepreneurs and investors"

http://www.vccircle.com/news/technology/2016/05/11/what-markdowns-mean-companies-investors-and-sectors

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200,000 followers on LinkedIn... gosh!

Now what can I do for you folks? :-)
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Guys, you must see this, no matter what your political leanings are: the Prime Minister of Bhutan -

https://youtu.be/xCLZT5m6jaA

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Once, I was asked to say "Jai Maharashtra" to get safe passage out of a Shiv Sena mob near my place. This demand to shout "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" seems just the same.

No one needs to shout out some words to prove they love India. In fact, no one even needs to prove they love India, as long as they live peacefully here. One's decision to live here and continue to live here when millions have migrated or plan to migrate or have taken other citizenships itself proves your choice. Further, criticising India doesn't mean you don't love it. It can mean that you care enough to protest to want to make it better.

Do I love India? Sure. Do I feel the need to criticise things from time to time? Sure. Can things be better here? Sure. Are things perfect now? Nope. Is the political climate perfect? Absolutely not.

I like cricket and support the Indian cricket team. But so what if someone supports the Pakistani cricket team? Does that automatically make them anti-national? Nope. I love Federer. It doesn't make me a Swiss nationalist.

So what is this nationalistic nonsense about shouting "Bharat Mata Ki Jai"? To me it's just one way for the politicians to try and put us into a "if you're not with me, you're against me" camp. We must defy them.

Specially because these are the very politicians who have their money abroad and pay next to no taxes in India - if anything THEIR nationalism is suspect.

Like anything, saying "Bharat mata ki jai" or "Vande Mataram" or "Saare jahaan se achcha" or whatever should be voluntary. IF you feel like saying it, do. If you don't, either way is equally irrelevant and should be equally fine. Mouthing words is not a test of your citizenship.

Rash discounters kill themselves, and pave the way for those who come after to win. Air Deccan killed itself and its parent Kingfisher - and paved the way for Indigo & Spicejet to take over the industry. Flipkart is killing itself, and paving the way for Amazon & PayTM. The same story is playing out in multiple sectors.

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