Siemens was one of the first multinational corporations to set up base in India. The company successfully sent a telegram from London to Calcutta, now Kolkata, for the first time in history through an 11,000-km long telegraph line it had constructed. The telegraph line shortened the time required to send messages from Britain’s capital to India headquarters down from 30 days to 28 minutes. The project paved the way for Siemens strong relations with India which continue till date. The India unit of Siemens continues to be one of its largest sources of revenue today.
Nehru’s Industrial Policy & Siemens
Nehru’s industrial policy reforms paved the way: Siemens set up its first manufacturing operation in Mumbai in 1955. In 1966, Siemens set up a factory at Kalwa in Thane to make motors. It also began its first full-fledged factory at nearby Worli, they started by making switchboards and later they started making drilling machines, health-care equipment, and railway signaling gears. Some of the future governments did not welcome foreign corporations with similar enthusiasm in a bid to boost indigenous industries.
It was reported that, during the early days of Siemens, the streets would be deserted and there would a meagre number of cars which would be on the street. Today Siemens is one of the biggest multinational corporations in the world and India remains an important part of their revenue and production facilities.
“Researchers Find 12,000 Pieces Of Microplastic Per Litre Of Arctic Ice”
“80-Kg Polythene Waste Removed From Cow’s Stomach After A Three-Hour Surgery”
“Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now Three Times The Size Of France”
These are a few news headlines from the past couple of months. No matter how much we try to deny it, over the course of time, plastic has become a part and parcel of our lives and it is destroying the environment and also endangering lives of animals.
While we have been made to believe that plastic is an indispensable part of our lives, it is destroying everything around us. According to UN Environment, about one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute around the world. Also, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This means that almost half of the plastic created in the world is thrown away after a single-use.
All this plastic now ends up either in landfills or in the ocean. The marine life is heavily endangered because of plastic. Reports of aquatic animals dying of plastic pollution are increasing every day. A study from 2015 found around 44,000 incidences of animals getting entangled in plastic debris since 1960s. Plastic, that disintegrates into smaller pieces, are often eaten by smaller fish, which the ultimately ends up in our stomach. That is carcinogenic for human beings.
It is in this context that Indiabulls Home Loans has decided to do its bit and contribute to a plastic free environment. Setting the tone in its own offices, the company has decided to do away with single-use plastic bags and bottles at work.
As a special Independence Day initiatives, they have come up with a beautiful video #PlasticSeAzaadi. In the video, set against the backdrop of an Independence Day celebration at school children discuss the demerits of plastic use and how it is detrimental to the environment.
As with many important matters in life, it is children who recognize the right path and set the example. If they can, then why it is that adult can’t?
The Logical Indian appreciates Indiabulls Home Loansfor such a noble and necessary initiative to make our world a better place. We might not realize now, but the effects of excessive plastic could lead to ultimate destruction of Earth. We are ready to give up plastic, are you?