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Washington: Mixing business with pleasure, Sanjay Govil bought an Indian badminton team, The Delhi Acers, which ended up being crowned the champion of India’s Premier Badminton League.

Now the Indian-American entrepreneur, who hails from Delhi, would like to translate his success mantra to bring cricket to America in a big way.

“It would be really amazing to see players here in the US compared to the greats of the sport across the world,” said Govil, chairman of Infinite, a Silicon Valley computer solutions company he founded with only a $1,000 investment in 1999.

Govil, a “big fan of cricket” who has “played this game my whole life”, joined a recreational cricket league in the American capital forming a team called the Infinite Eagles.

“Cricket has an interesting history in the United States, elbowed out by baseball, but there is a rich cultural history that I’d love to see a start again,” Govil told agencies in an email interview.

“Sports is a great unifier and equalizer,” said Govil, when asked why a successful businessman like him delves into sports.

Working on a team together to accomplish the same goals transcends “race, religion, experience and gender”, he said.

“The idea to merge my passion for sports with business was definitely a mixing of business with pleasure, but I anticipated that it would be a good business decision as well,” said Govil.

He decided to purchase Delhi Acers because he “grew up in Delhi and there is always the sentiment of home team pride”. More importantly, “badminton is rapidly growing to be one of the most popular sports in the global arena.

“Even in a cricket loving nation like India, badminton has gained national interest ever since the badminton league was launched a couple of years back.”

With such growing popularity of the game, Govil “saw it as the perfect chance to put Infinite on a global platform that is outside of the sphere of business.

“This partnership with the league has allowed Infinite to be a part of an international community of sports-loving individuals and has even inspired our employees to adopt a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

As of now, Govil is “completely dedicated to building the legacy of the Delhi Acers team, who are on a roll after having finished in first place in the last season of the Indian Badminton League.

“However, if and when an opportunity like Delhi Acers presents itself, I will certainly be open to the possibility,” he said when asked about his plans for further involvement in sports in India.

“Being involved in the local scene has helped me to connect with my employees in DC in a way that I would not be able to do as quickly in a meeting room.”

Turning to business, Govil said for its Indian clients Infinitely focusses on its “smart and highly integrated” messaging suite of products and platforms that enable “communities to connect across states – at a complete level than what was possible before”.

Another USP of Infinite is its healthcare platform, he said.

“Healthcare is changing and evolving in India – as awareness around health grows our patient centred healthcare platform has remained an important part of the business for our India-based customers.”

Govil said his company was also helping clients bridge the gap between their customers with a faster and more secure background system.

“We are a collaboration tool,” he said. “By having faster go to market speeds, we are able to help our customers stay competitive in over-saturated industries.”

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All You Need To Know About India’s Strategic Chabahar Port

The Chabahar Port is a seaport in Chabahar, which is on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran-Pakistan border.

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Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • The Chabahar Port is of great strategic importance for India
  • It is in Iran and is being built and operated by India
  • This port will increase India’s trade with Central Asia and Europe

The Chabahar Port is a seaport in Chabahar, which is on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran-Pakistan border. Chabahar is the trans-shipment and logistics hub for the Makran Coast and Baluchistan province of Iran.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The tension between India and Pakistan is nothing new. There are several instances where both the countries have tried to obstruct each other’s political or economic agendas. This obstruction, along with other strategic reasons, resulted in the India and Iran’s deal on the Chabahar Port, which is crucial because of several reasons.

Here are few things about it you may not have known before :

  • Under the Trilateral Transit and Transport Agreement of 2016, the Chabahar port is the gateway to the Transport Corridor between India, Iran and Afghanistan, which allows multi-modal goods’ and passengers’ transport.

Also Read: India and Iran sign agreement to develop Chabahar Port

  • The agreement also states that India will develop and operate two berths in the first phase of the port. The contract is for 10 years and extendable. This time period excludes the first two years as they will be used for construction.
Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
  • The Chabahar Port’s first phase, which was developed by India, and inaugurated by Iran on 4th December 2017, is of great strategic importance as it makes it easier for India to conduct trade with Central Asia and Europe.
  • Iran’s Chabahar port is also important for India’s trade because of Pakistan’s reluctance in allowing India to send goods to Iran and Afghanistan through its land territory.

Also Read: Gwadar Port: China Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant 

  • The development of Chabahar Port will increase the momentum of the International North-South Transport Corridor whose signatories include India, Afghanistan and Russia. Iran is the key gateway in this project. It will improve India’s trade with Central Asia as well as Europe.
    The Chabahar Port has also reduced Afghanistan’s dependence on the transit road, which went through Karachi. Now, trade can be conducted via Chabahar Port too. Islamabad has accused India of trying to use this development as a means to destabilise Pakistan.

    The Chabar Port is the said to be the counter to the Gwadar Port. Wikimedia Commons
    The Chabar Port is the said to be the counter to the Gwadar Port. Wikimedia Commons
  • The Chabahar Port also acts as a counter to the barely 100 km away, Gwadar port in Pakistan, which is developed by China. However, Iran has defended that Chabahar is not a rival to Gwadar and Pakistan is invited to join in its development.
  • In October 2017, India sent its first shipment of wheat to through Chabahar to Afghanistan, in order to test the viability of the route.
  • India will also construct a 900-km Chabahar-Zahedan-hajigak railway line that will connect Port of Chabahar to Hajigak in Afghanistan. It will also connect Mashad in the north, providing access to Turkmenistan as well as northern Afghanistan.This project is worth $1.6 billion.

    India will supply $400 million worth of steel rails to Tehrain. Wikimedia Commons
    India will supply $400 million worth of steel rails to Tehran. Wikimedia Commons
  • It is being said that India will supply $400 million of steel rails to Tehran. There are also possibilities of setting up a fertilizer plant through a joint venture with the Iranian government.