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International Men’s Day: Criteria you have to fulfill if you are a ‘Man’ in India

You need to pull the chair, pay the bill, open the door, also you should go on your knees to propose the girl you love, and at the same time, you got to believe in equality of both the sexes

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November 19, 2016: November 19 marks the International Men’s Day in the honor of men across the globe but it’s not as big in India as it should be. While the rest of the world on this day highlight important issues concerning men such as the men’s health issues and discrimination they face, Indians don’t really know of the occasion much.

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Maybe, because the root of patriarchy in India is so deep that to dedicate a special day to them doesn’t seem to be necessary. However, privilege does come along with its own set of pressures, and it’s the same in India.

On International Men’s Day, let’s look at the other side of the story.

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The unfortunate sides of being a man in India:

You should be the breadwinner

Men are by default expected to be the breadwinner of the family. They essentially need to take up well-paid jobs. You don’t really have the option to take up something where the pay is less as you need to support your family.

In comparison to that, some women in India still have the luxury to choose their own career without thinking much about the returns, or even they can choose not work at all, but men, they don’t really have such an option in India.

If your wife is a working woman, you should earn more than your wife. Always!

In this 21st century, Indians have somewhat made peace with educated, and working women but wife earning more than the husband is something Indians still cannot stand. This may sound a little weird, but it cannot be denied.

Even if the husband himself doesn’t feel it that way, society will make sure that he feels the other way round by mocking or criticizing him.

You are a man. You should behave in a certain way

You are a man and you shouldn’t express your feelings in public. No matter how heartbroken you are, you cannot cry. You cannot wear pink as that’s too feminine. You need to be rough and tough, or pretend to be even if you are not. You should essentially love sports, and video games. Whereas, clicking selfies is again feminine.

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Representational image. Pixabay

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Feminism and Chivalry should go together for you; you cannot miss either of them

Pinch of both is essential. You need to pull the chair, pay the bill, open the door, also you should go on your knees to propose the girl you love, and at the same time, you got to believe in equality of both the sexes. You just need to choose between chivalry and feminism depending on the situation actually.

The concept of being ‘Manly’

‘Be a man’, ‘you are man’ are some of the phrases men in India will definitely listen as he’ll be growing up or rather all his life.

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Sadly what people fail to understand is there is nothing called masculine or feminine- it is a perspective that varies from person to person, and it cannot be determined by gender.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Microsoft Ready to Help Indian Startups, Says President Anant Maheshwari

Microsoft is focused as much on selling third party solutions as their own, and this co-sell motion has helped generate $8 billion in revenue for partners within 18 months

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Armed with a cutting-edge technology platform, a well-established partner organisation and an expansion of M12 venture fund, Microsoft is ready to help Indian startups across the spectrum embrace the next phase of growth, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said here on Monday.

India, which saw a tremendous growth in the startup space in the last couple of years, is now witnessing a growth in the business-to-business (B2B) tech startups coming up with innovative ideas to deal with local problems.

“With our intelligent tech expertise, deep focus on trust and unique global go to market partnering, we empower unicorns and startups to scale sustainably at a global level,” said Maheshwari.

“We remain excited about India’s entrepreneurial startup potential and will continue to accelerate it as a growth engine for the economy,” he added.

India witnessed a dramatic rise of eight unicorns in 2018 from among the start-ups across verticals as against a mere nine in six years from 2011 till 2017, according to IT industry apex body Nasscom.

The start-ups joining the select club for their valuation over $1 billion are Oyo Rooms (hospitality), Zomato and Swiggy (food delivery), Udaan (retailer marketplace), Byju’s, (edu-tech), Paytm Mall (e-tail), Freshworks (software programmer) and Policybazaar (digital insurance).

Maheshwari said Microsoft is uniquely positioned to support Indian startups to achieve scale and evolve from market ready to enterprise ready.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

The introduction of M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, in India in February is creating new value for startups, VCs and the company itself to maintain the pace and direction of innovation.

“M12 is looking at investing in innovators who have aligned their focus on cutting-edge technologies that better enable digital transformation. The portfolio development team at M12 is specifically built to help support and scale companies by leveraging the expansive resources of Microsoft,” said the company.

According to reports, venture capital investments in Indian tech business-to-business (B2B) start-ups have been trending upwards, with over $3.09 billion raised in equity funding across 415 deals in 2018 — 28 per cent more than $2.41 billion in 2017.

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Under the “Microsoft for Startups” initiative, startups can co-sell with Microsoft sales teams, get access to top tech VCs in the global arena and mentorship from industry veterans.

In less than 18 months, Microsoft for Startups has closed more than 120 co-sell deals with more than $126 million in active pipeline for startups.

Microsoft is focused as much on selling third party solutions as their own, and this co-sell motion has helped generate $8 billion in revenue for partners within 18 months. (IANS)