The Rise of China & the Future of Liberal World Order


Chatham House hosted a lecture by Professor John Ikenberry of Princeton on the global shifts in power and how the liberal world order will get reshaped as a result. Will the transition be peaceful and will the rising States stay with this order ....

Davos Kaleidoscope


Despite all the bitching that goes on about Davos being the playground for the rich and the richer, there is a lot to pick up at the WEF....

India in Transition


LSE, gave a talk based on his new book "Transforming India", Harvard University Press. It is the story of a country in transition going to the polls in early 2014. From 1947 onwards, the landscape of Indian politics, according to....

The End of Power


The author, Moises Naim discussed his book The End of Power at Chatham House. He argues that we all know about the power shift across the.....

India Growth to Resume?


India’s growth was the topic of debate in a seminar jointly organised The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and LALCAP here in London. The panel included Sir Michael Arthur.......

The New Asian Middle Class (NAMC)


I attended the Asia House Signature Conference on The New Asian Middle Class. Speakers included...

Who is Vladimir Putin? Mafia don or CEO?


Fiona Hill, a Director at The Brookings Institution, is a former national intelligence officer for Russia for the US and has recently co-authored, Mr Putin: Operative in the.....

Chess and Democracy


I had the privilege of being invited to a small private dinner held in honour of Garry Kasparov and his...

What is the Fundamental Difference between Rich and Poor Nations


When Michael Woodford rose to become the President of Olympus – he was the first foreigner...

Summing Up the Year


I was just wondering if summing up this year would mean talking about issues different from last year; looks like the needle has not moved much and things are much the same if not worse. Corruption remains a serious problem

The Incident at Olympus


When Michael Woodford rose to become the President of Olympus – he was the first foreigner to do so. Did he have any inkling of how soon he would turn from being the CEO to a whistleblower as he....

Advertising 2020


I have been interviewing top notch professionals from the advertising world as part of my paper to be included in the Wharton Future of Advertising Program’s Advertising 2020 project....

Leading America


I have been listening to the views of my friends, mostly from the .....

India – Whither?


I attended a Retreat in Goa hosted by the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI)...

China – The Bipolar View


Over breakfast last week, I heard Dr. Keyu Jin, Assistant Professor of Economics, London School of Economics, arguing against a belief in some quarters that China is slowing down and that the economy faces a hard

Breaking Down the Us versus Them Barriers


I attended a discussion at a breakfast event where Farah Pandith, the first ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the US Department of State. She was appointed in 2009 .....

Stimulus or Austerity


I attended a talk by Anatole Kaletsky who used to be with The Times and is now moving to Thomson Reuters. He talked about how the UK and the US took two different approaches post the......

US and China


I was recently in Palm Beach, Florida and had the opportunity...

The Future of Globalisation


Dr. Parag Khanna – Senior Research Fellow at the New America....

A Two-Speed World


The rising economic power of Asian region while offering opportunities also challenges several of the current paradigms, primary one being the economic and political dominance of developed nations. It raises.....

Business as Usual?


I have just come back after my annual sojourn in India, more specifically Delhi and Mumbai. The two cities together offer a ringside view of politics, government, bureaucracy and business. The mood, unlike......

Economics and Democracy


Jim O’Neill’s prediction on BRICs was responsible for a paradigm shift and moved the spotlight to ‘Emerging Markets’......

FT GS Business Book of 2011


Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of 2011, was...

Never Say NO to a Chinese!


Attended an interesting discussion on China’s strengths and ....

Global Horizons: The Oxford Analytica Conference 2011


I had the privilege of listening to Nobel Laureate Kofi....

Beliefs and Anna Hazare in India


My visit to India in August was full of excitement as so....

Sun Valley Tech Conference


I attended the Tech Conference in Sun Valley earlier this month....

Can India be a Super Power


I attended a private dinner where the discussion was on....

Dialogue with India Series


I have started a series of talks under ‘Dialogue with India’. The first event was co-hosted by theStoneClub. Our first talk of the series was on 17th May in the elegant Gandhi Room at India House, the Indian .....

A New Fund that Relies on the Tried and the Tested


I attended a talk by Terry Smith, organised by the Sone Club. A former investment banker, Terry Smith has launched a new fund, Smith Fund, which basically invests only in stocks of companies that sell low unit.....

Talk at the European Economic Council


Last month, I was invited to a meeting of the European Economic Council. The focus was BRICs, and I spoke about BRICs and beyond. Companies represented were GE, Xerox, E&Y, Booz,....

Corporate & Personal Responsibility and the Big Society Debate


In a private dinner attended by senior civil servants, leading journalists, prominent academics, leaders from private and public sector enterprises and NGOs, I attended a debate on Corporate and....