“Something tremendous is happening in India, and Das, with his keen eye and often elegant prose, has his finger firmly on the pulse of the transformation.”

The New York Times

Modi a ‘calculated risk,’ says Indian business leader: CNN

India is taking a “calculated risk” with the election of Narendra Modi as prime minister, Indian business leader and public intellectual Gurcharan Das told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“It’s obviously a risk you take when you bring in a strong person. But I believe that India has enough constrain...

Gurcharan Das on the differences between India and China at Emory University

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International best-selling author and public intellectual Gurcharan Das speaks with Emory professor of religion Paul Courtright on the dramatic differences between India and China on all levels of society, politics, and economics.

"India is a bottom-up success, while China is a top-down success. India is a success of the people, despite the state; China is a success because of the state," says Das.

Das visited Emory as a Halle Distinguished Fellow in September 2012 to give a public talk, "India Grows at N...

Upcoming Appearances

India Club welcomes back Gurcharan Das to tell his Tales of Trade from India

on August 28th 2015

7:30 pm registration & refreshments

8:00 pm Talk starts

Entrance: Free
Venue: Yale-NUS College
16 College Avenue West #01-220, Singapore 138527

Public parking at Stephen Riady parking lot

Please note that there will be directions to the venue at Yale NUS College, and ushers to help direct attendees

New Book

India Grows at Night‘Why should it take us 15 years to get justice in the courts or 12 years to build a road?’ argues Gurcharan Das.…You need a strong state and a strong society, so the society can hold the state accountable. India will only get a strong state when the best of society join the government and China will only get a strong society when the best Mandarins go into the private sector.’ --Tom Friedman, New York Times, 6 February 2013

‘The book raises some excellent questions...India is an open tolerant country. So why does liberalism not flourish there? Mr Das insists that liberal ideas offer the clearest answer to many of India’s woes. Corruption, for example, will not be beaten with a big, new authoritarian bureaucracy, as anti-graft protesters want. Instead discretionary powers must be wrested from dodgy bureaucrats and politicians, the state made smaller, and markets allowed, openly and freely...Mr Das’s celebration of liberalism is admirable.’ --The Economist, 10 Nov 2012

“Das has written a timely book that deserves to be widely read. And it has its share of hard-headed proposals....Simply calling for less government is no answer, says Das. It needs also to be strong. Indian capitalism needs an honest referee...India has much to celebrate nowadays but also faces a cacophony of institutional challenges....Das’s core argument is right and urgent." --Ed Luce, Financial Times, 25 January 2013

Read his latest column

The much-maligned caste system and the training it provided to budding entrepreneurs may have played a crucial role in India's growth story. Unlike the mood of diminished expectations in the West, ours is an age of rising expectations. India has risen in the past quarter century on the back of liberal economic reforms. Sixty-four countries, however, made the same reforms as India, but why did...

दूसरों से मुझे बचाना तो राज्य का कर्तव्य है, लेकिन मुझे खुद से ही बचाना इसके दायरे में नहीं आता। हमारे संविधान में यही धारणा निहित है, जो जिम्मेदार नागरिक के रूप में मुझ पर भरोसा करता है और राज्य से हस्तक्षेप के बिना मुझे अपनी जिंदगी शांतिपूर्वक जीने की आजादी देता है। इसीलिए पोर्न साइट ब्लॉक करने का सरकार का आदेश गलत था। उसे श्रेय देना होगा कि उसने जल्दी ही अपनी गलती पहचान ली और रुख बदल लिया- इसने...