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We are an online publication that focuses on the journeys of Indians and Indian companies abroad

Akshay Ruparelia:

This British-Indian entrepreneur is UK’s youngest billionaire

Priya Ahluwalia:

The designer working to save the planet through fashion

Subodh Gupta:

From India’s railway barracks to the global art stage

Baiju Bhatt:

The Indian-American who transformed the US stockbroking industry

Jatinder Singh:

The Indian-origin sportsman giving wings to Oman’s cricket team

Shanul Sharma:

The Jabalpur boy who made it to the Australian opera

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What to do about the heavy cost of doing business in India: Sachchidanand Shukla
Reading Time: 6 min
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India is no place for US-style investor activism content plan: Andy Mukherjee
Reading Time: 5 mins
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When Maldives was ruled by Catholic kings living all the way in Goa: Ajay Kamalakaran
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Indian history: The tales of defeat in North India- Mohan Guruswamy
Reading Time: 8 mins
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Desi in Durban: Indian-origin artists are claiming a space in South Africa’s art scene – Veda Vaidyanathan
Reading Time: 6 mins
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What SRK tells us about Indian women and their khushis and ghams: Shrayana Bhattacharya
Reading Time: 4 min

What to do about the heavy cost of doing business in India: Sachchidanand Shukla

(Sachchidanand Shukla is the Chief Economist at Mahindra Group. The column was first published in the Indian Express on October 27, 2021)  

  • The IMF’s executive board recently expressed confidence in the leadership of Kristalina Georgieva in the Doing Business survey controversy that raised doubts over the integrity of Ease of the Doing Business (EoDB) rankings. India has made considerable progress on these rankings since 2016. While the Centre’s focus on EoDB has been commendable, several state governments have also made efforts to improve business conditions. This, along with the cut in corporate tax rates, the launch of Gati Shakti, the sale of Air India as part of an aggressive asset monetisation plan, the scrapping of retrospective taxation, the PLI scheme and labour reforms are likely to provide a boost to the manufacturing sector.

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India is no place for US-style investor activism content plan: Andy Mukherjee

(Andy Mukherjee is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. This column first appeared in Bloomberg on October 27, 2021)

  • Aggressive, no-holds-barred shareholder activism has met with plenty of cultural resistance in Asia, most notably in Japan and South Korea. Now, it’s India’s turn to curb American investors’ enthusiasm. Or so it would seem from the latest twist in the fight over Zee Entertainment Ltd., the country’s largest publicly traded television network. “Sometimes, it happens that a company must be saved from its own shareholders, however well-intentioned,” said Justice G.S. Patel of the Bombay High Court, temporarily restraining Atlanta-based Invesco Developing Markets Fund from calling an investors meeting to oust the board. The injunction is unlikely to be the end of the corporate battle, though it does boost founder Subhash Chandra’s chances of hanging on to his crown jewel with only a 4% stake, versus Invesco’s 18%. Earlier this year, Invesco tried to facilitate talks between Reliance Industries Ltd. and the media mogul’s elder son, Punit Goenka, the chief executive officer. Those discussions, which Goenka disclosed only recently, failed because they would most certainly have seen the asset pass into Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani’s orbit...

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When Maldives was ruled by Catholic kings living all the way in Goa: Ajay Kamalakaran

(Ajay Kamalakaran is a Kalpalata Fellow for History & Heritage Writings for 2021. This column first appeared in Scroll on October 16, 2021)

  • When Italian composer, writer and traveller Pietro Della Valle visited Goa in 1623-’24, he met his fair share of interesting people from different parts of the world. Jesuits, fellow travellers, local Goans and other Europeans – he must have expected to meet them all. But there was one encounter that left the Italian a bit surprised and amused. The gentleman in question was Dom Philippe, the third-generation Catholic king of the Maldives, who ruled the archipelago from Goa and had a regent in Male. “I stood to see this shew in the same street of Saint Paul, in the house of one of whom they call king of the islands of Maldiva or Maladiva, which are an innumerable company of small islands, almost all united together, lying in a long square form towards the west, not far from the coast of India, of which islands, one of the man’s ancestors was really king, but being driven out by his own people, fled to the Portugals and turned Christian with hopes of recovering his kingdom by their help,” wrote Della Valle...

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Indian history: The tales of defeat in North India- Mohan Guruswamy

(The writer, a policy analyst studying economic and security issues, held senior positions in government and industry. The article first appeared in Deccan Chronicle on October 26, 2021)

  • History invariably is written and rewritten to serve the political and ideological cause of the ruling elites. No wonder Winston Churchill had said: “Gentlemen, history will be kind to us — we will write it!” Take Indian history as it is being taught in our schools today. It is the history of the vanquished. It is mostly a chronological scroll down of events in the Indo-Gangetic plain. The textbooks start with the Indus Valley Civilisa-tion and after that remain largely focused on the consecutive onslaughts and occupations of India from the northwest...

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Desi in Durban: Indian-origin artists are claiming a space in South Africa’s art scene – Veda Vaidyanathan

(Veda Vaidyanathan is a researcher at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, who works on Asia-Africa issues and is currently based in New York. This article first appeared in The Hindu on October 22, 2021)

  • Many facets of India’s layered and rich relationship with Africa are buried in the stories of the continent’s three-million-strong Indian diaspora. A consistent exchange of ideas and people has helped foster a deep-rooted sense of familiarity about India in most parts of the region. It’s true that this primarily stems from shared political histories and similar socio-cultural experiences, and is driven by diverse economic engagements, but at the heart of it is the human connection. While the lived experiences and collective contributions of the many waves of Indian migrants to various African countries have been studied and documented, the role played by artists and their art in creating a notion of shared ‘Indianness’, far away from India’s borders, remains relatively unexplored. Enter Youlendree ‘Len’ Appasamy, a South African Indian writer, collage artist and zine-maker who is part of the Kutti Collective, a grouping of LGBTQ+ multidisciplinary artists of South Asian descent, who are working towards increasing the representation of ‘desi’ South Africans in the country’s art world...

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What SRK tells us about Indian women and their khushis and ghams: Shrayana Bhattacharya

(Shrayanya Bhattacharya is the author of Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh. The column first appeared in the print edition of Times of India on October 24, 2021)

  • Recent events have unleashed endless commentary on the remarkable icon of Shah Rukh Khan. Between hot-takes, nostalgic tweets and high-minded op-eds, every Indian seems to have a story to tell about the actor. If you read these posts and pieces closely, you will realise the writer is not really writing about Khan. None of us know him. Through nearly three decades of scenes, songs and media interactions, he has become shorthand for an idea of India many of us are trying to rescue or hold on to. This is the power of Khan; he tells our stories. Since Khan is usually represented as a hero for NRIs and elite urbane Indians, in my book, I spent 15 years mapping the journeys of fangirls from India's low-income precariat and the new middle class - tribal domestic workers to in-flight attendants. Nearly all these women were the first in their conservative families to take up jobs outside the home. In seeking livelihood of their own, these women are part of a meagre minority in a country with one of the lowest female employment rates in the world. What does Shah Rukh mean to them?
 

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