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Amit Dasgupta

Author - Lessons from Ruslana: In Search of Transformative Thinking

Amit Dasgupta is the author of Lessons from Ruslana: In Search of Transformative Thinking; Harper Collins; 2015
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India Must Build Its Growth Story Around Innovation

Innovation worries us. At one level, many perceive it as a threat to their jobs and, in fact, to their way of thinking and behaving. It challenges what they are used to. At another and more profound level, there is genuine fear of failure. After all, not all innovations succeed. Indeed, most fail. A combination of the above is often the reason why governments and institutions are usually averse to innovation and thus, change.
29/08/2016 3:54 PM IST
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Meet The Woman Who Wants To Help India ‘Reform Waste’

In January this year, the ‘Guardian’ profiled Professor Veena Sahajwalla as “the woman who loves garbage.” Ever since her growing up days in Mumbai, Veena was fascinated by waste because she saw it as a hidden resource waiting to be tapped into. Today, her pioneering work completely transformed the way the properties of carbon-bearing materials are understood, including discarded graphites, plastics and rubber tyres. She has received international acclaim for inventing “green steel”.
11/08/2016 1:12 PM IST
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Paying The Price Of Being A 'Reluctant European'

David Cameron's exit speech, with his quivering lower lip, won some praise on social media. Very quickly, however, sentiments changed with the recognition that it was his disastrous decision, coupled with bad timing and strategic misreading of sentiment that plunged global markets in turmoil and uncertainty. Across the globe, the reaction quickly moved from shock and horror to ridicule and contempt.
28/06/2016 8:34 AM IST
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Two Years Of Modi's Foreign Policy: More Highs Than Lows

A foreign policy assessment based on a two-year report card might be tempting but it can also be hugely challenging. Assessments of achievement are based essentially on three criteria: Has there been a foreign policy gain? Has a crisis been handled successfully? Has a long-standing conflict been resolved? Let us consider each of these.
21/06/2016 8:29 AM IST
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Putting People At The Heart Of Corporate Strategy

A study carried out by scientists at Newcastle University demonstrated that by giving a cow a name and treating her as an individual, farmers could increase their annual milk production yield by almost 500 pints. Happy cows produce more milk! Individuals, companies came to gradually realize, were no different.
03/06/2016 7:56 AM IST
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India And Australia Must Extend Relations Beyond Cricket And Curry

One of the diplomatic puzzles that intrigue most foreign policy analysts is the significant lack of depth in India-Australia relations. For years, geography and history were seen as the main culprits. For New Delhi, Australia was simply too far away and for Canberra, India was simply not like-minded. Finance Minister Jaitley's visit to Australia offers a genuine platform to lift the game and to take forward the strategic partnership that both governments committed themselves to when PM Modi visited Australia.
02/04/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Will Budget 2016 Rise To The Challenge?

Will Central government spending for the financial year utilize fund allocations or will funds lapse, as has been the case on innumerable occasions in the past with successive governments? Utilization and, thus, implementation will be the litmus test of the government's resolve to match its aspirations with achievement.
17/03/2016 8:24 AM IST