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Apr 6th

2012

Author By Prabhu Guptara
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The meaning of Good Friday to a Hindu

As I am struggling with the meanings of festivals I thought I knew well (Holi, Dussehra…), I am also starting to struggle with the meaning of festivals in other traditions. But what is being commemorated around the world right now is a sort of universal festival, and I am meditating on the awful and awesome […]

Dec 30th

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in Current events
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Forecast For 2012

I am probably in a minority of one in making the following forecast, but here it is for what it is worth.   Let me start with the apparently not very important countries, explain why I am doing so, and then move to the more important countries, and finally to what implications all that has […]

Nov 30th

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
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Science and Technology in the Vedas

I’m afraid that I have only just got around to reading a book by the above title, published in 2007, Dr. R.V.S.S Avadhanulu.   It exemplifies all the strengths and all the weaknesses of the conservative view.   Strengths: it is clear, well organised, makes excellent distinctions, and is based on sound knowledge of Sanskrit […]

Nov 29th

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
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“On a Visit, near Lucknow” (Poem written in April 2011)

That chandelier you see, Sir, is Belgian. True, one bulb is missing, some are cracked, And all are – ahem – dusty From the labours of servants who were ignorant or overenthusiastic.   That clock, sir, like this simple toast rack, doesn’t work any more.   But in our heyday, Sir, can you imagine how […]

Nov 7th

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in Economics
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“Surviving and Succeeding as a Business Executive”

Your Excellencies, Professor Dr Mrs Vijaya Katti, Professor Dr Ravi Shanker, Mr R K Mitra IFS, Dr Biswajit Nag, Honoured Representatives of Foreign Embassies and High Commissions, other Distinguished Guests, Respected Faculty, dear Participants in the IIFT programmes, and Comperes Mr Rajiv Mishra and Mrs Kanupriya Saigal:   My thanks to you, Kanupriya, for that […]

Oct 29th

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in Economics
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The Role of Business Schools in Promoting Values in Business

I have only just had the time to finalise the text of my presentation at The Global Ethics Forum, Geneva, 30th June to 2nd July 2011, on the topic: “The Role of Business Schools in Promoting Values in Business”. Here it is: Mr Chairman, many thanks for that very kind introduction, and do allow me […]

Oct 21st

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in Current events
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Mahbubani: “What can save our world? The social contract!”

Professor Kishore Mahbubani, the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, has an article in today’s Financial Times, arguing that “Two words can save our turbulent world: social contract. The social contract of the last three decades has died. We need to create a new one” […]

Oct 18th

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in Current events
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“A Final Chance?: The Economic Crisis and the Future of the USA.” Text of the talk given to the Arizona Council on Economic Education

Mr Chairman, many thanks for that very kind introduction, and I am grateful to you President Bill Hicks, to Executive Director Debbie Henney, and to your Board Member Dr Bill Weldon for your kind invitation for me to speak here this evening. May I say how delighted I am to see so many people taking […]

Oct 14th

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in IndUS Forum Blog
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“The four principles of Indian spirituality”

A friend sends me a beautiful set of powerpoints, propagating “the four principles of Indian spirituality”: (1) whomsoever you encounter is the right one (2) whatever happened is the only thing that could have happened (3) each moment in which something begins is the right moment (4) what is over is over” I was forced […]

Jul 21st

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in Current events
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The new China that is ahead

I have been thinking about President Hu’s comments at the recent APEC summit, in which he seemed to say that the new generation of Chinese leaders are committed not only to a greater liberalization in the Chinese economy, but also to transform the government so that it is bound by the rule of law and […]

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