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

India Club, Singapore is delighted to welcome back Gurcharan Das, to tell us his Tales of Trade from India

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.

Date : August 28th 2015

Time : 7:30 pm registration & refreshments
8:00 pm Talk starts

Entrance : Free

Gurcharan Das will tell stories from India’s bazaars to its high seas. He will speak of gold and greed, of risk and loyalty, of trade, temples and kings – of how Indian Ocean commerce historically shaped capitalism in South Asia and beyond. These colourful tales are from a 15 volume series, The Story of Indian Business, which he is editing for Penguin. This magnificent panorama of India’s centuries-long history as a trading nation has already had its seventh volume published, and there is nobody better than Gurcharan Das to bring it all alive.

Gurcharan Das is an author, commentator and thought leader. His latest book, India Grows at Night: A liberal case for a strong state, was on the FT’s best books for 2013. His much-acclaimed The Difficulty of Being Good is ‘a riveting examination of governance and corruption in the modern world,’ said Newsweek.

His international bestseller, India Unbound ‘is a quiet earthquake’ said the Guardian, It is published in 17 languages and filmed by BBC.

Gurcharan Das studied philosophy at Harvard University and later attended Harvard Business School (AMP) where he is featured in three case studies. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). In 1995, he took early retirement to become a full time writer. He writes a regular column for five Indian newspapers
and contributes to The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and the New York Times. He is a speaker to some of the world’s largest corporations and has served on the juries of the Templeton Prize, Milton Friedman Prize and the McKinsey Award.

His other literary works include a novel, A Fine Family, a book of essays, The Elephant Paradigm, and an anthology, Three Plays, consisting of Larins Sahib, a prize-winning play about the British in India, which has been presented at the Edinburgh Festival; Mira, which was produced off-Broadway to critical acclaim from New York critics; and 9 Jakhoo Hill which has been performed in major Indian cities. He is presently editing for Penguin The Story of Indian Business in 15 volumes, of which six have already appeared. He lives in New Delhi with his wife.

Please note that this is a joint event between INDIA CLUB (Singapore) and YNDUS (the South Asia Society of Yale-NUS College)

RSVP: office@indiaclub.org.sg , indiaclubsingapore@gmail.com

Gurcharan Das August 28, 2015

Announcements & Past Events

The India Club, Singapore is delighted to host the Singapore Launch of Nisid Hajari’s best-selling new book, “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition".

The India Club, Singapore is delighted to host the Singapore Launch of Nisid Hajari’s best-selling new book, “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition".

On the 68th anniversary of Partition, we will explore that tragedy in the pleasant company of Nisid Hajari, former Managing Editor of Newsweek and Newsweek International, and currently the leading Asia columnist for Bloomberg Views.

Venue: Mandarin Orchard hotel
Date: August 14th 2015
Time: 7pm onwards
Entrance: free for India Club members; $35 for non-members. Refreshments will be served, following the discussion and book signing

RSVP: office@indiaclub.org.sg

Announcements & Past Events

India Club welcomes Zafar Anjum for an Evening with poet Iqbal and with Innovation Hotspots

India Club, Singapore is delighted to welcome Zafar Anjum, Singapore-based India-born author of books in multiple genres. At our event on May 1st, he will read and discuss his two major works published in the past half-year – a celebrated biography of the poet Iqbal (the composer of Sare Jahan se Achchha, a leading Indian intellectual of the 20th century, an ardent Indian nationalist who later became an advocate of Muslim separatism and so has been largely forgotten in India) and his business/innovation best-seller, Start-Up Capitals: the Global Hotspots of Innovation.

Venue: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
Date: Friday May 1st 2015
Time: Registration 2pm; talk begins at 2:15pm
Entry: free for India Club members; $35 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

Zafar Anjum is a journalist, writer, publisher and filmmaker based in Singapore. Currently, he works as the Online Editor of Executive Networks Media’s technology publications, namely, Computerworld Singapore, Computerworld Malaysia, CIO Asia and MIS Asia.
Anjum is the author of Startup Capitals : Discovering the Global Hotspots of Innovation (Random House India, December 2014), Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician (Random House India, 2014), the bestselling business book, The Resurgence of Satyam (Random House India, 2012), a collection of short stories, The Singapore Decalogue: Episodes in the Life of a Foreign Talent (Red Wheelbarrow Books, Singapore, 2012), and a collection of essays, Kafka and Orwell on China (Samshwords, 2011). In 2013, he translated and published a book on Urdu poetry (Urdu Poetry–An Introduction, Kitaab). His early literary efforts include a novel, Of Seminal Fluids (Time Books, 2000) and a volume of translated poetry, My Silence Speaks (Spree, 2001). For Singapore Decalogue, he received the 2010 Arts Creation Fund grant from the National Arts Council, Singapore.
As a journalist and commentator, Anjum has been published in The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), The Hindustan Times (India), The Times of India (India), Tehelka (India), The Pioneer (India), Outlook (India), Mainstream(India), China Daily (China), The Little Magazine (India), Guernica (USA), Little India (USA), Today (Singapore), India Se (Singapore), The Bangkok Post(Thailand), Jakarta Globe (Indonesia), Malaysiakini.com (Malaysia), Small Spiral Notebook (US), Jamini (Bangladesh) and The Six Seasons Review (Bangladesh), among others.

Past Events

India Club hosts the launch of Salil Tripathi’s “The Colonel who would not repent”

The India Club, Singapore is delighted to host the local launch of Salil Tripathi’s ” The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy".

Salil Tripathi lived in Singapore for nearly a decade as the Singapore correspondent of the esteemed (and now much lamented) Far Eastern Economic Review. He has also worked for other journals such as India Today and Asia Inc., has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, New Yorker, New Republic and Washington Post, and is currently a columnist for Mint and Caravan, among others.

Salil graduated from Sydenham College, Bombay, and received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of BUSINESS at Dartmouth, and is an authority in the area of Business and Human Rights. His writing has won a Bastiat Prize and the Citibank Pan Asia Journalism Award.

Past Events

India Club invites you to a discussion with Anuj Dhar, founder-trustee of Mission Netaji

India Club invites you to a free presentation and subsequent discussion with Anuj Dhar, the author of “India’s Biggest Cover-Up” and two other best-sellers about Netaji Subhas Bose, the Prime Minister of the Provisional Government of Free India (Arzi Hukumat-e Azad Hind) that was established on October 21st 1943 – based initially in Singapore, and then in Rangoon in Burma. Netaji’s Azad Hind Fauj liberated most of Nagaland and Manipur from British rule in April 1944, and ruled the Andaman & Nicobar Islands for two years (renaming them Swaraj & Shahid). Yet, the precise circumstances of Netaji’s death remain shrouded in mystery, and Anuj Dhar’s “Mission Netaji” has spent the past 15 years investigating this very issue.

Venue: SINDA Auditorium, 1 Beatty Road (Little India): 3rd floor of SINDA building
Time: 5pm
Date: Sunday, October 12th 2014
Admission: free (our thanks to SINDA for use of their facilities!)

Anuj Dhar was a journalist with the Hindusthan Times when he was assigned to investigate reports that raised serious questions about the story of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s alleged death in a plane crash on August 18th 1945.

Netaji spent August 14th and 15th at his war-time home on Mayer Road in Singapore, then flew to Saigon, where he was joined by Gen. Shidei, deputy commander-in-chief of Japan’s Kwantung (southern Manchurian) Army. Shidei was a fluent Mandarin and Russian speaker, and was to have served as Netaji’s interpreter with the Soviet and Chinese forces in Manchuria. They stopped in Taipei (then called Taihoku), and it was reported that their plane crashed on August 18th afternoon – Shidei dying instantly, Netaji Subhas dying at a hospital that night, and only Gen. Habibur Rahman of the INA surviving the plane crash completely unscathed.

Anuj Dhar, while investigating this story, received an email from then-Taipei mayor (now Taiwan President) Ma Ying-jeou, clearly stating that there had been no plane crashes at and or near Taihoku (Taipei) airport between August 14th and October 25th 1945. The Justice Manoj Mukherjee Commission also concluded that Netaji Subhas did not die in an air-crash (as there had been no crash at Taipei) – and submitted its report to the Govt of India in 2005.

Anuj Dhar has since written three best-selling books that suggest that Netaji was in Russia in the late-1940s, and visited Vietnam as late as 1968-71. CIA reports from 1964 also talk about the danger of “Bose re-appearing", and resulting contingency plans that may be necessary! The Government of India has at least 24 sets of files that Dhar would like to be de-classified, so that the public may draw its own conclusions about the life and death of India’s great 20th century patriot, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

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