Announcements & Past Events

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)


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


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), (Malaysia), Small Spiral Notebook (US), Jamini (Bangladesh) and The Six Seasons Review (Bangladesh), among others.


Upcoming Events 2013

Dear Members & Friends of India Club
We have an interesting line-up of events for the rest of the year. Please mark your calendar for the following :

10th October, evening : Book reading by novelist Manju Kapur

17Th November, late afternoon : Talk By Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS Bank

28th November, evening : Talk By JY Pillai, former CEO of Singapore Airlines

Best regards

The Committee


Announcements & Past Events

Vijay Santhanam @ INDIA CLUB on Friday, 16th August

India Club is delighted to host the Singapore Launch of “A Stroke of Luck", the autobiography of Vijay Santhanam , the famous author of “If Cricket is a religion, Sachin is God”.

When Vijay Santhanam was afflicted with a stroke at the age of 41, he was paralyzed on the right side of his body. He couldn’t move without help and he couldn’t speak at all. But he soon realized that his powers of reasoning/thought were not lost to him. And he garnered his spirit and willpower within him to work at regaining his health and faculties; a stroke wasn’t going to get him down. Vijay goes on to get back to work, to write two books on one of the biggest passions of his life—cricket, a sport that was one of his greatest inspirations while in hospital and on the road to recovery, and to teach at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Lucknow. One of those books was the best-seller about his cricketing hero called, “If Cricket is a religion, Sachin is God".
This is the inspiring story of a man who didn’t waste time bemoaning his fate; his immediate agenda was to understand what could make him healthy again and to start with, to return to the life he’d known before as a regional head of marketing in a multinational company in Singapore. My Stroke of Luck: Alphabet to Author is Vijay’s journey through long, sometimes painful, and often frustrating, months of therapy, relearning the alphabet and learning new strengths: emotional, mental and physical.
Vijay’s attempt is not to describe the human brain and how it works in a scientific manner but to celebrate a man’s inspiring journey. He believes when a human being is confronted by a big crisis, often she/he summons all her/his spirit and willpower to fight back and win. His story is testimony and an eloquent example of it.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Time : Friday, August 16th 2013; 6:30-9pm
Venue : The Arcadia (Function Room) 241 Arcadia Road
Nearest MRT Botanic Gardens

Light refreshments will be served

Attendance Fee
For INDIA CLUB members (including on-the-spot sign-ups) - free; (New membership on-the-spot @ $150)
For non-INDIA CLUB members - $ 15 per person

Please note we can accept payments by cheque or in cash only.

Email to

Rittika 85185774

Warm regards

Events Committee

V Santhanam

About Us & Announcements

Indian Writers Festival

Dear Members:

India Club is delighted to be presenting the first Indian Writers’ Festival in Singapore on June 5th and 6th. We will shortly be sending you details of the exciting programme for the second day of the Festival (June 6th), but first we would like to invite all India Club members to the inaugural event on Friday evening, June 5th. The schedule for that evening is as follows:

5th JUNE

5:30 pm-6:30 pm
6:15 pm-6:30 pm
VIP’s expected, including a Singapore Minister and HE Dr. Jaishankar, India’s High Commissioner to Singapore
6:30 pm-6:45 pm
Talk begins - Intro & speech by PK Basu on IWF ‘09.
Introduction to the writers: Anita Jain, Shobhaa De, Loveleen Tandan, Sudeep Chakravarti, Neel Chowdhury, Venita Coelho, Poonam Surie.
6:45 pm-7:15 pm
Keynote Speaker - Anita Jain, author of the New York Times best-seller novel, “Marrying Anita”
7:15 pm-7:45 pm
Discussion with Shobhaa De Q&A
7:45 pm-8:15 pm
Poonam Surie (author of a book on Indian influences on China) in Conversation with Sudeep Chakravarti
8:15 pm-8:45 pm
Surprise Q&A with Lovleen Tandan, co-director of the Oscar-winning movie, “Slumdog Millionaire”
8:45 pm-9:30 pm
Dinner and Book signing

The event will be held at the Pod, in the National Library, a beautiful venue with a grand view of the Singapore skyline. It is free for members of the India Club, but we have a limited number of 50 seats available, which we will book on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register with or by phoning/SMSing Amrita Das at 92270957 by this Friday, May 22nd.

Warm regards,

PK Basu


Visit INS VIRAAT - Indian Aircraft Carrier

Indian Club members, Here is an opportunity for you and your family members to visit Viraat, the Indian Aircraft Carrier, as it is paying a goodwill visit to Singapore.

This opportunity is brought with the compliments of the Indian High Commission in Singapore.

The visit to the ship would be on Thursday, July 21 2005 between 5 - 7 pm.
It will be free-of-charge for INDIA CLUB members.

Please RSVP by 12th July 2005 to with the following
information for each of the people attending:

1. Name
2. NRIC/Passport No
3. Date of Birth
4. Place of Birth
5. Nationality
6. Employment Pass/Work Permit No (if applicable)
7. EP/WP Date of Expiry (if applicable)
8. Type of Pass (if applicable)

Due to limited places only the first 30 people to register will be allowed to visit


Planned Events

Talk by Hon’ble Mr Arjun Singh, the Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India. The topic of the talk is “India’s Tertiary Education Advantage” and will be held at the Tanglin Club on 28th March at 5 p.m.

Mar ‘05
Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society ( SIFAS) is holding a Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance between the 24th of March and 3rd of April at the Esplanade and at SIFAS’s own auditorium. India Club members are entitled to a 30% discount on the usual ticket price. Details of the events are available at the SIFAS website

Meet the Author Series – Book reading by Manju Kapur, eminent Indian fiction writer. Manju Kapur is the author of two novels, “Difficult Daughters” and “A Married Woman”. Manju will read an extract from one of her books and will be available to interact with members. The venue of this event will be announced two weeks before it is to be held.

Sep ‘05
Meet the Author Series – Book reading by Amitav Ghosh, eminent Indian fiction writer. Amitav Ghosh is the author of numerous novels including, “ The Glass Palace” ,“ Shadowlines”, “Calcutta Chromosome” and others. Amitav will read an extract from one of her books and will be available to interact with members. The venue of this event will be announced two weeks before it is to be held.

India IT Forum – Global Entrepolis
Expecting participation from leading IT companies and NASSCOM

Meet the Author Series – Book reading by Upamanyu Chatterjee, eminent Indian fiction writer . Upamanyu Chatterjee is the author of novels such as “English, August : An Indian Story” , “Mammaries of the Welfare State” and “ The Last Burden”. Upamanyu will read an extract from one of her books and will be available to interact with members. The venue of this event will be announced two weeks before it is to be held.


Past Events

Mar 11th ‘05
Talk by Dr. Rakesh Mohan - Finance Secretary Government of India on the background to the Indian Budget.
Dr Mohan gave an overview of the results of the economic reforms process that was started by the Government of India in 1991. He explained the rationale for the main policy measures announced by the Government recently to take that process forward. The event was attended by representatives of the press.

Mar 1st ‘05
Indian Union Budget Analysis – Presentation by India Club and PriceWaterhouseCoopers

India Club was the first to hold a budget analysis event. Similar events were held immediately after the previous two budget announcements by Government of India.

26 Feb ‘05
India Club Annual General Meeting
President of the India Club, Prof. Mukul Asher addressed the body of members who attended. Reports covering the first full year of the Club’s existence were presented by the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Events Committee. This was followed by dinner.

2 Feb ‘05
Sunrise Industries Speaker Series 2 – “Biotech Industry in India”. Talk by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman & MD of Biocon at The Tanglin Club

1Feb ‘05
Sunrise Industries Speaker Series 1 – “IT Industry in India”. Talk by Ashok Soota, Chairman & MD of Mindtree Consulting at The Tanglin Club
The Sunrise Series 1 & 2
The speakers presented an overview of their respective industry, both of which are the export-oriented and knowledge-based and for which India is receiving global acclaim. The talks covered the challenges facing the industry and the direction in which it needed to be steered to expand their presence in the global space they occupy.

Talk by HE Alok Prasad, High Commissioner of India on the India-US Strategic Dialogue, 1998-2000 and on Strobe Talbott’s book on the subject

Presentation on ‘’ Promoting India’s Foreign Trade ‘’ by Professor Jayanto Roy, organised in co-operation with Confederation of India Industry (CII) at the Singapore Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( SCCCI)

Visit by India Club contingent to the “India vs. Singapore “ football match at Jalan Besar stadium

Oct ‘04
Seminar on India’s New Trade Policy presented in co-operation with International Trade Institute of Singapore (ITIS) and CII, at Carlton Hotel

India IT Forum at the Global Entrepolis at Suntec Convention Centre
The event was inaugurated by the Indian High Commissioner, H.E. Mr Alok Prasad and featured a presentation on the Indian IT industry and how it compares with its global peers. A panel discussion followed with panelists representing Tata Consultancy Services, Robust Economic Analysis, Satyam Computers and I-Flex.

Gala Cocktail Reception and Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art at Tanglin Club
The purpose of this event was to provide, for the first time, a social setting to all India Club members in which meet each other. As a backdrop for the event was an exhibition of contemporary Indian art displaying paintings by such well known artists as Paritosh Sen, Dhiraj Choudhury, Solanki etcetra. The event also displayed the works of a Singapore-based Indian artist whose own ouevre is a fusion of Indian and Japanese art styles.

Book reading by Shobha De, celebrated journalist and novelist, in co-operation with Indian Women’s Association (IWA) at Shangri-la Hotel

The event featured a book reading by Shobha De followed by book signings and an interactive session between the writer and the audience. Ms De outlined the interplay between the changing shape of Indian sensibilities and popular film journalism.

Discussion on “India Uninc: The Next Phase of Reforms” chaired by Dr. Anantha Nageswaran at Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI).

With the original “economic reforms dream-team” from more than a decade ago at the helm of the Government, this event evaluated the shape of reforms that could be expected from a coalition government.

India’s Budget 2004/05. Joint event with SBF and CII, with presentations by Prof. Mukul Asher – NUS and Thomas Thomas – Condurre Consultants

Seminar on Implications of Manmohan Singh’s government for India and ASEAN, presented jointly with Institute of South-east Asian Studies ( ISEAS), at Shangri-la Hotel

This analysis was undertaken within weeks of the general elections in India that resulted in a change in the Government of India. The event focused on the economic and political consequences of the change in Government, with a special focus on impact on inter-business links between India and the countries of South-east Asia.

May ’04
Presentation by Vijay Kelkar, Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, on India’s Coming Economic Boom at Shangri-la Hotel

March ‘04
Talk by Arun Shourie, Minister for Disinvestment, Government of India on “ Achievements in Privatisation” at Shangri-la Hotel

Having recently concluded the privatization of ONGC Limited, India’s largest state-owned company in the oil and gas sector, Mr Shourie shared with the audience the progress made on the privatization of public sector enterprises by the Government of India and the shape of its plans for future initiatives in that area.

February ’04
Analysis of the Interim Budget by Mukul Asher, Professor - NUS, PK Basu - REAL Economics, Abhijit Ghosh & Amitava Guharoy - Price WaterhouseCoopers at Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The analysis presented at this event focused on the impact it would have on the Indian economy, the opportunities it created for Singapore based businesses, in particular and for global businesses, in general, to engage with India. The impact of changes in taxation measures on individuals and businesses was also examined. The Budget Analysis event was a pioneering event of its kind in Singapore.

October ‘03
Meeting between N.K. Singh, Member, Planning Commission of India, and fund managers and venture capital firms at Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Announcements & Past Events

Sunrise Industries Speaker Series - Ashok Soota and Kiran Mazumdar

India Club is pleased to present - “Sunrise Industries Speaker Series” - A series of talks on various sunrise industries of India to showcase Indian successes in these sectors.

We hope these talks will also serve to inspire future entrepreneurs and leaders in these fields and looking to do business in India.

The first of this series will be a talk on “Doing Business in India / Indian IT industry” by Mr Ashok Soota, Chairman & MD, Mindtree Consulting on Tuesday 1st February at 5.30 pm. Mr Soota, who is a past president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is one of the visionary business leaders who have played a critical role in the success of the Indian IT industry.

» Details and Registration Form (pdf, 120kb)

Update: Report on the event
The second talk of the series has an equally illustrious business leader in the form of “India’s Biotech Queen", Ms Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman and MD of Biocon Ltd. Ms Shaw’s pioneering efforts in biotechnology have played a key role in drawing global recognition for the Indian biotechnology industry. Ms Shaw will address the Club on “The Indian Biotechnology Industry” on Wednesday, 2nd February at 3 pm.

Presentation Ashok Soota

Presentation Kiran Mazumdar

» Details and Registration Form (pdf, 120kb)

Announcements & Past Events

Seminar - India’s Trade Policy: Opportunities for Asia and Singapore

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and is set to become USD 1000 billion economy by the end of the decade. India’s trade policy has evolved along with the changes taking place in its economy. On 31st August 2004, the Commerce Ministry unveiled India’s first National Foreign Trade Policy covering trade in goods and services. The Policy aims to double India’s share of global trade from 0.8 percent currently to 1.5 percent by the end of the decade. By then, India’s international trade in goods and services is expected to be USD 500 billion. The economic opportunities such large volume and rapid growth can provide for companies based in Asia, particularly those based in Singapore are immense.

To provide a better understanding of these opportunities, and how to tap them, India Club is pleased to organize a seminar by Dr. Jayanta Roy.

Seminar Programme: Thursday 28th October 2004

Time Topic
17:30 – 18:00 Registration
18:00 – 18:10 Welcome & Introduction Chairperson: Prof Mukul Asher- President India Club & Prof LKY School of Public Policy National University of Singapore
18:10 – 19:30 India’s Trade Policy: Opportunities for Asia and Singapore by Dr. Jayanta Roy
19:30 – 19:45 Q & A Session

Venue: SCCCI Conference Room, Level 2, 47 Hill Street Singapore 179365
Fees: India Club Members - FREE (Registration is required)
Non-Member - $15 (Please make cheque payment to ‘India Club’)
(Limited Seats, Registration is on first-come-first-served basis)

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