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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)


Gurcharan Das August 28, 2015

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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


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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.

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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.

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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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India Club is delighted to host the Singapore Launch of Vinod Rai’s “Not Just an Accountant”

India Club, Singapore

is delighted to welcome back Shri Vinod Rai, former Comptroller & Auditor-General of India, for the Singapore Launch of his book, “Not Just an Accountant: The Diary of the Nation’s Conscience Keeper".

Shri Vinod Rai has served with distinction as the comptroller and auditor general of India and has brought about a paradigm change in the institution. The systems and qualitative upgrades introduced by him have been endorsed within the country and internationally, bringing worldwide acclaim to the institution of the CAG of India.

During the course of his career, Shri Rai has had rich and varied experiences within the civil services. He has served over thirty-four years in various capacities at the regional and federal level. His contributions in Kerala have been acknowledged by those familiar with the state. He has also left an indelible mark on the financial sector of the nation.

Date: Friday, October 17th 2014

Venue: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Havelock Road

Time: 6:30pm

Entry: Free for India Club members; S$30 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.


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India Club welcomes Prof. Amar Bhide, business guru and celebrity author

India Club is delighted to welcome Dr. Amar Bhide, Thomas Schmidheiny Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and former Professor of BUSINESS at Columbia and Harvard BUSINESS Schools. He will focus particularly on his latest book, “A Call for Judgement: Sensible FINANCE for a Dynamic Economy", calling for a fundamental rethinking of the nature of the financial system in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis.

Dr. Bhide’s 2008 book, The Venturesome Economy, won the American Association of Publishers’ Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) and was on the Economist and Business Week’s “Best of 2008″ book lists. He is the Editor (with Nobel laureate Edmund Phelps) of the scholarly journal “Capitalism and Society", and is a member of the (US) Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the (UK) Royal Society of the Arts.

Venue: Millennium Grand Copthorne HOTEL (Havelock Road)
Time: 7pm (for registration) 7:15pm (talk and Q&A) followed by light refreshments
Date : 5th September, 2014
Entry: Free for India Club members (incl new sign-ups); $30 for non-members

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India Club welcomes Dr. Amit Mitra, Finance Minister of WB (and ex-Secy-Gen, FICCI)

INDIA CLUB, Singapore is delighted to welcome Dr. Amit Mitra, Minister of Finance, Commerce & Industries of West Bengal to talk about, “The New Bengal: Restoring Economic Vitality".

Dr Amit Mitra has been Finance Minister of West Bengal since 2011, after a distinguished career as a Professor of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, following a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University, MA from Delhi School of Economics, and BA (Hons) from Presidency College, Calcutta. During his college years, Dr. Mitra was a debating champion, and at Franklin & Marshall College he received the Sears-Roebuck Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1990. Both his parents, Haridas and Bela Mitra, were stalwart members in India of the Azad Hind Fauj (founded in Singapore 81 years ago by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose), and his father was sentenced to death by the British for treason against the empire (later commuted to a life sentence upon Gandhiji’s intervention).

In the past three years, Dr. Mitra has been engaged in reviving Investment in West Bengal to restore its economic vitality – and has been given additional charge of the Commerce & Industries ministry, in addition to his initial role as Minister of Finance. During his years with FICCI, he played a vital role in engaging with the world on India’s economic liberalization, and received national honours from the governments of Japan and Italy – as well as a Padma Shri from the Government of India. He serves on the Executive Council of the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi (India’s leading think tank).

Venue: Grand Copthorne Hotel
Date: Thursday, August 21st 2014
Time: 6:30pm (registration begins at 6:15pm)
Entry: Free for India Club members; $30 for non-members (including talk and light refreshments)
RSVP: or call/SMS 8518 5774

Look forward to seeing you there.

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India Club is delighted to welcome poet, novelist and children’s author Sampurna Chattarji

India Club is delighted to welcome Sampurna Chattarji, one of the world’s leading children’s writers, and a widely published poet and novelist. Sampurna’s translation of the Bengali children’s classic Abol Tabol (by Sukumar Ray, Satyajit’s father) is now a Puffin Classic called Wordygurdyboom!, and she has also authored a slew of popular Ladybird books for children. Sampurna’s latest novel for young adults, Ela, has received rave reviews, and her two previous novels, Rupture and Land of the Well, have also been well-received – as has her recent collection of short-stories based in Mumbai, Dirty Love. Sampurna began as a poet, with three well-loved collections of poetry – many of which were later published in an anthology of Indian poetry featuring India’s top 50 poets. Her poetry (published originally in English) has been translated into German, Welsh, Irish, Scots, Manipuri, French, Tamil and Bambayya!

The author will read from a selection of her works (including Wordygurdyboom, some poems and parts of short stories), and we will then have a free-flowing Q&A session. Children and “young adults” are particularly encouraged to attend (and will be admitted at a concessional rate).

Venue: Tanglin Club (Raffles Room)
Date: June 8th 2014 (Sunday)
Time: 4:15pm
Admission: Free for India Club members; $25 for non-members, $10 for children below 18.

We look forward to seeing you at this event.

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India Club hosts the Singapore launch of Dr. Sanjaya Baru’s “The Accidental Prime Minister”

The India Club is delighted to host the Singapore Launch of Dr. Sanjaya Baru’s best-seller about Dr. Manmohan Singh’s tenure as PM of India, with the evocative title, “The Accidental Prime Minister". Dr. Sanjaya Baru was the press spokesman and media advisor to PM Manmohan Singh from 2004 to 2008. Previously, he was Chief Editor of the Financial Express, having earlier served in senior editorial positions at the Times of India and Economic Times. His memoir about Dr. Manmohan Singh has been a non-fiction best-seller from the time of its release in mid-April 2014.

Venue : Paradiso Room, Level 3 - Grand Copthorne Hotel
Date : Saturday, 31st May 2014
Time : 6:30pm
Entry : $30 for non-members; free for members.

Best regards
The Committee

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KALA SUTRA 24th May 2014 - An evening of Art with the Masters of Indian Art @ INDIA CLUB

Dear Members and Friends of India Club
We are delighted to invite you to an exhibition of fine Indian art and to interact with seven of India’s top flight artists in the flesh : Arpana Caur, Sakti Burman, Jogen Chowdhury, Paresh Maity, Neeraj Goswami, Thota Vaikuntam and Jayasri Burman. In addition to the works of these artists, on display will be works by Satish Gujral, Ganesh Pyne, K Laxma Goud and Lalu Prasad Shaw.
Details of the program are :

Saturday, 24th May 2014


11:15 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Start of Interactive session with artists
12:00 p.m. Walk through the exhibition guided by Arun Ghose, curator & art expert


The ArtsHouse
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Attendance Fee

For INDIA CLUB members : free
For all others : $10

(Please help us to make appropriate arrangements and avoid waste through your RSVP)

Car Park

Limited public parking available in the vicinity of Arts House : at Parliament Place; along Connaught Drive; at Fullerton Hotel

INDIA CLUB is presenting this event in collaboration with Phi Events.
Best regards
Events Committee

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India Club welcomes Vinod Rai, ex-Comptroller & Auditor General of India (11th May 2014)

The India Club, Singapore is delighted to welcome

Shri Vinod Rai, former Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) of India, and current chairman of the UN Panel of External Auditors.

Mr Rai will deliver a talk on “The Imperative of Ethical Governance for the sustainable economic development of India", followed by a free-wheeling Q&A session.

Venue : Raffles room, Tanglin Club
Date : Sunday, 11th May 2014
Time : 6:30pm
Entry : $30 for non-members; free for members.

Shri Vinod Rai was CAG of India from January 2008 to May 2013. His integrity and indomitable investigative skills helped uphold the Constitution at a critical juncture in India’s history, and demonstrated the resilience of India’s institutions even in the face of political corruption. As CAG, he investigated three major corruption scandals – CWG (Commonwealth Games 2010), 2G Telecom Spectrum allocation, and “Coalgate” – and his office helped both save the exchequer billions of dollars, and remedy some of the ills that had crept into India’s political and governance structure over time.
Before becoming CAG, Shri Vinod Rai had a distinguished career in the Kerala cadre of the IAS, and at the Centre. He served as Principal Secretary (Finance) to the Kerala government, and served in senior positions in the union ministries of Commerce and Defence, before serving as Secretary, Financial Services, GoI. In the latter role, he was instrumental in founding the India Infrastructure Finance Co.

Best regards
The Committee

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India Club presents a Double-Header of contemporary stars from India’s media: Manu Joseph, reading from his novel, “The Illicit Happiness of Other People” and Shoma Chaudhury speaking on “The Role of the Media in India’s Democracy".

India Club presents a Double-Header of contemporary stars from India’s media:
Manu Joseph, reading from his novel, “The Illicit Happiness of Other People” and
Shoma Chaudhury speaking on “The Role of the Media in India’s Democracy".

Date: Saturday, May 10th 2014
Venue: Grand Copthorne Hotel
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm. Each talk will be followed by Q&A, and light refreshments
Entrance: $30 for non-members; free for India Club members

The speakers:
Manu Joseph is a celebrated Indian journalist and novelist. He was Editor of OPEN magazine, features editor of the Times of India, and remains a widely-read columnist for the International New York Times. His debut novel, Serious Men, won The Hindu Literary Prize (2010) and the PEN/Open Book Award, and was short-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. His second novel, The Illicit Happiness of Other People, was also short-listed for the Hindu Literary Prize (2013). The latter, a semi-autobiographical novel that he will read from, was described by the Wall Street Journal as a work that “injects dark, rueful laughter into an immensely touching story of loss”.

Shoma Chaudhury is a well-known journalist and political commentator in India. In 2011, Newsweek picked her as one of 150 power women who “shake the world”. She is the former Managing Editor of Tehelka, an Indian weekly newsmagazine, acclaimed for its investigative and public interest journalism. Previously she worked as a senior journalist with India Today and Outlook.

Ms Chaudhury is well known for her nuanced and complex commentary on the nature of Indian democracy and governance. She has also written critically on the politics of water, land and other natural resources that impact development. Ms Chaudhury has won several awards for her journalism, including the Ramnath Goenka Award and Chameli Devi awards in 2009. In May 2012, she won the Mumbai Press Club Award for best political reporting and in 2013 she won the prestigious Sabbiadoro Ernest Hemingway Award for Journalism.

Ms Chaudhury is also the director of THiNK, a widely celebrated and cutting-edge forum of ideas she co-founded. Over the last three years, each edition of THiNK has brought together the most diverse and eclectic thought leaders from across the globe and attracted influential and high-profile audiences.

Warm regards
The Committee

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India Club welcomes JY Pillay, one of the makers of modern Singapore

The India Club, Singapore is delighted to present the first talk in “The Indian Makers of Modern Singapore” series, featuring the redoubtable Joe Yubaraj Pillay, founding-chairman of Singapore Airlines (1972-96), former PermSec of the ministries of Finance, Defence, and National Development, former MD of both MAS and GIC (1985-89, steering Singapore past the severe financial crisis of 1985), Chairman, Temasek Holdings (1974-86), Chairman, DBS Bank (1979-84), High Commissioner to Britain & Ambassador to Ireland (1996-99), Chairman of SGX (1999-2011) and currently Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers (which makes him Singapore’s acting President when the President is away). His incredible record speaks for itself, and we are privileged to hear from Singapore’s pre-eminent civil servant and entrepreneur.

Venue: Tanglin Club (5 Stevens Road), Raffles & Caldecott rooms

Entry: Free for India Club members (including on-site sign-ups); $25 for non-members.
Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Tuesday, November 26th 2013
Time: 7pm

RSVP: email to or Phone 8518 5774

We look forward to seeing you at the event, as we engage in a lively exchange with one of Singapore’s most able citizens.

Warm regards,

PK Basu
President, India Club

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The Journey to becoming Singapore’s Most Valuable Brand : Conversation with Piyush Gupta

Dear Members & Friends of INDIA CLUB,

India Club is proud to host a distinguished son of India Mr. Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS Bank. After a

distinguished career at Citibank, that spanned multiple countries and roles, including as country manager for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, Piyush was chosen to helm Singapore’s largest and most international bank. Piyush’s four year tenure at DBS has seen the Bank break through to becoming

Singapore’s most valuable brand. What was that journey like? What is it to be an Asian bank? Is it really a superior business strategy and value proposition? What sort of times are Asian banks set for? Piyush will be sharing his insights on these and other related topics.

Event The Journey to becoming Singapore’s Most Valuable Brand :

Conversation with Piyush Gupta

Time Sunday, 17th November 2013 at 4 p.m.

Venue Raffles Room, The Tanglin Club, 5 Stevens Road,

Singapore 257814

Nearest MRT Orchard Road (10 minutes walk)

Car Park Public car parks at Tanglin Club and down Claymore Road at Royal

Plaza on Scotts hotel and Shaw Center

Attendance Fee For INDIA CLUB members (including on-the-spot sign-ups) - free;

For students (with valid ID) - $10

For all others - $ 20

Tea / coffee and light refreshment will be served.


Best regards

The Committee


Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS Bank

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Novelist Manju Kapur, chronicler of the Indian middle class @ INDIA CLUB on 10th Oct

Dear Members & Friends of INDIA CLUB,

Novelist Manju Kapur will read from her books ‘Difficult Daughters’ and ‘Custody’. ‘Difficult Daughters’ received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book. The books are set against the backdrop of Indian society that is experiencing rapid change.

The time : pre-Partition Amritsar and Lahore. The protagonist, Virmati, a young woman born into an austere and high-minded upper class family, eager to be different from the women of the previous generation, and thirsty for higher education. The convention-twisting event - she falls in love with a Professor – a married older man.

Another time : post-economic liberalisation Delhi of the 1990s. The protagonists, hot-shot CEO Ashok Khanna; green-eyed beauty Shagun, mother to two lovely kids; mousy Ishita, the safety-seeker, who is forced into crafting a non-conventional life by cruel circumstances. Persistent old values collide with new aspirations and a decrepit judicial system exacerbates that clash.

Ms Kapur’s novels capture the disarray that the “middle class”, the upholder of any society’s value system, is thrown into when the “social norm” begins to change. Critics have billed her the Jane Austen of contemporary India for her perceptive and entertaining delineations of the Indian family. Her other novels are ‘A Married Woman’, ‘Home’ and ‘The Immigrant’. Ms Kapur taught English Literature at Miranda House, Delhi University and herself has an M.A. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and an M. Phil. from Delhi University.

Please RSVP by return email to enable us to make suitable arrangements. Feel free to circulate this to your friends. Event details :

Conversation with Manju Kapur

Thursday, 10th October 2013, registration at 6:30 p.m.

Singapore Swimming Club

45 Tanjong Rhu Rd, Singapore 436899

(next to The Waterside condominium)

Car Park
Paid parking within Club carpark

Attendance Fee
For INDIA CLUB members (including on-the-spot sign-ups) - free;

For students (with valid ID) - $15

For all others - $30 per person. Please bring cash or cheque.

Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.


Best regards

The Committee

Novelist Manju Kapoor

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Panel discussion on Indian film making @ INDIA CLUB on Sunday, 8th September

Dear All

India Club invites you to a panel discussion on ‘Emerging trends in Indian film making, and quality tradeoffs’, presented by a distinguished panel from across India’s film industry.

The event will be held in conjunction with Darpan, an annual festival of Bengali films, which this year will celebrate the Centenary of Indian cinema by including several films from all over India.

About our panelists

Suparn Verma

Suparn is a journalist turned writer and director in the Indian film industry, in Hindi language. Suparn Verma started his directorial career in 2005 and has since directed 3 movies, including Aatma which is showcased in Darpan 2013. Suparn has also written scripts for three other movies.

Nawazuddin Siddique

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an Indian film actor who has appeared in some of Bollywood’s major films in recent years (including “Kahani” opposite Vidya Balan) and is currently in high demand. He appeared in four major films in 2012, all of which earned him wide critical acclaim, with awards including Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor in various award ceremonies and also the Special Jury Award At the 60th Indian National Film Awards 2012. His first lead role in a feature film, Patang (Kite), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival 2012, for which Nawazuddin’s performance was praised by world renowned film critic Roger Ebert (awarding the film 4/4 stars), a role which ‘transformed his acting style’.

Arijit Dutta

Arijit Dutta is an actor and producer in the Indian film industry. He has acted in 25 films, many of whom have got commercial and critical acclaim. He is also associated with following production and distribution houses – Priya films, Purnima pictures, Piyali films. Arijit was the UN representative from India for the first ‘Ethiopian Film Initiative Convocation’ in Addis Ababa and has also represented in various Bengali international conferences in America. He also headed the West Bengal Chapter of Forum for Peoples Rights in 2012.

Gisli Snaer Erlingsson

Gisli Snaer heads The Putnam School of Film at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. He has been honoured for his feature films at festivals in 13 countries. He is also the creative fore behind highly successful advertising campaigns for many major brands such as One, disco, Toyota, Yamaha, Ricoh, Iceland Air and the European Council. A graduate of the prestigious film school La Fémis, in France, where he studied film directing, Gisli has directed award- winning feature films such as Benjamin Dove, and Ikingut, and a number of TV-commercials. He’s a member of the Director’s Guild of Iceland, and has been a member Emerging trends in Indian film making, and quality tradeoffs’of the jury at international film festivals, such as the Berlin International Film Festival.

The discussion will be moderated by Joyobroto Ganguly, a producer of Bengali films.

Program details with the agenda are listed below:

INDIA CLUB Panel Discussion: “Taking Easy, Making it Easy: Emerging trends in India’s film industry, and quality trade-offs".

In partnership with DARPAN, Singapore Film Society and Putnam School of Film LASALLE College of the Arts

Date : Sunday 8th September 2013

Time : 2 p.m. onwards

Venue : Hotel Grand Pacific Function Room
101 Victoria St 188018
Level 2

2:00 pm Introductory Remarks by Mr. P. K. Basu, President India Club, Singapore
2:10 pm Keynote address by Mr. David Lee, Vice Chairman, Singapore Film Society

2:15 pm Start of Panel discussion

3:00 pm Q&A

3:20 pm Vote of Thanks by Sreyashi Sen, Chairperson DARPAN

3:30 pm Tea and networking

4:00 pm End of Program

Attendance Fee
For INDIA CLUB members (including on-the-spot sign-ups) - free; (New membership on-the-spot @ $150)
For non-INDIA CLUB members - $ 50 per person

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


Email to

Rittika 85185774

Warm regards

Events 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

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Five Indian Artists & a Curator @ INDIA CLUB

We are delighted to invite you to Kala Sutra - your chance to meet five of India’s top flight artists in the flesh : Jayasri Burman, Jogen Chowdhury, Neeraj Goswami, Paresh Maity and Thota Vaikuntam and hear a presentation on “Appreciation and Valuation of Indian Art” by seasoned curator Arun Ghose. In addition to paintings and sculptures by these artists, on exhibition will be works of celebrated artists Ganesh Pyne, Satish Gujral, Lalu Prasad Shaw and Laxma Goud. Arun Ghose, the presenter, curated the ‘Festival of India’, a series of events sponsored by the Government of India starting in the mid-1980s to showcase Indian culture abroad. More recently, Ghose curated the last exhibitions of celebrated artist, MF Husain. He teaches a post‐graduate diploma course on ‘Appreciation of Indian Art’ at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture at Kolkata and has authored several books on individual Indian artists and on ‘Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage’.

We particularly encourage the many new INDIA CLUB members to attend, as this event provides ample opportunity to mingle with fellow members. Details of the program are :

Date Thursday, 18th April 2013
Program 6:15 p.m. Registration and refreshments
6:30 p.m. Introduction ; Arun Ghose’s talk; Q&A with artists
7:00 p.m. Guided walk through the exhibition & free interaction with artists
8:30 p.m. End of event
Venue The ArtsHouse
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Attendance Fee
For INDIA CLUB members : free
For all others : $10


Car Park
Limited public parking available at Arts House, next door at Parliament Place,the Adelphi, along Connaught Drive, 10 minutes walk away at FullertonHotel,Raffles City shopping mall

INDIA CLUB is presenting this event in collaboration with Phi Events.

Best regards

Events Committee

FiveArtists&Curator Apr2013

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An evening with Sanjeev Bikhchandani (

Dear Members and friends:

We are privileged to host Sanjeev Bikhchandani, one of India’s most successful entrepreneurs of the past two decades, tomorrow (Thursday April 4th) evening. The event will feature a Talk, followed by discussion with Sanjeev Bikhchandani.

After graduating from St. Stephen’s College and IIM-Ahmedabad, Sanjeev worked briefly with GlaxoSmithKline (marketing Horlicks) before establishing two companies (with a partner) – Indmark (specializing in pharma trademarks) and Info Edge (producing salary surveys and reports). When he separated from his partner in 1993, Sanjeev took Info Edge and converted it into an online jobs portal ( and Quadrangle (an offline executive search business). After Info Edge went public with an IPO in 2006 (the year after he was a finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the year award) the stock jumped 85% on its debut. The company, particularly the job portal, has gone from strength to strength, and Sanjeev Bikhchandani is now an inspirational mentor to other young start-ups in India.

Venue: NTU One North SR501 (5th Floor), 11 Slim Barracks Rise (opp Rochester Park)

Date: Thursday, April 4th 2013

Time: 7pm onwards

Entrance: Free for India Club members; $15 for non-members


We look forward to seeing you there.

Jai Hind!

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Gen JJ Singh @ INDIA CLUB on Saturday, 23rd March

India Club is delighted to host the Singapore Launch of “A Soldier’s General", the autobiography of Gen. JJ Singh, the 24th Chief of the Indian Army and current Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
General JJ Singh was India’s 24th Army Chief, serving from January 2005 to September 2007, including a stint as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in his final year of service. He is a third generation soldier, and his autobiography begins with the stories of his grandfather, a humble sepoy who served with distinction in Iraq and Turkey during WW I, and his father (who rose to be a Colonel in the EME corps). But Gen Singh was also inspired by the heroism of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the martial traditions of Shivaji and the Marathas - having served in the Maratha Light Infantry himself. Commissioned into the Army in 1964, Gen. Singh distinguished himself in anti-insurgency actions in Nagaland soon thereafter, and later served with distinction in Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh (where he now serves as Governor).
During the early 1990s, Gen. Singh commanded a brigade in the Uri-Baramulla sector of the Kashmir Valley, and his brigade had the most success in killing and capturing Pakistan-trained insurgents from JeM, HuM, LeT, etc. Subsequently, during the Kargil War (1999), then-Maj Gen Singh held the key position of Additional Director General Military Operations in Army HQ, and was the public face of the army during that war. Promoted to Lt General, he commanded the 1st Corp, and was GoC-in-C of the Army Training Corps, earning the appellation of a “thinking general", as he played the central role in developing the army’s new doctrine, which was eventually named “Cold Start".
Throughout his years of counter-insurgency actions, Gen. Singh became well-known for his healing touch in winning over civilian communities, and reaching out to ordinary men, women and children in the north-east and Kashmir. His humanism and command of strategic ideas made him the ideal candidate to be Governor of the geopolitically vital state of Arunachal Pradesh, a position he has held since January 2008. His autobiography is a wonderfully told story of an extraordinary soldier who rose to be an exemplary general, and is continuing to serve our country with distinction as governor.

We look forward to seeing you there. Jai Hind!

Time Saturday, March 23rd 2013; 2-4pm
Venue Indigo Blue Art Gallery, 33 Neil Road, Singapore 088820
Access / Car Park Nearest MRT Tanjong Pagar
Three public car parks along Neil Road, one opp. Venue

Attendance Fee
For INDIA CLUB members (including on-the-spot sign-ups) - free; (New membership on-the-spot @ $150)
For non-INDIA CLUB members - $ 10 per person

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

Email to

Warm regards

Events Committee

JJ Singh

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Sanjeev Sanyal @ INDIA CLUB on Sunday, 24th Feb

Date : Sunday, February 24, 2013
Time : 1:00pm until 3:45pm
Venue : Raffles Room, Tanglin Club

India Club and the IIT Alumni Association, Singapore are delighted to launch the scintillating second book authored by Sanjeev Sanyal, a Singapore resident and long-standing India Club member. “Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India’s Geography” is a brilliant new look at India’s history, with sparkling new insights on the ecological causes of the demise of India’s first urban civilisation, the close links between that and the Zoroastrian religion, but most of all the enduring civilisational unity that has bound India together through four millennia.

Sanjeev Sanyal is an economist and environmentalist based in Singapore
and is currently Deutsche Bank’s Global Strategist. A Rhodes Scholar
and Eisenhower Fellow, he was named a “Young Global Leader 2010″ by
the World Economic Forum. He has also been an Adjunct Fellow of the
Institute of Policy Studies (Singapore) and a Visiting Fellow at
Oxford University. He had also served on the boards of AFPRO, India’s
largest food-security agency, and of Urban Age at LSE. Sanjeev
attended Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and St. John’s College,

Admission: Free for India Club and IITAA members. $35 for non-members. Lunch will be served.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase ($30) after the launch, and the author will autograph copies.

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Gurcharan Das @India Club on Saturday, January 12th 2013 for the Singapore Launch of “India Grows at Night”

Dear Members & Friends of the India Club:

India Club (Singapore) is delighted to welcome back India’s leading public intellectual, Gurcharan Das, for the Singapore launch of his latest book, “India Grows at Night: A liberal case for a Strong State".
After a very successful career in the corporate sector (including as the India CEO of Proctor & Gamble), Gurcharan Das has written several plays, novels and a glittering array of books about the new India, starting with “India Unbound” (which he spoke about at an India Club event) and a wonderful collection of essays, “The Elephant Paradigm”.He then made a detour into moral philosophy (which he had studied as an undergraduate at Harvard) with a superb interpretation of the modern lessons that can be drawn from the Mahabharata, “The Difficulty of Being Good”, the Singapore Launch of which was also hosted by the India Club.
Now he brings a life-time of learning and experience to bear on a magnificent new book, arguing the liberal case for a stronger state in India.

Those non-members who wish to enrol as India Club members on-site can do so by paying $150. We accept cash and cheque payments only. Please feel free to share the information below among your own personal networks as the event is open to all. We request an RSVP to .


Book Launch of Gurcharan Das’ “India Grows at Night”

Time 6pm, Saturday January 12th 2013
Venue Raffles Room, The Tanglin Club, 5 Stevens Road, Singapore 257814
Access Nearest MRT Orchard Road (10 minutes walk)
Car Park Public car parks at Tanglin Club and down Claymore Road at Royal Plaza on Scotts hotel and Shaw Center
Attendance Fee
For INDIA CLUB members (including on-the-spot sign-ups) - free;
For students (with valid ID) - $15
For all others - $25 per person. Please bring cash.
Tea / coffee and light refreshment will be served. Copies of the book will be available for sale after the launch


Gurcharan Das Event

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Indian Ocean & Amitav Ghosh @ INDIA CLUB

Dear Members & Friends of INDIA CLUB

You are invited to two events over the last weekend of the month : the first is to meet India’s home-grown and internationally-acclaimed rock band Indian Ocean. Indian Ocean pioneered Indo-rock fusion, their rhythms are jazz-spiced and they integrate shlokas, mysticism, mythology and environmentalism into their music. They have collaborated with Bollywood and the advertising world. Come and hear the story of how these IIT-ians gave up their regular salaried jobs to found a new sound – a sound that was Indian but contemporary. You can see Indian Ocean in concert at The Esplanade on Sunday, 25th Nov as part of Kalaa Utsavam.

The second is to hear Amitav Ghosh, celebrated novelist, read from “Sea of Poppies”, the first novel in the trilogy that is now two thirds complete. Ghosh’s work is meticulously researched; the eye he casts on colonial history provides a refreshingly Indian and Asian perspective. His story telling is polished and engaging. Amitav Ghosh was at INDIA CLUB last in 2005 – so if you missed him then, now is your chance to meet this important writer.

Please share the information among your own personal networks as it is open to all. Details of both events below. We have limited seating capacity and request an RSVP to for the events you wish to attend.


Meeting with Indian Ocean

Time 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, 24th November 2012
Venue Ketna Patel Studio, 35 Jalan Puteh Jerneh Singapore 278055
Access Nearest MRT Holland Village (10 minutes walk)
Car Park Public car parks at Holland Road Shopping Center (10 minutes walk)
Attendance Fee
For INDIA CLUB members (including on-the-spot sign-ups) - free;
For all others - $35 per person. Please bring cash.
Dinner is included



Conversation with Amitav Ghosh

Time 10:45 a.m. on Sunday,25th November 2012
Venue Raffles Room, The Tanglin Club, 5 Stevens Road, Singapore 257814
Access Nearest MRT Orchard Road (10 minutes walk)
Car Park Public car parks at Tanglin Club and down Claymore Road at Royal Plaza on Scotts hotel and Shaw Center
Attendance Fee
For INDIA CLUB members (including on-the-spot sign-ups) - free;
For students (with valid ID) - $20
For all others - $40 per person. Please bring cash.
Tea / coffee and light refreshment will be served


We have had some excellent speakers in recent months : Dr APJ Abdul Kalam - India’s former President, Dr Kiran Bedi – first woman IPS officer & social activist, Abhinav Bindra - Olympics Gold Medallist, Arun Shourie – former Minister for Disinvestment & writer, Madhu Kishwar – writer & social activist, Sunanda Datta Ray - writer & journalist, Sunethra Bandaranaike - social activist from Sri Lanka.

For those who sign up as INDIA CLUB members now, the fees is $150 and your membership will be valid till 31st December 2013. Members may bring along their renewal cheques for 2013. We accept cash and cheque payments

Amitav Ghosh

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Kiran Bedi @ INDIA CLUB on Thursday, 4th October

Dear Members & Friends of India Club,

You are invited to a conversation with Dr Kiran Bedi, a leading light of the India Against Corruption “Lokpal Bill” movement alongside Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal. ‘Crane’ Bedi was the first woman to become an officer in the Indian Police Service where she distinguished herself for her fearlessness and integrity. Post retirement she runs two NGOs active in the areas of illiteracy, women empowerment and drug addiction. Dr Bedi excelled at sports and won All-India and Asian tennis titles in the 1970s. She has been honoured with the President’s Gallantry Award, the Magsaysay Award and the UN Medal.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet an outstanding Indian, active on the frontlines of the struggle for a cleaner India. Please share this event notice among your own personal networks as it is open to all.

Event Conversation with Dr Kiran Bedi
Time 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, 4th October 2012
Venue Indigo Blue Art Gallery, 33 Neil Road, Singapore 088820
Access / Car Park
Nearest MRT Tanjong Pagar
Three public car parks along Neil Road, one opp. Venue

Attendance Fee
For INDIA CLUB members (including on-the-spot sign-ups) - free;
For non-INDIA CLUB members - $ 20 per person in cash

Email to; sms to 9227 0957

We have had some excellent speakers in the past 12 months : Dr APJ Abdul Kalam - India’s former President, Abhinav Bindra - Olympics Gold Medallist, Arun Shourie – former Minister for Disinvestment & writer, Madhu Kishwar – writer & social activist, Sunanda Datta Ray - writer & journalist, Sunethra Bandaranaike - social activist from Sri Lanka.

For those who sign up as new INDIA CLUB members on 4th October, the fees is $150 and your membership will be valid till 31st December 2013. We accept cash and cheque payments only.

Warm regards

Events Committee

Kiran Bedi Event

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India Club welcomes Sunethra Bandarnaike, at Indigo Blue Art Gallery

India Club, Singapore is delighted to welcome Sunethra Bandaranaike of the Sunera Foundation to deliver a talk on “The Bandaranaikes & India: an inside view on the joys and occasional tribulations of neighbourliness", as well as to discuss her foundation’s work for Children with Disabilities.
Sunethra Bandaranaike is the eldest daughter of Solomon WRD Bandaranaike (founder of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and 4th PM of Sri Lanka, 1956-59) and Sirimavo Bandaranaike (PM of Sri Lanka, 1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-2000). Her sister, Chandrika Kumaratunge was President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005) and brother Anura was Speaker of parliament. Her paternal grandfather was Maha Mudaliar (the chief Sinhalese advisor to the Governor) of British-ruled Ceylon, and her maternal ancestor was the key signatory on behalf of the Sinhalese to the Kandyan treaty that established British rule in 1815. Sunethra herself obtained a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Somerville College, Oxford, and was Coordinating Secretary to the PM during Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s 1970-77 tenure. But she subsequently chose not to enter politics herself, and focused more on her social work with children and adults with disabilities.

Venue: Indigo Blue Art Gallery
Date: 14th July 2012
Time: 11 am
Entry is free for India Club members; $15 for non-members.

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INDIA CLUB Networking Evening

Dear Members & Friends of India Club,

You are invited to INDIA CLUB’s mid-year Networking event on Saturday, 7th of July. It is being held at the Indigo Blue Art Gallery, against a backdrop of MF Husain’s works. On display are limited edition scrolled prints by the Indian Master Artist. Two of Husain’s most coveted series, “Horses” and “Mother Teresa", are featured in this collection. Each print is signed in Chinese characters as this exhibition was meant to be travel to China, Japan and Singapore with Husain himself accompanying, but sadly before it could take place the artist passed away. This event is an opportunity to mingle with like-minded people over drinks and finger food and to enjoy a 15-minute talk on the exhibition. Look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 7th June from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The address is 33 Neil Road, Singapore. Public car-parking is available near the gallery.
We have had some excellent events in the past 12 months, including talks by Abhinav Bindra , Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Arun Shourie. For the rest of the year, INDIA CLUB has a stimulating pipeline of events – one featuring a prominent novelist and another featuring a quasi-political figure. We intend to have a gala year-end social gathering too. So please do stay connected and if you haven’t renewed your membership or wish to sign up as a new member, the 7th of July event at Indigo Blue is a good opportunity to do so. Do publicise this event to your friends. The networking event is free for INDIA CLUB members, including for newly signed up members on the day, and will cost $ 20 for non-members. (Renewal fees is $100 and New Annual membership is $150. Cash and cheque payments only.)

Networking Evening Sept 2012

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India Club event featuring Sunanda Datta-Ray on “India, the US and Asia”

India Club, Singapore is delighted to welcome Sunanda Datta-Ray, former long-serving Editor of The Statesman (New Delhi and Calcutta), editorial consultant to the Straits Times, editor-in-residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Senior Visiting Fellow at ISEAS (Singapore), author of “Waiting for America: India and the US in the new millennium” and authority on India’s relations with the US and Asia, to deliver a talk on “India, the US and Asia: Does the Obama administration’s “pivot” constitute an Asia policy?”

Venue: Indigo Blue Art Gallery, 33 Neil Road (near the CBD)
Date: 23rd May 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30pm
Talk and Q&A will be followed by light refreshments.

Admission: free for India Club members, $15 for non-members.
RSVP: email to

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India Club welcomes Dr. Madhu Kishwar

India Club, Singapore is delighted to welcome the prominent Indian academic and social activist, Madhu Kishwar, for an informal talk about social issues in contemporary India.

Venue: 35 Jalan Puteh Jerneh, Chipbee Gardens, Holland Village
Time: 7pm
Date: January 30th, 2012

Madhu Purnima Kishwar is Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), and the Director of the Indic Studies Project of CSDS. In this capacity, she has convened a series of international conferences on “Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilisation". She is also the Founder President of the Manushi Sangathan, which is a forum for research-based activist interventions, working for democratic reforms that will promote greater social justice and strengthen human rights in India, especially for women. And, since, 1979, she has edited the journal “Manushi", focusing on Women and Society with the goal of bridging the gap between academics and social activism. Her recent interventions over the past decade have focused on Laws, Liberty and Livelihoods – with a particular emphasis on freeing the livelihoods of two vulnerable urban communities – street vendors and cycle-rickshaw pullers – from needless bureaucratic controls that make them susceptible to exploitation and extortion.

RSVP: SMS 92270957/

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India Club presents the Singapore launch of Abhinav Bindra’s autobiography

India Club is delighted to host the Singapore launch of Abhinav Bindra’s “A Shot at History: My Obsessive quest for Olympic Gold” (co-authored by Singapore’s own Rohit Brijnath). At the Beijing Olympics four years ago, Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal (between 1928 and 1980, India had won 8 gold medals in hockey, but none in an individual sport). This is his story, told with the help of the celebrated sports journalist Rohit Brijnath (who currently works for the Straits Times, having previously made his reputation at India Today and Sportsworld in India). The book is already a best-seller in India, and copies of the book will be available for sale at the venue, including opportunities to have it signed by the co-authors.

Venue: Raffles and Draycott rooms of the Tanglin Club
Date & time: 12 noon on Sunday, February 5th 2012.
Discussion with the co-authors will be followed by lunch.
Attendance is free for India Club members, $35 for non-members.
RSVP: or call 9227 0957 (registration is first come, first served).

We look forward to seeing you at the event.
Abhinav Bindra Event “>

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India Club is delighted to welcome back Dr. Arun Shourie

India Club, Singapore is privileged to welcome back

Dr. Arun Shourie, the eminent author, doyen of Indian journalism and the father of privatisation in India during his time as Minister of Disinvestment (and later Minister of Telecommunications) in India’s Union Cabinet of 1999-2004.

Dr. Shourie will deliver a talk on “India’s response to the geopolitical challenges posed by the rise of China and the imminent collapse of Afghanistan".

Venue: Singapore Khalsa Association (Level-4)
2 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217646

Time: 12:30pm-2pm

Date: Saturday, 22nd October 2011

The talk will be followed by a sumptuous lunch.

Entry: Free for India Club members;

$35 for non-members

We look forward to seeing you there.

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India Club is delighted to welcome Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India

India Club is privileged to welcome Dr Abdul Kalam, who will give an inspirational talk to members and friends of the India Club, entitled “Igniting the mind of the new India: Harnessing Science to inspire youth”. The 11th President of India is still acknowledged to be the “People’s President", an inspirational figure whose ideas and vision remain a beacon of hope and integrity in India’s public life.

Dr Kalam received the Bharat Ratna in 1997 for his pivotal contributions to India’s scientific and technological establishment, especially the space program. He played a crucial role in leading and organizing the work that went toward the Pokhran II nuclear tests in May 1998, and was Project Director of the teams that created the successful SLV-2 and SLV-3 indigenous satellite programs.

His books, speeches and inspirational example truly made him the People’s President – and Dr. Kalam continues to ignite the minds of India’s youth with his visionary ideas today through a variety of institutions aimed at enhancing the sense of service and patriotism among India’s youth.

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 6.30-8pm (sandwiches, snacks and tea will be served after the talk)

Venue: Raffles Room, Tanglin Club

India Club Members: Free

Non Members Fee: $30.
Student Fee: $15

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Event

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India Club welcomes Rahul Jacob, author of “Right of Passage”

Rahul Jacob was the Travel, Food and Drinks Editor of the Financial Times (London) from 2003 to 2010 , and this is a delightful collection of his evocative travel essays published in that newspaper and elsewhere. Rahul is currently the South China (including Hong Kong) bureau chief of the Financial Times, and has previously worked at FORTUNE and TIME magazines (the latter as Asia business editor), after completing a Masters from Columbia University’s Journalism School, and a BA(Hons) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Our friend Deepika Shetty’s review of the book said it “shows how journalists wanting to be taken seriously as writers can make their columns work in book form". The Asian Review of Books called it “both delightful and erudite, just the thing to take one’s mind off the bland and homogeneous experience of global air travel". Outlook (India) described him as a “natural cosmopolitan, straddling cultures, countries and continents with an ease that could put a diplomat to shame". The former Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten says, “This is a wonderfully entertaining guide and companion, both for old hands and first-time visitors…Jacob observes the new wonders of the world with wry humour.” And fellow travel-writer Pico Iyer said, “Rahul Jacob seems to me an archetypal traveller of our times, so conversant with East and West that he dissolves the distances between them.”
I can attest that an afternoon with Rahul is unfailingly fulfilling and enlightening.

Venue: Raffles Room, Tanglin Club
Time: 3 pm onwards
Date: 22nd May, Sunday

Free for India Club Members

Non Members: $35

RSVP / sms 92270957


P K Basu

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India Club is proud to host the Singapore Launch of Dr Kaushik Basu`s “Beyond the Invisible Hand”

Dear members and friends:

India Club is delighted to announce the Singapore Launch of a landmark
new book by the eminent economist, Prof. Kaushik Basu, “Beyond the
Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a New Economics” (published by the
Princeton University Press). Bloomberg has called the book “alluring",
the World Bank’s chief economist called it a “remarkable tour de
force", and the Nobel Laureate George Akerlof said the book “deftly,
with the carefully chosen anecdote, and the sparing but subtle thought
experiment …again and again dispels the myth that the invisible hand
of free markets leads to the best of all possible worlds - indeed,
often far from it".

Venue: Tanglin Club (Raffles Room)

Time: 12:30-2:00pm

Date: Wednesday, April 27th 2011. (Lunch will be served).

Entry: Free for India Club members; $40 for non-members (inclusive of

Alumni Members of IIM : $35

Dr. Kaushik Basu is currently the Chief Economic Advisor to the
Government of India, and one of the world’s pre-eminent economists,
especially in the fields of Development Economics, Game Theory (where
he originated the “Traveller’s Dilemma"), Political Economy and
Industrial Organization. In order to take up his responsibility with
the GoI, Prof. Basu is on leave from Cornell University, where he holds joint
professorships in Economics and International Studies, and is Director
of the Program on Comparative Economic Development. He obtained his BA
(Hons) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and M.Sc and Ph.D.
in Economics from the London School of Economics.

He has been Visiting Professor at “Harvard, Princeton and MIT” and the
founding Executive Director of the Centre for Development Economics at
the Delhi School of Economics. Most pertinently, Prof.

Basu is an engaging speaker and writer, whose ability to distill
economic jargon to layman’s language is one of his most distinctive
traits – as evidenced by his columns for BBC News Online, Hindustan
Times, and Business Standard.

We look forward to your participation in the Book Launch, and the
stimulating discussion with Prof. Kaushik Basu that we are confident
will follow.

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Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan

India Club presents the Singapore launch of MJ Akbar’s celebrated new book, “Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan“.

MJ Akbar is India’s pre-eminent journalist (founding editor of SUNDAY and THE TELEGRAPH, each of which became trend-setting publications, and currently Editorial Director of INDIA TODAY, India’s leading newsmagazine) and a world-renowned scholar of Islam and the History of the Indian sub-continent. We are delighted that he will be back amongst us to talk about (and launch) the book, which is currently the #1 non-fiction best-seller in India. The Economist has said about it, “Among many recent books on Pakistan, Mr Akbar’s stands out…It is a lively read; Mr Akbar is a stylish writer with an excellent eye for a gag.”

Date: Thursday, February 24 , 2011
Time:• 7:00pm onwards (the Book Launch will be followed by Dinner)

Venue: The Tanglin Club (Raffles room)
5 Stevens Road

India Club Members: Free

Non Members: $ 35

RSVP: office @ indiaclub .org . sg

Call/ SMS : 92270957

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Tea with Sharmila Tagore

The INDIA CLUB, Singapore and Tagore Society

are proud to present an exclusive opportunity to have tea with

Sharmila Tagore

celebrated film actress, chairman of the Central Film Certification Board and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Date: Saturday, 2nd October 2010
Venue: Tanglin Club (Raffles room), 5 Stevens Road, Singapore.
(No car parking at Tanglin Club. Nearest public parking at Shaw Centre, Hotel Royal Plaza on Scotts, International Building etc)
Time: 3:30 p.m.; sumptuous high tea included
RSVP:; 92270957
Entrance fee: For INDIA CLUB members - $30; For all others $60 each.
Payment of fees by cash or local cheque at the door.

You can sign up to be an India Club member at the door for $150 per person. Free posters for first 10 new members.

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I am writing on behalf of India Club to give notice of its 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held as follows.

Date : Sunday, 23rd May 2010

Time : From 13:30 to 15:30

Venue : Raffles Room at The Tanglin Club, 5 Stevens Road, Singapore
(Car parking is not available at the Tanglin Club. You may use public parking along Claymore Hill vicinity e.g. Shaw Centre / House, International Building etc)

Programme : 13:30 – 14:30 Registration for AGM & Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 AGM

Agenda for AGM

1. President’s Report
2. Presentation of Annual Accounts for period 1 Dec 2008 – 30 Nov 2009 for approval (annual accounts attached herewith)
3. Presentation of Minutes of the 5th AGM held on 10 May 2009 ( minutes attached herewith)
4. Secretary’s Report
5. Election of office-bearers and committee
6. Other matters

In case you were an India Club member in 2009 and haven’t renewed your membership yet, we have extended the renewal deadline for the calendar year 2010 to the date of the AGM. Any enrollment as a member after that date will be at a fee of $150.

You are requested to attend the AGM. The AGM will be held in conjunction with an India Club event featuring Sunanda Datta-Ray (from 11:30am to 1:30pm), for which a separate notice has been sent out.

Yours truly,
Aarti Mehra
India Club

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Looking East to Look West: Lee Kuan Yew’s Mission India

The India Club, Singapore

welcomes you to a Book Reading and Discussion with


“Looking East to Look West: Lee Kuan Yew’s Mission India".

Singapore’s “India Fever” has long been attributed to then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, and the bonhomie he established with Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. Datta-Ray’s audacious new book delves further into the history of India-Singapore engagement, showing how central India always was to Lee Kuan Yew’s vision for Asia – and how ardently he worked to deepen ties with India in Singapore’s formative years. Singapore’s founding PM always believed that “Asia would submerge if India did not emerge". LKY was awe-struck by Nehru’s institution-building, and visited him often in Delhi (including a few weeks before his death). Among the startling revelations in the book is that LKY wrote to Shastri (and Nasser) seeking military assistance on the very day of Singapore’s separation from Malaysia.

Full of wonderful nuggets about personal engagement, deep historical insights and strategic analysis, Datta-Ray’s book begins with Suvarnabhumi (the name for SE Asia in the Indian epics, which found echoes in Srivijiya, Majapahit, Champa and other Hindu kingdoms across Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos), explores the romance of the 1950s, the estrangement in the Indira years, LKY’s disillusionment with India’s descent into autarky (and institutional decay) in the 1970s and 1980s, followed by the flowering of a mutually beneficial relationship encompassing economics, defence and societal links in the past twenty years. As the review in “India Today” remarked, Datta-Ray’s book explores “why LKY believe(d) in India long before Indians began to believe in themselves", delving dispassionately into both the highs and lows of the Singapore-India story.

Sunanda Datta-Ray was editor of Calcutta’s leading daily, The Statesman, in that newspaper’s heyday in the 1990s (when it was also a leading Delhi daily), and subsequently spent several years in Singapore as editorial consultant at the Straits Times. During this time, he was also affiliated with the Institute of South-east Asian Studies (ISEAS), and wrote the fascinating book that will be the focus of our program. It was based on 8 extensive conversations with Singapore’s founding Prime Minister (now Minister Mentor) Lee Kuan Yew, and is destined to become the definitive work on the history and evolution of India-Singapore relations.

Apart from his ever-stimulating columns in a variety of newspapers in India, the US, UK, Singapore and elsewhere, Mr. Datta-Ray is the author of several other books, including the seminal “Waiting for America". If there is time, we will open the discussion up for questions about that book as well.

Venue: Raffles Room, Tanglin Club
Date: Sunday, May 23rd 2010
Time: 11:30am-2pm (light lunch will be served afterwards).
Entrance: $35 for non-members; free for India Club members.
Copies of the book, “Looking East to Look West” will be available for purchase.

Travel sponsors: Jet Airways


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11 Dec : INDIA CLUB Gala Networking Evening n/m2

To wrap up 2009, INDIA CLUB is holding a gala networking evening – to give all of you a chance to meet each other over a glass of wine and canapés. In addition to the stimulating conversation, there will be the visual delight of an exhibition of vibrant paintings by T Vaikuntham. Please come and bring along friends you wish to introduce to INDIA CLUB. And do RSVP.

Event : INDIA CLUB Gala Annual Networking evening
Date & Time : Friday, 11th December from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Venue : Indigo Blue Art Gallery, 33 Neil Road, Singapore

Closest car-parking at Duxton Hill Rd & Kreta Ayer Rd
Entry Fee: Members - free, Spouse of member - $15, All others - $ 30 per person
Programme: 8:00 p.m. Presentation by Suman Aggarwal, Director Indigo Blue
8:15 p.m. Short presentation by “Akanksha”, an NGO devoted to the education of underprivileged children
Special Offer: A free autographed book by celebrated writer, MJ Akbar for the first 7 individuals who sign up for INDIA CLUB membership @ $150 each
Payments: By cash and local cheques only
RSVP: Office Manager :email; phone 9227 0957

Look forward to seeing you at the INDIA CLUB party! Don’t forget to RSVP so we can make sufficient catering arrangements.

Best regards
Aarti Mehra
Secretary, INDIA CLUB

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The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of Dharma

The INDIA CLUB, Singapore

is delighted to present

the Singapore launch of Gurcharan Das’ magnum opus,

The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of Dharma

(A book that explores the “Mahabharata” as a moral compass for the
contemporary world).

Date : Friday, October 23rd 2009
Venue : Tanglin Club (Raffles room), 5 Stevens Road, Singapore.(No car parking at Tanglin Club. Nearest public parking at Shaw Centre, Hotel Royal Plaza on Scotts, International Building etc)
Time : 7-10pm (registration begins at 6:45pm). Light dinner will be served.
RSVP : or call 9227 0957 to register
Fees : Free for members of the India Club; $40 for non-members, $20 for
Students ( valid ID required).Payment of fees by cash or local cheque at the door

The inimitable Gurcharan Das is one of India’s leading public intellectuals, former CEO of Proctor & Gamble India (and MD of P&G Worldwide – Strategic Planning), celebrated author of the path-breaking books, “India Unbound” and the “Elephant Paradigm", as well as several award-winning plays and a novel ("A Fine Family"), columnist in the Times of India and at least 7 other Indian newspapers, and occasional guest writer in numerous other publications, including the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Time and the Wall Street Journal.

As a young student at Harvard, Gurcharan studied moral philosophy. After a successful career as a corporate executive and an even more successful one as a writer (largely examining the classical aim of “artha", or material well-being), he has returned to his intellectual roots – delving into that classic Asian epic, the “Mahabharata” to examine the goal of “dharma", or moral well-being. He turns to the epic to answer that quintessential question – “why be good?” – and emerges with lessons of “dharma” that can be applied to many of the dilemmas that bedevil our world today, from political strategies to business decisions and beyond. The INDIA CLUB is delighted to welcome Gurcharan Das back to Singapore, to launch this magnificent book (autographed copies of which will be available for purchase after the event).

INDIA CLUB is a not-for-profit society with the aim of showcasing the best of contemporary India. It is an association mainly of Indian professionals and Indian corporates but opens its events to all regardless of citizenship or nationality. INDIA CLUB organizes events, mainly talks and interactive sessions, with eminent Indian and India-related personalities. Events are held at Tanglin Club and the Arts House. INDIA CLUB also holds networking events periodically. To be able to participate in INDIA CLUB events free of charge you could become a member ( please visit for the application form) or request to be put on the mailing list by sending your personal contact details to and attend as a non-member by paying a per-event fee. INDIA CLUB is run by full time professionals who contribute their time and resources on a voluntary and strictly pro-bono basis.

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Discussion and book reading by Mr. MJ Akbar

The India Club, Singapore is proud to present an exclusive discussion and book reading by

MJ Akbar

Date: Friday, 2nd October 2009
Venue: Tanglin Club (Raffles room)
Time: 7pm (Dinner will be served after the talk)
Entrance fee: $40 (free for India Club members).

MJ Akbar is the doyen of Indian journalism, founding editor of The
Telegraph (Calcutta), The Asian Age and Sunday (the pre-eminent
newsmagazine of India in the late-1970s and early-1980s), and most
recently of Covert. He is also the author of such celebrated works as
“Nehru: The Making of India” (1989), “The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the
conflict between Christianity and Islam", “Kashmir: Behind the Vale” and
the well-received historical novel, “Blood Brothers” (the Italian edition
of which was a best-seller in Italy). MJ Akbar has also been a Visiting
Fellow at the Brookings Institution (a leading US think-tank) Project on
US Policy toward the Islamic World since 2006, was the official spokesman
of then-PM Rajiv Gandhi and defied the anti-Cong-I swing in 1989 to be
elected to the Lok Sabha from Kishenganj in Bihar. One of India’s most
perspicacious thinkers, Akbar courageously opposed the Emergency and
remained uncompromising in his stand against dictatorship and censorship.
The ruling party again allegedly played a part last year in ousting him
from The Asian Age (which he had founded), but Akbar’s voice continues to
be heard through numerous columns in most Indian newspapers (including the
Times of India and Pioneer), as well as in his new magazine Covert and on
his blog. It is a great honour to be able to welcome him to Singapore for
this exclusive event.

MJ Akbar Oct 2009

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The India Club-IndiaSe Literary Salon

The India Club-IndiaSe Literary Salon


Sudeep Chakravarti

Author of “Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country", one of’s “Top 10 Hot new releases” among Political/History Books worldwide in January 2009, and of the celebrated novel, “Tin Fish” (Penguin, 2005), which has aptly been called “India’s answer to JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye“, including in its use of an authentic lingo heard mainly among India’s finest English-language public schools, and of the wonderful new novel set in Goa, “Once Upon a Time in Aparanta".

Sudeep Chakravarti became a full-time writer in 2005, based primarily in Goa. But he has been Business Editor of India Today, and Consultant Editor of the Hindusthan Times, after starting his career in the New Delhi bureau of the Asian Wall Street Journal (Dow Jones & Co.) in 1985, soon after graduating from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Date: February 17th, 2009
Venue: The Pod, at the National Library
Time: 6:30pm
Attendance is free. Light refreshments will be served.


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Dialogue Session with HE Dr. S. Jaishankar, High Commissioner of India to Singapore

The INDIA CLUB, Singapore

is delighted to present an exclusive



HE Dr. S. Jaishankar
High Commissioner of India to Singapore

Apart from his skills as a diplomat, His Excellency Dr. Jaishankar is one
of India’s leading strategic thinkers, especially on nuclear issues. He was
part of the exclusive group of 6-7 key Indian negotiators of the US-India
civilian nuclear cooperation agreement that was signed last month after 3
years of difficult give and take. The deal has transformed India’s
strategic landscape, and Dr. Jaishankar has graciously agreed to talk about
the process of achieving the landmark agreement and the benefits it
promises to bring India in the long term. He will also address other
foreign policy questions that he is involved with, including India’s
growing economic and socio-political links to South-east Asia.

Venue: Raffles Room, Tanglin Club
Date: Friday, 14th November 2008
Time: 7:15pm (registration begins at 6:45pm)
Charges: Free for India Club members; $25 for non-members
(Refreshments will be served after the dialogue session)


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The Indian Renaissance

The India Club is delighted to support

The Launch of a Book by a long-standing India Club member, Sanjeev Sanyal,
“The Indian Renaissance: The Rise of India after a Thousand Years of Decline”

The author: Sanjeev Sanyal has been a Singapore-based senior regional economist with the Global Markets group of Deutsche Bank since 1997, and is also an Adjunct Fellow at Singapore’s Institute of
Policy Studies.
The book: Till a thousand years ago, India was a great nation ? the world’s largest economy, the lynchpin of global trade, a hub of intellectual activity and a cultural super-power. Now, after ten centuries of decline, India has an opportunity to re-emerge not just as an economy but as a civilization. In “The Indian Renaissance: India’s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline", Sanjeev looks at the processes that led to ten
centuries of decline. He then examines the powerful economic and social forces that are now working together to transform India beyond recognition.

These range from demographic shifts to rising literacy levels. However, the most important revolution of all is the opening of minds and the dramatically changed attitude towards innovation and risk. With clarity,
understanding and insight, the author tells the story from the perspective of the new generation of Indians who have emerged from this great period of change.

The event: Apart from a book reading by the author, there will be a discussion of the book by HE Dr S. Jaishankar, High Commissioner of India to Singapore and Dr. Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Date: Friday, Sept 5th, 2008
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Churchill Room, Tanglin Club
Attendance is free

All India Club members and friends are invited.

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Book Reading by David Davidar.

Dear INDIA CLUB members and Friends-of INDIA CLUB

Close on the heels of the reading by Anita Desai, we are delighted to present a book reading by yet another Indian author, David Davidar as part of the INDIA CLUB-IndiaSe Literary Salon.

Davidar is the author of the novel The House of Blue Mangoes, which was published in 2002. It was translated into 16 languages and was a New York Times Notable Book and a Book Sense Pick. His new novel, The Solitude of Emperors, was launched in September 2007 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.
In 1985, while still in his mid-twenties, he became one of the founding members of Penguin in India, where he edited or published authors like Kiran Desai, Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth, Vikram Chandra, Rohinton Mistry, Salman Rushdie, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Khushwant Singh, R.K. Narayan, Shobhaa De, Romila Thapar, Shashi Tharoor, Suketu Mehta, William Dalrymple, Mohsin Hamid and Ramachandra Guha. He is one of the few publishers who is a successful author in his own right. In 2004 he was transferred to Penguin Books in Canada where he now works and resides.

David will be in Singapore for just one day 1st September 2008. You are invited to attend his reading at the National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, on Level 1 at the Visitor’s Briefing room at 5:30 p.m. Admission for this event is free.

Please RSVP to Ms Amrita Das at 92270957.

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Book Reading by Anita Desai

Dear INDIA CLUB Members and Friends-of-INDIA CLUB

“The INDIA CLUB-India Se Literary Salon” is proud to present Anita Desai, the author of nearly a dozen novels with such well known titles as Cry, The Peacock (1963), Baumgartner’s Bombay (1988) and the more recent The Zigzag Way (2004) to her credit. She is the recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award. As many as three of her works were shortlisted for the Booker prize. Her novel In Custody was made into an artistically acclaimed feature film by Merchant Ivory Productions and starred Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Om Puri.

You are invited to attend a book reading by her on the 23rd of August at 6:30 p.m. @ The POD 16th floor, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore. In a departure from our usual practice, both INDIA CLUB members as well Friends-of-INDIA CLUB are welcome to attend the event free of charge. This is courtesy of INDIA CLUB, India Se, The National Library and Citibank.

As seats are limited and a fixed number allocated to each sponsor, you are requested to RSVP as soon as possible, by stating that you are an INDIA CLUB invitee. RSVP by email : or by phone : 92270957 ( Ms Das). Please carry a print out of this email to the event for verification.

Yours truly
Aarti Mehra
Secretary, INDIA CLUB

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India Club-IndiaSe Literary Salon: featuring Shobhaa De (and discussion with Kishore Mahbubani)

India Club

is proud to announce the 2nd

“India Club-India Se Literary Salon”


A Book Reading from “Superstar India” by author Shobhaa De

followed by a discussion between her and Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani
(former Singapore ambassador to the UN, and current Dean of the Lee Kwan
Yew School of Public Policy)

Date: Saturday, July 12th, 2008
Venue: Churchill Room, Tanglin Club

Time: 5:20pm (registration and book-purchases); 6:15pm: all guests to be
Cost: $10 for India Club members; $35 for non-members (Supper will be
Participants will be entitled to purchase the book at a 20% discount at the

We look forward to seeing you there!



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Chak De India


is proud to present 3 Indian sportsmen bound for the Olympics

Anup Sridhar, India #1 in badminton

and the swimmers

Virdhawal Khade (representing India in 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle at the

Sandeep Sejwal (representing India in 100m and 200m breaststroke at the
Beijing Olympics)

Venue: Chancery hall, Indian High Commission, Grange Road
Date: 8th June,2008 Sunday.
Time: 7:30pm-9pm (Light refreshments will be served)
Registration: from 7pm
Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members

Anup Sridhar made the quarter-finals at the World Badminton championships
last year in Kuala Lumpur, beating reigning
Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat along the way. (Ironically, he plays Taufik
again on Wednesday evening June 11th in the first round
of this year’s Singapore Open).

Virdhawal Khade was the “fastest 15-year-old in the world in 50m, 100m and
200m freestyle” in 2006, and remains one of the world’s most exciting
young swimmers. He won 6 gold medals at the South Asian Games in 2006, and
is the youngest Indian swimmer to ever qualify for the Olympics

Sandeep Sejwal, an undergraduate at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, is the
national record holder in 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke. He won silver
medals in the 50m and 100m breast-stroke events at the Asian Indoor Games
in 2007.

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India: Seizing the Opportunities

The India Club, Singapore

is proud to announce a Public Lecture on “India: Seizing the Opportunities
of the 21st century”

by the inimitable Gurcharan Das

One of India’s leading public intellectuals, former CEO of Proctor & Gamble
India (and MD of P&G Worldwide - Strategic Planning), celebrated author of the path-breaking
books, “India Unbound” and the “Elephant Paradigm", as well as several
award-winning plays and a novel ("A Fine Family"), columnist in the Times
of India and at least 7 other Indian newspapers, and occasional guest
writer in numerous other publications, including the Financial Times,
Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Time and the Wall Street Journal.

Date: Friday, March 28th 2008
Venue: Tanglin Club (Raffles Room and Claymore Room)
The Public Lecture will be followed by Dinner

Entrance: Free for members of the India Club; $40 for non-members
Registration begins: 6pm; please be seated by 6:25pm

RSVP: or call 9227 0957 to register

Download PPT

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India Club-India Se Literary Salon”



former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations for Communications and Public Information

reading from his celebrated 1989 work, “The Great Indian Novel", which weaves modern Indian political
history into the epic Mahabharata ("Great Indian") story,

and cross-references to some of his other literary and non-fiction works, including “India: From Midnight to the Millennium” (1997),
“The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cell phone” (2007), “Nehru: The Invention of India” (2003), “Bookless in Baghdad” (2005) and “Show Business” (2002).

Date: Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
Registration begins: 5:30pm; please be seated by 5:55pm
Venue: Tanglin Club (Raffles, Draycott and Claymore Rooms)
Entrance: $50 for non-members; $20 for members


Please register early, as registrations will be restricted to 150 people.

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Dear members and friends:
The India Club is proud to present one of the legends of modern Indian sport

Winner of 16 ATP tour singles titles (more than any other Asian) and 13 ATP tour doubles titles (including the World Doubles championship in 1977),
quarterfinalist in both Wimbledon and the US Open in 1973 (the only Asian to do it in the same year) and again in 1981 and 1974 respectively; former President of the ATP Players Council; twice a Davis Cup finalist (1974 and
1987) and now commentator par excellence for ESPNStarSports.

At an afternoon talk, followed by light lunch

DATE: Tuesday, January 22nd 2008 (TODAY!!!)

Mark your calendars, and look forward to seeing you

Time : 12.45p.m. on Friday, 22nd of January
Venue :
The Blue Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament
Lane, Singapore 179429
Attendance Fee :
Free for INDIA CLUB members; $ 30 per person for non-INDIA CLUB members.

Inquiries : INDIA CLUB Office Manager : 92270957


Car Park :
Public car park at Parliament Place & The Adelphi

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The INDIA CLUB, Singapore

Is delighted to invite you, Members and Friends of the India Club to

A Networking Evening

Sponsored by

Voltas Limited, Singapore Branch

We look forward to your presence at a stimulating year-end event


The Raffles Room

The Tanglin Club

5, Stevens Road


Wednesday 19th December 2007


6:30 pm and 9:30 pm

R.S.V.P: Ms Amrita Das

Tel: 9227 0957, or e-mail .sg by 14th December 2007

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Lecture by MR L K ADVANI, Leader of the Opposition(LOK SABHA)

INDIA CLUB, Singapore

is delighted to announce a Lecture by Mr. Lal Kishenchand Advani Leader of the Opposition (Lok Sabha) and former Deputy Prime Minister of India

speaking on “Building a new, resurgent India”

Date: Saturday, July 28th, 11:30am

35th Level, Grand Tower
Meritus Mandarin Hotel,
333 Orchard Road

Lecture will be followed by tea/coffee and snacks

Admission: Free for members
$30 for non-members (cheque/cash)

RSVP: (Attn Amrita Das / PK Basu)
or phone Amrita (92270957)

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Reading from THE ARGUMENTATIVE INDIAN by Economics Nobel Laureate PROF AMARTYA SEN

The India Club, Singapore

is delighted to announce a Book Reading by

Economics Nobel Laureate Prof. Amartya Sen

from his celebrated book, “The Argumentative Indian”

(followed by a free-wheeling discussion)

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm, with a light supper to follow

Registration at the venue: 7pm onwards

Date: Friday, July 13th 2007

Venue: Raffles Room, Tanglin Club.

Free for Members of the India Club
Cost for non-Members: S$30

We look forward to welcoming you to this stimulating evening with one of
the world’s pre-eminent minds,
reading from one of his most illuminating works.

RSVP: (Attn: Amrita Das / PK Basu)

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INDIA CLUB presents a tasting of the Sula wines of India conducted by Rajeev Samant, the CEO of Sula Vineyards. In addition to sampling the wine, hear the personal story of Rajeev’s entrepreneurial journey in shaping a sunrise industry in India and placing its product on the map of New World wines.

Event : Sula Wines of India - Talk and Tasting, followed by finger food reception

Time : 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 1st of June

Venue : The ArtsHouse, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Attendance Fee : Free for INDIA CLUB members; $ 35 per person for non-INDIA CLUB
members. As the event is catered for a limited number, please
confirm your attendance by mailing a cheque for the Attendance Fee,
made in favour of INDIA CLUB. Write name(s) & contact number of
attendees on the reverse. Please mail cheques to INDIA CLUB c/o
1 Raffles Place, OUB Centre #40-00, Singapore 048616.

Inquiries : INDIA CLUB Office Manager : 92270957; Aarti Mehra : 98396323

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India Club is delighted to announce a talk by Smt. Jaya Row, Founder of Vedanta Vision and Founder- Managing Trustee of Vedanta Trust. She has lectured extensively all over the world on the relevance of Vedanta - an Indian philosophy to empowering each individual to achieve breakthrough success, growth and fulfillment in their personal and professional endeavors. Her lectures in Purdue University CIBER- Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and in the UK on - “The Art Of Self Management” have placed her as a thought leader.

She has lectured to various corporate organizations which includes World Bank N.Y, Shell U.K, Tata Group, Infosys, Ranbaxy, ICICI Bank etc.

Smt. Jaya Row incorporates a unique blend of scholarly knowledge with real-world pragmatism. She is a skilful orator and challenges people to look beyond the mundane and secular and reach for the permanent and more meaningful aspects of life. She peppers her discourses with apt examples - making for easy understanding, retention and application of Vedanta in everyday life.

Vedanta is the philosophy contained in the last portion of the Vedas. Some of the most significant Vedantic texts are the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. It is amongst the oldest and foremost schools of thought on self-management. Understanding and practicing the principles laid down in Vedanta, people are able to live successful, peaceful lives and, above all, grow to their potential.

Please mark the date in your calender:

Date: Friday, 09th March 2007

Time: 6:30PM

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Date : Saturday, 24th February 2007

Time : From 12:45 to 15:00

Venue : Claymore Room at The Tanglin Club, 5 Stevens Road, Singapore

Programme : 12:45 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:00 AGM

Agenda for AGM

1. President’s Report

2. Presentation of Annual Accounts for period 1 Dec 2005 – 30 Nov 2006 for approval

3. Presentation of Minutes of the 2nd AGM held on 25th Feb 2006

4. Secretary’s Report

5. Other matters

Accounts for the period ended 30th November 2006 and Minutes of the 2nd AGM are attached herewith for your attention.

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India Club presents

The Fourth talk in our SUNRISE INDUSTRY Speaker Series: Sunny Verghese, CEO of Olam International on “Building a Southern Multinational: The Olam Experience”.

India Club is delighted to announce the 4th talk in our Sunrise Industry Speaker series, following previous talks by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Biocon), Ashok Soota (MindTree) and Sabeer Bhatia (founder of Hotmail).

Our featured speaker this time is Mr. Sunny Verghese, Group Managing Director and CEO of Olam International, one of the world’s leading agribusiness companies, which happens to be majority-owned by the non-resident Indian Group (Kewalram Chanrai) and run entirely by a team of professionals. Sunny Verghese is the leader of that team, having left Hindustan Lever to found Olam in 1988, and take it to the heights it has now reached as one of Singapore’s best-known international companies.

Beginning in Africa with cocoa, coffee, nuts and dried fruits, Olam pioneered the techniques of supply-chain management in agriculture that are today being emulated by new Indian agribusinesses (like those of Mukesh Ambani and Sunil Mittal). Procuring products directly from its network of farmers around the world, Olam is the “brand behind the brand”, dominating the global supply of 14 agricultural products including cocoa, coffee, several nuts, spices, etc., and delivering them efficiently to the world’s major end users. Olam International has become a darling of the Singapore stock-market with its share price having quadrupled within 2 years of listing with a market cap touching S$4 billion and has now been included as part of the STI benchmark index. It has an enviable list of shareholders including at one time Temasek Holdings, which took a stake in the company several years ago. Sunny Verghese is also the vice chairman of International Enterprise, Singapore and Chairman of CitySpring Infrastructure Trust Limited, the first business infrastructure trust listed in Singapore last week, sponsored by Temasek holdings.

The India Club is proud to present the story of Olam International, presented by Sunny Verghese.

Venue : Tanglin Club

Date : February 24th, 2007

Time : 11am-1pm. Talk to be followed by lunch

Attendance: $45 for non-members (including lunch). Free for India Club members.

RSVP : , 92270957(telephonic confirmation)

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Financial Sector Reforms in India: Building the foundation of resurgent India

The India Club supported by the Forum of India based banks in Singapore is delighted to present a lecture on :

Financial Sector Reforms in India: Building the foundation of resurgent India

By Dr. Rakesh Mohan, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

From the vantage point of his cockpit at the apex of India’s financial system, Dr. Mohan will talk about India’s Financial-sector reforms over the past decade, and look forward to the possible era of capital account convertibility. He will place India’s currently-robust financial sector in a regional and comparative perspective, and describe his vision of its role in facilitating India’s economic advance and the challenges of developing India into a significant financial centre.

Date: Saturday, 11th November 2006

Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Venue: Grand Plaza Parkroyal

10 Coleman Street, Next to Pennisular Plaza and City Hall

In July 2005, Dr. Rakesh Mohan became Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India for the second time, this time for a term of five years. He oversees the RBI’s Monetary Policy Department, Department of Statistical Analysis and Computer Services, Department of Economic Analysis and Policy, Secretary’s Department, Financial Market Department and also Co-ordination work. His earlier appointment (for 3 years) in September 2002 was interrupted in October 2004, when he was called away to serve as India’s Finance Secretary (Economic Affairs). He had also been Adviser to the Finance Minister and Chief Economic Adviser between January 4, 2001 and May 15, 2002.

As the chair of the GoI’s expert group on Infrastructure (1994-96), Dr. Mohan was the principal author of the famous “India Infrastructure Report", which has guided reform in the area. His work as chair of the Expert Group on the Railways (1999-2001) is now bearing fruit in the form of the revival of India’s railways, and as co-chair of the Joint Study Group on economic cooperation between India and Singapore (2002-03), he and Heng Swee-keat (current MD of the MAS) were the joint-creators of the India-Singapore CECA.

Born on January 14, 1948, Dr. Rakesh Mohan received his Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, and BA in Economics from Yale University. He is also a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and an IIT alumnus.

Dr. Rakesh Mohan has researched extensively in the areas of economic reforms and liberalisation, industrial economics, urban economics, infrastructure studies and economic regulation. monetary policy and the financial sector. He is the author of three books, co-author of one on Indian economic policy reforms and of numerous articles. He was undoubtedly one of the key architects of the economic reforms India has undertaken since 1991.

To register for this lecture: Please fax in your registration on the attached registration forms:

Fees for Lecture: Free for India club members

Non members: $50/ per person

The program will include lunch with the Deputy Governor

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India Club is pleased to announce a networking event with Board and Committee members of the British Chamber of Commerce and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce who will be our guests for our members to network with.

The networking event sponsored by State Bank of India

Date and time: Friday 13th October 2006, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Venue: Raffles Room, Tanglin Club (Nearest public car parks: Claymore Hill Road, Shaw Centre, Royal Crowne Plaza Hotel)

Agenda: Informal networking event to broaden network and contact with other International Chambers in Singapore namely British and Japanese.

Dress: Office attire or smart casual.

Cost: India Club members ( paid up for 2006): Free
Non-members: $40 per person (or sign up for membership and attend free)

Registration: Prior registration required, Please send email with following details to: . Please register by 7th Oct .

Member: Yes/No
Tel No:
Fax No:
E-mail address:

Non- members please send fees by cheque payable to “India Club”.
India Club
1 Raffles Place , 40-00 OUB Centre
Singapore 048616

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Sunrise Series - Sabeer Bhatia

The India Club is delighted to announce the 3rd in its Sunrise Industry Speaker series, featuring Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail. This series, highlighting some of the corporate leaders who are remaking India’s sunrise industries, has featured Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (of Biocon) and Ashok Soota (of Mindtree Consulting). Details of the event are as follows:

3rd Sunrise Industry Speaker: Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail

Topic: Entrepreneurship in the Information Age

Venue: Raffles Room, Tanglin Club

Date and time: Wednesday, September 6th 2006, 3-4:30pm; registration from 2:30pm

Refreshments will be served.

Free for India Club members; fee for non-members: $30.

In 1995, Sabeer Bhatia founded Hotmail, the world’s first web-based e-mail service. He had left BITS Pilani after a year to go to Caltech, but his restless spirit led to this revolutionary entrepreneurial move. By the end of 1997, Hotmail was ubiquitous – and Bill Gates came calling. On December 31st, 1997, Sabeer and his co-founder (Jack Smith of Apple Computer) sold Hotmail to Microsoft for US$400 million. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 1997 by the leading venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and was named by TIME magazine as one of the “People to Watch in International Business” in 2002. Among other things, Sabeer has since founded a new venture called BlogEverywhere, and has relaunched as a travel portal.

It is a great honour for us to host Sabeer at this event. We look forward to seeing you there.

In order to get a fix on number of people attending please RSVP at

Best regards,
The India Club

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EXCLUSIVE 1 DAY WORKSHOP ON SELF LEADERSHIP - The programme is an adventure of ideas and experiences on leadership. It aims to provide deep insights and action choices for leaders who are struggling to cope with a complex knowledge-driven environment. At the end of the programme leaders can expect to gain clarity and coherence between what they have to know and what they have to do in order to lead.
ProgramFacilitator : Dr. Debashis Chatterjee
Harvard Scholar
Business Professor and internationally acclaimed author.
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2006 - Watch this space for more details to follow shortly
Cost : Free to India Club paid up members

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The Forgotten Army in a World at War: Subhas Bose’s INA and its Effect on Asia’s Independence

India Club and The Institute Of Southeast Asian Studies present

The Forgotten Army in a World at War: Subhas Bose’s INA and its Effect on Asia’s Independence

Date : Sunday, 13 August 2006
Registration : 2 PM
Time : 2:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Venue : RELC Auditorium, RELC International Hotel, 30 Orange Grove Road (off Orchard Road)
Singapore 258352, Tel : (65) 6885 7888

The Indian National Army (INA) was founded in Singapore to free India from British rule. The INA, led by the charismatic Subhas Chandra Bose, raised an army of over 100,000 men and women from Singapore, Malaya, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Burma, and what are now Pakistan and Bangladesh. The INA fought a number of bloody battles with British and American forces on Indian soil in 1944 and in Burma in 1945. The subsequent INA Trials in Delhi’s Red Fort sparked a massive nationalist upsurge, resulting in mutinies in the Royal Indian Navy and Air Force, which convinced Attlee that Britain could no longer hold onto India. It is in this context that it became a crucial link between the wartime destinies of Southeast Asia and South Asia, igniting the search for independence in the region.

The seminar will present views on the INA and its contribution to Asian independence by scholars from India and Southeast Asia. Keynote speakers include Prof. Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University (member of the Bose family), Prasenjit K Basu, Director of Khazanah Nasional and Prof. A Mani together with Prof. P Ramasamy of ISEAS. Reminiscences by surviving INA veterans and a rare documentary depicting the INA at war will also be featured. Prof. Sumantra Bose of the London School of Economics and Mrs. Krishna Bose, former Indian Parliamentarian (members of the Bose family), will also be attending.

Professor SUGATA BOSE is Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University. His field of specialization is South Asian and Indian Ocean history. His publications include Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy (1998) and Peasant Labour and Colonial Capital: Rural Bengal since 1770 (1993). His latest book, A Hundred Horizons, was published by Harvard University Press in April 2006. Prof. Bose will be speaking on “One Man and a World at War: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, 1941-1945.”

Mr PRASENJIT K. BASU is Director and Chief Economist with Khazanah Nasional and current President of the India Club, Singapore. He was previously Managing Director of Robust Economic Analysis and before that Chief Economist for SE Asia and India at Credit Suisse First Boston. He is also the co-author of India as a new Global Leader (2005). His presentation is titled “The INA: Its Contribution to India’s Independence and Asia’s Resurgence.”

Professor A. MANI is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at ISEAS and Professor of Asia Pacific Studies at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. His interests are ethnicity, migration, and education in Southeast Asia. His publications include Indian Communities in Southeast Asia (1993) and The Changing Status of Tamil Language in Singapore’s Development (1997).

Professor P. RAMASAMY, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at ISEAS, was Professor of Political Economy at the National University of Malaysia. His interests include colonial labour, the political economy of Indians in Malaysia, and ethnic/nationalist conflicts. Among his publications are Plantation Labour, Unions, Capital, and the State in Peninsular Malaysia (1994) and Lives and Struggles of Plantation Workers in Malaysia (1999).
Prof. Mani and Prof Ramasamy will jointly present “Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army: A Southeast Asian Perspective.”

This seminar sponsored by Orion Capital Investment and Mezzanine Capital and supported by Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Prior registration is required: To register for the seminar write to with the following details by Aug 11th 2006

Name: Prof/Dr/Mr/Mrs/Ms:
(please underline surname)




Tel No: Fax No:

E-mail address:

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Networking Event: August 4, 2006

India Club is delighted to invite all members and their spouses to a social and networking event hosted by Contact Singapore on August 4th, 2006 at:

Raffles Room, The Tanglin Club
5 Stevens Road, Singapore
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Contact Singapore is a part of the International Manpower Division at the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. Its role is to promote working and living in Singapore to global talents and skilled professionals.

We would appreciate RSVPs by July 28th, 2006 to

Dress Code: Office Attire / Smart Casual

Nearest public car parks: Claymore Hill Road, Shaw Centre, Royal Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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Second AGM India Club

Dear Members:

It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Committee of the India Club, to invite you to the 2nd Annual General Meeting of the India Club, to be held on February 25th this year at the Singapore Swimming Club This year, we will serve lunch before the commencement of the AGM proper, in order to give members a good opportunity to socialize before the meeting begins.

Venue: Singapore Swimming Club
45 Tanjong Rhu Road
Singapore 436899

Date: Saturday, 25th February 2006

Time: 12.30 – 1.30 Luncheon

1.30 – Members to convene for the Annual General Meeting of the India Club

Please RSVP to or call Alka @ 9100 3574 for the AGM Notice and Agenda and so that we might have a realistic estimate of the number of people we should cater lunch for. Lunch will be free for members and their spouses.

Looking forward to seeing you at the lunch and AGM.

With warmest regards,

PK Basu
India Club

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India Club is proud to present
A 30-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE OF JOHN ISAAC: The Odyssey of a Photojournalist.

The works of celebrated photojournalist and veteran documentary photographer, New York-based John Isaac, will be shown in Singapore for the first time. After a 30-year career in the Photo Unit of the UN, from which he retired as Photo Chief, John Isaac has turned the focus of his lens from documenting wars, famines and natural calamities, to more aesthetic subjects. In this Retrospective, Singapore viewers will be treated to images of people, landscapes, wildlife, and children. In the last three years, Isaac has made several extended visits to Kashmir and captured the scenic valley and its majestic mountains, its lands and its people. This exhibition includes selected images from his travels there.

The devastation wrought by the earthquakes in Kashmir this past October has been tragic, and in a gesture for his friends in Kashmir, Isaac has donated 10 images for auction at the opening reception, the proceeds from which will be donated to the Kashmir earthquake relief efforts in India. In addition, all guests to the opening ceremony are encouraged to make a voluntary donation of S$100 towards this fund. A form is attached for this donation, which may be made in advance or at the reception.

Come take a walk through this photojournalist’s odyssey.

Time: 6:30 PM ,
Venue: Gallery, The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Guest of Honour, Mr. Edmund Cheng, Chairman of National Arts Council & Mr. Alok Prasad, High Commissioner of India to Singapore.

For preview of items on auction please write to anyone of the above.

FREE PUBLIC VIEWING: The gallery will be open for viewing of John works from 10-19 Feb 2006, Timing : Daily 10am – 8 pm
Venue: Gallery, The Arts House at the Old Parliament

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Interactive session with Young Indian Parliamentarians

India Club and The High Commission of India would like to invite you to an interactive session with Members of the Indian Parliament on Wednesday , 5th October between 5-7 pm.

The India Singapore Parliamentary Forum for deepening the economic, political, social, cultural and security links between the two countries was launched during the visit of PM Lee to India in June, 2005.

This Forum engages itself on a wide range of issues and aims to build long-term ties for the governments and people of the two countries.

The Forum on the Singapore side is co-chaired by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports. Mr. Milind Deora, MP, Co- chairs the Forum on the Indian side. He will be leading a delegation of Members of Parliament and select business persons to Singapore.

The delegation is likely to include the following members:

Milind Deora, (INC), Chairman
Manvendra Singh, Co-chairman, (Spokesperson BJP)
Suresh Prabhu (Shiv Sena), former Cabinet Minister, Chairman, IGFP and
Co-chairman (IJFP)
Md Salim (CPM)
Tathagata Satpathy (BJD)
Smt Alka Kshatriya (INC)
Ramesh Chandran (Executive Director, ISFP)

Business delegation :
Onkar Kanwar, President Ficci
Dr Amit Mitra, Secretary General Ficci
Nikhil Gandhi
Rajeev Chandrasekhar

This is an opportunity for you to interact with the Young Parliamentarians and business persons from India and put forth your viewpoints.

India Club members, supporting organisations and friends will have a platform to interact with this distinguished delegation on Wednesday, 5 th October between 5-6 pm.

Venue: The Pines
30 Stevens Road
Singapore 257840
Tel +65 6735 2288.
Free Parking is available for participants

Register now to avoid disappointment, as seating is limited due to venue constraints.

Please register me for the above event.

Name : ___________________________________
Organisation: __________________________________________
Address: _______________________
Tel: __________
Fax: _______________________
Email: _______________

Send Registration to

Please note: Registration will close by Monday evening.

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Amitav Ghosh Book Reading & Cocktail Reception

India Club invites you to meet Amitav Ghosh, eminent novelist and author.

Program : There will be a book reading by the author, followed by Q&A session
and a cocktail reception to allow you to mingle with him and other Ghosh readers

Venue : Raffles Room, The Tanglin Club, 5 Stevens Road, Singapore

Time : 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on 21st September 2005

Attendance fee : India Club members $40 per person ; Non members $ 50 per person

Admittance by prior confirmation. Please confirm by 18 September

Please mail local cheque to India Club, c/o 201 Tanjong Rhu Road #07-05 Parkshore, Singapore 436917

*State your name and phone contact on back of cheque

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Inquiries at :; 91003574 ; - 98396323

Nearest public carparks : Claymore Hill road, Shaw Centre, Royal Crowne Plaza Hotel

AMITAV GHOSH is one of the most widely known Indians writing in English today.
His books include: The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in
Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, and most recently, The Glass Palace and The Hungry Tide.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He studied at St. Stephens College, Delhi; St. Edmund Hall, Oxford; and the Faculty of Arts, University of Alexandria. He worked for the Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi and he earned his doctorate in Oxford before he wrote his first novel.

The Circle of Reason won the Prix Medici Etranger, one of France’s top literary awards, and The Shadow Lines won the Sahitya Akademi Award, India’s most prestigious literary prize. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for 1997 and The Glass Palace won the Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e-Book Awards in 2001.

Amitav Ghosh was the winner of the 1999 Pushcart Prize, a leading literary award, for an essay that was published in the Kenyon Review.

He lives with his wife, Deborah Baker and their children, in Brooklyn, USA.

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India’s Energy Security - by Dr. A

The India Club is delighted to invite all its members for a talk to be held on India’s Energy Security by Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan.

Energy is an indispensable requirement for economic development and growth. The quest for energy security assumes even more importance for countries that are currently experiencing rapid economic growth like India. Although India is currently the sixth largest energy consumer in the world, the country has to substantially increase its energy supply (especially electric generation capacity) to meet the growing needs of domestic consumers and industry besides attracting foreign investment to sustain the current economic growth rates for the next couple of decades. How will the country meet its goal in its quest for energy security?

India’s energy system is currently dominated by coal-fired power plants followed by hydroelectric power stations. Nuclear power and renewable energy sources contribute a modest share to the total capacity. Coal is likely to stay as the dominant energy source for the foreseeable future, although lack of progress in meeting environmental standards can potentially dampen the growth of coal industry in India. The prospect for nuclear power growth in India has acquired an interesting international dimension following the recent Indo-U.S. nuclear rapprochement. This talk will highlight various issues concerning India’s energy sector, and discuss opportunities for growth and investment in these areas.

Distinguished Speaker : Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, an electrical power engineer who obtained his M.S. and Ph.D degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and worked in USA in various technical and managerial positions in the University of California, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in California.

In 1976 he returned to India and spent the subsequent 24 years in various technical and senior management positions in various public sector organizations in India, including being Executive Director at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) of the Government of India. He also served as the Chairman of the 15-nation Drafting Committee of the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ), for finalizing the text of the International Convention on Nuclear Safety, which subsequently came into force upon its ratification by most of the nations having nuclear power plants and associated facilities. During his long career, Dr. Gopalakrishnan has also been associated with several academic and research institutions in advisory capacities.

Singapore Business Federation, Seminar Room
10 Hoe Chiang Road, #22-01 Keppel Towers
Singapore 089315
Time: 17:30 to 19:00 hrs

Please mail registration information together with a cheque to SBF. Cheque should be made payable to “Singapore Business Federation”. Please indicate Ref No. Ref No: INSA 285/150905/9F and name behind cheque.

Registration Information:

Name (Mr/Ms): _______________________________ Desgn: ___________________
Tel: _________________ Fax: _________________Email:______________________
Company: ____________________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________
India Club Member: Yes/ No
India Club Members $35, Non Members $70

This event is being Co-organised by Singapore Business Federation

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Social & Networking Evening

Mark your calendars: Tuesday Sept 6th, 2005 6-9pm !!

The India Club is delighted to invite all members (and their spouses) to a
Social Evening and networking event hosted by one of our members, Tapan Rao of
Mindtrac, on September 6th 2005 at:

4th Floor, Gateway East , 152 Beach Road, Singapore 189721.
Dress : Office attire / smart casual
Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Admission is free for all members of the India Club and their spouses.

As a courtesy to the host (who needs to know how many people he should cater
for), we would appreciate RSVPs by August 31st to: (

Looking forward to seeing you at the networking event.

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Talk with Shabana Azmi on 26th August 2005

Legendary Indian actress Shabana Azmi is in Singapore for her play “Betrayal” in collaboration with two of Broadway and the West End’s most established names, Peter Friedman and Simon Jones. India Club invites you to an informal meeting with the versatile actress.

Date: Aug 26, 2005 (Fri)
Time: 10-30am - 12.30pm
Venue: The Colonial Room
American Club

Cost: $15 members; $25 non-members. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Mandatory due to security reasons. Since we have limited seats available please register early and before 6 pm on Wednesday 17th August. Please register at

India club office at


Ms Tekla Maira at

Also the show of ” Betrayal” on 27th August 05, Saturday 4pm is partly reserved for India Club members. The ticket rates are $40, $45 and $65 and India Club members can get a special discount of 15% on the ticket price.

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Cricket Match Review

The India Club’s cricket team made its debut on the cricket grounds of Singapore on Saturday, May 7th, playing a friendly fixture against the British Club (which plays regularly in the local SCA league). The India Club team was hampered by the unfortunate absence of four players who had registered for the team, but failed to turn up on the day. However, the members present made up in enthusiasm what they lacked in numbers. Although we were beaten by 30 runs in a 25-overs a side encounter, our fledgling side put up a fighting performance and great fun was had by all who participated. Brief scores: British Club 163/7 in 25 overs (Allison 52 retd, Bacon 34; Amit 1/38, Basu 2/39, Kapadia 1/24); India Club 133/4 in 25 overs (PK Basu 39 retd, Amit Gupta 32 retd, Karan 31).

A young player (Karan) recommended by High Commissioner Alok Prasad took the new ball when we were put in to field upon losing the toss. Karan worked up terrific pace off the wicket, and troubled the opposing batsmen in his opening maiden over. But our other opening bowler, PK Basu, got the first breakthrough, as an outswinger from him took the edge of Symes’ bat and was caught brilliantly at slip by Amit Gupta for 4. But our opponent’s second wicket pair (Allison and Amjad) then settled into a good rhythm and began carting our bowlers to all corners of the ground. We were glad to see Allison retire on 52 (obeying the agreed principle of retiring on reaching a half-century), even as Karan ended his 5 over spell with 0/41 despite some excellent bowling. Soon afterwards, Amit Gupta’s left arm spin snared Amjad plumb in front of the wicket (lbw 25), and Basu ended the dangerous third-wicket partnership by getting Philips lbw for 28. Sanjeev Kapadia bowled a tidy 5-over spell of off-spin, finishing with 1/24, including the wicket of Imran caught by Basu at square leg. Anup Bhargava bowled three fine overs of medium-pace for 15 runs. But our guest bowler, Najib (who joined the fielding side halfway through the innings) got the key wicket of Bacon in his only over (caught and bowled), albeit conceding 9 runs. And young Mohan D’Souza got tailender Wignall bowled in his only over. Despite some superb wicket-keeping by Rajesh Piplani, and valiant work in the field by Thomas Thomas, Abhinav Bhargava and other youngsters, our opponents had piled up a formidable 163/7 in their 25 overs.

Najib and Karan began our reply carefully, putting on 30 runs in the first 8 overs, before Najib was bowled for 16 by Wignall. Sanjeev Kapadia and Karan then put on a fine partnership of 25 runs in 4.4 overs before Sanjeev was unfortunately run out by a direct hit. PK Basu and Karan then sought to accelerate the scoring, raising the run-rate to 7-8 runs an over – but our opponents kept the bowling tight. Karan was adjudged caught behind for 31, and Amit Gupta and Basu then put on a big partnership of 70 runs in 7 overs, but we were always behind the required run rate. At the end of the 23rd over, both Basu (39) and Gupta (32) retired, in order to allow the other batsmen a chance at the crease. Anup Bhargava made an unbeaten 8 (partly in the company of his son Abhinav), while Rajesh Piplani was unlucky to be given lbw for 4. We ended at 133/4 at the end of our 25 overs, losing by a modest 30 runs despite the severe dearth of players in our first foray into Singapore’s cricket grounds.

A special word of thanks for Dolly Piplani, who took on the onerous task of being the official scorer for the match, and to Jaishree Bhargava, who acted as chief photographer and also brought along two sons (and a husband, Anup) all of whom participated with distinction. Little Aman Bhargava, whose height was little more than that of a standard cricket bat, was a courageous fielder and Abhinav showed his batting prowess briefly while also fielding well. All in all, a very enjoyable debut for the India Club cricket side.
Reported by P.K. Basu

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Workshop on Practical aspects of doing business in India

India Club is proud to support “Practical aspects of doing business in India", a seminar /workshop conducted by Condurre Consultants - designed to enable companies and individuals to better understand the ground realities of working and doing business in India.

The speakers include leading experts who have many years of experience on various aspects of business in India. The workshop will educate you about government procedures, investment routing, tax issues, partner relationships, importance and critical aspects of due diligence in India, exit options that need to be considered and the investment climate for foreign investors. The workshop will look at real life case studies of foreign corporates in India thereby enabling participants to gain a better understanding of ground realities in India.

This workshop is different from the usual “informational” seminar that is held on India and would instead focus on the more practical aspects, through real life examples, thereby giving participants a “hands-on” understanding of business in India.

The same workshop was recently well received in the UK and France and will be presented in Japan and China.

Details of the workshop are as follows

Date: 13th May 2004

Time: 8:45 am to 2:30 pm ( Tea and Lunch included)

Venue: Tanglin Club 5 Steven Road, Singapore

India Club members are eligible for a special rate of S$ 60 for the workshop

Additional information and the registration form can be obtained from this link
Please register directly with Condurre Consultants as per details provided in the registration form, mentioning that you are an India Club member.

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Book Reading “Q&A” by Vikas Swarup

India Club is proud to support the HIGH COMMISSION OF INDIA Singapore event
Which is a Book Reading “Q&A” by Vikas Swarup

On Friday 13th May 2005

From 1800 hrs to 1900 hrs
High Commission of India
31 Grange Road, Singapore-239702

RSVP (12th May): Dress Code: Office attire/casual

Vikas Swarup an Indian diplomat, has served in Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia and the UK . He is presently posted in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.

His debut novel, Q&A is a brilliant high-concept literary commercial novel best described as ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ meets The Impressionist. In a beguiling blend of high comedy and touching melancholy, this tale cuts up and down and across all of life in twenty-first-century India. Its kaleidoscopic vision of humanity and the struggle of good versus evil and signals a bold new direction in contemporary Indian fiction. The book has already been translated into fifteen languages.

Film Four snapped up the movie rights within a month of the acquisition of the book by Random House.

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Calling India Club cricketers!!

The India Club’s inaugural cricket fixture will occur this weekend. India Club will be playing against the British Club at their ground on Bukit Timah Road this Saturday (May 7th), beginning at 1pm.

British Club - 73 Bukit Tinggi Road Singapore 289761 Tel: +65 6467 4311

If you would like to rekindle old memories of how wonderful it felt to hear the sound of leather meeting willow and being stroked to distant parts of a ground.

If you’d like to play, Contact P.K. Basu, Secretary, India Club on or before Friday, May 6th! Members’ children and/or spouses are also welcome to play!

- If you are free, come along to cheer our team on Saturday too

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Mantra for Success

India Club and the High Commission of India are proud to present ‘”Mantra for Success”, a talk by Yogi Sukhdev Singh, the renowned modern meditation expert on Tuesday, the 12th of April at 6.30 pm.

Yogi Sukhdev Singh

Speaking on and demonstrating the

“Mantra for Success”

Yogi Sukhdev Singh is an experienced guru of modern meditation techniques and has created a programme called “The Mantra for Success” based on his own education and experience.

A yoga therapist with a post-graduate degree in Yoga and Preksha meditation, Yogi Sukhdev Singh is a keen sportsman and the personal trainer to some of India’s most prominent sportsmen.

Yogi Sukhdev Singh believes that a combination of relaxation and breathing exercises based on Yogic principles coupled with the right diets can enable each and every human being optimize his/her personal efficiency.

This is more so for people from the corporate world and others who are constantly under high stress. Stress can lead to adverse health problems, both physical and mental and can also have adverse affects on efficiency levels at work. Through a series of simple exercises (to be demonstrated) the individual can improve his/her personal effectiveness and thereby obtaining better results.

Venue: High Commission of India, Grange Road

Date: Tuesday, 12th April 2005

Time: 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm.

Admission: Free of cost


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Talk by Hon’ble Mr.Arjun Singh- India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Education

India Club and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan are proud to present

Hon’ble Shri Arjun Singh, India’s Minister for Human Resource Development (including Education)

speaking on “India’s Tertiary-Education Advantage”

One of India’s most experienced statesmen, Mr. Arjun Singh is now in his second term as India’s minister for Human Resource Development, a key portfolio that encompasses Education. He will be speaking about how India developed its unique advantage in tertiary education, including the world-famous IITs and IIMs, which lead a vast range of educational institutions that produce more graduates (especially in science and technology) than any other nation on earth.

Mr. Arjun Singh was twice elected chief minister of Madhya Pradesh (then India’s largest state by area) in the 1980s, and served as Governor of Punjab at the height of the separatist insurgency; during this time, he was instrumental in negotiating the “Rajiv-Longowal pact” that was a precursor to the eventual end of the separatist movement. As union communications minister in the late-1980s, he began the early reforms that transformed India’s telecommunications landscape. Mr. Singh was vice president of the Congress party, India’s oldest and largest political party, in the 1980s and its Working President in the mid-1990s.

The heads of India’s central board of secondary education (CBSE) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will also be on hand to take questions after Minister Singh’s speech.

Venue: the Raffles Room, Tanglin Club
Date: Monday, March 28th, 2005
Time: 5-7pm (Talk, Q&A, followed by refreshments)

Admission: Free for members of the India Club, and for BIIS parents who register through the on-line system; $10 for non-members.

RSVP: Siddharth ( or Kaustabh (for BIIS)

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Seminar on India’s Budget 2005

India’s Finance Minister P Chidambaram will unveil the first full-fledged Budget (for 2005-06) of the United Progressive Alliance government on February 28 in the Indian parliament. The Budget is keenly awaited as it is expected to reflect new initiatives and programs for accelerating India’s economic reforms while emphasizing social equity.

India Club is pleased to invite you to an event on the Indian budget on 1st March . A distinguished panel of experts will be presenting their analysis of the Indian budget and its various implications. The details of the event are as follows:

  • Registration: 6pm

  • First Talk: 6:30pm- India Budget 2005: Macroeconomic implications
    (for India, Singapore and the region) - P.K. Basu

  • Second Talk: 7pm- Budget 2005: Implications for pension and
    provident fund reforms - Mukul Asher

  • Third Talk: 7:30pm- Budget 2005: Tax changes and implications for
    individuals/corporates - Mahip Gupta, Senior Manager, Tax Department,

The event will be chaired by Dr. Indrajit Banerjee. The details for the
venue are as follows:

Executive Club,
65 Chulia Street,
#33-01 OCBC Centre (West Wing),
Singapore 049513.

India Club Members are invited to attend the event free of charge; non-members who want to attend the talk are most welcome to do so at a charge of S$25 per person.

Presentation P. K. Basu

Presentation Prof. Mukul Asher

Presentation Mahip Gupta

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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.

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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

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Doing Business in India/Indian IT industry - Ashok Soota

The India Club members had the privilege of listening to Ashok Soota, Founder President of Mindtree Consulting on Doing Business in India / Indian IT industryon 1st February 2005.

Mr Soota is a well know IT industry leader & Past President of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He shared his experience of building two world class companies in the IT industry in his talk.

Mr Soota began by giving an an overview of the Indian economy in general and the Indian IT / BPO industry in particular. He pointed out that the reasons responsible for the success of the Indian IT industry (cost, quality, disruptive business model) were now driving the growth of other knowledge based industries in India such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, design / R&D and healthcare

However the Indian IT industry does face challenges such as Culture & communication, Managing change and Account management. Mr Soota also highlighted the trends in the Indian outsourcing story such as

  • Increasing role of MNCs
  • Average age profile of management teams decreasing
  • Reverse BOTs
  • Increasing customer expectations

A key positive for the Indian IT industry remains that by 2020 the working population surplus for the country would be 47 million, which would be the highest in the world.

Mr Soota also spoke about the barriers that earlier held back Indian manufacturing but which were now being gradually removed. Mr Soota gave examples to show that India was showing great strides in technology/ engineering led manufacturing and opined that mass manufacturing would also pick up. Mr Soota concluded his talk by saying that India was dramatically transforming from a somnolent to a dancing elephant.

Mr Soota’s talk was followed by a lively Q&A session with the audience. Of the many issues raised one of the most repeated was how Indian IT industry needs to get its act together in outsourcing for non-English markets too.


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Member’s Gala Evening

India Club Singapore Member’s Gala Evening on 9 September 2004 - Photographs

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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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India IT Forum

The India IT Forum, hosted in conjunction with Global Entrepolis in Singapore, will help leading players from around the world get a first hand experience of the technology, entrepreneurship and knowledge industries of India. This concise forum will bring together leading players in Indian IT as well as analysts, investors, consultants, academics, authors, media and policymakers.

The compact and informative forum, hosted on the opening day of Global Entrepolis, features over a dozen eminent speakers from the cutting edge of the Indian IT wave. Participants in this must-attend event will get to meet these pioneers face to face, interact with them in a thought-provoking forum, and explore relationships for future IT markets and services.

11 October 2004 - Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

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Member’s Gala Evening

India Club is pleased to announce its very first ‘Members’ Gala Evening’, giving you the opportunity to connect with each other at a cocktail reception.

The evening also features an exhibition of paintings by important contemporary Indian artists.

This reception is exclusively for members and their partners. Enjoy cocktail food, wine and beer for S$39/- per person.

»Date: Saturday, 18th September 2004
Time: 1930-2230 hrs
Venue: The Raffles Room at The Tanglin Club, 5 Stevens Road, Singapore. (Map ©
Attire: Smart Casual

RSVP by 13th September 2003, as The Tanglin Club requires an advance list of guests.

Please contact Ms Aarti Mehra or Ms Tekla Maira to confirm your attendance. We appreciate payment in the form of a local cheque made out to “India Club” and mailed c/o Ms Tekla Maira, 268 Orchard Road, #17-02 Singapore 238856.

Gala Evening

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