Past Imperfect

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Past Imperfect Episode 3: A Man and a (Five-Year) Plan with Nikhil Menon

Dr Nikhil Menon, Author and Professor, University of Notre Dame, is in conversation with SPJIMR Prof. Dr Dinyar Patel.

“In ‘Planning Democracy’ Nikhil Menon takes us to the summit of Nehruvian planning in the 1950s and 1960s—and what we find there might surprise us. The story of India’s first Five-Year Plans involved a genius professor, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis; deft Cold War diplomacy; and the introduction of India’s first computers. But it was also about so much more: an attempt to make planning ‘democratic,’ a project which involved rural volunteers, Bollywood talent, and even sadhus.”

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Past Imperfect Episode 2: Thinking about Constitutions with Linda Colley

Historian and Author Linda Colley is in conversation with SPJIMR Prof. Dr Dinyar Patel.

Linda Colley's 'The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen' is a wide-ranging exploration of the development of constitutions, a book which demonstrates how increasingly violent warfare led to the worldwide spread of these documents between the 18th and early 20th centuries. In this episode, Colley discusses global influences on Indian constitutional thought, the relevance of constitutions today, and why historians need to write accessible books.

"Past Imperfect," explores leadership from a historical perspective while bridging the past and present. The series is brought to you by SPJIMR's Centre for Wisdom in Leadership (CWIL) and features conversations with authors of recent works of global and Indian history and explores political and economic leadership in unusual or unconventional situations.

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Past Imperfect: Episode 1

In a new SPJIMR podcast series, 'Past Imperfect' our Faculty member Dr Dinyar Patel is in conversation with Historian Dr Ramachandra Guha.

They discuss the dearth of good biographies in India and South Asia. Dr Guha emphasises why biographies should not be written with a political agenda but draw on rich and original research as well as a perceptive frame of analysis. They talk about his new book, 'Rebels Against the Raj' and the insights it provides into relations between India and the West, and India’s story as a country searching for its identity and liberty beyond British colonial rule.

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