SPJIMR's Centre for Wisdom in Leadership (CWIL) conducted four webinars in the series 'Past Imperfect: Indian Histories of Business, Politics, and Leadership'. The series featured conversations with special guests every week on topics related to Histories of Business, Politics and Leadership.
In the inaugural event, we bring to you an exciting conversation with Mircea Raianu, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of "Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism (Harvard University Press, 2021)." This is the first book to extensively engage with the Tata's archival records, thereby providing a sweeping narrative of a corporation which has played an outsized role in the making of modern #India. Raianu was in conversation with R Gopalakrishnan and Dinyar Patel.
We bring to you a conversation with Vinay Sitapati, Associate Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at Ashoka University and author of Half-Lion: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Transformed India. Half-Lion chronicles the life of one of India's most consequential prime ministers. It explores how, against seemingly insurmountable opposition, Rao was able to implement reforms which put India on the path towards economic liberalization. Sitapati was in conversation with Dinyar Patel.
We bring to you an exciting conversation with Danish Khan (journalist and historian) and Ruhi Khan (independent journalist), author of "Escaped: True Stories of Indian Fugitives in London". Escaped examines the lives of several high-profile Indian fugitives abroad, from Vijay Mallya to Iqbal Mirchi, and asks an important question: why do they all flee to London? They were in conversation with Dinyar Patel and Mihir Ajgaonkar of S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research.
We bring to you an exciting conversation with Ross Bassett, author of The Technological Indian (Harvard University Press, 2016). Bassett's book examines the very roots of India's IT economy, demonstrating how Indians from B.G. Tilak to Mahatma Gandhi played a role in fostering technological education in India -- and, in particular, how the model of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) inspired Indians. He was in conversation with Dinyar Patel.