Discovering the Second World: Mexico, Peru & Thailand

As a schoolboy, the terms first, second, and third world were in frequent use. The developed countries and Japan were then considered “first world” because of their political and economic dominance, while Africa, Asia, and Latin America were dubbed as “third world”. This categorization was never academically defensible, but it captured popular imagination. Since I…

India: Demographic Dividend or Demographic Bomb?

This week, I closed my time in India as a resident and moved back to London. Those who know me well are aware of my deep love for my country of birth. I can never really leave India. My apartment in Calcutta will always be there as my home. Yet, as an academic I must…

Does Increasing Power Portend War?

For some reason, inexplicable to me, my two favourite research papers, are also my two least successful in terms of citations. Perhaps they were published in the wrong journals. This week I would like to report on one of them. While the empirical analysis was done in a distribution channels context, it has fascinating implications…

Does the Future belong to Western Cities?

Urbanisation is a big trend and people are increasingly moving to larger and larger cities. Who would have thought, 2-3 decades ago, London with its lousy climate and bad food would be a magnet for the best and brightest. Here’s an article by Simon Kuper, provocatively called “The Future Belongs to Cities of the West”….

China – Epiphany

Through the brilliant connections of my fellow GEC member, Madhu Kannan, my colleagues and I had the marvellous opportunity of meeting more than 30 companies in China. Usually, their founder/CEO. Of the many impressive companies, I will profile three here with some implications. 01. A visit to BYD, the automaker, brought to life the aggressive…