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Locks, Mahabharata and Mathematics
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Ganesha on the Dashboard


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Welcome

Hi! Welcome to my home site. As my cyberspace guest, perhaps I should introduce myself to you, since it may well be that we do not know each other personally. I am Raghu to my friends. I have been an academic for the significant part of my professional life, that is nearly two decades; a banker for a while and in a CSR role thereafter. Since I have been doing a lot of writing in the public domain, I also wear the hat of a Columnist and an author. My latest book is Locks, Mahabharata and Mathematics (Harper Collins, 2013). Games Indians Play (Penguin, 2006), Stock Exchanges, Investments and Derivatives (co-authored, Tata McGraw Hill, 2007), Don't Sprint the Marathon (Harper Collins, 2010), Corruption Conundrum (Penguin, 2010) and Ganesha on the Dashboard (Penguin 2012) are some of the others.  

My academic affiliation was with IIM, Ahmedabad (1982-2001) as a Professor of Finance & Accounting; my banking association was with ING Vysya Bank as its President (2001-04) and my corporate/Foundation role is with the GMR Group since 2005. My current academic role is restricted to being an Adjunct Professor since 1990 with Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, and Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Collecting old and antique locks (as in pad locks) is my serious hobby. I have played chess at all India level and have done a bit of cartooning for a national daily briefly and some competitive sketching in the past. Apart from these, I have flirted with a vintage car (a 1937 Austin 7) for a few years, and occasionally fix mechanical clocks and travel a good bit.

Meena, a former Environment Educationist and now a Community Services professional, is my best pal. She also happens to be my wife. According to her, the secret of success of our marriage is that we see so little of each other, since we both travel so much! I second that!

Latest Articles

. Does Private Education Lead to Public Good?, February 24, 2014.
. The culture of rewarding the wrong-doer, People Matters, July 16, 2013.
. We Don't Need a Pan - IIM Board, The reasons against a pan-IIM board, a layer between the government and IIMs, are valid even now, The Economic Times, 15th February, 2013.
. Open Class Ware for IIMs, If MIT can put its courses online for free, why can't Indian institutions like the IIMs follow suit? The Economic Times, 18th January, 2013.
. Ground Reality & Castles in the Air, One look at growth statistics and it's clear we lag badly behind our peer group, leading only in slogans, The Economic Times, 21st December, 2012.
. India Needs a Latrine Policy: From Pastic portable loos to Sanitary Bonds, only an all-out war on open-sky toilets, The Economic Times, 16th November, 2012.
. India needs urgent reforms; must minimise political discretion & take initiatives, The Economic Times, 19th October, 2012.
. Car Warranty and Insurance: Double Trouble, Hyundai & Bharti Axa give the short shrift, Money Life, 18th October, 2012.
. Intent versus Fact: True to Indian psyche, the CAG has evaluated the airport deal intuitively, rather than analytically, The Economic Times, 21st September, 2012.
. Home-buyer at the Mercy: A real-estate regulator is more important to the citizens than a stock market regulator, Money Life, 6th September, 2012.
. Not a Prestigious Oasis: A real-life incident shows why India urgently needs a real-estate regulator, The Economic Times, 17th August, 2012.
. The Google Muddled: The new look Gmail, is unfriendly, clumsy and irritating, Money Life, 9th August, 2012.
. Who should Pay for Skilling?, The Economic Times, 20th July, 2012.
. Drycleaners: Taking us to the cleaners!, Money Life, 12th July, 2012.
. A Nation of Cynics? The national psyche seems ready to believe the most ludicrous charges against the government, The Economic Times, 23rd June, 2012.
. Foreign Auto Companies: Taking Us for a Ride?, Money Life, 14th June, 2012.
. Corruption, policy paralysis may be common but government employees working efficiently is always a pleasant surprise, The Economic Times, 26th May, 2012.
. Toxic Plans: Where is Corporate Governance in all this?, Money Life, 17th May, 2012.
. Free Tickets to Corruption, The Economic Times, 28th April, 2012.
. Indian Car Standards: Better homologation, please, Moneylife, 17th April, 2012.
. The Poverty Wars: The Planning Commission has set the poverty line impossibly low, it must go up, The Economic Times, 31st March, 2012.
. Travails of a Comman Man, Money Life, February 23, 2012.
. It's Broke, Fix It. The standard of India's technological and scientific training is falling because of warped policies.
. Lacking Upright Governance: The army chief's birth date controversy and the Rushdie after show the government in very poor light, Economic Times, 28th January, 2012
. Not in Your Interest: Will RBI look at some of these banking practices?, Moneylife, January 26, 2012)
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