Gurcharan Das

Gurcharan Das

Author and commentator

Gurcharan Das is an author and management consultant. He was CEO, Procter & Gamble India and later Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). Prior to P&G, he was Chairman and Managing Director of Richardson Hindustan Limited.

He is on a number of boards, including the global advisory boards of Wal-Mart and Mars Inc, and is a regular speaker to the managements of the world’s largest corporations. He has been on the juries of the McKinsey Award for the best Harvard Business Review article and the $500,000 Milton Friedman award. His international bestseller, India Unbound, is a narrative account of India from Independence to the global information age, and has been published in 17 languages and filmed by BBC. His recent best seller is The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of dharma (Penguin 2009) which tries to answer the question, ‘why be good?’

He writes a regular column in five Indian newspapers and periodic guest columns for the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek.

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Honors in Philosophy from Harvard University; Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School


Indian economy, Indian polity, liberalism

Last modified: July 28, 2017

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Reformulating the liberal agenda

India needs a new liberal party, which trusts markets rather than officials for economic outcomes, and focuses on reform of the institutions of governance. This new party must be accompanied by a recovery of the moral authority of our Constitution, and by individual engagement with everyday politics