So what’s up with Raju Narayana Swamy these days?

India is as obsessed with its IAS officers as it is with its IIT graduates. Earlier this year, I wrote an article about Kerala IAS officer Raju Narayana Swamy after seeing one of those Facebook appeals making its rounds. Six months ago, the post continues to attract interest. I wondered whether he had taken up that plum UN …

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A development economist’s journey to parallel social entrepreneur

[Editor’s Note: The publishing delay of this post is a deeply personal reminder on the need for an “editor” hat — even for a one-person blogging organization. A partial defense for why this post underwent a *10 month* gestation period can be found here. If you agree that I’ve indulged in adequate self-flagellation, I’ll move on …

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Scrap the BDA!

[Editor’s Note: The Bangalore citizen for all seasons (Ashwin Mahesh) shared an interesting note about BDA (Bangalore Development Authority) on Facebook last night. I’m reproducing it here with his permission. A few weeks ago, the Karnataka High court addressed the BDA thus, “Mr Commissioner, the BDA requires immediate surgery, not only major heart surgery, but for multiple …

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A look at LGT Venture Philanthropy’s India Investments

LGT Venture Philanthropy is the philanthropic / impact investor arm of Princely Family of Liechtenstein/LGT Group. LGT Group is the largest privately owned private banking and asset management group in Europe and the Family Office of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. Until this morning, I didn’t know that Lichtenstein was even a country. Assuming that many of this blog’s …

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Dasra Social Impact: Executive Education for Cohort #7 of Social Entrepreneurs

Last month, we wrote about Chennai-based Villgro’s announcement of its new high-touch training program for social entrepreneurs. Dasra Social-Impact (DSI) is a grand daddy when it comes to “executive education for social entrepreneurs”. Six cohorts and 132 alumni later, DSI is now accepting applications for cohort #7. The application deadline is July 20, 2012 and, this time, looking to support 50 …

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Satyamev Jayate – Is ANYBODY in South India Watching?

After reading the umpteenth article about Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate, I decided it was finally time to do some good old fashioned digging, using Google Trends. All trend graphs in this post are for query term “satyamev jayate”. I might dig into episode-specific query terms in a subsequent post. Changing the time frame to “Last …

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Why I am excited about Ratan Tata’s Retirement

It’s not what you might think. I’m not going to launch into a tirade about Ratan Tata’s business accomplishments, legacy or any failed opportunities. Any tycoon that takes a conglomerate from $10 billion to $100 billion in revenue in 21 years while retaining the unique employee-friendly Tata culture and not employing the Ambani doctrine deserves …

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Master of Social Entrepreneurship from Deshpande Education Trust

The Deshpande Education Trust (DET) feels that it isn’t doing enough to further the cause of social entrepreneurship in India. I’m so glad they felt that way. A week ago, DET announced the launch of its Master of Social Entrepreneurship program at its main campus in Hubli, Karnataka. It’s a two-year residential program affiliated with …

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