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Sundeep Khanna

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We must brace for the economic fallout of coronavirus

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Sundeep Khanna On the deadliest day of the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 1,000 people dead so far, it sounds cruel to speculate on its long-term impact on Indian business. Yet it must be done, especially after the World Health Organization’s warning tha... More »

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Clayton Christensen’s legacy transcends management

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Sundeep Khanna Clayton Christensen, who passed away last week, was one of the finest advocates of the free flow of ideas and thoughts across borders that marked the 1990s. Best captured by publications like Harvard Business Review (HBR) and elucidated in books... More »

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Lessons that governments can learn from companies

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Sundeep Khanna It is time governments start taking responsibility for the actions of their predecessors. We are paying a heavy price for the cycle of successor governments scrapping or going back on measures initiated by their forerunners. As our politics beco... More »

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We are all prisoners of the attention economy now

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Sundeep Khanna Whether it is anchors hyperventilating on television channels, stand-up comics in dimly lit bars, raging bhakts on Twitter, cricket fans making weird faces the moment they spot the camera, or protesters in a crowd, the quest today is for your an... More »

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China’s global auto ambitions pass through India

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Sundeep Khanna The Chinese have set their sights on the global auto market and one of their first stops seems to be India, though Europe and Africa also loom large on the horizon. While most of us might struggle to name a Chinese automaker or a Chinese car mak... More »

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The hope for businesses that this decade might herald

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Sundeep Khanna Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” That’s the unforgettable Red in The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. At the end of a year that hasn’t brought much cheer to Indian business, there are some bittersweet truths that we ... More »

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E-rickshaws represent the triumph of local ingenuity

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Sundeep Khanna A silent revolution has been sweeping through many Indian cities, in the process creating a huge business opportunity. However, private equity and venture capital (VC), often credited with being the most astute spotters of new markets, seem to h... More »

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When Indian food cooked up a storm in the West

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Sundeep Khanna Indian food hasn’t been getting much love from around the world. Hardly had the heat generated by US academic Tom Nichols’s harmless little tweet (“Indian food is terrible and we pretend it isn’t”) died down, The Economist newspaper stoked the d... More »

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JNU has a funds crunch and India an education crisis

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Sundeep Khanna Terrible as it was to see students and cops at battle in the capital last week, it was more shocking to hear the administration of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) claim that a deficit of ₹45 crore is what forced it to raise hostel fees, the tr... More »

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We should leapfrog our way out of the telecom mess

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Sundeep Khanna Any way you look at it, Big Telecom’s race in India is run. A price rise or two might help shore up their finances temporarily, but in the long run, operators will have to radically alter their business plans to survive. Even a bailout on the ad... More »

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The distressing disconnect of the Davos Man today

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Sundeep Khanna In January 2020, the Davos elite, a group of privileged people, companies and institutions, will meet for the 50th time in as many years. The World Economic Forum (WEF), as it is officially called, has over these years served the interests of th... More »

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Infosys needs to manage the contradictions within

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Sundeep Khanna It is eminently possible that the unfortunate affair at Infosys may end up being no more than a ghost in the night that melts away in the morning. Its clarificatory note to stock exchanges stating that “there is no prima facie evidence that the ... More »