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Partitioned Freedom

Book Summary by Abhay Vaidya, Director, PIC The partition of India in 1947 resulting in the horrific communal violence that engulfed the subcontinent is undoubtedly one of the greatest tragedies of human history. An estimated one million people were butchered and millions of lives destroyed in the Hindu-Muslim communal violence across the country in 1946-47 …

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Partitioned Freedom

Book Summary by Abhay Vaidya, Director, PIC The partition of India in 1947 resulting in the horrific communal violence that engulfed the subcontinent is undoubtedly one of the greatest tragedies of human history. An estimated one million people were butchered and millions of lives destroyed in the Hindu-Muslim communal violence across the country in 1946-47 …

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Economic Sutra: Ancient Indian Antecedents to Economic Thought

Book Summary by Ms. Aishwarya Nagar, Research intern, PIC Professor at IIM, Ahmedabad and Member, PIC, Prof. Satish Y Deodhar’s Economic Sutra: Ancient Indian Antecedents to Economic Theory offers a thorough view of the aspects of Indian economic thought preceding and following the Arthashastra. The book spans the era from the Saraswati-Sindhu civilisation around 2500 BCE to …

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Social Entrepreneurship In India: Quarter Idealism And A Pound of Pragmatism

Book Summary by Mr. Pradeep Nair, Sr. Editor, PIC Entrepreneurship in the general, commercial sense is defined as the ‘activity of making money by starting or running businesses.’ Social entrepreneurship, on the other hand, is a popular term that has evaded definition. Often misunderstood as not-for-profit ventures, the term gets closest to its definition in …

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SOUTH CHINA SEA: Territorial Claims and Disputes

Book Summary by Hitendra Boradey, Research Intern, PIC South China Sea: Territorial Claims and Disputes has chapters authored by 17 scholars from various universities who elaborate on the South China Sea (SCS) region, its importance in terms of economy, trade, energy, and the conflicts in the region, particularly the competing territorial claims involving powerful nations, …

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The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind

Book Summary by: Abhinandan Srivastava, Research Intern, PIC, and student, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. Recent years have seen unprecedented economic growth. While nations’ wealth is growing, inequality is rising as well. Why? How can it be fixed? This is where Dr. Raghuram Rajan, the eminent economist and former Governor, Reserve Bank of India, …

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The Comrades and the Mullahs: China, Afghanistan and the New Asian

Book summary by Shweta Suryawanshi, Research Analyst, PIC. The question that motivated journalists Ananth Krishnan and Stanly Johny to write this book is, “What will the 21st century rivalry between the US and China mean for Afghanistan?” The book opens with a description of a famous oil on canvas by Elizabeth Butler. It depicts an exhausted William …

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