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Book Review for “Tata Stories: 40 Timeless Tales to Inspire You”

Book reviewed by: Mr C. Ravindranath, Senior Copy Editor, PIC The brand name ‘Tata’ is ubiquitous. It can be seen on trucks and tea-bags, steel and salt. Chronicling a journey of over 150 years, a journey that began with Jamsetji Tata, founder of what has now become a global conglomerate and a name to reckon …

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Book Review for “Renaissance State: The Unwritten Story of the Making Of Maharashtra”

Book reviewed by: Mr. Abhay Vaidya, Associate Director, PIC Girish Kuber’s Renaissance State: The Unwritten Story of the Making of Maharashtra begins with a dramatic revelation. The author quotes the eminent socialist leader late Madhu Dandavate and says that Dandavate could well have become the 8th Prime Minister of India instead of Chandra Shekhar who dislodged Prime Minister …

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Book review for “I contain Multitudes : The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life”

Book reviewed by: Mr Cherian Matthai, PIC Member The title of this book, taken originally from a poem by the great American poet, Walt Whitman (and also the title of a more recent Bob Dylan song) is a line that calls out the multiple paradoxes of the human condition. It has also become a phrase …

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What good are BITs? Payouts on account of BITs are like insurance payments that undergird foreign investment

Many of us in India are irritated when the country’s state agencies lose cases, and large penalties have to be paid on account of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). But from India’s viewpoint, it is efficient to enter into BITs. As India is at an early stage of development, foreign investors face a certain risk of expropriation, and …

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Mentoring to let go

The previous two blogs talked about our experience in the areas of on-boarding and mentoring (http://puneinternationalcentre.org/mentoring-social-innovators-towards-sustainability/, http://puneinternationalcentre.org/scale-and-sustain/ ). Mentoring at NCSI is a finite programme. The intense weekly calls during the on-boarding and mentoring phase of six months comes to an end. But a strong relationship continues and the mentee’s journey is not over. It evolves to …

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Scale and Sustain

In our first blog about Mentoring Social Innovators towards sustainability, we described how we on-board the innovators into the mentoring program and the pre-requisites for successful mentorship. This blog focuses on the ‘how’ and ‘what’ of mentoring to scale and sustain. The emphasis is on the mentoring and coaching part of the program and the key metrics …

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The India – China Stand-off: Should India ever trust China?

The following are excerpts from the presentation by Lt. Gen. D. B. Shekatkar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (retd.) on The India – China Stand-off: Should India ever trust China? The presentation was delivered under the ‘PIC Adda’ series on the virtual platform on September 19, 2020. PIC Adda is a forum for exchange of ideas.) The current stand-off between India …

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Mentoring Social Innovators towards sustainability

Pune International Centre Pune International Centre (PIC) is a leading think-tank established in 2011.  Its mission is to promote dialogue, conduct research and develop policy on societal matters.  To that end, PIC conducts a number of programs each month which include eminent speakers from the Government, Industry, Academics and Industry in various public domains such …

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