Gurcharan Das

in Faisalabad formerly known as Lyallpur, India
October 03, 1943



Gurcharan Das (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਚਰਨ ਦਾਸ, Hindi: गुरचरण दास), (born October 3, 1943), is an Indian author, commentator and public intellectual. He is the author of The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of dharma which interrogates the epic, Mahabharata. His international bestseller, India Unbound, is a narrative account of India from Independence to the global Information Age, and has been published in many languages and filmed by BBC.

He is a regular columnist for six Indian newspapers in English, Hindi, Telugu and Marathi, and he writes periodic pieces for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek.

He graduated with honors from Harvard University in Philosophy. He later attended Harvard Busi

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A tale of two heroes: An Ashoka University donor on the challenges of doing good in today’s world

 The Times of India | March 2021

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, professor of political science and a passionate critic of the government, resigned from Ashoka University last week because he felt he’d become a ‘political liability’. The media has portrayed it as a morality tale of good versus evil but, in fact, it’s a tragedy.

It’s a tale of two modern Indian heroes: one courageously showing truth to power; th

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Dharma is easiest to spot by its absence: the Mahabharata employs the pedagogical technique of teaching about dharma via its opposite, adharma
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“Good intentions are useless in the absence of common sense. —JAMI, BAHARISTAN”
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“When individuals blunder, it is unfortuante and their families go down. When rulers fail, it is a national tragedy”
Gurcharan Das, India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age



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