Gurcharan Das

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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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Imagine you are a young, idealistic person and you start a private school. You hire inspired teachers like yourself. The school does well and gets a nice reputation. Then a new law, the Right to Education Act (RTE) comes in 2010. It mandates parity with teacher salaries in government schools. You are forced to triple your teachers' salaries to Rs 25,000 per month. Even Doon School has to raise... Read more of this blog post »
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India Unbound: The Social a...

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The Difficulty of Being Goo...

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India Grows At Night

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The Elephant Paradigm: Indi...

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A Fine Family

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Incredible India

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India Unbound: from Indepen...

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The World of the Tamil Merc...

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Difficulty of Being Good

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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
Gurcharan Das

“Good intentions are useless in the absence of common sense. —JAMI, BAHARISTAN”
Gurcharan Das, India Unbound

“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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