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Gunjan Bagla
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Gunjan Bagla is a Los Angeles-based management consultant who specializes in helping American executives better engage with the world’s largest democracy, India. Bagla is the author of Doing Business in 21st Century India (Hachette 2008) and his work has appeared on the Harvard Business Review blog. He is the former President of the Alumni Association of the Indian Institutes of Technology and a current board member of the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin. Executives at Boeing, Cisco, Clorox, Covidien, Hewlett Packard, Kraft, Nordic Naturals, Paramount Farms and Roche have benefited from Gunjan’s insights.

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Just Do It, Mr. Modi

(10) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 5:08 AM

The final article of a three part series connecting America and India in the context of the Indian Prime Minister's visit to America. The earlier pieces can be found here and here.

In the four months since taking over as Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi...

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Pioneers Who Brought India and America Closer

(4) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Second of a three part series highlighting how the ties between the world two largest democracies are rooted in history. The first article can be found here.

In 1893 author Mark Twain filed for bankruptcy. He had invested most of his wealth from his Tom Sawyer...

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India Inside: Astonishing Tales of How the United States and India Are Intertwined

(25) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 6:31 PM

First of a three part series highlighting how the ties between the world two largest democracies are rooted in history.

As Washington prepares for a historic visit by India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 29, many in America think that interaction between America and India, separated by nine...

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All About Trade: First U.S. Cabinet-Level Visit to India's Modi Government

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:21 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry has his hands more than full in dealing with multiple crises in Ukraine and Gaza at this time. But he and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to India last week ostensibly for the fifth edition of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue. Not much has changed...

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India's New Budget: 8 Reasons Americans Should Care

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Last week, India's new finance minister revealed his government's $300-billion annual budget for the fiscal year that began on April 1, 2014. Arun Jaitley, who has charge of both finance and defense in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, projected that the budget deficit would remain at the same level, 4.1...

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In India, Stars Align for Prime Minister Modi

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:27 AM

When Arnold Schwarzenegger won the 2003 California governor recall election, the nation was surprised to hear of an actor leaving Hollywood for high ranking political office. In the United States, the occurrence of this "Governator" type situation is rare. However, that is not the case in India. With nearly 550...

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Is Modi Going to Be India's Ronald Reagan?

(5) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 5:55 PM

Free enterprise war cries don't usually pass muster in India's political scene, but Narendra Modi tweeted "Minimum Government, maximum governance" shortly before taking charge as India's 15th Prime Minister this week. Modi's cabinet has just 45 ministers compared to as many as 70 in previous regimes. This seems like something...

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Opportunities Abound for American Companies in India Election Aftermath

(5) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 8:30 PM

Starting from zero in 2001, the USA is now India's largest defense supplier and India is the largest importer of weapons and equipment in the world. American companies such as IBM and Hewlett Packard now employ over 100,000 Indians each.

As the world's largest democracy, India is also

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India's Cabinet Members lose handily

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 1:04 PM

India's Finance Minister, who is also a Harvard MBA, P. Chidambaram decided not to contest the just concluded parliamentary elections. His Bostonian insights served him well in avoiding the avalanche that destroyed the credibility of many of his peers in Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's cabinet.

The Minister of Home...

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India's Voters Discard Incumbent Coalition, Modi to Become Prime Minister

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:37 PM

Some 550 million Indian voters formed an anti-incumbency tsunami as results from India's historic parliamentary elections poured in overnight. The polling, which had stretched on for over a month, already indicated a record turnout of 66 percent.

India's next prime minister will be the pro-business Narendra Modi, who led...

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Voting Begins in World's Most Colorful Elections in India

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Urbana, Illinois is the home of Miss America 2003, Erika Harold. She went on to get a law degree from Harvard University and has tried and failed twice to become a Republican candidate for Congress from her home state. Halfway around the world, Miss India 1999 went on to a...

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World's Largest Democracy Prepares for Biggest Ever Elections

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Hopes for maintaining freedom and democracy are shaky in many countries today from Egypt, to Ukraine, to Iraq and Afghanistan. On the other hand the continued success of autocracies such as China has its scholars arguing that they have created a system better than Western democracy. The Economist...

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Holi: Festival of Colors Starts to Swarm America

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:01 PM

In Fairfield, Iowa, Caterina Bacal Titus looks forward to a unique celebration in the month of March each year. "We meet in the park in the late morning, usually about 20 families -- young children, parents, teenagers, in our casual clothes and with a playful demeanor. Someone brings the packets...

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