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Gunjan Bagla
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.

Entries by Gunjan Bagla

Feeding India's Flourishing Food Sector

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 7:04 PM

Walk into a fast food franchise such as McDonald's or Pizza Hut in India, and you are likely to consume condiments, tomato paste, and pasta from a company called FieldFresh Foods Pvt. Ltd. A joint venture between the Singapore's Del Monte Pacific Group and India's Bharti Enterprises, it manufactures pastas,...

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Thermal Power Expands Feverishly in India

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 7:02 PM

In the town of Patratu in eastern India will soon stand a thermal power plant generating 6,400 megawatts. That is 11 percent bigger than the Taichung Power Plant in Taiwan, currently the world's largest coal-fired station. This project is headed by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), a publicly-owned Indian...

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Switching to High Gear: India's Auto Parts Business

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 6:41 PM

India is an increasingly sought-after location for the supply chains of automotive giants. German carmaker BMW upped its India sourcing to 50% for the eight models that it manufactures at its plant in southern port city of Chennai. Within the luxury sector in India, Mercedes-Benz claims the largest investment at...

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India Goes Solar

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 12:01 PM

A parched 5,000-acre wasteland near Charanka village in northern Gujarat now boasts Asia's largest solar power park. Built by a joint venture between Missouri-based SunEdison and Indian billionaire Gautam Adani's Adani Enterprises, the electricity produced by this facility is competitive with fossil fuel pricing. Lebanese-American engineer Ahmad Chatila is CEO...

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Polaris of Minnesota Introduces Innovative Vehicle

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2015 | 10:51 PM

A joint venture between Polaris Industries based in Medina, Minnesota and India's Eicher Motors has designed a purpose-built vehicle that has a three-fold function: a family car, a pickup van, and a power generator!

Priced at $3,670 the Multix has a "tubular frame structure and roll-over protection system that provides...

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India's Merger Merry-Go-Round

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 6:53 PM

In February, Indian IT services corporation Infosys paid $200 million to acquire Panaya, a California-based company that provides agile enterprise resource planning (ERP) by using automation technology. Just two months later, Infosys also bought digital e-commerce services provider Kallidus based in Gloucestershire, UK, for $120 million. Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka...

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Economic Affairs to Define Obama India Visit

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 7:30 AM

My flight from Delhi into Mumbai on November 5, 2010 was almost empty. Who in their right mind flies on Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival of the year for many Indians? In the security line, the passenger ahead of me realised that we were both headed to be part President...

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6 Tips for Indian Managers New to America

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 10:52 AM

As Indo-U.S. trade blossoms in 2015, with President Obama reciprocating Prime Minister Modi's visit and trade barriers dropping further, many Indian business people will venture to America for the first time. If you are one of them, here are six tips, based on my observations as an advisor to top...

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President Obama to Visit India Again in January

(9) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 1:11 AM

For the first time, an American President will be the Chief Guest at India's national day parade on Monday, January 26, 2015. It will also be the first time in history that a sitting American President will have visited India twice. (President Clinton has been to India a number of...

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Just Do It, Mr. Modi

(10) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 4:08 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 | 3:56 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 | 5:31 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 | 7:21 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 | 2:47 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 | 10:27 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 | 4:55 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 | 7:30 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 | 12:04 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 | 9:37 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 | 4:28 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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