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April 2, 2010 by PranayGupte

(Published in The Hindu, April 2, 2010) PORT LOUIS, Mauritius – When Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius dissolved the island-state’s 70-member National Assembly late Wednesday evening and called for new elections on May 5, there seemed to be an element of political drama to his announcement. The drama, of course, was deliberate, but it had little to do with the election announcement itself: everybody in Mauritius knew that polls would be held soo...
November 3, 2009 by PranayGupte
My new book, "Mother India: A Political Biography of Indira Gandhi," has just been published by Viking Penguin (India). The 600-page book marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the Indian prime minister. 


Review copies and author interviews can be obtained by contacting Hemali Sodhi at Penguin. Her e-mail:
June 28, 2009 by PranayGupte
The Power of “Yes!”

 By Howard Leedham, M.B.E. (Note: Howard Leedham, M.B.E., is Chief Executive of Burj Holding in Dubai.) During the 1980’s a British Bank used to run a television commercial using the catch phrase that it was the “The Bank that likes to say Yes”! Of course while many who watched British TV through those times can doubtless remember the phrase, probably only a few can remember the bank, which was TSB (later merged with Lloyds).&nb...
June 20, 2009 by PranayGupte
By Pranay Gupte

 It all seems terribly familiar, the chaos and uncertainty in Iran these days -- the daily headlines that highlight protests, the television images of vast crowds in a state of agitation, the truncheon-wielding cops plowing through swarms of people, the vague sense that some major social upheaval is being generated, however inchoate.  It may be premature to call today’s angst a full-scale revolution, but in my mind, at least, there are haunting resonances of wh...
April 9, 2009 by PranayGupte
The wild ride is over but don't rule out Dubai comeback By Roula Khalaf

Published in the Financial Times: April 9, 2009

Traffic is thinner, housing prices are in freefall, and hotels are more affordable. Schools that once furiously turned students away are suddenly welcoming, and snobbish sports clubs are unexpectedly friendly.

This is the new Dubai - a city that, for the fortunate ones who are holding on to their jobs, now feels a lot more pleasant. The gossip among expatriates - and ...
March 11, 2009 by PranayGupte
Do not believe reports of Dubai’s demiseBy Afshin Molavi

Published: March 11 2009 22:11 | Last updated: March 11 2009 22:11

Dubai must feel a little like Mark Twain, these days. Upon reading his own obituary in the newspaper, Twain wrote: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

Dubai has had its share of obituaries as it suffers from a property bust and contagion from the global credit crisis. Headlines from Cairo to London to New York, laced with schadenfreude, ...
January 3, 2009 by PranayGupte
1. Barack Obama will take major steps toward fixing the US economy. But very hard times still lie ahead.

2. Shashi Tharoor will replace Pranab Mukherjee as India's foreign minister.

3. If the Congress wins the national elections in March or April, Indian National Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi will choose Shashi Tharoor as the prime minister.

4. Rahul Singh will get married.

5. Despite the global financial turmoil, the United Arab Emirates will do all right.
November 22, 2008 by PranayGupte
By Francis Matthew, Editor at Large, Gulf News, Dubai
Published: November 19, 2008, 23:15

The UAE has a very young population which has been educated from a curriculum which is global and outward-looking in spirit, in contrast to some other countries in the region which have fostered more conservative and inward-looking schooling or more Islamic curriculums. The widespread awareness of the outside world in the UAE is a vital asset that the country will be able to benefit from in the next few...
June 27, 2008 by PranayGupte
The single most significant aspect of this book is that it's under the byline of Kamal Nath, arguably India's most talented and resourceful politician since Independence. In fact, he's 61 years old -- just a year older than Modern India, which was carved out of the British Raj in 1947. 

There are those who predict that he will some day be the country's prime minister, and, indeed, some of his friends are already canvassing in his behalf. Mr. Nath's intrinsic decency and good nature make ...