The picture of an auto-rickshaw – an urban elephant – has been cropped from a larger painting by Feroz Khan, a young artist based in Delhi. _________________________________________________________________________________
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I’m a British journalist and have been in South Asia for more than 20 years, writing initially for the Financial Times and, since the mid-1990s, mostly for Fortune magazine and The Economist plus, till 2003, the New Statesman
Riding the Elephant began in April 2007, and I am now completing a book, hopefully to be published by Harper Collins India early in 2014, broadly derived from what I’ve written about here since then.
I aim to write about India, and sometimes its neighbours, about once a week, focussing on issues that seem to me to be interesting and important – hoping that they stimulate interest and comment. I also occasionally comment on something in the UK.
The blog also appears on the website of The Independent (UK) newspaper, and the latest posts are headlined on the Hong Kong-based Asia Sentinel’s home page, where they sometimes appear in full.
It started as a twice-weekly column on Fortune magazine’s website – http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/ , expanding the website’s coverage of India in the run-up to Fortune’s big Global Forum conference in Delhi in October 2007. After the Forum, I continued the posts about once a week till the end of July 2008 when, following budget cuts at Fortune.com, the blog began its independent existence here. Posts also used to appear occasionally on the FT.com India page.
Other career details:
Financial Times’ first South Asia correspondent (1983-88), following several years in London as the FT‘s labour editor and industrial editor.
In 1988 moved to Hong Kong as the FT’s correspondent for the territory, southern China, and Taiwan.
In 1991, left the FT and spent just over three years in the Hong Kong Government as public affairs adviser to the Chief Secretary, then returned to India in 1995.
President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia (2007-09) and of the International Association of Press Clubs (2008-09).
“Foreign Correspondent – 50 years of Reporting South Asia” – Editor with Bernard Imhasley, Simon Denyer. Penguin India. April 2008 hardback. November 2009 updated paperback - http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/foreign-correspondent
“India and China – Asia’s New Giants: Stepping Stones to Prosperity”, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies, Delhi 1995. http://www.rgics.org/
“Conflict or Co-operation: The Growth of Industrial Democracy”, Kogan Page London, hardback 1977, updated paperback 1983.http://www.abebooks.com/9780850381061/Conflict-Co-Operation-Growth-Industrial-Democracy-0850381061/plp