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Riding the Elephant began in April 2007 as a twice-weekly column on Fortune magazine’s website - http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/. This expanded the website’s coverage of India in the run-up to Fortune’s big Global Forum conference in Delhi that October. After the Forum, I wrote 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.
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 plan to use subjects in the blog as the basis for a book. Very occasionally I comment on something in the UK.
The blog also appears on the website of The Independent (UK) newspaper. The latest posts are headlined on the Hong Kong-based Asia Sentinel’s home page, where they sometimes appear in full. Posts used to appear occasionally on the FT.com India page, and I have a link on Tina Brown’s US-based The Daily Beast. See Blogroll for links to these and other useful sites.
I’m a British journalist and have been in South Asia for a total of 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.
Here’s some 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.
Past 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 http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/Bookdetail.aspx?bookId=3599
November 2009 updated paperback http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/Bookdetail.aspx?bookId=3743
“India and China – Asia’s New Giants: Stepping Stones to Prosperity”, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies (Delhi 1995).
“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