Crisis of Democracy and Development: A talk by Sudeep Chakravarti


Sudeep Chakravarti is the author of critically acclaimed books – “Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite country”, “Highway 39: Journeys through a Fractured Land” and recent “Clear Hold Build: Hard Lessons of Business and Human Rights in India”. He began his career in The Asian Wall Street Journal and held senior positions at Sunday, India Today and HT Media. His articles are published in India Today, AWSJ, The Outlook Group of Publications, Hindustan Times, Mint, Forbes, Business World, Die Zeit, Rolling Stone and Open among many others.

Sudeep is a professional member of the World Future Society, Washington DC and member of Coastal Impact, a not-for-profit he co-founded with fellow scuba diving enthusiasts.

Few of his articles are here –

This talk would in particular discuss aspects of conflict with a particular focus on business and human rights, including the current government’s approach.

He is a commentator on matters of democracy and development, business and human rights, and socio-political and security issues in India and South Asia—as an author, columnist, and speaker. He is also a consultant to media and think-tanks.

His latest book, Clear.Hold.Build: Hard Lessons of Business and Human Rights in India (2014, Collins Business, HarperCollins) received the Award for Excellence (Best Insights into Asian Societies) at Asian Publishing Awards 2014.

Sudeep’s non-fiction narratives—Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country (2008, Viking; 2009, Penguin) on India’s Maoist rebellion; and Highway 39: Journeys through a Fractured Land (2012, 4th Estate, HarperCollins), set in North-east India—are critically fêted bestsellers. His essays on conflict are contained in several collections, including Non-State Armed Groups in South Asia (Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses/ Pentagon Press); and More than Maoism: Politics, Policies and Insurgencies in South Asia (Manohar/ National University of Singapore). Also a novelist and writer of short stories, his works have been translated into several languages.