From bazaars to corporations: social capital and businesS in twentieth century india

Capitalism in 18th and 19th century India was rooted in community. Trust. networks, and norms substituted for missing institutions. Did social capital evolve over time as social and economic contexts changed?

Research in progress.

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I am a business historian by choice, a journalist by training, a writer at heart, and an accidental poet. I hold a Master’s in Global Political Economy from London School of Economics and Political Science.

I led digital for two News Corp startups in India, where I built high-performance teams, founded brand studios, and leveraged content to create high growth digital news products. I worked with India’s leading newspapers, reported and broke stories from the field on terrorism, crime and civic and political unrest; and wrote long reads on political economy, culture, caste, inequality, business, and economic and social policies, among others.

I have chased depth and fresh learnings every few years of my life, and today, from the time-tested place of curiosity and adventure, I am researching the long-run evolution of Indian capitalism across the 20th century. I am passionate about building or contributing to new ventures / perspectives / areas of knowledge, writing across genres, and travelling solo.

On weekends, I chase stories, I daydream, I hike, and relentlessly write.

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