Kartik Desai’s Blog

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July 04, 2020

By Kartik Desai

China has suddenly and understandably become a topic of hot discussion both among the public and strategic thinkers in India and in the West, with many calling for a fundamental reset in relations. A pandemic originating from that country that has....Read More

 

June 03, 2020

By Kartik Desai

The last several days have witnessed unprecedented scenes of mass protest against policy brutality across the United States – dominating headlines and public discourse across the world. This has led to much introspection on race relations an....Read More

January 08, 2020

By Kartik Desai

As we conclude an eventful decade of profound social, economic and political transformation, and enter a new one full of more uncertainties, how do we assess the state of the Indian impact investing sector at this juncture? The period assumes sign....Read More

July 15, 2016

By Kartik Desai

Impact investment is generally understood in India to involve for-profit equity or debt investment in early-stage ventures that are delive....Read More

May 30, 2014

By Kartik Desai

After losing a bitterly fought election to become “the most powerful man in the world”, John McCain was gracious enough to say to Barack Obama in his concession speech: “I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and w....Read More

October 12, 2010

By Kartik Desai

When I asked Laxman Singh, a migrant from UP living in a low-income neighbourhood in Mumbai, on why he was reluctant to open a zero-balance bank account and not deal with the various risks associated with holding cash, he told me that he had no ne....Read More

March 12, 2010

By Kartik Desai

Recently there has been a lot of debate on the Andhra Pradesh government's ordinance effectively preventing microfinance companies from operating in that state, as well as its alleged causes, including multiple lending and coercive collection prac....Read More