Category Archives: Harvard Sixth Course

Sixth Course, Session 13: John Howard

Australia has always had a hold on me, for reasons I still can’t fully name. And for nearly all my adult life, the man in charge of Australia has been John Howard. Even though I mostly disagree with his politics, I’ve … Continue reading

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Sixth Course, Session 12: Mikhail Gorbachev & Sakena Yacoobi

Late last Fall, we were graced by contrasting lectures in different parts of the school on the same night. One by a world famous Nobel Laureate credited with ending the Cold War and the other by a humble largely unknown … Continue reading

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Sixth Course, Session 11: P. Chidambaram

India’s current Finance Minister visited the Harvard Business School last week and delivered a boring recitation of India’s economic woes and a list of problems the country needs to fix in order to grow even further. There was much criticism … Continue reading

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Sixth Course, Session 10: Mohammed Yunus

Often, superstar speakers can be frustrating because their high profile means they have to be carefully diplomatic, and hence they don’t say anything interesting. Even then though, it’s not what they say so much as how they say it that’s important, … Continue reading

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Sixth Course, Session 9: Sergio Fajardo

I was always going to be spending this summer in Bogota; for more than a year now, the universe has seemed to be conspiring to make that happen. But if anyone could have provided the inspiration to spend some time … Continue reading

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Sixth Course, Session 8: Ishmael Beah, Samantha Power, Dominique Villepin

This semester – which, thankfully, ended last week – was rather more manic than the last one, which is why my blogging became even more infrequent than usual. But that’s not to say the usual line-up of great speakers didn’t … Continue reading

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Sixth Course, Session 7: Ramachandra Guha

Why does Ram Guha qualify for a ‘sixth course’ when recent big-wig visitors like Steven Colbert(entertaining but insubstantial) and John Negroponte (dull and insubstantial) do not? Because Guha, as always, had polemical things of interest on his mind. He was here to speak … Continue reading

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