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Narendra Modi's landslide victory is a defining moment in India's history. As the prime minister, he now has the mandate to change the trajectory of India's future, can he do it? What are the risks?


Gurcharan Das is an author, commentator and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India. His latest book, India Grows at Night: A liberal case for a strong state, was on the FT’s best books for 2013. His much-acclaimed The Difficulty of Being Good is ‘a riveting examination of governance and corruption in the modern world,’ said Newsweek. His international best-seller, India Unbound ‘is a quiet earthquake’ according to the Guardian, and available in 17 languages and filmed by BBC. He writes a regular column for five Indian newspapers and contributes to Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and the New York Times. He is a speaker to some of the world’s largest corporations and has served on the juries of the Templeton Prize, Milton Friedman Prize and the McKinsey Award.

Gurcharan Das studied philosophy at Harvard University and later attended Harvard Business School (AMP). After heading Procter & Gamble India and South East Asia, he became Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). At 50, he took early retirement to become a full time writer. His other literary works include A Fine Family, The Elephant Paradigm, and Three Plays, consisting of Larins Sahib, a prize-winning play about the British in India; Mira, which was produced off-Broadway to critical acclaim from New York critics; and 9 Jakhoo Hill which has been performed in major Indian cities. He is presently editing for Penguin The Story of Indian Business in 15 volumes, of which six have already appeared. He lives in New Delhi with his wife.

Brad Lips is the Chief Executive Officer of the Atlas Network. Brad joined Atlas in 1998 believing sound policy ideas are best spread by organizations using sound business practices. Brad received his MBA from Emory University and his BA from Princeton University. Prior to joining Atlas in 1998, he worked on Wall Street at Smith Barney Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked with online businesses and dabbled in music journalism. Brad is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the John Templeton Foundation. 

Brad coauthored the Reagan Vision, published by the Goldwater Institute in 2004, and contributed to Freedom Champions, published by the Atlas Network in 2011. More recently, his articles have appeared in American Thinker, RealClearPolitics, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator and The Daily Caller. He speaks widely on the morality of free enterprise and the international freedom champions connected by the Atlas Network.