Ruchir Sharma, global investor and bestselling author, was in conversation with ThePrint’s Editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta at Off The Cuff in Mumbai. Sharma, the author of bestsellers such as ‘Breakout Nations’ and ‘Democracy on the Road,’ spoke at length on how caste still plays a very decisive role in elections, how the Hindutva narrative is a very North Indian discourse and does not echo with voters from across India, and that the 2019 elections will be a game of coalitions. https://bit.ly/2TPG5nm
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From left: Ruchir Sharma, global investor & bestselling author; Shekhar Gupta, editor-in-chief, ThePrint
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From left: Neel Raheja, group president, K. Raheja Corp; Gunit Chadha, founder APAC
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From left: Manisha Girhotra, CEO, Moelis & Company (India); Nishi Vasudev, former chairman & MD, HPCL
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Pramit Jhaveri, CEO, CITI India, attended the event.
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“We would like you to stick your neck out and tell us what is the forecast for the current election,” asked RPG Enterprises chairman Harsh Goenka.
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“Hindutva is a north Indian narrative, won’t affect polls elsewhere,” author Ruchir Sharma told the audience.
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Actor Nandita Das wanted the author to speak on the changing role of the media over the years.
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Sharma said that free market proponents like him were disappointed with Modi’s five years at the helm.
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Prashant Jain, chief investment officer, executive director & fund manager, HDFC Asset Management Company Ltd, asked the author a question.
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From left: Omkar Goswami, founder and chairperson, Corporate & Economic Research Group Advisory Private Limited; Preeti Vyas Giannetti, chairwoman & chief creative officer, Vyas Giannetti Creative
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“The one thing that I caution about this election is that the discourse is a very Hindi heartland-dominated discourse, and the rest of the country is very different,” Sharma told the audience.
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From left: Vinay Ahuja, senior managing partner, IIFL Wealth; Ruchir Sharma; Shekhar Gupta
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Ruchir Sharma posed with ThePrint team after the event.
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The author also took some time out to sign copies of his book.
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