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Awards for Three Professors

February 2009
Awards for Three Professors

Among the 13 recipients of this year’s Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Diaspora Awards) in Chennai, there were two Indian Americans: Sumit Ganguly and C. K. Prahalad.

Ganguly, who heads the India Studies Institute at Indiana University, teaches political science and is the Rabindranath Tagore Professor in Indian Cultures and Civilizations. A founding editor of India Review and Asian Security, he also serves on the editorial boards of five other academic journals. His books include Conflict Unending (about Kashmir) and the forthcoming India Since 1980. In 2006, Ganguly received the Medal of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

Management consultant C. K. Prahalad, who teaches at the University of Michigan, is the author of influential works such as The Future at the Bottom of the Pyramid and The Core Competence of the Corporation. In the last biennial Thinkers 50 list, put out by Suntop Media in 2007, Prahalad was rated number 1 He has long had a top 10 ranking in other major surveys of business gurus. He focuses on corporate strategy and the role played by top executives, including the value they add in diversified multinational corporations.

In other news, famed historian Romila Thapar, whose specialty is ancient India, recently co-won (with Peter Brown) the $1 million Kluge Prize for the study of humanity. Thapar declined India’s Padma Bhushan not once but twice, because she’s opposed to receiving state-sponsored awards.

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