Rebels with a Cause
T.T. RAM MOHAN, professor of finance and economics at IIM Ahmedabad, graduated from IIT Bombay and IIM Calcutta and obtained his doctorate from Stern School of Business, New York University. He has been, at various points in time, a management consultant, banker, investment banker and financial journalist.
Prof. Ram Mohan studied at IIT Bombay and IIM Calcutta, and obtained his doctorate from Stern School of Business, New York University.
He worked extensively in consultancy and in the financial sector before venturing into academics. He has been the divisional manager at Tata Economic Consultancy Services, head of strategy at Standard Chartered Bank and the vice president of the American investment bank of Bear Stearns Asia Ltd. (Hong Kong).
Prof. Ram Mohan has been a financial journalist at various points in time. He was the New York correspondent for Economic Times, Economics correspondent for India Abroad (New York), and contributing editor (South Asia) with Financial Times of London's international reports. For over fifteen years, he wrote a fortnightly column for Economic Times.
His current research interests include banking sector reforms, privatization and corporate governance. He has been active in the area of executive training as well. He has presented papers at conferences in India and abroad and published several papers in leading journals. He has authored five books: The Big Picture: Reflections on our economic times (Viva Books), Privatisation in India: Challenging Economic Orthodoxy (Routledge, UK), Regulation of Financial Intermediaries in Emerging Markets (Sage Publications, co-edited with Rupa Rege Nitsure), Brick by Red Brick: Ravi Matthai and the Making of IIM Ahmedabad (Rupa Publications), and Before and After the Global Crisis (Gyan Publications).
Prof. Ram Mohan was visiting faculty at Stern School of Business NYU in 2001. He has served on several boards of companies and numerous committees of the Reserve Bank of India and Securities and Exchange Board of India.
Democratic societies take pride in the freedom of expression. Indeed, the right to dissent and tolerance of diverse viewpoints distinguish a democratic society from a dictatorship. In his new book, Prof. T.T. Ram Mohan profiles well-known dissenters Arundhati Roy, Oliver Stone, Kancha Ilaiah, David Irving, Yanis Varoufakis, U.G. Krishnamurti and John Pilger to illustrate how, in practice, dissent tends to be severely circumscribed. It is only the celebrity status of these dissenters that has kept them from being actively harmed. Through an exploration of the lives and ideas of these personalities, the author argues that, while one may not agree with their positions on various issues, their views merit discussion and debate. Engaging with them and responding to their analyses holds out the prospect for substantive reform within the system. Yet, the dominant elites prefer not to do so, instead marginalizing and even ostracizing dissenters precisely because they find change of any sort threatening.
Rebels with a Cause is a book that asks hard questions to challenge the way we view, and live in, the world-an important book for anyone who refuses to accept the status quo.