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Tarun Das

Mr S Iswaran Minister for Communications and Information & Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations Republic of Singapore

With Ratan Tata at IIC November 2013

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Tarun Das

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Tarun Das is currently the Chairman of the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG)and Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation(S-ILF). He is also Chairman of the JCB India Advisory Board.

He is on the Board of Trustees of various non- profit institutions such as Ananta Aspen Centre(AAC); Ananta Centre (AC);The Aspen Institute, USA; Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW);Singapore India Partnership Foundation (SIPF);Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER);CII-Triveni Water Institute; World Wildlife Fund (WWF). He has been working closely on deepening international ties. He is currently Co-Chair of the US – India Strategic Dialogue, India- Japan Strategic Dialogue, US-India -Japan Strategic Dialogue and Member, India- Singapore Strategic Dialogue, India-China Strategic Dialogue, US - India Climate Change Dialogue. He is India Chair of the Trilateral Commission.

He is also Member, International Advisory Board, Chubb (USA).

He has received Padma Bhushan for contribution in the field of Trade and Industry by the President of India; Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Warwick (UK); Honorary CBE by Her Majesty, the Queen of England, for his contribution to Indo- British Partnership;Singapore National Award (Public Service Medal) by the Singapore Government for contribution to strengthening economic ties between India and Singapore; Honorary Doctorate by the Tel Aviv University, Israel for extraordinary commitment to promoting the Indian Economy in the global arena; Sweden Royal Order of the Polar Star for contribution in strengthening Indo- Swedish relations; Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by Japan Government for contribution in strengthening India- Japan relations.

He headed the CII Secretariat from April 1967 to May 2004 when he retired as Director General. From June 2004-2009 he was the Chief Mentor of CII.

He has authored a book: "Crossing Frontiers" which is a story about CII.

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By Tarun Das

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), 125 years old in 2020, is one of a kind. An Institution with a difference.


From very humble beginnings in 1895, it evolved, through many ups and downs, into a national body which was effective in serving and representing industry but, more importantly, took Indian business into many uncharted waters, crossing frontiers.


This book tries to captures the culture and ethos, the strategy and outcome as CII moved from a point of breakdown to a significant leadership role.

Forbes Marshall 1st Founder's Day Lecture

2nd October 2020

Tata Literature Live! Business Shastras

Arun Maira in conversation with Tarun Das