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Lord Meghnad Desai

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Published : Saturday, 04 April, 2015 10:45 AM
 
Reading success stories of great professionals stimulates motivational enzyme within us and we all wish to emulate them on our path of success.
   
Exactly with this aim MBA Rendezvous is presenting you series of motivational stories of successful Professionals who have   carved a niche in their own way and have become icons of Management Fraternity.

Following above, read motivational story of 
Lord Meghnad Desai

Born in 1940 in Vadodra, Lord Meghnad Desai is an economist. He is a naturalised British citizen. He is also a British parliamentarian, a member of the House of Lords. In 2011, he contested for the position of the Speaker in the House of Lords, but he was defeated. It is quite famously known that Lord Desai was the first non-British citizen to ever stand for this position.

His career graph spans a spectacular curve. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. He then lectured at the London School of Economics. Later, at the London School of Economics, he founded two essential institutes – namely, the Centre For Study of Global Governance and the Development Studies Institute, in 1992 and 1990 respectively. Lord Desai is now Professor Emeritus of Economics at the LSE.

After retiring from the London School of Economics in 2003, Lord Desai published quite a few number of books, which stands testimony to his proficiency in diverse fields. A mere glimpse at the titles that he has published is enough to prove him an extremely prolific writer – for instance,  Rethinking Islamism: Ideology of the New Terror (2006), The Route to All Evil: The Political Economy of Ezra Pound (2007), a novel Dead on Time, (2009) and The Rediscovery of India (2009). His interests are quite wide-ranging – from Marxism and literature to fiction and film studies. He also loves to travel, cook and read. Besides all that, he has also been a regular newspaper columnist for several leading journals such as The Business Standard, The Indian Express and The Financial Express.

In India, he recently established the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics, because he felt that there is a huge gulf between the theoretical concepts that students of economics are taught and their practical application in real-life business/corporate/industry economic scenarios. With this vision, he aims at creating a class of young economists who would be industry-ready when they leave the academy and look for jobs. It is an institute designed for graduate students.

Lord (Meghnad) Desai is the Chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Advisory Board, a financial enterprise.

Lord Desai’s biography is an interesting one and also a highly motivating one. His life stands testimony to the fact that no dream is too big to be accomplished and no dream is too small to be dismissed or discarded. Being a naturalised British citizen did not deter him from contesting elections in the House of Lords, eventhough he could not achieve victory.

Moreover, his varied interests and engagements display his never-say-die attitude and his belief in the fact that one is never too young or too old to learn. In 2008, Lord Desai received the Padma Bhushan. In 2015, the Vishwa Gujarat Samaj conferred upon him the SardarVallabhbhai Patel VishwaPratibha Award.

Award marks his significant contribution to the society at large as a Gujarati. These awards stand testimony to the fact that there is never an age when one becomes too old to learn new things or to discover innovative enterprises which will help in making one’s life meaningful long after the twilight of one’s life has passed.
 
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