WOMEN ON TOP

article

Women seem to do better for their businesses as corporate heads, being more inclusive and customer friendly, which is why Radhika Piramal, Isha Ambani, Roshni Nadar and others are leading from the front

ALAM SRINIVAS

ALAM SRINIVAS

Alam Srinivas is a business journalist with nearly three decades behind him working for The Times of India, India Today, Outlook Financial Express and Business Today. He is the author of Cricket Czars: Two Men Who Changed the Gentleman’s Game

Four decisions, two of which were directly connected, and two indirectly, with one of the largest Indian business family, can unravel what has happened in the boardrooms of family-owned groups. They prove the changing gender equation in the traditional, conservative and trading-manufacturing families across the country. They also indicate the rising women power in business. Years before his death in 2008, KK Birla, who owned a conglomerate comprising sugar, textiles, and media, anointed his three daughters as his successors. It was a controversial, and a rare decision for a Marwari family.

KK’s brothers were peeved; they felt that these businesses, which were essentially built with the collective corpus of the family, would go away from their grip as the sons-in-law would finally and inevitably grab their ownership. This was an anathema as per the Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) rules, under which family businesses remained within it and went to the male heirs.

FOR MORE SUBSCRIBE NOW

14-wrongs-of-the-right

14 Wrongs of the Right

A friend of mine, parodying what he thought was Tolstoy, said, “Political parties are all alike. Each makes the citizen unhappy in its own way....

modi-fist-not-vajpayee-face

Modi’s Fist, Not Vajpayee’s Face

In its modern avatar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), since its inception in 1980, donned a liberal mask. Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the first pres...

cracks-in-the-edifice

Cracks in the Edifice

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is often described as the world’s largest NGO. It is the Sangh’s preferred description, because it implies a...

The-Wrongs-of-Rightist-Economics

The Wrongs of Rightist Economics

The waves and tectonic tremors of a new form of Economic Nationalism, or a 21st Century Economic Right-Wing ideology has gripped Planet Earth. Author ...

 
foreign-fangs--of-rSS

Foreign Fangs of RSS

In the middle of New York, in an Ivy League institute, Columbia University, a group of Indian students is organising regular weekly meetings with a sp...

Parliament-Functions

Parliament Functions & State Elections

The Indian Parliament represents the kind of democratic politics that few could have envisaged when universal suffrage was introduced in 1951. Its com...

perpetual-protestor

Perpetual protestor

At the height of the Anna Hazare-led movement demanding the setting up of Lok Pal between during April-August 2011, the common perception among ordina...

The-Rip-Van-winkles

The Rip Van winkles

It is the traditional baptism by fire in politics. Agitate over an issue that touches a common chord among sections of the people and become the risi...

magzine-cover
ads