Arindam Chaudhuri, is a Management Thought Leader & Teacher, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Author, Economist, Former Advisor to the consultative committee of Planning Commission of India in the areas of Education and Social Sector and three times National Award winning Film-Maker. With a million plus fans, he is the world’s most followed management icon and economist on Facebook!
He is the Honorary Director of the IIPM Think Tank at IIPM, ranked as one of India’s topmost B-Schools - No.1 in Intellectual Impact, No.1 in Global Exposure, No.1 in CSR, No.4 Overall and in Industry Interface and No.6 in Placements as well as Quality of Faculty amongst all B-Schools in India. He teaches Leadership and National Economic Planning at IIPM. His public seminars on Leadership are a rage, with thousands attending them. Since 2001 he has been presenting annually a much watched “Alternative Budget” programme on TV, on the day before the budget is announced. The same has been aired on leading TV channels like Headlines Today, Zee News and India TV. As a budget specialist every year he is virtually on every other TV channel of India on the Day of the Annual Budget.
He is also the founder of the Planman Group which has business interests in Consulting, Media & Entertainment; and is the Editor in Chief of The Sunday Indian –a news magazine at par with the best in the world. His firm, Planman Media, also brings out the leading business magazines Business & Economy, 4Ps Business & Marketing, The Human Factor and the leading career magazine MYOD (Make Your Own Destiny).
He is the only Indian to author two management books-“Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch” and “Discover The Diamond in You” which have sold more than a million copies each. He is also the author of Planning India and the best-selling books - The Great Indian Dream, Thorns To Competition and Cult. His book "Discover the Diamond in You" for which he got an unprecedented advance, became a record breaking best seller, selling 1, 00,000 copies in the first ten days itself!
He is presently a regular columnist with The New Indian Express, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, Mid Day, Pioneer, Central Chronicle, The Sunday Standard, The North East Sun Magazine, Meghalaya Guardian, Echo of Arunachal, Nagaland Post, Sikkim Express, Kashmir Times, Millennium Post, Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi) -The No. 1 Daily Newspaper in India, Navabharat (Hindi), Asomiya Pratidin (Assamese), Dharitiri(Oriya), Poknapham (Manipuri) and Urdu Dailies - Etemaad, Kashmir Uzma and Sahafat; making his columns the most widely read in India covering all parts of India in every other language. He has in past been a columnist with leading newspapers in India like the Hindustan Times and contributed often for The Times of India. Apart from writing on issues of burning national importance, he writes extensively on China, Africa and America.
Under the banner of Planman Motion Pictures he has made several highly acclaimed films like Mithya, Dosor etc. In the year 2007 'Dosor' got selected at the prestigious CANNES FILM FESTIVAL & its lead actor Prosenjit Chatterjee got the National Award for his performance. In 2007 itself, 'The Last Lear' starring the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, Shefali Shah (who also won the National Award for her sterling performance) & Priety Zinta got selected for the GALA section - the red carpet centerpiece event - of the Toronto Film Festival. He won the National Award for Faltu in 2008, The Last Lear in 2009 and Do Dooni Chaar in 2011.
He is also the founder of the charity, Aurobindo Chaudhuri Memorial Great Indian Dream Foundation - started in memory of his brother in 2002. GIDF works in the areas of Health, Education, Employment and Environment. GIDF supports developmental activities in 2,000 villages, impacting millions of lives across more than 12 states in India wherein it runs primary schools, medical camps and medical vans, supports low cost open heart surgeries, does developmental and employment generation work through varied activities like women’s self help groups, donating sewing machines, building of check water dams, toilets, schools etc. Cricketing Icon Sachin Tendulkar has in past supported GIDF activities by lending his endorsement in GIDF ads and campaigns.
Arindam conducts workshops, seminars and lecture tours on Comparative Management Techniques worldwide. His talks have always had a spell binding effect. As an internationally acclaimed speaker Arindam has spoken extensively in various cities and universities of America and Europe, including at the Harvard Business School in Harvard University, Kenan Flagler Business School in University of North Carolina and Imperial College Business School in London. As a management thinker he specializes in the areas of Strategic Vision, Leadership and Comparative Management Techniques. His contribution to the field of management studies can be found in the iconoclastic "Theory 'i' Management" which he has developed for India Inc. in his book “Count Your Chickens before they Hatch”. "Theory 'i' Management" is about India centric management ideas with global applicability. Apart from his international seminar tours, since 1998, he has been conducting workshops on Leadership and Strategic Vision exclusively for CEOs, MDs, Directors and Presidents from the corporate sector in India. From the Managing Director of Hero Motors to the President of Tata Chemicals, from the Executive President of A.V. Birla Group to the CEO of Ernst & Young have all taken LEADERSHIP TRAINING WORKSHOPS from him. From public sector giants like NTPC to GAIL to private sector giants like Microsoft to ABB have either had Arindam come over and speak to their executives or have sent their top management people to attend his workshops. This is of course apart from a list of virtually every other organization worth its name who have benefitted from his consulting firm Planman's various consulting solutions. As a celebrated speaker he has spoken at various annual conferences and national conventions and Industry organizations like CII, Assocham etc.
An economist by passion and education, during Bill Clinton's historic visit to India in 2001 he launched his ‘Great Indian Dream -: India can beat America’; a series of seminars for every Indian, focusing on policies that can help India catch with the American per capita income, and even surpass it . His original contribution to the field of economics can be found in the three theories that he has written about in his book "The Great Indian Dream". They are the theory of 'Survival of the Weakest', 'The Trickle-up Theory' & 'The Law of Increasing Marginal Utility'. His concept of an ideal economy is what he calls 'Happy Capitalism' in his book. Professor Chaudhuri's outstanding ability is his strength to integrate macro and micro economic concepts with both strategic management techniques as well as personnel management techniques employed in organizations. At a macro level, his thoughts focus on the growing degeneration of the western socio-economic setup, the dangers of mindless imitation of the free market system and the innate strength of the Indian society. He does not agree with economists who have blind faith in the market system and feels the market needs to be constantly monitored and it is dangerous and harmful to allow the market to rule the human race, thus, he says 'the market system is a wonderful slave but a dangerous master'. His original research work is an attempt to explain how the levels of satisfaction and happiness in any country depend upon the kinds of economic systems prevalent there. In his new book "The Great Indian Dream" he clearly explains that "survival of the fittest" is an animalistic term and vouches for "Survival of the Weakest" as the guiding force for the next millennium and calls it a human way of living. He strongly condemns the attempts wherein some countries are trying to become the neo Zamindars (a term used for typical Indian fuedal landlords) of todays world in the name of making this world a global village. He feels developing countries worldwide as well as India can only adopt these principles once their internal industries become globally competitive. He strongly believes that a double digit growth rate is not a dream for Indians provided that the right policies are implemented with honesty. This he feels can be achieved by following policies of trickle-up rather than trickle-down, like in the case of China.