Ranjit Barthakur

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Ranjit Barthakur
Born (1954-08-08) 8 August 1954 (age 62)
Occupation Chairman of Globally Managed Services (GMS)
Spouse(s) Radhika Barthakur

Ranjit Barthakur is an Indian businessman. Barthakur is the founder and chairman of Globally Managed Services (GMS),[1][2] besides being the Chairman and Director of Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Limited, the Rajasthan Royals franchise. [3]

Political career[edit]

In 2001, the Assam Government appointed Barthakur as advisor for strategy, action planning, project formulation, investment initiation and image building exercise for the state of Assam. He was appointed again in 2011. [1][2][4] His term with the State Government as an advisor to the Chief Minister of Assam ended in 2016 [5], when the Congress Government led by Tarun Gogoi in Assam was replaced by the BJP.[6]

In 2013, he was shortlisted by the then chief minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi for a Rajya Sabha MP seat from Assam. Barthakur was considered a 'high profile candidate' [7] and 'dark horse' for the post due to support from certain dissident sections of the Congress Party.[8][9][10] [11]. However Barthakur lost to Santiuse Kujur.[12]

Indian Premier League (IPL)[edit]

In 2008, Ranjit Barthakur took on the chairmanship of Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Limited, Rajasthan Royals, the inaugural champions of the Indian Premier League.[13] In 2010 it was alleged that BCCI tender norms were violated by the franchise.[14] It was being claimed that Ranjit Barthakur and Fraser Castellino were the only two shareholders of the Rajasthan Royals franchise, completely unknown to the BCCI at the time. The interim order of Justice BN Srikrishna, the arbitrator on the case, asserted there was no violation of the ownership agreement and that the composition and ownership was known to the BCCI while communicating with the franchise.[15][16] While there may have been claims made that no documentation was provided to suggest connections between bidder and company, Justice Srikrishna noted that the franchise's counsel had provided evidence in the form of emails to show the BCCI had communicated with the shareholders.[17] The Bombay High Court upheld the order passed by the arbitrator. [18] Further, during the course of the arbitration, an out of court settlement between the franchise and BCCI ensued and its ownership structure was given a clean chit.[19]

Other ventures[edit]

At GMS he promotes Naturenomics[20] promoting agriculture and bio-diversity based community initiatives,[1][4] and NatureFirst (focused on restoring the balance between nature through land,energy,waste, water, air and carbon) and River Journeys and Bungalows of India (nature based tourism business).[4] Barthakur set up other ventures such as Agilisys (formerly Netdecisions),[21] Advent Healthcare (a facilitator in the healthcare industry in India),[22] and Green Ecological Managed Services (GEMS & NatureFirst)-(A fully integrated, first of its kind environmental services organization) which was acquired by TCS and where he continued as advisor to the environmental services Unit.[23]

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Barthakur was CEO of Hutchison Max-Touch Telecom (Vodafone) in India,[24] chairman of Marconi [24] in the Indian Sub-continent, and held senior positions in sales and marketing at consumer goods company ITC.[1]

Barthakur had also supported S. Ramadorai, Chairman of NSDC and advisor to the Office of Prime Minister of India, on the national skill development during S. Ramadorai’s office tenure. The two have retained their association in the matters of common business interests after S Ramadorai gave up his office. [25] He is also the member of the Planning Commission's Steering Committee on Eco-Tourism.[4]


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  2. ^ a b "Officer Profile | Quotes | Reuters.co.in". In.reuters.com. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  3. ^ http://www.rajasthanroyals.com/leadershipteam.aspx
  4. ^ a b c d "Ranjit Barthakur articles". Articleweekly.com. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  5. ^ "Resignation of Shri Ranjit Borthakur, Advisor to CM, Assam". Government of Assam. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  6. ^ > "Assam Legislative Assembly election, 2016". 
  7. ^ "38 Congress Candidates for 2nd RS Seat from Assam". The Indian Express. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rajya-sabha-assam-seat-manmohan-singh-to-seek-renomination-landlady-might-join-india-today/1/270557.html
  9. ^ "PM will file nomination for Assam Rajya Sabha seat on May 15". Meghalaya Times. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "PM to file nomination for Assam RS polls". Sify News. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "PM Manmohan Singh to seek renomination to Rajya Sabha from Assam seat, his landlady in Guwahati might join him too". India Today. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "PM, Kujur win RS polls - Cong sings unity song, heaves a sigh of relfief". 31 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "TCS News & Events: Press Release : Tata Consultancy Services enters the Indian Premier League". Tcs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  14. ^ "Season of the Long Knives". Openthemagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  15. ^ "'BCCI Aware Of Rajasthan Royals' Workings'". ReachNRI. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  16. ^ "'Cricket:business trumps sports'". The Voice of Goa. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  17. ^ "'BCCI protest 'too facile to cut ice". ESPN Cricinfo. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  18. ^ "'Bombay High Court upholds Rajasthan's return'". ESPN Cricinfo. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  19. ^ "'Rajasthan Royals hit with Rs 1 crore fine as BCCI ends row over ownership'". Daily Mail. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  20. ^ Naturenomics - A Differentiated Approach to Capital Formation
  21. ^ Barthakur, Ranjit. "Ranjit Barthakur: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  22. ^ ":: Advent Healthcare Group ::". Adventhcg.com. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  23. ^ "index". Naturefirst.co.in. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  24. ^ a b "B4E Global Summit 2012". B4E Summit. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  25. ^ "Ogilvy India bags the Rs 100 crore National Skill Development Corporation account". Afaqs.com. 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2012-10-18.