A Discussion with Gurcharan Das, author of India Grows at Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State
Co-sponsored by the American India Foundation and
the Rising Powers Initiative
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
12:00pm - 1:15pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 113
The George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
About India Grows at Night:
When two Indians sit down to sip chai, they quickly agree that their country seems to be rising despite the state, and cynically express the idea of private success and public failure as "India grows at night while the government sleeps". But how could a nation become the world's second fastest growing economy despite a weak, flailing state? And shouldn't India also grow during the day? The recent slowdown is a sign that India may have begun to experience the limits of growing at night. What India needs, Gurcharan Das says, is a strong liberal state. Such a state would have the authority to take quick, decisive action; it would have the rule of law to ensure those actions are legitimate; and finally, it would be accountable to the people. But achieving this will not be easy, says Das, because India has historically had a weak state and a strong society.
Gurcharan Das is an author, management guru and commentator. He is the author of the much acclaimed The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma. His earlier book, India Unbound was an international bestseller, published in many languages and filmed by BBC. His other literary works include a novel, A Fine Family, book of essays, The Elephant Paradigm, and an anthology, Three Plays. Gurcharan Das studied philosophy at Harvard University. Later he attended Harvard Business School where he is featured in three case studies. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). In 1995, he took early retirement to become a full time writer. He writes a regular column for the Times of India and periodic articles for The New York Times, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek.
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