India Today & Tomorrow
A Luncheon Discussion with Dr. SHASHI THAROOR, Member of Parliament, Former Minister of State for External Affairs, India, Former Under Secretary-General, United Nations and Author
International observers point to a coming Asian century that will be dominated by the economic strength and political power of China and India. Some suggest the success of Indian unity and democracy, and the recent surge in economic growth signal India's imminent emergence as a global superpower. However, deep divisions within Indian society, politics, economics and culture, coupled with threats from militant groups across the border, may destabilize the country. Dr. Shashi Tharoor will discuss India's transformation, future prospects as well as potential influence in world politics.
A former Minister of State for External Affairs, Dr. Tharoor is a member of the Indian Parliament. Prior to this, he had a distinguished career at the United Nations serving as senior adviser to the Secretary-General and Under Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. Dr. Tharoor is the author of 11 books, including Reasons of State, a study of Indian foreign-policy making. He was educated in India and the US, completing his PhD at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 1998, Dr. Tharoor was named a 'Global Leader of Tomorrow' by the World Economic Forum, Davos. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
Moderated by Robyn Meredith, Senior Editor, Asia, Forbes and author, The Elephant and the Dragon