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The Past and Future of Indian Democracy

ndian voters hold up their voter ID cards as they stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station in Amritsar on May 13, 2009. (NarinderNanu/AFP/Getty Images)

An Evening Discussion with Ramachandra Guha, Author and Historian and Zoher Abdoolcarim, Asia Editor, TIME International

India is the world's largest democracy, yet the majority of its citizens continue to live in abject poverty. Is a democracy in name alone anything to celebrate if it does not improve the quality of life for its people? What's holding India back from becoming a 21st-century superpower? Join Ramachandra Guha and Zoher Abdoolcarim as they debate whether India's democratic system is the most effective vehicle for enhancing the welfare of its people.

Ramachandra Guha is the author of the bestseller India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy. He was recently named one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world and has taught at the Universities of Oslo, Stanford, Yale, and University of California, Berkeley and the Indian Institute of Science. His books and essays have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Zoher Abdoolcarim is Asia Editor of TIME International. He was previously senior editor at TIME Asia and managing editor of Asiaweek. He has covered the Ninoy Aquino assassination, the ousters of Ferdinand Marcos and Suharto, the Tiananmen Square crackdown, the return of Hong Kong to China and the Asian financial crisis.

Presented with The Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2010


Event Details

Fri 12 Mar 2010
2:30pm - 4:00pm

The Kee Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central Hong Kong

HK$190 Asia Society members/ Full-time students; HK$200 Non-members (Priority for members)