An expert panel of Indian leaders discuss and attempt to define the evolving the politics of change in the country.
Welcome Remarks: John Coatsworth, Provost, Columbia
Panel Members: Salman Khurshid, Minister of Law and Justice, Government of India;
Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in the Upper House of the Parliament; and N. K. Singh, Member of Parliament.
Jagdish Bhagwati, is University Professor at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been Economic Policy Adviser to Arthur Dunkel, Director General of GATT (1991-93), Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization, and External Adviser to the WTO. He has served on the Expert Group appointed by the Director General of the WTO on the Future of the WTO and the Advisory Committee to Secretary General Kofi Annan on the NEPAD process in Africa, and was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group under the chairmanship of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso on the future of UNCTAD.
Arun Jaitley is a prominent Indian politician and a member of the BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP), currently the largest Opposition party in India. He is the leader of opposition in the RajyaSabha and has previously served as the Union Minister for commerce, industry, law and justice of the Government of India.
Arvind Panagariya is the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy and professor of economics at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
A leading authority on the economy of India, he has been the chief economist of the Asian Development Bank and has also work with the world Bank, IMF, WTO, and UNCTAD. He holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton.
According to Fareed Zakaria (editor of Newsweek International), Professor Panagariya has written "the definitive book on the Indian economy," in which he "puts to rest myths and settles debates with balance and fairness."
N.K. Singh is currently a Member of RajyaSabha (the Upper House of Parliament) from the State of Bihar. Mr. Singh has held senior civil service positions in the Ministries of Finance - Economic Affairs, Expenditure & Revenue Secretary- as well as in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He served as Secretary to the Prime Minister and was a Member of the National Planning Commission as well as Deputy Chairman of the Bihar State Planning Board. Mr. Singh has held advisory and leadership positions at the United Nations. He represented India in successive delegations to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank, World Intellectual Property Organization and United Nations Development Programme.