NEW YORK, December 5, 2013 - Commentator Gurcharan Das, economist Jagdish Bhagwati and Asia Society President Emerita Vishakha Desai discuss the ideas in Das's new book, which argues for a strong state role in Indian policy and planning. (1 hr., 22 min.)
Jagdish Bhagwati is a University Professor at Columbia University and a 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. The recipient of six festschrifts in his honor, he has also received several prizes and honorary degrees, including awards from the governments of India and Japan.
Gurcharan Das is an author, management guru and commentator. He wrote the much-acclaimed The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma. 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 five Indian newspapers and periodically for The New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs.
Vishakha N. Desai
Vishakha Desai is president and CEO of Asia Society, a leading global organization committed to strengthening partnerships among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the US. Desai sets the direction for the society’s diverse sets of programs, ranging from major US–Asia policy initiatives and national educational partnerships for global learning to groundbreaking art exhibitions and innovative Asian American performances. She has an international reputation for introducing contemporary Asian art in the US through critically acclaimed exhibitions and scholarly catalogues. Under her leadership, Asia Society has expanded the scope and scale of its activities, including opening new offices in India and Korea, the inauguration of a new center on US-China relations, and the development of new initiatives focusing on the environment, on Asian women leaders, and on partnerships among the next generation of exceptional leaders in Asia and the US.