Rising India

Insiders’ Insights for Europe


Wednesday 19 September from 10:00 to 12:00 (coffee served from 9:30)


India seems, often unexpectedly, to be emerging as a winner in the current wave of globalisation. From software, scotch whisky and steel to pharmaceuticals, engineering and renewable energy, India’s acquisitive presence is now felt on an everyday basis across Europe.


Meanwhile, the Indian economy continues to grow at record rates, approaching the near-feverish pace of China – but without imitating the foreign investment-led, very large scale mass-manufacturing model of its northern neighbour. It is also doing so in spite of – or possibly because of – its deeply-ingrained democratic traditions.


Organised in cooperation with the Indian Mission to the EU, this roundtable provides an opportunity for dialogue with five representatives from the heart of Indian democracy - members of both houses of the Indian Parliament.


Like India itself, the MPs are eclectic, representing different political parties, language groups and regions. They include Lakshman Singh - scion of an erstwhile royal family from Madhya Pradesh, Preneet Kaur - a female lawmaker from Punjab, Tariq Anwar - a Muslim MP from Maharashtra (home to India's financial capital Mumbai), as well as Dinesh Trivedi of West Bengal – a state hosting the world's longest regime of elected Communists. Also present is Dr. K. Kasturirangan, the former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, whose satellites and rockets - a generation ahead of peer countries like Brazil - are rapidly integrating with Europe's own high-technology infrastructure, and extending to the world beyond. The MPs are accompanied by Ramesh Chandran, Advisor to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).


The roundtable will be introduced by Paul Adamson of The Centre and moderated by Ashutosh Sheshabalaya of IndiaAdvisory, author of Rising Elephant, the widely-reviewed bestseller about India’s emergence (published in the US, India and Europe).


The roundtable will address five themes:


·          High-technology for development - India’s experiences and lessons for the world beyond

·          Judicial activism - democracy’s meaningful cousin

·          Gender issues in Indian politics, business and society

·          Significance of India’s new Special Economic Zones: catch-up with China or imitate its growth-at-any cost model

·          Renewable energy in India and its meaning for global environmental challenges


To register, please send an email with 'Rising India' in the
subject field and stating clearly your name and organisation to: meet@thecentre.eu

Please note that this invitation is personal. Should you wish for another person from your organisation to attend, please send us their name and contact details.


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