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  • Author: Joydeep Mukherji
  • Publication Date: 11-2002
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Center for the Advanced Study of India
  • Abstract: I join you tonight to consider India on the scales of greatness. In other words, to ask: by what standards do people regard a state as great? And how does India conform to those standards? I must say at the outset, that these are not questions on which I personally would fixate. Greatness in terms of power is not a standard that moves me as a human being. My impulse when looking at countries is to say, “what's so great about being great?” I think a country's taxi drivers tell us more about it than the number of nuclear bombs it might possess. The number of Ph.D. holders, engineers, and writers driving taxicabs in a country, and where they came from, tells me a lot about the country we're in and the country from whence they came. The taxi driver in Iran who complains bitterly about the ayatollahs and wants to talk about pop music and freedom, tells me something about Iran. The engineer who fled Nigeria for the opportunity possible in America, even if it's driving a cab, tells me something about Nigeria and the U.S. Great power has little to do with it.
  • Topic: Economics, Industrial Policy
  • Political Geography: America, Iran, South Asia, India, Nigeria
  • Author: Joydeep Mukherji
  • Publication Date: 11-2002
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Center for the Advanced Study of India
  • Abstract: According to the Bible, Saul of Tarsus converted almost instantly to Christianity on the road to Damascus. Subsequently, he neither ate nor drank for three days. The conversion of the world's second largest country, India, to a new way of life based on free markets and private enterprise will not be so rapid or disruptive. Nevertheless, India's conversion to market economics will, like Saul's, be thorough and deep. It will increasingly affect all of us in the global village, in which Indians constitute 17% of the inhabitants.
  • Topic: Economics, Industrial Policy
  • Political Geography: South Asia, India
  • Author: Montek Singh Ahluwalia
  • Publication Date: 04-2002
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Center for the Advanced Study of India
  • Abstract: It is both a privilege and a pleasure for me to deliver this year's Annual Fellows Lecture at the Center for Advanced Study of India. For many years in India, I used to receive an annual update on the activities of the Center when Dr. Francine Frankel visited Delhi and it is therefore particularly pleasant to visit the Center in person.
  • Topic: Economics, Industrial Policy
  • Political Geography: South Asia, India, New Delhi