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A New India? The Impact of Twenty-Five Years of Reforms

About the colloquia:

In 2014, Indian voters gave Narendra Modi and the BJP a mandate to accelerate India’s economic reforms and revitalize its foreign relations, in particular with the United States and with partners in East Asia. But, the pace and depth of reforms and economic transformation have not met the high expectations, despite strong GDP performance. Economic growth remains uneven, job creation sluggish, and massive infrastructural and administrative problems continue to trouble many sectors of the economy. After twenty-five years of economic reforms, India’s potential as a new global industrial hub has still not been realized and its vast resources of labor and talent remain underdeveloped.

During the 2017 winter and spring quarters Shorenstein APARC and the Center for South Asia will host a series of lectures and discussions that explore what makes India democratic and dynamic, and the obstacles that prevent the country from realizing its enormous potential.

Also, in 2017, the next Global Entrepreneur Summit will be in India, sequel to the 2016 Stanford-hosted Summit. This colloquium will help prepare for that event by reaching out to scholars, students, interested stakeholders, business leaders and others in the Bay Area.


Session One: January 12, Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall

12pm – 1:30pm

Ashley Tellis (Carnegie): Can India Ever Become a Great Power?

It is now commonplace to think of India's rise as a great power as inevitable. The Indian economy has demonstrated impressive growth during the last twenty-five odd years; India remains one of the few large economies that continues to grow at high single-digit rates despite the global economic slowdown; Indian military capabilities are significant, impressive and expanding; and not surprisingly then, New Delhi seeks a place at the high tables of global governance. The United States has in recent decades placed a strategic bet on India, supporting its rise in the expectation that this will advance American interests in Asia and globally. But will India meet these expectations? In fact, can India become the great power that it seeks to be or is it always destined to remain a great power in waiting, forever promised but never arriving?

Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will address this question--one with important consequences for peace, prosperity and security throughout the Indo-Pacific region.


Session Two: March 2, 2017, Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall

12pm – 1:30pm

Thomas Blom Hansen, Director, Center for South Asia, Stanford University and Aruna Ranganathan, Stanford Graduate School of Business

How India Works: Caste, Community and the Indian Economy


Session Three: April 5, 2017, Oksenberg Conference Room, Encina Hall

4:30pm – 6:00pm 

Ramachandra Guha, Indian Historian and Writer

Eight Threats to Freedom of Expression in India 


Session Four: May 17 2017, Philippines Conference Room

12pm – 1:30pm

Naushad Forbes, Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry