India, the world's largest democracy, is in the middle of a historic, month-long election to elect a new prime minister and members of the 16th Lok Sabha. Today, the Asia Society Policy Institute, the India Project at Brookings and McKinsey & Company hosted a discussion to explore the challenges, opportunities and critical choices faced by the country and its leaders, which are also outlined in a new publication, Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia's Next Superpower (McKinsey & Company, Inc., 2014).
India's ambassador to the United States, Dr. S. Jaishankar, gave a keynote address, and was followed by a panel of experts including: Brookings President Strobe Talbott; Senior Fellow Stephen P. Cohen; Christopher Graves, global CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations; and Adil Zainulbhai, senior advisor to McKinsey India. Tom Nagorski, executive vice president at the Asia Society provided introductory remarks.
Video highlights of their remarks are below.
Get event audio and archived video here.
Over the past year, the India Project at Brookings has hosted other events that looked at India's elections:
India's 2014 General Election: A Preview (4/8/14)
India Goes to the Polls: The State Elections and Beyond (12/18/13)
Elections in India, the World's Largest Democracy (12/13/13)
Recent Political Developments in India: The Other Leadership Transition (2/14/13)