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Brookings India: A Conversation with Tom Friedman

Thomas Friedman and Vikram Singh Mehta at the Brookings India launch event in New Delhi.

India is the world’s largest democracy and a rising power with one of the fastest growing economies. It is also a dynamic and complex country facing a number of opportunities and challenges that are a matter of great interest across the world. With this in mind, we recently launched Brookings India—a center for public policy research based in New Delhi, which I am honored to serve as its chairman. At our first event in New Delhi, I was grateful to host and engage New York Times op-ed columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman in a wide-ranging conversation on topics such as U.S. domestic and foreign policy, education, democracy in the Middle East and energy and climate change.

Brookings India Launches with a Discussion Featuring Thomas Friedman and Vikram Mehta

  • Vikram Singh Mehta currently serves as the executive chairman of Brookings India in New Delhi and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Mehta started his career with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1978. He resigned in 1980 to join Phillips Petroleum in London as their senior economist. In 1984, he returned to India to join the government company Oil India Ltd. as an advisor for strategic planning. He joined Shell International in London in 1988. He was appointed managing director of Shell Markets and Shell Chemical Companies in Egypt in 1991, and chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in India in 1994.