Apr 29

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Reimagining India: What’s at Stake in the World's Largest Democracy?

Event Materials



  • India's Political Parties asking Voters to Reimagine India

    Dr. S. Jaishankar, Indian Ambassador to the U.S.: Political parties in India are asking voters to reimagine India, and this new book captures the internal Indian conversation about the distribution of power, the nature of growth, and values.

  • For India, Cricket Connects Sports and Nationhood

    Dr. S. Jaishankar, Indian Ambassador to the U.S.: Cricket is the story of modern India's evolution. It is one of graduating from playing safe to wanting to win, to taking risks.

  • India Tends To Be Bipolar

    Adil Zainulbhai, McKinsey India: Two years ago the mood in India was one of extraordinary depression, in contrast to the euphoric mood five years ago. We tend to be bipolar, but we are on a 50-year development path and we can't slow down.

  • India, U.S. Share Bipolarity

    Strobe Talbott: India and the United States have experienced ups and downs, or a bipolarity, in themselves and in their relationship. This is yet another thing the world's oldest and largest democracies have in common.

    Strobe Talbott

  • Modi Would Transform India's Economy

    Stephen Cohen: A Modi government would transform India's economy, and give him more leverage in foreign policy. American policy is going to have to reconsider its attitude toward India.

    Stephen P. Cohen

  • India Underestimating How Much It's a Global Player

    Strobe Talbott: India is underestimating the extent to which it is now a global player. It is not just a regional player. There will be a raft of opportunities if American statesmanship is handled properly going forward and if India steps up to the plate and thinks of itself as a major-league world power.

    Strobe Talbott

  • Mark Twain, Like Many, Overwhelmed by India

    Christopher Graves, Ogilvy Public Relations: Many are overwhelmed by India as their first impression. Mark Twain, during his lecture tour in India, could only remark, "Indeed, this is India!"

  • Foreign Investment in India Will Be State-by-State

    Christopher Graves, Ogilvy Public Relations: Devolution in India a very powerful thing. Foreign investors see Gujarat, and be extension its Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as very business friendly, for example. Foreign investors will go state-by-state in India, picking winners and losers.

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As Indians head to the polls to elect a new government, the country and its leaders – in government, business, civil society, the media and beyond – face critical choices that will impact India’s political, business, technology, social, cultural and foreign policy spheres.

On April 29th, the Asia Society Policy Institute, The India Project at Brookings and McKinsey & Company hosted a discussion examining these choices and explored the challenges and opportunities facing India outlined in the publication, Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower.

Published by McKinsey & Company, the volume provides insights from Gurcharan Das, Sonia Faleiro, Bill Gates, Shekhar Gupta, Vinod Khosla, Mallika Sarabhai, Eric Schmidt and Fareed Zakaria, among others.

India’s Ambassador to the United States Dr. S. Jaishankar gave a keynote address, and was followed by a panel of experts who explored what is at stake in the election and beyond for India’s people, its economy and security and for the U.S.-India relationship. Panelists included 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.

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Event Agenda

  • Introduction

    • Tom Nagorski

      Executive Vice President

      Asia Society

  • Keynote Address

    • Dr. S. Jaishankar

      Ambassador of India to the United States

  • Speakers


April 29, 2014

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

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Saul/Zilkha Rooms

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