Thomas Friedman and Vikram Singh Mehta
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.