NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "India in a changing world: Standing firm or fearing change?" by Narendar Pani, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


 India in a changing world: Standing firm or fearing change?



Narendar Pani

Professor, NIAS UNDP Policy Research Initiative on Inequality and Human Development  


Chairperson: Rajaram Nagappa, Visiting Professor, International Strategic and Security Studies Program, NIAS,             


14th June, 2017, 9.30 am, Lecture Hall, NIAS

Abstract: As countries around the world have sought national gains from the process of globalization they have come up with a wide range of strategies. Europe has tried to do away with national boundaries. China has treated the change as an opportunity to assert itself, first in the region and now on the global stage. The United States saw itself as the sole superpower before its current movement towards isolationism. In the midst of this multidimensional transformation India has largely remained steadfast in its approach to the world. Despite a dramatic change in the structure of its economy, its national political scenario, and the collapse of the developing country alliance it once sought to lead, India has not developed an alternative global strategic alliance. Instead it has chosen to fall back on bilateralism. This talk will explore the consequences of this approach by first conceptualizing the main economic and political challenges of seeking national benefits from the decline of national boundaries. It will then briefly highlight some main features of India’s trade and security challenges, before going on to ask whether the country’s response to them has had the degree of flexibility and innovation that change demands.


About the Speaker: Prof. Narendar Pani is an economist by training and a social scientist by practice. He wrote extensively on international affairs, in India’s leading financial daily, during the decades around the collapse of the Soviet Union and the creation of the WTO. He has written several books, including one on the WTO, and has published in a number of academic journals in India and abroad. He currently heads the NIAS-UNDP Policy Research Initiative on Inequality and Human Development, the RBI Programme on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Economic Issues, and the Conflict Resolution Programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

All are cordially invited

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017