DELHI: India in the Aftermath of the World’s Largest Democratic Exercise

  • 05:30 PM
  • The Chicago Club, 81 E. Van Buren Street, Chicago

CSCI is sponsoring the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ public program “India in the Aftermath of the World’s Largest Democratic Exercise” the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ public program “India in the Aftermath of the World’s Largest Democratic Exercise” with Sadanand Dhume, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and South Asia Columnist, The Wall Street Journal;Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; in conversation with Edward Luce, Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times.

In the midst of the largest democratic exercise in history, more than 814 million people will have the opportunity to cast their vote in an election that will help determine the path of India’s future. On one side, Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), out of power for a decade, vows to jumpstart economic growth through economic liberalization and increased foreign investment. On the other, the ruling Congress Party and heir-apparent Rahul Gandhi criticize the BJP approach as exclusionary and instead emphasize social welfare and poverty alleviation. In either outcome, the new government will be challenged by a recent pattern of slow economic growth, high unemployment, corruption scandals, and deteriorating relations with both the United States and frustrated foreign investors. What will the outcome mean for the India’s foreign and domestic policies, relations with the global economy, Pakistan, the US, and greater Asia?

Sadanand Dhume is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he writes about South Asian political economy, foreign policy, business, and society, with a focus on India and Pakistan. He is also a South Asia columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review in India and Indonesia and was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in Washington, DC. His political travelogue about the rise of radical Islam in Indonesia, My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with a Radical Islamist, has been published in four countries.

Ashley J. Tellis is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues. While on assignment to the US Department of State as senior adviser to the undersecretary of state for political affairs, he was intimately involved in negotiating the civil nuclear agreement with India. Previously, he served in the Foreign Service as senior adviser to the US ambassador in New Delhi. He also served on the National Security Council staff as special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia.

Edward Luce is the chief US commentator and columnist for the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, FT‘s leaders/editorials on American politics and the economy, and other articles. Luce has worked for the FT since 1995 as Philippines correspondent, capital markets editor, South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi, and Washington bureau chief between 2006 and 2011. In 2000 Luce was the chief speechwriter for Lawrence H. Summers, then US Treasury secretary. He is the author of In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India and Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent.

Business attire required.

5:30 p.m. Registration and cash bar reception
6:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
7:15 p.m. Adjournment

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CSCI Members $10; use code INDIA when registering
Chicago Council on Global Affairs Members $10
Nonmembers $20.
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