India's Changing Role

Tuesday, 13 September 2011  Features

The Hon. Shashi Tharoor, a member of the Indian Parliament, will speak on India's changing role in the world, at an event organised by the Australian School of Business, as part of the Distinguished Lectures on India series.

He is an author, refugee worker, human rights activist, and now a member of the Indian Parliament for the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala.

Shashi Tharoor says India is an ever more dominant player on the world stage. "India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay. It is very important to maintain a connection with Australia, and for Australians to understand India."

He says, "if America is a melting pot, then to me India is a thali - a selection of sumptuous dishes in different bowls. Each tastes different, and does not necessarily mix with the next, but they belong together on the same plate, and they complement each other in making the meal a satisfying repast."

He argues that in the long run it's not the size of India’s military force that matters on the world stage, as much as its ability to influence the world's hearts and minds.

"India is fast becoming a global superpower", says Shashi Tharoor. "However it is not just through trade and politics, but through what is called ‘soft’ power, namely its ability to share its culture with the world through food, music, technology, and indeed its film industry in Bollywood."

At the Distinguished Lectures on India series of public lectures, eminent Indian scholars and intellectuals discuss their engagement with different aspects of Indian society. The Australian School of Business is the home of the Sydney node of the Australia-India Institute, which has organised the lecture series.

Venue: Tyree Room, Scientia Building, UNSW Campus
Date: Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Time: 4pm – 6pm

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