Occupy the World: Economic and Political Implications of Ongoing Protest Movements
A Political Salon with Mira Kamdar
November 29, 2011
This event is by invitation only.
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With special thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting the Political Salon.
All politics is certainly local, yet there is global resonance to recent protests by citizens around the world –from the Arab Spring to India to European debtor nations to the Occupy movement in the United States- against governments that have failed to deliver opportunity fairly. Some governments have been brought down. Some cling to power, mercilessly putting down rebellion. Still others –like the government of India in face of the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare earlier this year- were forced to concede to citizens’ demands. The crisis is far from over. What is specific to India's crisis of governance and what are the implications, not only for citizens of the world's largest democracy but for the future of democracy? Are the mass protests in India and in the United States really "two peas in a pod"? And to what extent do India's woes derive from global forces that have widened the wealth and the opportunity gap around the world?
About the Speaker:
Mira Kamdar is a Paris-based Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York and an Associate Fellow of Asia Society. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Paris at the Centre d'Études sur l'Inde et l'Asie du Sud in 2010-2011, and a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in 2008. She is the author of Motiba’s Tattoos: A Granddaughter’s Journey from America into her Indian Family’s Past, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection and winner of the Washington Book Award. Her book Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the World’s Largest Democracy and the Future of our World (Scribner 2008) has been translated and published in over a dozen foreign editions. Mira Kamdar’s work appears in publications around the world, including The New York Times, Slate, The Washington Post, The Times of India, Daily News & Analysis, Outlook, The International Herald Tribune, World Policy Journal, Tehelka, Seminar, and YaleGlobal. She regularly provides expert commentary for US, French and Indian television and radio. A contributing editor to The Caravan magazine and to India Review, and a member of the editorial board of World Policy Journal, she writes the “Mot de l’Inde” column for Courrier International. She lectures on India and international affairs at Sciences Po in Paris. More on Mira Kamdar at www.mirakamdar.com.
About the Sponsor:
The Political Salon – organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media – regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.