Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Book release and discussion of “The Turn of the Tortoise” authored by Mr. T N Ninan and a conversation between Mr. T N Ninan and Dr. Ramachandra Guha, on Wednesday, 4th November, 2015 at 6.30 PM.
The book assessed where the country has reached in 2015 and looks forward to 2025. It covered not just business and the economy but a much wider canvas that includes politics and government, social trends and emerging realities, and international and strategic issues.
In his characteristic detached manner, Mr. Ninan in his talk gently explored the paradox of a ‘premature superpower’ that has grown from the 12th largest economy in 2008 to what IMF reckons is the 7th largest in 2015, even as its people are poorer than those in Laos and Sudan. He talked about how the country is often seen as a natural counter-weight to China, yet is fundamentally different from that country and overshadowed by it and he asked everyone to introspect about how the third-largest contributor to global economic growth remains troubled by slow economic reform and the poor standards of governance.
In a wide ranging analysis, Mr. Ninan looked at the social, economic and political forces that helped shape the rise of Narendra Modi; the double-edged role of its business conglomerates; the environmental challenge; and why corruption reached the heights it did. It considers the implications of the rise of the neo-middle class.
The interactive session was considerably enriched by the incisive observations and witty interjections by the inimitable Dr. Ramachandra Guha who chaired and moderated the session with his usual skill.