Anyone living in Taipei who is interested in learning more about India should try to attend Pankaj Mishra’s talk on March 17th. Here is the description for his talk:
Poor but Democratic: Democracy in India in the Age of Globalization
Many rulers like to claim democracy only comes after wealth. What about India then? Indian democracy is one of the world’s greatest political experiments and it has worked. At the same time it seems to have entered a complex phase. Electoral politics have sharpened ethnic and religious divisions, leading to a rise in violence against minorities. Globalization and the rise of economic inequality have also confronted India with fresh challenges and pressure. Can the contradictory experience of democracy in India give a revelation to those democratic experiments elsewhere in Asia?