India's recent economic performance has attracted world attention but the country is re-awakening not just as an economy but as a civilization. After a thousand years of the decline, it now has a genuine opportunity to re-establish itself as a major global power.
Sanjeev Sanyal looks at the processes that led to ten centuries of fossilization and then at the powerful economic and social forces that are now working together to transform India beyond recognition. These range from demographic shifts to rising literacy levels, but the most important revolution has been the opening of mind and the changed attitude towards innovation and risk.
Sanjeev will discuss how India found itself at this historic juncture, the obstacles that it still needs to negotiate and the future that it may enjoy.
Sanjeev Sanyal grew up in pre-liberalization India, drifting between
Kolkata, Sikkim and Delhi. When India liberalized its economy in 1991,
he was studying at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. He
later studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He has spent
the last 13 years studying Asia's rapidly changing societies — their
economies, financial markets, cities, and demographics. Sanjeev now
splits his time between India and Singapore where he lives with his
wife and two sons. He is currently Deutsche Bank's Chief Economist for
the region as well as Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Policy
Studies, National University of Singapore. He is passionate about
environmental conservation and antique maps of India. In 2007, he was
awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for his work on urban systems.