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Shaping India’s Growth Agenda: Implications for the World

The Takshashila Institution and The Hudson Institute co-hosted a conference on Shaping India’s New Growth Agenda: Implications for the world, at the Hyatt on 1-2 August.

With the coming to power of a new government in India led by a party which projected development and growth as part of its election manifesto, both Hudson and Takshashila believed that the time is right for a discussion on how India’s new approach to governance, growth and development will affect the country and the world.

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India’s most urgent policy priority needs to be getting India back to a high growth path. The four panels on labour, health, innovation, and trade and investment were chosen as each of these are key sectors that can either act as drivers of economic growth in the country, but a failure to reform them could also result in these sectors becoming barriers to achieving prosperity.

The three questions that each of the four panels delved into were:

One, what are the policy options for that the union government to undertake in the next 1-5 years to reform the sector?
Two, what are the emergent global and local trends relevant for India and Indian policymakers to consider in the sector?
Three, what are the global implications of policy changes and growth in India?

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The panelists included Prof Mukul Asher (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Takshashila Institution), Kenneth Weinstein (The Hudson Institute), Manish Sabharwal (Teamlease) Sharad Sharma (ISPIRT), Michael Own Moore (George Washinton University) among others. The guests included Mrs Farahnaz Ispahani (Public Policy Scholar at Princeton University), Mr Nandan Nilekani, Mrs Rohini Nilekani, Dr Rajeev Gowda (Rajya Sabha MP), Mr Ravichandar and Latha Reddy, among others.

The conference was concluded by a conversation between Nitin Pai, director of the Takshashila Institution, and Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Director of Central Asia and South Asia programmes at the Hudson Institute.

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Shaping India’s New Growth Agenda
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About the Takshashila Institution
The Takshashila Institution is an independent, non- partisan think tank on India’s strategic affairs and public policy, registered in Chennai and with offices in Bangalore. www.takshashila.org.in

About Hudson Institute
The Hudson Institute is an independent research organisation promoting new ideas for the advancement of global security, prosperity and freedom. www.hudson.org

Panel

Husain Haqqani Discussant, Keynote Address

Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute

Kenneth Weinstein Discussant, Keynote Address

President and CEO, Hudson Institute

Mukul Asher Discussant, Keynote Address

Takshashila Institution and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Kenneth Weinstein Chair, Labour: Getting the Jobs Engine Going

President and CEO, Hudson Institute

Mukul Asher Discussant, Labour: Getting the Jobs Engine Going

Takshashila Institution

Manish Sabharwal Discussant, Labour: Getting the Jobs Engine Going

TeamLease

Marvin Kosters Discussant, Labour: Getting the Jobs Engine Going

American Enterprise Institute

Vijay Chandru Chair, The Health Challenge: Prevention, Affordability and Scale

Strand Life Sciences

Ian Spatz Discussant, The Health Challenge: Prevention, Affordability and Scale

Rock Creek Policy Group

Pavan Srinath Discussant, The Health Challenge: Prevention, Affordability and Scale

Takshashila Institution

R Balasubramaniam Discussant, The Health Challenge: Prevention, Affordability and Scale

SVYM and GRAAM

RD Thulasiraj Discussant, The Health Challenge: Prevention, Affordability and Scale

Aravind Eye Care

Sharad Sharma Chair, Innovation: From Precept to Practice

iSPIRT

Saurabh Chandra Discussant, Innovation: From Precept to Practice

Takshashila Institution

Mark Schultz Discussant, Innovation: From Precept to Practice

Southern Illinois University

Vineet Rai Discussant, Innovation: From Precept to Practice

Aavishkaar & Intellecap

Aroon Raman Discussant, Innovation: From Precept to Practice

Raman Fibrescience

TV Somanathan Chair, Changing Patterns of Trade and Investment

World Bank

Anantha Nageswaran Discussant, Changing Patterns of Trade and Investment

Takshashila Institution

Narayan Ramachandran Discussant, Changing Patterns of Trade and Investment

Takshashila Institution

Michael Owen Moore Discussant, Changing Patterns of Trade and Investment

Elliot School, George Washington University

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