The Kingdom Bites Back!

Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue “soft” power

Posted in India The Bigger Picture by martinbatt on March 17, 2010

India is fast becoming a superpower, says Shashi Tharoor — not just through trade and politics, but through “soft” power, its ability to share its culture with the world through food, music, technology, Bollywood. He argues that in the long run it’s not the size of the army that matters as much as a country’s ability to influence the world’s hearts and minds.

Indian restaurants in Britain employ more people than the coal mining, ship building and iron and steel industries combined. So the empire can strike back!

Shasi Tharoor

Nandan Nilekani’s Ideas for India’s Future

Posted in India The Bigger Picture by martinbatt on March 11, 2010

Nandan Nilekani, the visionary co-founder of outsourcing pioneer Infosys, explains four brands of ideas that will determine whether India can continue its recent breakneck progress.

He is aso the author of “Imagining India,” a radical re-thinking of one of the world’s great economies. The co-founder of Infosys, he helped move India into the age of IT.

Asia’s Rise: How and When

Posted in India The Bigger Picture by martinbatt on March 9, 2010

Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world’s dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.