Inaugural lecture by Anthony D'Costa - New Professor in Indian Studies
Copenhagen Business School has appointed Anthony P. D’Costa Professor in Indian Studies at the Asia Research Centre and the Department of International Economics and Management.
Program for Anthony P. D’Costa’s inaugural lecture
by President Finn Junge-Jensen and Professor Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, Director of Asia Research Center
14:15 Inaugural lecture
“A New Face of India in the Long Twentieth Century and its Future Implications"
by Professor Anthony P. D’Costa
Professor Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, Director of Asia Research Centre
Professor Niels Mygind, Head of Department of International Economics and Management
Attendance is free of charge, but please R.S.V.P to the Department’s reception at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 3815 2515 no later than Friday 9 May 2008
Anthony D'Costa's appointment as Professor in Indian Studies at Copenhagen Business School has been made possible by a generous grant from The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation.
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Abstract of the lecture
For four decades since 1947 India remained plagued by poverty and economic stagnation and yet demonstrated significant vibrancy in its political dynamism. Within the last 25 years, however, a “new”modern India has emerged - an India that is socially confident, democratically solid, globally active, economically visible, technologically suave, and youthfully smart. Its expatriate population, mostly professionals, students, and computer engineers, has been hailed as the new face of India in the global economy, although less fortunate Indians are also contributing to the global economy. This presentation argues that this rise of India was already underway well before the radical economic reforms of 1991. The growth of the Indian middle class and emigration of professionals were already in motion. However, the magnitude and quality of this presence has changed because the global economy itself has qualitatively changed.
The fifth Kondratieff upswing based on the twin developments of information technology and services “revolution” has further fuelled the demand for Indian professionals. By reflecting on India’s past political economy and examining the contemporary international movement of Indian professionals, this presentation discusses some of the dynamics of Indian economic and social development in the long twentieth century and its implications for the global economy.