Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the central figure of India's general election. A controversial politician who has his share of fanatical devotees and blind critics, Modi has turned many of the assumptions governing Indian politics on its head. In this lecture, Swapan Dasgupta, surveys the political and economic lanscape that has contributed to Modi's appeal in different parts of India. If Modi wins the election on May 16, will public life in India be unalterably changed? What does a Modi-led India mean for the outside world?
Swapan Dasgupta (58) is a political columnist and public policy analyst with 30 years experience based in New Delhi (India). His columns on contemporary India are published in The Telegraph, Sunday Times of India, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, Pioneer, Jagran and Free Press Journal. In addition, he is a regular commentator on politics on Indian TV news channels, viz. NDTV, CNN-IBN, Times Now and Headlines Today. He has participated in roadshows on India’s political economy hosted by Deutsche Bank Equities, India Infoline, Prabhudas Liladhar Ltd and CLSA in Mumbai, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has also been a keynote speaker at conferences organised by KPMG and other industry bodies.
Educated at La Martiniere College (Kolkata) and St Stephen’s College (Delhi), Swapan Dasgupta was awarded a Ph.D by the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) in 1980. Subsequently he was elected a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford from 1982 to 1985.
Swapan Dasgupta has occupied important editorial positions in major Indian newspapers and weeklies including Times of India, Telegraph, Indian Express and India Today. He was the London correspondent of Indian Express from 1995 to 1996. He was Managing Editor of India Today until 2003. In addition, he has been published in Wall Street Journal, Tehelka, Khaleej Times, Hindu, The Times (London), Guardian and New Statesman.
A specialist in Indian politics, Dasgupta has been on TV panels in every general election since 1998. In 2011-12, he co-hosted the show Politically Incorrect which ran for 35 weeks on NDTV. He was appointed by the Prime Minister as a member of the India-UK Round Table dialogue from 1998 to 2004. He has presented papers on Indian politics at academic seminars hosted by the Australia-India Institute (University of Melbourne), Chatham House (London), King’s College (London), Reuters Foundation (Oxford) and South Asia Institute (Oxford).
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