Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 for the business-minded
The JLF has become a fixture on the calendars of literature enthusiasts. ET Panache picks sessions for visitors who may want to drop by and take away an idea or two.
Session: A Rediscovery of India: Agendas for Change Speakers: Bibek Debroy, Subhash Chandra, Vishvjit Prithvijit Singh, John Elliot When: January 22
Check out an economist, a business leader and a politician indulging in banter with a former journalist, discussing what needs to change for India to continue its journey on the growth path and herald the much-promised ‘acche din’.
Session: Rajasthan: Out of Bimaru Speakers: Arvind Panagariya, Bibek Debroy, Malvika Singh, Om Thanvi, Ashok Malik When: January 22
BIMARU may be an acronym for the North Indian states — Bihar, MP, Rajasthan and UP. But, it is often used to reflect the economic poverty of the four states. Is Rajasthan finally out of this quartet? Who better than the newly-anointed chief of Modi’s Niti Ayog, Panagariya to answer the question?
Session: Launch of The Murty Classical Library of India Speakers: Rohan Murty, Sheldon Pollock, Navtej Sarna, Rakhshanda Jalil, Maithree Wickramasinghe, C Mrunalini, Yatindra Mishra, Sharmila Sen When: January 23
Infosys’ founder Narayan Murthy’s son, Rohan Murty, will launch his dream project, MCLI at JLF. As per the schedule released by the organisers, this is the only session at which Murty is speaking. But festival goers will get a chance to hear more about MCLI the next day at another session.
Session: Hitler’s Secret Bankers: Has Switzerland Profited from the Holocaust? Speakers: Adam LeBor When: January 23
Swiss and black money have become extensions of one another, so strong is the word association between the two. But how many know about the country’s link with Nazi Germany? This session promises to be a fascinating insight into unravelling these ancient links.
Session: Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Future Speakers: Tarun Khanna, Rahul Jacob When: January 23
Harvard University’s South Asia Institute director, Khanna, recently co-founded the Bengaluru-based business incubator, Axilor. Writing about entrepreneurship regularly has prepared him well to take on a session that will dissect the role of young entrepreneurs in shaping the nation’s future.
Session: India’s Turn: Catalysing Economic Transformation Speakers: Arvind Subramanian, Narayan Murthy and Rahul Jacob When: January 25
Finally, on the last day will come the grand debut of Infosys’ former chairman emeritus, Narayan Murthy. Having created one of the biggest information technology companies of the country and thereby creating a slew of jobs and livelihoods, Murthy’s voice on catalysing economic transformation carries weight.