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Imagining India: Thomas Friedman in conversation with Nandan Nilekani

March 23, 2009

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In his book, Imaging India, Indian entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani traces the central ideas that shaped the country's past and present and asks the key question of the future of India and its role as a global citizen and emerging economic giant: How will India as a global power avoid the mistakes of earlier development models? Its future rests on more than simply economic growth; it also depends on reform and innovation in all sectors of public life.

Author and New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman says, Seattle has Bill. Bangalore has Nandan. . . . What makes Nilekani unique? For me it comes down to one phrase: great explainer. . . . It was his insight that the global playing field was being "leveled" by technology that inspired me to write the book The World Is Flat.?

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About Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman, author and journalist, is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner. His Foreign Affairs column appears every Wednesday and Sunday in The New York Times. Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, The World Is Flat, and most recently, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew America. Friedman was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.



About Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani is the Co-Chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited. He is the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. Nilekani was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2006 and was named Forbes Businessman of the Year  for Asia in 2007. Nilekani received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India.