Published On: Tue, Jan 17th, 2017

Business to be a focal point at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

jlffNew Delhi: If the world of economics intrigues you, then the upcoming ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is the place you would want to be. Bringing global voices and minds together in exciting discussions for its tenth year, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will cover a myriad of topics relating to business and economics throughout the duration of the Festival, from January 19 to January 23, 2017 at Diggi Palace in Jaipur.
‘A World of Disruptions’ brings together Emma Sky, Ha-Joon Chang, Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Sadaf Saaz in conversation with Patrick French to look at the tumbling and realigning of social and economic certainties. As divisive politics, fiscal fault lines and racial and communal tensions have thrown the world off balance, panelists across backgrounds will examine present realities and the constants of change.
The popular subject of capitalism will be addressed once again at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival with the renowned economist Ha-Joon Chang discussing ‘The Secret History of Capitalism. With some startling realisms, he will argue that the world’s wealthiest countries and supra-national institutions like the IMF, World Bank and WTO want to see all nations developing into modern industrial societies. He will delve deeper into the subject and speaks of self-interest and poor judgment by rich and powerful governments leading to inflicting policy errors upon the world. In the session, he will show just how muddled thinking is on trade and foreign investment and suggest that the case for privatisation versus state involvement is far from proven.
With ‘Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working’, Ha-Joon Chang and Dambisa Moyo will uncover why millions remain poor because of aid, are unable to escape corruption and are reduced to a childlike state of beggary.
The brilliant minds of Dambisa Moyo, Madeleine O’Dea, Mei Fong and Rob Schmitz come together in a session ‘Winner or Loser: Does the 21st Century Belong to China?’. They will discuss the implications of China’s rush for resources across the world. What does it mean for the rest of the region when the Chinese military has achieved such strategic domination? Is China an unstable powder keg waiting to explode amid the force of its own suppressed contradictions?
In an interesting session- ‘Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers’, Frank Trentmann throws light on the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world from late Ming China, through Renaissance Italy to the British Empire. Addressing the present scenario, he will talk about how we have come to live with so much more, how this has changed the course of history and the global challenges we face as a result.
The well-respected Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University Richard Sennett opens our eyes to the life and role of ‘The Craftsman’. Exploring the work of craftsmen through history, he will identify deep connections between material consciousness and ethical values and challenges around what constitutes good work in today’s world.
Kunal Bahl, the co-founder and CEO of Snapdeal, will discuss ‘The Digital Economy’ with contemporaries such as Amitabh Kant and Ashok Wadhwa. The session is to focus on the brave new world of the virtual ecosphere and the caveats that accompany it.
Sanjay Agarwal, Owner of AU Financiers, will be seen in a session called ‘The Colour of Money’ along with Ashwin Sanghi, Binod Chaudhury, Hindol Sengupta and Suhel Seth. The economists, businessmen and journalists discuss the creation of wealth, the digital economy and the value of crypto currencies in formal and informal sectors.
David McWilliams, currently ranked 9th in the ‘100 most influential economists’ in the world hosts Nassim Nicholas Taleb, statistician and risk analyst described as the ‘hottest thinker in the world’. Don’t miss this session on randomness, robustification and antifragility and how they impact every aspect of material and philosophical life in Of Black Swans and Intellectual Fallacies.

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