Published On: Wed, Jan 20th, 2016

Sebastian Mallaby, Arvind Subramanian, Thomas Piketty, Amitabh Kant, Nigel Harris, Niall Ferguson to be speakers at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

jlffNew Delhi: Wealthy, powerful, and potentially dangerous, hedge-fund managers
have emerged as the stars of t–wenty-first century capitalism. Based on unprecedented
access to the industry, Sebastian Mallaby’s book More Money than God: Hedgefunds and the
Making of the New Elite provides the first authoritative history of hedge funds. In a
session of the same name, in discussion with Mihir Sharma hedge funds are explored from
their origins in the 1960s and 1970 to their role in the financial crisis of 2007-9.

Another international big-hitter in economics writing, Thomas Piketty’s ground-breaking
book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, analyses a unique collection of data from twenty
countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and
social patterns. At the Festival he will discuss his theories with fellow economic
historians and writers on finance Sebastian Mallaby and Arvind Subramanian, moderated by
Pratap Bhanu Mehta in a session called Capital.

Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the
prospects for economic growth at the heart of the political economy fascinate celebrated
economist and Professor of Economics at Paris School of Economics, Thomas Piketty. In The
Politics of Inequality he will join with his former pupil Mihir Sharma to talk about his
most recent book of the same name.

Prominent economist Arvind Subramanian suggests that in fact economic development cannot be
understood without reading more widely and beyond the academic from V.S. Naipaul to Shehan
Karunatilaka in Fiction and Economics, moving the study of economics from outside the
domain of the ‘developmentwalas’ to a wider appreciation of the ways of the world via non-
academic and literary readings.

The journey from small town to visionary promoter of a global brand is captured in Subhash
Chandra’s new memoir being launched at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. In the Z Factor
he’ll talk about the highs and lows on his way to becoming a pioneer in the Indian
television entertainment industry in conversation with Chair of Enam Securities, Vallabh
Bhansali and writer, journalist and Rajya Sabha member MJ Akbar.

The Government’s Make In India campaign aims to attract foreign investment in job-creating
manufacturing industries, and the slogan has established a strong brand image. A well-
informed panel including Secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
Amitabh Kant, chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Dr
Mehta the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, A. Didar Singh
Secretary General of FICCI and Ford’s Nigel Harris discuss the prospects of the campaign’s
success and the stumbling blocks in its path.

Pandemonium is Jaipur-born Piyush Pandey’s brilliant and incisive book on advertising which
brings alive all aspects of the persuasion industry and explores the sources and
inspirations of creative communication. In conversation with Suhel Seth, the award-winning
co-executive chairman and national creative director of Ogilvy & Mather India speaks of
contemporary Indian advertising and how to move minds and wallets with the power of
focussed narrative.

These interesting, relevant and inspiring minds and discussion panels demonstrate the
diversity, internationalism and relevance of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival not just to
fans of literature from India, South Asia and the World, but also to those who shape our
landscape through finance, government and industry. Jaipur in January is a place where your
mind can expand and be informed and leaves audience members and delegates with a multitude
of ideas and insights for the year ahead.

William Dalrymple, writer and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said “ZEE
Jaipur Literature Festival offers everyone from business men and women, writers,
economists, policy makers and shapers, as well as social activists and the general public,
a wealth of good writing, information and intelligent opinion to stimulate and challenge
the thinking and actions of our everyday lives. Questions about the long-term evolution of
inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the
heart of political economy, but satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of
adequate data and clear guiding theories. This year we present a series of writers at the
centre of world debate on economics, business and finance, including Thomas Piketty, whose
writings have findings transformed debate and set the agenda for the next generation of
thought about wealth and inequality; Sebastian Mallaby, the world’s leading expert on hedge
funds; and the brilliant, and brilliantly controversial economic historian Niall Ferguson.
It proves that ZEE JLF is once more the most stimulating and authorative literature
festival in the world.”

Namita Gokhale, writer, publisher and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival,
said “The human race is in essence a transactional species, and our distinguished panels on
business, commerce and economics look at this crucial activity through fresh and intriguing
perspectives. Gravitas, wit, and insight mark our sessions on these themes.”

Sanjoy K. Roy, Director of Teamwork Arts who produce the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival,
said “The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival exists to give us space to dream, but also to
discuss and debate issues which are important; to explore lessons learnt, or not and to
prepare for and shape our future as individuals and as nations. On such a large
international platform with experts gathered from India, South Asia and around the world,
it is sure that audiences will come away enriched, sometimes alarmed and inspired, with a
different perspective on global issues which affect us today.”

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival offers a special delegate package to those who seek more
interaction with the authors as well as more comfortable and rich experience. It is still
possible to register as a delegate with a pre-festival rate available until 20 January.
Perks include access to meals, music concerts, great rates at the local hotels, and more.
Information is available on www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org

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