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India 11 December 2002 (National Dialogue)

    The meeting was organized by Professor Deepak Nayyar with the support and guidance of a Steering Committee of eminent persons. The members of this committee were: Ms Anu Aga, Chairperson, Thermax Limited, Pune; Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member of Parliament; Dr. Sanjaya Baru, Editor, Financial Express; Professor Rajeev Bhargava, Head, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi; and Ms Renana Jhabvala, Chairperson, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). Lord Bill Brett, Dr. Lu Mai and Mr. Padmanabha Gopinath participated in the dialogue.The meeting brought together about 100 selected participants from industry, trade unions, government, parliament, non-government organizations, media, agriculture, academia, education and the world of art, culture and literature, for a high-level policy dialogue among concerned citizens.

The discussion at the dialogue revealed that there was much more clarity in perceptions of globalization than in prescriptions about globalization. The discussion was characterized by a priori differences which were shaped by the initial thinking of participants on the subject. This was consistent with the outcome of discussions in other national dialogues. Everybody recognized that there are winners and losers in the process of globalization. But there were differences on who they are, and how many there are. Similarly, everybody recognized that globalization has not only created opportunities but also introduced risks or threats. But there were significant differences among participants about the relative importance of the opportunities and the risks. There were obviously differences in opinion about whether there was a cause-and-effect relationship between the gathering momentum of globalization and the problems observed in economy, polity and society. Even if the weights assigned varied, it was accepted that the observed outcomes represented a dynamic inter-action of endogenous and exogenous factors which shaped reality. There was a strong consensus among participants that correctives were needed at the local, national and global level.


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