Gurcharan Das on Anna Hazare and the need for civic engagement by average Indians

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International best-selling author and public intellectual Gurcharan Das speaks with Emory professor of religion Paul Courtright on activist Anna Hazare and his legacy of exposing the growing middle class and its intolerance for corrupted politics. As India's middle class is expected to reach 50 percent of the population, Das is reminded of Alexis de Tocqueville and his advice to Americans on engaging in politics at the neighborhood level.

Gurcharan Das talks about his career path and India's economic independence

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International best-selling author and public intellectual Gurcharan Das speaks with Emory professor of religion Paul Courtright about growing up in India during the 1950s, suffering under a "licensed raj" during Proctor & Gamble's acquisition of his company Richardson Hindustan Limited (VICKS), and how India's true independence came in 1991 with a liberalized economy.

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India Grows at Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State

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Gurcharan Das, author of "The Difficulty of Being Good" and the international bestseller "India Unbound," delivered a talk based on his forthcoming book, "India Grows at Night" (while the government sleeps) at Emory University on September 6, 2012. His talk was part of the Halle Distinguished Fellows program.