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.

India Grows at Night: The Liberal Case for a Strong State: Legatum Institute

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"The mistake people often make between India and China is to ask which country will get rich first. That is the wrong [approach]. The race is whether China will reform its politics and India will reform its governance. Whoever will fix its government first will win the race."