Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2007/09/17/Elephant_Tiger_and_the_Cell_Phone Prolific Indian author and diplomat Shashi Tharoor discusses the unique levels of pluralism evident in Indian culture and government. ----- Shashi Tharoor discusses The Elephant, The Tiger, and the Cell Phone: India, the Emerging 21st Century Power. Asia Society and the South Asia Journalists Association (SAJA) host the New York launch of Tharoor's new book. Tharoor shares his insight into the complex and intriguing culture of this rapidly evolving nation. The event includes excerpts from the book and a conversation with Pramit Pal Chaudri, a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at Asia Society. Over the past twenty-five years, India has moved from a largely impoverished, underdeveloped country to a bustling, innovative, fast-changing society. In his new book "The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: India, the Emerging 21st-Century Power", celebrated author Shashi Tharoor discusses and demystifies the vast changes that have taken place in India to transform this once sleeping giant into an emerging world leader. - Asia Society Shashi Tharoor is chairman of the Dubai-based Afras Ventures and former Under-Secretary- General for Communications and Public Information at the United Nations. His UN career began in 1978, when he joined the staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He was also a senior adviser to the Secretary-General. He has written hundreds of articles, op-eds, and book reviews in a wide range of publications. A contributing editor and occasional columnist for Newsweek International and a columnist for The Hindu and The Times of India, he is the author of nine books, including India: From Midnight to the Millennium, Nehru: The Invention of India, Bookless in Baghdad, The Great Indian Novel, Riot, and Show Business.
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