CPR hosting a talks

Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on‘Misfortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: The State of Rural Demand in India’
Himanshu, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning
Harish Damodaran, Rural Affairs and Agriculture Editor, The Indian Express
Kunal Bhardwaj, Vice President of Business, Ninjacart (formerly at Marico and Britannia)

Rohit Chandra, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research
Friday, 11 October 2019, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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About the Discussion:

India is in the midst of an economic slowdown. In the last few months, the collapse of rural demand has emerged as one of the most concerning developments amidst this larger slowdown. But rural demand itself is poorly understood. What are consumers in rural India buying? How much of the broader health of corporate India [particularly in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector] is dependent on rural consumption? How do companies deal with downturns in consumption? Has the nature of rural consumption changed in the last decade or two? When and how does this start affecting the economy more broadly? What measures should governments and companies take to address this downturn in consumption?

The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) is hosting a panel discussion with experts who have engaged with the rural economy and FMCG markets in depth to address and hopefully answer some of these questions.

Please RSVP at president.cpr@cprindia.org. The seating at the venue can accommodate up to 60 people on a first come first serve basis.

The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) invites you to a talk onIndia-US ties under Narendra Modi and Donald Trump’
Speaker: Varghese K George, Deputy Resident Editor, The Hindu
Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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About the Talk

Recent and ongoing developments in India-US relations show simultaneous friendship and feud, bonhomie and turmoil between the two countries. The Houston rally addressed by Prime Minister Modi and President Trump was a show of their bonding, but that did nothing to resolve serious differences in trade and India’s ties with Russia. There is growing unease in different quarters in the US about India’s new Kashmir policy. President Trump also wants to keep Pakistan close to him. The current phase of bilateral ties is defined by hyper-nationalism in both countries.

About the Speaker

Varghese K George is author of Open Embrace – India-US ties in the age of Modi and Trump. He is Deputy Resident Editor of The Hindu in Delhi and was earlier US correspondent of The Hindu from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, he was political editor of The Hindu, Chief of Bureau of The Hindustan Times, and Senior Editor at The Indian Express. Varghese has an MA in Modern Indian history from Delhi University and an M Phil in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has been a journalist since 2003.

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