Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 1210 Heller Hall
Series: ICGC Distinguished Public Lecture
While India has caught the attention of the world with it's growth rates and generation of wealth these past two decades, a much less-told side of the story remains: levels of inequality are higher than at any time since the days of the British Raj. The problems of hunger and deprivation are sharp and alarming. Distress migrations out of the countryside have risen dramatically. And the country is still to come out of its worst agrarian crisis since the event of the Green revolution. A lot of these problems and crises are driven not by natural calamity, but by policies that favor a very small segment of the population.
P. Sainath is Rural Affairs Editor, The Hindu and the McGraw Professor in Writing at Princeton University. In addition, he wrote the book, Everybody loves a good drought: stories from India's poorest districts.