NIAS Public Lecture, "Politics of Development," by Dr Arun Shourie, 1800 hrs, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Part of the 31st NIAS Programme for Senior Executives on “Be A Transformational Leader”

Public Lecture

Politics of Development


Dr Arun Shourie

Former Minister for Communication & Information Technology

17 January 2017, Tuesday, 1800 hrs, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS

Chairperson: Professor Baldev Raj, Director, NIAS


 About the Speaker

Dr Arun Shourie is a journalist, author and politician. He has worked as an economist with the World Bank, a consultant to the Planning Commission of India, editor of the Indian Express and The Times of India and a minister during 1998 and 2004.

Dr Shourie did his bachelor's in Economics (Honours) from St Stephen's College, Delhi University. He obtained his doctorate in Economics from Syracuse University in the United States and worked for the World Bank from 1967 to 1978. Simultaneously, between 1972 and 1974, he was a consultant to the Indian Planning Commission and it was around this time that he began writing articles as a journalist, criticizing economic policy. In 1975, during The Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister, Smt Indira Gandhi, Dr Shourie began writing for the Indian Express in opposition to what he saw as an attack on civil liberties.  He became a fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research in 1976. Dr Shourie  was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1982 and the Padma Bhushan in 1990. In 2000, he was named as one of the International Press Institute's World Press Freedom Heroes. He has also been named International Editor of the Year Award and was awarded The Freedom to Publish Award.

Dr Shourie was nominated from the state of Uttar Pradesh as a Bharatiya Janata Party representative for two successive tenures in the Rajya Sabha, thus being a Member of Parliament for 1998–2004 and 2004–2010. He held the office of the Minister of Disinvestment, Communication and Information Technology in the government of India under Vajpayee's Prime Ministership. As Disinvestment Minister, he led the sale of Maruti, VSNL, Hindustan Zinc among others.  Dr Arun Shourie has written numerous books.



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Tuesday, January 17, 2017