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Panel Discussion on The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion

April 29, 2017

Bangalore International Centre. A TERI Initiative will be organising  Panel Discussion on “The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion”

P M Kulkarni, Anirudh Krishna, G K Karanth.
Chair and Moderator M S Sriram


About the topic
To what extent are the impoverished people in our country empowered to participate in a vibrant and growing economy that is a shining light in the democratic world? This question has been examined by the intelligentsia from several prisms — sociological, economic, political et al. A well-informed panel, led by Prof. Anirudh Krishna would look at this issue.

Prof. Anirudh Krishna
ANIRUDH KRISHNA (PhD in Government, Cornell University: 2000; Masters in Economics, Delhi University, 1980) is the Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. Recent books include Fixing the Broken Staircase: The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One-Billion (Penguin, India and Cambridge University Press, forthcoming); One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How they Escape Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2010); and Poverty, Participation and Democracy. A Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press: 2008). Krishna also has five other books and more than sixty journal articles and book chapters. He received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden in 2011; the Olaf Palme Visiting Professorship from the Swedish Research Council in 2007; the Dudley Seers Memorial Prize in 2005 and 2013; and a Best Article Award of the American Political Science Association in 2002. Before returning to academia, Krishna spent 14 years with the Indian Administrative Service, managing diverse rural and urban development initiatives. Current research concerns include social mobility, spatial inequality, democratic governance, and urban slums (

Prof. P M Kulkarni
Purushottam M. Kulkarni is a demographer based in Bengaluru. After obtaining the PhD. in Statistics from the Colorado State University, and completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Population Studies Centre of Brown University, he worked in research and educational institutions in Bengaluru and Coimbatore before joining the Jawaharlal Nehru University as Professor of Population Studies at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, from where he retired in 2015.

His areas of research interest are technical demography, fertility, reproductive and child health, and population policies and programmes. He is a co-author of the recent book Population and Reproductive Health in India: An Assessment of the Current Situation and Future Needs. He has served on Technical Advisory Committees for the Office of Registrar General of India, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the Ministry of Women and Child Development and has been a consultant to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He served as the Secretary General of the Asian Population Association and has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Committees of various journals.

Prof. GK Karanth
Dr. G K Karanth is a Professor of Sociology. He has teaching and research experience of over thirty years and of administering academic institutions for over five years. He obtained his Ph. D from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (1980-85; New Delhi) under the guidance of two of India’s most eminent social scientists: Padma Shushan Professor (Late) M N Srinivas. and Padma Shushan Professor T K Oommen.

Since 1995, he has been a Professor of Sociology in the Centre for Study of Social Change and Development, at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.

He served as the Director of one of ICSSR’s research institutions, i.e., the Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research (CMDR) in Dharawad, Karnataka. He has held charge also as Director of ISEC during 2006-07 and intermittently since 2009. He had been nominated by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) to be the India Chair Professorship at the Department of Sociology, University of Lund (Sweden), [September 2011 to June 2012].

He has been awarded the coveted ICSSR National Professorship (2014-16), and has been conferred the coveted Erasmus Mundus Mobility Professor by the European Commission’s programme of Interdisciplinary Bridges for Indo-European Studies (2015) at the University of Aarhus, Denmark

Prof. M S Sriram
Professor Sriram is Faculty at the Centre for Public Policy, IEVI Bangalore. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of Institute for Development of Research in Banking Technology — set up by Reserve Bank of India In the past he was the ICICI Bank Lalita Gupte Chair Professor of Microfinance, and Chairperson Finance and Accounting Area at the EM Ahmedabad on the faculty of IRMA, and Vice President of Basix. He has also taught at the Solvay Brussels School of Business andEconomics.

Sriram is a co-author of four Books -Beyond Micro-credit published by Sage-Vistaar and two books on Flow of Credit to Small and Marginal Farmers and the Inclusive Finance India Report 2015 and 2016.

Sriram has served on several committees set up by GoI: RBI and NABARD. He was on the External Advisory Committee of the Reserve Bank of India for granting licences to Small Finance Banks. He is currently chairing an expert committee to examine the feasibility of integrating the DCCBs and State Co-operative Bank to set up a Kerala Co-operative Bank. He also on the board of NDDB Dairy Services, Indian Dairy Machinery Company, MicroCredit Ratings Internal; ona and Centre for Budget and Policy Studies, and a Trustee of Pratham Books and Dastkar Andhra

Sriram is also a writer in Kannada, with five books of short fiction and four books of essays. He has won the Karnataka State Sahitya Academy Award twice – for the best short stories in 2014 and best book of essays in 2015.

Panel Discussion on Monday | 1st May 2017 | 6:30 PM

Bangalore International Centre,
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071.

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