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The First Ten K R Narayanan Orations

The First Ten K R Narayanan Orations: Essays by Eminent Persons on the Rapidly Transforming Indian Economy

Copyright Date: 2006
Published by: ANU Press
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    The First Ten K R Narayanan Orations
    Book Description:

    The rapidly transforming Indian economy has thrown up a number of possibilities as well as several challenges with profound implications for India's vast population as well as globally. The K R Narayanan Oration Series at the Australia South Asia Research Centre in The Australian National University has been devoted to in-depth examination of this important issue by leading experts. The present volume collects the first ten essays in this series. Contributors include Dr Raja Chelliah, Dr U R Rao, Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati, Mr P. Chidambaram, Dr C. Rangarajan, Lord Meghnad Desai, Prof. Pranab Bardhan, Dr Vijay Kelkar, Dr M S Swaminathan, and Dr K. Kasturirangan. The essays cover a broad array of topics from various aspects of economic reforms, the political economy of India's development, the role of agriculture in India's food security and the role of space research in India's economic development. His Excellency Dr Narayanan and his successor as President of India, His Excellency Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, have provided introductory messages to the orations.

    eISBN: 978-1-920942-72-4
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. An Introduction to the Volume
    (pp. ix-xiv)
    Raghbendra Jha

    The Australia South Asia Research Centre (henceforth ASARC) was established in 1994 in one of the premier universities of the world — The Australian National University. ASARC was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr K R Narayanan, then Vice President of India and was given the broad mandate of pursuing research into the economics and politics of the South Asia region taking into account Australia’s national interests, and the dynamics of economic cooperation and interaction in the Asia–Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

    Whereas such research would be pursued by the faculty and graduate students associated with the centre, ASARC needed...

  4. About the Australia–India Council
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  5. K R Narayanan Orators 1994 to 2006
    (pp. xvii-xxii)
  6. The K R Narayanan Orations 1994 to 2006

    • Reforming India’s Tax Base for Economic Development
      (pp. 5-16)
      Raja J. Chelliah

      I deem it a great honour and privilege to be invited to deliver the first K R Narayanan Oration under the auspices of the Australia South Asia Research Centre of the prestigious Australian National University. It is an honour to be invited by such a prestigious educational centre and a privilege to deliver a lecture named after a national leader of my country, Mr K R Narayanan, who is now the Vice-President of India. Both as an academician and as a political leader, he is held in great respect in India. I am happy that this oration has been named...

    • Space Technology for Sustainable Development in Asia
      (pp. 19-48)
      U R Rao

      I am indeed honoured at being invited to deliver the prestigious second K R Narayanan Oration of the Australia South Asia Research Centre at The Australian National University, Canberra. My pleasure is all the more since I have intimately known and closely worked with Dr Narayanan, Vice President of India who is an unique combination of an outstanding journalist, successful diplomat, honest politician and above all a self-effacing, humble and exemplary human being. He firmly believed that the welfare of the world depends on creating a new world order guided by the spirit of sharing and cooperation at the international...

    • India: Retrospect and Prospect
      (pp. 51-66)
      Jagdish Bhagwati

      At the outset, I must thank you for the great honour that you have extended to me by inviting me to give the K R Narayanan Oration. The honour is twofold.

      Vice President Narayanan, whom I have the privilege of knowing well, is a man of great courtesy, charm, acuteness of intellect, and accomplishment. I believe that men and women matter. They defy the tenets of historical determinism, shaping instead of bending to history. They lead themselves, and their nations, to what Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, a great and moving orator, called their ‘tryst with destiny’. Dr Narayanan is one...

    • Stronger Branches, Deeper Roots: The Democratisation of India’s Economic Reforms
      (pp. 69-80)
      P Chidambaram

      It is a privilege to be invited to The Australian National University. ANU has had a long association with India. Sir John Crawford, one of your former Chancellors, played a key role in the 1960s in making the green revolution possible in India, and we are grateful for that. Few institutions around the world have a centre dedicated to research on South Asia. This University has set an example by establishing the Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC). I have no doubt that the seed that was sown in 1994 will grow into a huge tree, providing opportunity to hundreds...

    • Monetary Policy in a Developing Economy — The Indian Experience
      (pp. 83-96)
      C Rangarajan

      It is a great honour to be asked to deliver the K R Narayanan Oration of this year. It is an honour in more ways than one. First, the invitation has come from the prestigious South Asia Research Centre of The Australian National University which has done commendable work in studying the political and economic developments in South Asia and particularly India. The growing integration of the world economy has made the work of the Centre extremely valuable and relevant. Second, the Oration is named after one of the most distinguished sons of India, who today occupies the exalted position...

    • Democracy and Development: India 1947–2002
      (pp. 99-110)
      Meghnad Desai

      It gives me a particular pleasure to be giving the Narayanan Oration at The Australian National University. President Narayanan is a perfect example of how despite numerous obstacles merit will shine through. His life exemplifies the progress India has made, warts and all, over the entire 20th century but especially since Independence. Names of Harold Laski and Jawaharlal Nehru play a major part in his early story. On a personal note, he has also showed me immense kindness but perhaps more because I teach at his alma mater than for anything personal to me.

      It is also a great pleasure...

    • Political-Economy and Governance Issues in the Indian Economic Reform Process
      (pp. 111-122)
      Pranab K. Bardhan

      I am grateful to ASARC for the invitation to deliver the 2003 Narayanan Oration and am happy to be here at The Australian National University. I do not know ex-President Narayanan personally but we have a good common friend (K N Raj) from whom I had often heard glowing accounts about Dr Narayanan. Exactly 20 years back I gave the Radhakrishnan Lecture¹ at Oxford University, and I now have great pleasure in getting this opportunity to honour another distinguished south Indian ex-President.

      My subject today is political economy and governance issues in Indian economic reform. Political economy is concerned with...

    • India: On the Growth Turnpike
      (pp. 125-152)
      Vijay L. Kelkar

      It is a great honour and privilege for me to be invited to deliver the 2004 Narayanan Lecture at The Australian National University. ANU is one of the premier universities of the world, and to speak at this great university itself is an honour. Further, to be associated with Dr Narayanan, one of our great Presidents, amplifies the honour manifold.

      Dr K R Narayanan, a noble son of India, exemplifies all that is good in India. He was President in the year when I was involved in budget-making as the Finance Secretary. As you know, in India, it is the...

    • Science and Shaping our Agricultural Future
      (pp. 155-184)
      M S Swaminathan

      It is a privilege to deliver a lecture in honour of Dr K R Narayanan, immediate Past President of India. Dr Narayanan represents all that is best in Indian culture and democratic system of governance. He rose from the lowest to the highest position in Indian Society by virtue of his innate human and professional qualities. Dr Narayanan knows the pangs of hunger and has therefore been on the forefront of the hunger free India movement. He encouraged scientists to work on problems relevant to the alleviation of poverty and eradication of hunger. I have therefore chosen the topic, ‘Science...

    • India’s Space Enterprise — A Case Study in Strategic Thinking and Planning
      (pp. 187-210)
      K. Kasturirangan

      It is a matter of proud privilege and honour for me to be invited to deliver the 2006 Narayanan Oration at the Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC) of The Australian National University (ANU). It is with profound regret and sorrow that we had to confront Mr. K R Narayanan’s demise recently on 9th November 2005. Whenever I met him, he left in me an indelible impression of his awe inspiring and deep erudition and his extraordinary passion and commitment to uplift underprivileged segments of the society. Nonetheless, he also pursued relentless efforts to achieve excellence in all walks of...