Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

COVID-19 and India's Political Economy

Friday, April 3, 2020

3:30pm – 4:30pm


The novel Coronavirus has shaken India, consequent upon the announcement of a nationwide lockdown for three weeks.  Huge migratory flows, amid difficult conditions, have been reported from several cities, though Delhi has attracted maximum attention.  

How does one understand the Indian crisis?  What are the short- and medium-run implications for India's political economy?

Ashutosh Varshney will lead the discussion on the virus and its implications with Roshan Kishore, Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, and Data and Political Economy Editor of The Hindustan Times (Delhi).  After a 30-minute conversation between Varshney and Kishore, we will open up for Q and A for half an hour.

Roshan Kishore is the Data & Political Economy Editor at Hindustan Times & currently a visiting fellow at CASI, UPenn.   You may wish to read his brief write-up on the subject here: https://casi.sas.upenn.edu/iit/roshankishore

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