Why India Matters

The World's fastest-growing free market democracy has 1.2 billion people, 23 officially recognized languages, and almost every religion known to humankind - plus huge challenges of poverty, social inequality, and political violence. Indian novelist, author, and former UN official Shashi Tharoor explains why British historian E.P. Thompson was right when he called India "the most important country for the future of the World."

Festival: 2008

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