2019 Geopolitical

 Leapfrogging into the Future – The Digital Revolution in India

Event Date Thu Aug 15, 2019
Event Time 6 PM
Grand Hyatt VailGrand Hyatt Vail

The rise of smartphones, and with them access to the internet, has caused nothing short of a revolution in India. In the West, technological advancement has been evolutionary, from landline phones, to dial-up connections on PCs, to broadband access, wireless and now 4G data on phones. But the vast majority of Indians, particularly low-income and rural citizens, have leapfrogged straight to the smartphone era, disrupting centuries of tradition and barriers of wealth, language, literacy, caste and gender. Ravi Agrawal will present the story of India today–one of optimism, intrigue and profound change. He will address the complexities and nuances of India’s transformation and delve into what this transformation may mean for India’s future.
Agrawal will also address current geopolitical issues involving India including India’s revocation of nearly all of Article 370, which has been the basis of Kashmir’s complex relationship with India for 70 years. This move by India ends Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomous status. Will this escalate tensions with Pakistan, which also claims sovereignty over Kashmir? He will also provide an assessment of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India’s relations with China and India’s relations with the U.S.

This program is generously underwritten by Dierdra & Ronnie Baker and Pat Montgomery


Ravi Agrawal

Ravi Agrawal


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