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 Leapfrogging into the Future – The Digital Revolution in India

  • 06:00 PM
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Leapfrogging into the Future – The Digital Revolution in India


With Ravi Agrawal

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Grand Hyatt Vail | 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.
Ravi Agrawal is an award-winning journalist and media executive, and the author of “India Connected: How the Smartphone is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy.” Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Foreign Policy, the world’s leading website and print magazine on international relations. Agrawal is a frequent commentator on TV and radio.
Before joining Foreign Policy in 2018, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than 11 years, spanning full-time roles on three continents. His most recent position at CNN was as New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. In that role, Agrawal led the network’s coverage of news from South Asia and traveled across the region to report on-air and for He was responsible for global exclusive interviews with U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Before his time in New Delhi, Agrawal worked as a senior producer in CNN’s London and New York bureaus, covering a wide range of stories around the globe. His work in TV news has been recognized with a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations. Agrawal has been named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and an Asia21 Young Leader by the Asia Society in New York. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. Agrawal was born in London and grew up in Kolkata, India. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.
This program is generously underwritten by Dierdra & Ronnie Baker and Pat Montgomery

Watch Ravi Agrawal discuss how a smartphone revolution is bringing millions online and changing India with Fareed Zakaria on CNN

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