03 August, 2021

"I Wouldn't Be A Friend Of India If I Agreed On Everything"

The nonagenarian on his tenure as Ambassador to India and his friendhip with Jawaharlal Nehru.

"I Wouldn't Be A Friend Of India If I Agreed On Everything"
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Few in public affairs have been more resolute in their friendship with India than John Kenneth Galbraith, a Padma Vibhushan in 2001 and 90 years old this October. Galbraith, the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics Emeritus in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books, including The Great Crash (1955), The Affluent Society (1958), The Good Society (1996) and Name-Dropping (1999). In this exclusive interview with Rahul Sagar, he reminisces over his tenure as ambassador to India (1961-63) and his friendship with Jawaharlal Nehru. Excerpts:

Your first visit to India was a consequence of your fortuitous meeting with Professor Prasanta Mahalanobis. Had you ever thought of visiting India before that chance meeting?
I had thought about it because I had initiated the first work ever done at Harvard on the developing countries, or the non-developing countries as they often were at that time! It was a course in economics at Harvard that focused on the poor countries ranging from India to Haiti, but I...

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