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Club Online Zoom Event: COVID-19’s Lasting Impact on India

Date: 24 Aug 2021 08:00 PM — 09:00 PM | Venue:

COVID-19’s Lasting Impact on India
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
8pm HKT on Zoom
India’s catastrophic coronavirus second wave generated global headlines and unforgettable images as the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi struggled to cope with the full scale of the pandemic. But how has COVID-19 actually impacted India’s political scene and its previously fast-growing economy? Have Indian lawmakers and policy experts at the central and state levels learned the hard lessons needed to make sure tragedy doesn’t strike again amid fears of an impending third wave? Will the economy be able to bounce back? In this FCC Zoom event, we will hear from three renowned experts on India: Yamini Aiyar, the president of New Delhi’s respected Center for Policy Research; Mihir Sharma, a Bloomberg Opinion columnist and fellow at India’s Observer Research Foundation; and Devaki Nambiar, a program head at Australia’s George Institute for Global Health, who has deep experience on Indian health issues. They will discuss both the immediate and lasting impact of the virus on the country’s raucous politics, as well as its ever-volatile economy and its strained public health system. The panel discussion coincides with a photographic exhibit of India’s COVID-19 crisis by New Delhi-based photojournalist Saumya Khandelwal. “A Pandemic Unfolds: India’s migrant workers flee COVID-hit cities” is on exhibit on the Van Es Wall for Club members and the general public to view until the end of August. Moderated by FCC Correspondent Governor Iain Marlow.
Panelists include:

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research. In 2008, she founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR, which is credited with pioneering one of India’s largest expenditure tracking surveys for elementary education. Yamini’s work sits at the intersection of research and policy practice. Her research interests span the fields of public finance, social policy, state capacity, federalism, governance and the study of contemporary politics in India. She has published widely in academic publications and the popular press, and writes regularly on current affairs and policy matters in mainstream Indian newspapers.
Devaki Nambiar is Program Head – Health Systems and Equity as well as Regional Coordinator, Healthier Societies Strategy at the George Institute for Global Health India with appointments at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, the University of New South Wales, Australia and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, USA. She is a Health Policy and Systems Researcher (HPSRer) with close to two decades of experience working across more than ten Indian states and as many Low and Middle Income Countries on decision-maker demand-driven research, postgraduate teaching in HPSR, as well as technical assistance with an emphasis on social exclusion, health equity and health for all.
Mihir Swarup Sharma is Director of the Centre for the Economy and Growth, at the Observer Research Foundation. He was trained as an economist and political scientist in Delhi and in Boston. His book, Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy, was published in 2015; it won the Tata LitLive best Business Book of the Year and was longlisted for the Financial Times–McKinsey Business Book of the Year. In 2019 Mihir co-edited What the Economy Needs Now with Abhijit Banerjee, Gita Gopinath and Raghuram Rajan. He is also the India columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, on the Editorial Board of the Business Standard newspaper in New Delhi, and an Aspen Fellow.


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