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Shashi Tharoor

India: From Midnight to the Millennium

Hay Festival 2000, 
In the latest Predictions Lecture, Tharoor, novelist, columnist and UN official, looks at his homeland as it stands at the intersection of some of the most crucial debates facing the world at the dawn of the millennium: bread versus freedom, centralisation versus federalism, pluralism versus fundamentalism, globalisation versus self-sufficiency. Examining the vexed notion of nationalism and identity in a land of which he has written 'the singular thing about India is that you can only speak of it in the plural,' he considers the choices India will make as it strides and stumbles into the twenty-first century.