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India firmly on globalisation path: Lord Meghnad Desai

Lord Meghnad Desai gives full marks to the Indian leadership for persisting on the path to globalisation. Desai, an internationally acclaimed authority on globalisation.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2004 16:20 IST

Lord Meghnad Desai gives full marks to the Indian leadership for persisting on the path to globalisation.

Desai, an internationally acclaimed authority on globalisation, is director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics.

"One good thing with India is that now the process of globalisation is persistent here, thanks to the leadership," said Desai at the second Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Diaspora Day) celebrations here Saturday.

"India started on the path to liberalisation and globalisation under duress in the early 1990s, but now it is clear that it has persisted with globalisation, even if reluctantly," he said.

Desai was chairing a session on "Globalisation, Indian Economy and the Diaspora".

"A corner was turned around the turn of the century, making India an integral part of the world economy. The credit for that goes to the leadership," he said.

Referring to the recent debate about outsourcing, he observed that migrant Indians historically have been not only into trading, but also services and thus outsourcing is not a new phenomenon.

"Mohandas Gandhi went to South Africa as a lawyer and that was an instance of export of service," he noted.

Responding to a question on disparities in development among Indian states, he tersely observed, "Why should Gujarat, Maharashtra or Karnataka make sacrifices for the laggard states? It is the problem for those states who are lagging behind, and they should do something about it."

First Published: Jan 10, 2004 16:20 IST