January 08, 2004
Object Lesson in Transitional Economies
Posted by Gordon Smith

One event that has obtained symbolic importance for the participants in this faculty development seminar happened on the second day of classes. Professor Mushirul Hasan of Jamia Milia University was speaking about "Medieval and Modern History of India." Halfway through the lecture, one of my colleagues asked Professor Hasan if he could help us to understand the importance of history to India's current economic development. Before the good professor could answer, two things happened simultaneously: his mobile phone rang in his coat pocket and the lights went out in one of Delhi's regular power outages. Professor Hasan answered the phone and disposed of the call in the dark while the group of U.S. faculty looked on in amazement. He resumed the lecture and the lights came back on a few minutes later.

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