Professor Lord Meghnad Desai is a world-renowned commentator on globalisation and de-globalisation. He is currently Chair of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Advisory Board, which facilitates discussion between key government and private sector institutions worldwide, founder Chairman of the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics in Mumbai (MDAE), and Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), with which he has had a long history, including as Director of its Centre for the Study of Global Governance and founding member of its Development Studies Institute.
Desai has published many scholarly articles and a number of books, including Rethinking Islam: Ideology of the New Terror (2006), The Rediscovery of India (2009) and Hubris: Why Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the Next One (2015), as well as having been a regular columnist for British and Indian newspapers over many years. His writing is marked by a lucid command of key social and economic developments and data, coupled with a humanist sensibility and range of reference.
This collection of essays has been collated from Professor Lord Meghnad Desai’s published and unpublished papers written between 1994 and 2016. It will provide ideas and inspiration for those seeking humanitarian solutions to the problems that confront us all.
Professor Marika Vicziany is Professor of Asian Political Economy, former Director, Monash Asia Institute (MAI) and former Director, National Centre for South Asian Studies at Monash University. She is a specialist on India with 34 years of experience working on Indian economic development/ business, mass poverty, and regional security. Her inter-disciplinary research includes comparisons with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and China at the city, town and village levels. Professor Vicziany has extensive networks with key government, academic and media organisations in India.