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Indo-American Arts Council

Presents
C.Balagopal's
On a Clear Day you can see India
Published by Harper Collins India
Book launch and wine reception

On A Clear Day You Can See India
Monday April 6, 2015, 7-9 pm.
Delhi Art Gallery, The Fuller Building, 41East 57th Street,Suite 708, NYC
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Welcome address: Ambassador Dnyaneshwas Mulay,
Consul General of India, New York

Mr. Balagopal will read and talk about ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE INDIA. The Reading will be followed by a conversation between C.Balagopal and Roopa Unnikrishnan.

Books will be available for sale and signing.
 
On A Clear Day You Can See IndiaSynopsis: Using notes and diaries from his days as an IAS Officer, C.Balagopal presents a collection of anexdotes from his brief sojourn in Manipur nearly three decades ago. A glimpse into the intricacies and challenges of governing remote and overlooked areas in the North East. A clear-eyed look at the nitty-gritty of governance in the remote north east of India, On a Clear Day, You Can See India is embellished with Balagopals memories which were remarkably fresh despite the passage of time. With a narrative that tries to steer clear of commenting on the contentious issues and tensions that arose in the area after Balagopal's departure, we see how the administration working in distant district and sub-divisional headquarters contends with issues at the ground level, far from the legislatures and High Courts and get a glimpse into the inner processes of a typical small government office.A glimpse into the intricacies and challenges of governing remote and overlooked areas in the North East.

Author's Notes: 'Balagopal, this is Kerala. This is not Manipur! This was a refrain that I often heard and was something that I only gradually came to understand. It was clearly based on the unstated premise that Manipur belonged to a region that was quite different from the rest of India, where presumably even the laws were different (not true) and where the administration approached issues from a very different perspective (quite true).
About C.Balagopal:
C.Balagopal's C. Balagopal studied economics at Loyola College, Madras and then enrolled for a PhD programme, which he walked out of after a disagreement with his guide. He joined the IAS in 1977 and worked in Manipur and Kerala before resigning in 1983 to set up a pioneering venture to make hi-tech medical products. The enterprise today employs 1100 people, and ships products to more than 50 countries. He has just announced his retirement and plans to spend his time consulting, writing, reading, travelling and playing golf on unfamiliar courses. He lives in Trivandrum with his wife.
This event has been made possible by the generosity of Dilip Advani.
 
Community Sponsors:
SAJA Delhi Art Gallery NetIP - NewYorkTIE
 
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