Creative Collaborations brings Aga Khan Foundation India & Jaipur Literature Festival together for the 2nd time

“I am a huge fan of the remarkable work done by the Aga Khan Foundation and am delighted that we’ve been able to bring them on board at Jaipur.”

– William Dalrymple, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) co-director

“When I attended JLF for the first time, I felt compelled to join together with this national symbol of India’s literacy and learning.

Overarching everything we do is education. At the core of our work is reading – the fundamental building block of self-discovery, access to opportunity, and cultural understanding.”

– Matt Reed, CEO Aga Khan Foundation, India (AKF, I)

Report by India Education bureau, Jaipur (Sunday, January 24, 2016): As part of its joint commitment to reading, learning and the exchange of ideas, the Aga Khan Foundation is supporting the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literature festival, taking place at Diggi Palace in Jaipur until 25th January 2016.

The Aga Khan Foundation is sponsoring the following sessions related to its global work on economic development, social inclusion and cultural pluralism:

  • Incarnations, Reincarnations sees Sunil Khilnani in conversation with William Dalrymple. In this session, Khilnani, the author of the seminal The Idea of India and Director of the King’s College London India Institute will populates the timelines of India’s past with the tangible presences of characters and personalities, their idiosyncrasies and the actions and reactions that resonated in the country’s history.
  • The Silk Roads, bringing Peter Frankopan together in conversation with Colin Thubron. Frankopan, author of the bestseller The Silk Roads: A New History of the World and Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at the University of Oxford will discuss the impact the roads that link the East and West have had on world culture, politics, religion and economics and how, as a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have crisscrossed Asia for millennia.

On Thursday 21st January, in the Ford Samvad Tent, Writing for Children, Writing as Children – this panel discussion moderated by Nayanika Mahtani brought together acclaimed Indian writers Nandana Dev Sen, Jerry Pinto and Paro Anand. Together, Sen, Pinto and Paro talked about their experiences of writing as children again and understanding what children today are interested in reading.

“AKF is supporting a session with the country’s Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subramanian. He will talk about what economists can learn from literature.”

– Matt Reed, CEO Aga Khan Foundation, India (AKF, I)

On Friday 22nd January, Arvind Subramanian, economist and Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India discussed how his understanding of economics has been shaped by literary readings and his belief that development economists would do well to read beyond the academic in a session called Fiction and Economics.

“This year, we have helped JLF feature one of the world’s most important economists, Thomas Piketty. His provocative work on inequality has concentrated minds on one of the fundamental challenges of our era: how to ensure that the poorest among us benefit from the extraordinary growth of global wealth and capital in the last 50 years. The topic is of vital concern to AKF and the communities we serve. In 20 countries, the Aga Khan Foundation is addressing the needs of those who have been left behind and are still striving to feed their families, educate their children, and improve their lives.”

– Matt Reed, CEO Aga Khan Foundation, India (AKF, I)

“This year, we have helped JLF feature one of the world’s most important economists, Thomas Piketty. His provocative work on inequality has concentrated minds on one of the fundamental challenges of our era: how to ensure that the poorest among us benefit from the extraordinary growth of global wealth and capital in the last 50 years.”

– Matt Reed, CEO Aga Khan Foundation, India (AKF, I)

On Saturday 23rd January, saw acclaimed economist Thomas Piketty discuss The Politics of Inequality, introduced by Mihir Sharma. The economist, professor and author of the bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century, talked about his latest book, its theory of capital and inequality and what exactly it means for the prospects of economic growth in the century ahead.

“We are delighted to support the Jaipur Literature Festival for a second year. This celebration of reading and ideas exemplifies the best virtues of pluralist societies that accept difference and pursue dialogue.

Wherever we work, the Aga Khan Foundation seeks to promote the value of pluralism and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

The Jaipur Literature Festival participates in a deep Indian tradition of diversity, intellectual inquiry, and spirited debate. Events like this remind us of how intellectually vibrant contemporary India is – and how vital that intellectual diversity is to India’s reputation in the world and its future development.”

– Matt Reed, CEO Aga Khan Foundation, India (AKF, I)

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Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali

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