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Panel Discussion – Making Meritocracy: Lessons from China and India, from Antiquity to the Present

September 20, 2022 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Tarun Khanna
, Jorge Paolo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School; Faculty Director of the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Michael Szonyi, Frank Wen-Hsiung Wu Memorial Professor of Chinese History, Harvard University

Ajantha Subramanian, Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies; Chair of the Anthropology Department, Harvard University

Moderator: James Robson, James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; William Fung Director of the Asia Center, Harvard University

What can India and China, the world’s most populous countries, teach us about meritocracy? In Making Meritocracy, Professors Tarun Khanna and Michael Szonyi have gathered over a dozen experts from a range of disciplines to discuss how these two societies have addressed the issue of building meritocracy historically, philosophically, and in practice. India and China have considered how to identify and promote merit for centuries, and their attempts at developing meritocracies in the past, present, and future holds lessons for each other, and for the rest of the world.


September 20, 2022
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Mittal South Asia Institute
Harvard University Asia Center


CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room

1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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