Book launch: The Jobs Crisis In India by R Jagannathan

If you live in Chennai and find yourself thinking about the state of the Indian economy or society at least once a day, then this an event you cannot miss.

On Saturday, 10 November, R Jagannathan’s latest book, The Jobs Crisis In India, will be launched in your city. The chief guests at the event are, K Pandiarajan, Minister for Tamil Official Language, Tamil Culture, and Archaeology, government of Tamil Nadu; scholar, author and columnist, Dr V Anantha Nageswaran; and entrepreneur Badri Seshadri.

The biggest problem or opportunity for the current and many successive governments in India, is, and would be this: how to provide gainful employment to the millions of Indians entering the labour market every month?

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That one question has several corollaries to it. How do we measure job growth or losses, and which data can be taken seriously? What role would automation play in all of this? What kind of jobs would be the first victims of automation? Is it wrong to expect manufacturing sector to provide jobs at a large scale now? What are the problems specific to India? Can Indian education system read market signals quickly and skill the labour force accordingly?

These questions and many others will be discussed threadbare at the book launch, following which there will be a book signing event.

See you there!

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Date: 10 November, Saturday
Time: 04:30 pm to 06:30 pm
Venue: CPR Convention Centre, 1 Eldams Road, Teynampet, Chennai

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