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Read on to know what subscribers to The Whistle are enjoying this October at The Whistle Library, when we are looking at a sustainable growth path for India, the need for regulation of tech, Hannah Arendt’s 1975 Boston Bicentennial address as the US goes to elections, articles on an anti-fascist aesthetic, political fiction, the unreality of time, The Booker Prize 2020 shortlist, Simon Rattle on making music during the pandemic, and Sonny Rollins on the pandemic, racism and more.
Reading in the Time of Reckoning
Hello friends and welcome back to The Whistle Library. It looks like the end of the monsoon in India is here finally, and happy to say that it’s been a good one this year. Yet another reason why agriculture was the only growing sector in the Indian economy. In an article in Ideas for India, economist Maitreesh Ghatak of the London School of Economics and coauthors write about how India can achieve sustainable growth. They argue, as I have been doing for some time now, that adopting a rural demand based strategy is India’s best option right now. In an Owl Wisdom Podcast, I also look at boosting India’s MSMEs, most of which operate in the informal sector, in order to make India more competitive.
Covid-19 is still in our midst and is proving to be a growing danger, in more ways than one. Its impact on the technology industry is going to be quite defining for the future and, we have the elections in America in November as well that should set the direction for how the world responds to, and recovers from, the pandemic.
Speaking of which, I thought I should share a policy paper from Brookings Institution in which Tom Wheeler, former chief of the Federal Communications Commission in the US, shares his views on the urgent need for sensible regulation of America’s internet and tech sectors. If you recall, last month I had shared an article from McKinsey arguing for “technological social responsibility”, at The Whistle Library.
I recently read this 1975 address by Hannah Arendt at the Bicentennial in Boston in the New York Review of Books and I couldn’t help but think that America is at similar crossroads today, as it goes to elections soon. It is a great read and much of it rings true even today. As an advertising and brand communications professional, though, I have to say that I can’t agree with her clubbing the PR industry with Madison Avenue; I thought advertising belonged in Madison Avenue, while PR belonged in Washington DC, thanks to all the lobbying that is required. Then again, those who don’t belong to my industry might not make such a fine distinction. It’s also quite possible that in America, several of these communication disciplines are quite mixed up, thanks to so much political advertising.
From the NYRB, I also have for you a good piece on art that represents an anti-fascist aesthetic, in which Jon Baskin explores the works of Terence Malik and Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Next, there is a piece by Elisa Gabbert in The Paris Review on The Unreality of Time, in which she refers to John McTaggart’s 1905 essay of the same title. That essay is available online and I urge you to read that as well.
In these turbulent times, one can’t get away from the politics that rule our world. Four authors, including Margaret Atwood, share their favourite political novels that they believe apply to today’s world, in this article from The New York Times.
And while we’re all experiencing a sense of deja vu, this year’s Booker Prize shortlist seems to be giving debut novelists more of a chance than ever before, according to this article, also from The New York Times.
In music, the Gramophone magazine is out with its shortlist of best classical music albums for its 2020 Gramophone Music Awards, so you can read about them and perhaps update your music collection as well.
Gramophone magazine also has an interesting article which has the British actor, Simon Callow, in conversation with Sir Simon Rattle, renowned conductor and music director of The Berlin Philharmonic, on making music through the pandemic.
And finally, we sign off with this New Yorker interview with the jazz legend, Sonny Rollins, who celebrated his 90th birthday on September 7, 2020, where he discusses the pandemic, racism, the riots and more.
See you again in November! Until then, take care and stay well.
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