India Connected by Ravi Agrawal


India Connected by Ravi Agrawal

26 September 2018 05:30PM

We were proud to host the Mumbai launch of Ravi Agrawal’s India Connected: How the Smartphone Is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy in collaboration with Oxford University Press.

By 2020, the country’s online community is projected to exceed 700 million; more than a billion Indians are expected to be online by 2025. While the internet offers immediate access to so much for so many, smartphones are creating no utopia in a culture still struggling with poverty, illiteracy, corruption, gender inequality, and income disparity. The author talked about the incredible changes the country is going through as the penetration of the internet increases helped by the proliferation of smart phones and cheap data plans. From porn to cryptocurrency, the book addresses it all. The talk was preceded by a stand-up comedy performance by rising star Prashasti Singh, who will later joined the author in conversation. 

About Ravi Agrawal
Ravi Agrawal is based out of Brooklyn, New York and is the managing editor of Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as the network’s New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. While serving as a senior producer in CNN’s New York and London bureaus, he received a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations for his work.