Overall, it was a good experience attending the conference. Prof. Bhagwati kickstarted the proceedings with a keynote that covered a wide array of topics, including the inevitable India-China comparison. He was followed by the Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, who rattled off the regular set of platitudes on the Indian economy which by now are sounding quite hollow to anyone who knows the true picture and ground reality.
I thought the event overall could have been made more crisper – and moved beyond the regular set of speeches to getting under the hood. India faces big challenges and it is rare to see people talk through those directly. The panel discussions also could have been moderated better. The attendance was very good, and the setting in the historic Low Library quite apt – even though there was an echo in the sound.
Overall, a very good personal experience. For me, the highlight was meeting Prof. Arvind Panagariya. His book on India is perhaps the best post-Independence economic history of India you will ever read.