SASC Colloquium Series: Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism, Mircea Rainu

Event time: 
Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 202 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

SASC Colloquium Series: Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism, Mircea Rainu
Zoom link: https://cutt.ly/SASC310
From one of many merchant families in the colonial port city of Bombay, making their fortunes in the cotton and opium trades, the Tata business group ascended to the commanding heights of the Indian national economy by the time of independence in 1947 and has remained at the top ever since. Tata companies spun textiles, forged steel, generated hydroelectric power, and took to the skies by pioneering air travel. In parallel, Tata-funded philanthropic institutions channeled transnational technology and knowledge flows, notably in the realms of engineering, social science, medicine, and atomic research. What explains this extraordinary resilience and diversification? What contestations and contradictions does it mask? Mircea Raianu’s new book argues that private corporations like Tata played a crucial role in the development of Indian capitalism by assuming quasi-sovereign functions – at times acting like a state, at other times in direct opposition to state aims. Tata was both a “surrogate state” and a “state within a state” wielding power over domains of its own: company towns, model villages, laboratories, hospitals, and universities. This talk explores the past and future of this fraught state-capital relationship in a time of pandemic crisis.
The event is hybrid, Zoom with limited Yale-only in-person access.

Speaker/Performer: 
Mircea Rainu, History, University of Maryland

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