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'Globalisation is about connections'

June 14, 2007
Nayan Chanda's new book, Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers and Warriors Shaped Globalization has been heralded with much critical acclaim, with Yale's senior professor of history and law Daniel Kevles, describing it as a 'tour de force.'

Joseph E Stiglitz, the Nobel Laureate in economics, called the book a 'graceful recounting of modern globalisation with a panoramic perspective,' while N R Narayana Murthy, chairman and chief mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd, added, 'Bound Together is a wonderful book that provides us with a rich, holistic perspective on globalization.'

Chanda is director of publications for the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, and editor of YaleGlobal Online. He is a former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly.

In his book, he traces how traders, preachers, warriors and adventurers have reshaped the world and reconnected us throughout history, while also offering a provocative discussion of what globalisation means for the future.

At the New York book launch of Bound Together, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L Friedman declared: 'Nayan Chanda has written an invaluable, and in my view unique, history of globalization -- how the concept emerged, evolved, was defused, and has now come to define today's international system.' The author of the highly acclaimed The World is Flat added, 'I learned a ton from this book, and I have already written two books on the subject. Students will find its analyses and anecdotes easily accessible and experts will find its arguments original and provocative.'

Ambassador Derek Shearer, professor of diplomacy and world affairs and director of global affairs at Occidental College, predicted that Bound Together is 'destined to be a classic book for the 21st century.'

In a wide-ranging interview with Rediff India Abroad Managing Editor Aziz Haniffa Chanda discusses everything from the rationale behind his writing the book, to his definition of globalisation and how it affects India, to the role of the India Diaspora in the process of globalisation.

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