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25 May
AL Kennedy, Shashi Tharoor and Naomi Klein


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In the mix in this programme: the threat of global surveillance from corporate giants and authoritarian regimes, trying to cope with war damage and the glittering promise of India's economic drive.

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Canadian writer Naomi Klein is a prominent critic of today's capitalistic trends. In her latest article, China's All-Seeing Eye, she voices her fear of surveillance technology being misused in the interests of a corporate state. She also talks about her latest book The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

Former UN diplomat and award winning author Dr Shashi Tharoor explores the state of modern India in his new book The Elephant, The Tiger and The Cellphone. Should India embrace globalization wholeheartedly, even if it means compromising tradition?

Winner of the 2007 Costa Book Prize, novelist and short story writer A L Kennedy talks about the legacy of war, one of the main themes in her award winning novel Day: A novel. British war veteran, Alfred Day, who served in World War II, finds himself unable to cope with the intolerable memories of what he's been through.

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