Express hosts Pulitzer-winner Friedman today

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 28 2011, 11:58am hrs
Why is green the new red, white and blue Why shouldnt you get your kid to be US secretary of state Whats wrong with America, whats right with India Why are so many people in so many countries angry at the same time These are just a few of the questions raised by Thomas The-World-Is-Flat Friedman, one of the most influential interpreters of global maladies, and The Guest at Express Adda in the Capital on Friday evening.

The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, Friedman will be in conversation with Editor-in-Chief of the Express Group Shekhar Gupta. Fridays event will be the third Express Adda, a unique series of conversations with individuals at the centre of change.

This series began at the capital on August 19, with a panel that included global marketing and ad guru Martin Sorrell. Last month, the Adda travelled to Mumbai to host actor Shah Rukh Khan.

Friedman is making a return to the city and The Indian Express, where he had interacted with journalists at an Idea Exchange last November.

We are delighted to host Friedman, to pick his mind to understand whats going on around us, said Gupta. For hes not just a commentator, he bristles with ideas, solutions and original questions.

Friedman captured the imagination of many in India with his international best-seller The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. He travelled extensively in India and China to research the book, and the title itself is a phrase the author picked up during a conversation with Nandan Nilekani, the then CEO of Infosys.

Friedman, 58, began his journalism career with the London bureau of United Press International (UPI) in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. After a stint covering the Beirut civil war, he joined the NYT in 1981. He won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his reportage on Israeli invasion of Beirut and its aftermath.

In 1984, he was transferred to Jerusalem, and won his second Pulitzer, for informed and balanced coverage of Israel, as the Timess bureau chief there. Since 1989, he has been the chief diplomatic correspondent, White House correspondent and international economics correspondent for the NYT. In 1995, he took over the newspapers foreign affairs column, and his writings won him his third Pulitzer.

Friedman released his sixth book, That Used To Be Us, last month. Co-authored by Michael Mandelbaum, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, the book discusses and debates the role of the federal government in the renewal of the US. A hot-button subject like no other and one that perfectly lends itself to an Adda with Friedman.