The article is part of a series on Harvard study abroad essay on topics like India, globalization, education and social justice.
The Harvard study-abroad essay is a series of essays on topics of relevance to Harvard students, alumni, and professors.
It is the most extensive English-language essay published in the Harvard Business Review.
“This is a great opportunity for students to get a broad overview of the world and how it’s changing,” Harvard Business School Dean, Mark Bittman, told the Harvard Crimson.
“We want students to see how the world has evolved in a number of areas.”
The essay is not intended to be a definitive account of India, but rather a snapshot of its economic, political, social and cultural dynamics.
The Harvard Business Journal calls it a “gathering of insights” that will allow students to understand the world in a broad, global context.
Bittman said he had been inspired to write the essay by the India story.
He said he first saw the country during his freshman year at Harvard Business school.
He was drawn to India because of its cultural diversity and the fact that it’s a relatively young country that’s had very few wars, said Bittmann.
For instance, India was one of only six nations to achieve full democracy in the 1960s.
Today, there are no religious extremists and many people live their lives as equals.
As for the essay, Bittham said it was inspired by the stories of people from India’s Dalit communities who have fought for their right to live their own lives.
Students can access the Harvard study overseas essay from Harvard Business students, business professors and alumni.
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