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Introduction to India week

By Richard Porter
Head of News, BBC World, Mumbai

The BBC's international television channel, BBC World is devoting a week of special coverage of India, starting on 16 October.

India week
This is also a chance for you to have your say on India

Recognising that something big and important is happening in the economy of India is one thing.

Understanding what it means here and for the rest of the world is quite another.

It's the question we've set ourselves for the week of broadcasting which begins this weekend on BBC World.

We won't of course come up with all the answers, but we hope to illuminate the debate and to leave our audiences with a clearer picture of how India is managing to develop its economy so rapidly, and what that means for the people who live here and work here; and for those who want to do business with companies here.


But that of course will be only one part of our coverage.

This country is still dealing with the aftermath of the terrible earthquake which struck on 8 October.

The death toll in India is at least 1,300 - but even that figure is a fraction of the number who died in neighbouring Pakistan.

So a large part of our news coverage - being presented live from Delhi by Mishal Husain - will concentrate on that story.

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Our focus on the Indian economy will be reflected through our two business programmes, World Business Report and Asia Business Report.

Our travel programme Fast Track and our technology show Click Online will have special editions focusing on India.

Can India emerge as a key player on the global stage? Take part in our special edition of Talking Point, live from Delhi on BBC World Service radio and BBC World TV, Sunday, 16 October at 1406 GMT

Talking Movies has two programmes looking at the success of Bollywood.

And one of the centre pieces of the week will be Stephen Sackur's interviews with leading political and business figures in HardTalk.

But it won't just be us talking to you. We want to hear what you have to say about India's development.

During the week we'll have a Have Your Say special when we will take e-mail questions from audiences - and we kick off the week with Talking Point presented from Delhi by the extremely-busy Mishal Husain.

We hope you can take part.


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