Book Discussion on 'How India Sees the World: Kautilya to the 21st Century'

Book Discussion on 'How India Sees the World: Kautilya to the 21st Century'
Shyam Saran, Srinath Raghavan
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 Add to Calendar 2017-09-13 11:00:00 2017-09-13 12:30:00 Asia/Kolkata Book Discussion on 'How India Sees the World: Kautilya to the 21st Century' This event will be broadcast live on the Hindustan Times Facebook page. Former India Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran has had a ringside view of the most critical events and shifts in Indian foreign policy in the new millennium, including the epochal India-US nuclear deal. In this magisterial book, Saran discerns the threads that tie together his experiences as a diplomat. Using the prism of Kautilya’s Arthashastra and other ancient treatises on statecraft, Saran shows the historical sources of India’s worldview. He looks at India’s neighbourhood and the changing wider world through this lens and arrives at fascinating conclusions – the claims that the world is hurtling towards Chinese unipolarity are overblown; international borders are becoming irrelevant as climate change and cyber terror bypass them; and India shouldn’t hold its breath for a resolution to its border disputes with China and Pakistan in the foreseeable future. This book also takes the reader behind the closed doors of the most nail-biting negotiations and top-level interactions – from Barack Obama popping by a tense developing country strategy meeting at the Copenhagen climate change summit to the private celebratory dinner thrown by then US President George W. Bush for then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the success of the nuclear deal. Join us for a discussion on 'How India Sees the World: Kautilya to the 21st Century' between author Shyam Saran, and prominent commentator and expert on foreign policy, Srinath Raghavan. Shyam Saran is a former foreign secretary and has served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change and as chairman of the National Security Advisory Board. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. Srinath Raghavan is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research

This event will be broadcast live on the Hindustan Times Facebook page.

Former India Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran has had a ringside view of the most critical events and shifts in Indian foreign policy in the new millennium, including the epochal India-US nuclear deal. In this magisterial book, Saran discerns the threads that tie together his experiences as a diplomat.

Using the prism of Kautilya’s Arthashastra and other ancient treatises on statecraft, Saran shows the historical sources of India’s worldview. He looks at India’s neighbourhood and the changing wider world through this lens and arrives at fascinating conclusions – the claims that the world is hurtling towards Chinese unipolarity are overblown; international borders are becoming irrelevant as climate change and cyber terror bypass them; and India shouldn’t hold its breath for a resolution to its border disputes with China and Pakistan in the foreseeable future.

This book also takes the reader behind the closed doors of the most nail-biting negotiations and top-level interactions – from Barack Obama popping by a tense developing country strategy meeting at the Copenhagen climate change summit to the private celebratory dinner thrown by then US President George W. Bush for then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the success of the nuclear deal.

Join us for a discussion on 'How India Sees the World: Kautilya to the 21st Century' between author Shyam Saran, and prominent commentator and expert on foreign policy, Srinath Raghavan.

Shyam Saran is a former foreign secretary and has served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change and as chairman of the National Security Advisory Board. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research.

Srinath Raghavan is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research.