India and the World: Lecture by Tshering Tobgay

Date and Time

August 14, 2022

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Online via Zoom

Tshering Tobgay

Former Prime Minister, Bhutan

Chair Shyam Saran

Senior Fellow, CPR and Former Indian Foreign Secretary

To commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) invites you to the fifth lecture as part of:

India and the World
A lecture series bringing together distinguished speakers who have a long and deep engagement with India

Speaker: Tshering Tobgay, Former Prime Minister, Bhutan

Chair: Shyam Saran, Senior Fellow, CPR and Former Indian Foreign Secretary

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About the Speaker

Tshering Tobgay served as the leader of the opposition party in the National Assembly of Bhutan from 2008 to 2013, and as prime minister from 2013 to 2018.

He was a civil servant before he joined active politics. He was the first official to resign from his work to take part in his country’s transition to a parliamentary democracy. He was responsible for establishing the People’s Democratic Party as the first registered political party in Bhutan, and continues to serve as its president.

As an advocate of Gross National Happiness, he has spoken about conservation, climate change, poverty, democracy and happiness at the UN, TED and various international conferences.

He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University. He is married to Tashi Doma and has two children. He enjoys volunteering, reading, trekking, bicycling, jogging, archery, yoga, music and drama.

About the Series

As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a special celebration organized by the Government of India to commemorate the 75th year of India’s Independence, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) has launched a flagship lecture series titled, ‘India and the World’. The series will bring together distinguished speakers who have had a long and deep engagement with the country to understand their perspectives on India’s global relationships and how the world understands and engages with India – our history, our democracy, our economy and our society. This series will seek to bring a global perspective into dialogue with India with the objective of celebrating the country, its role in global governance and articulating a pathway in the new, shifting geopolitical landscape.