Asserting Democracy in India’s Foreign Policy

Jul 12 2019@10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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The Takshashila Institution and Observer Research Foundation are hosted a panel discussion and roundtable on democracy in India’s foreign policy.

The Takshashila Institution, in collaboration with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) organized a panel discussion on session in Bengaluru to discuss “Asserting Democracy in India’s Foreign Policy.” The event is a collaborative effort to  deliberate new ways to make democractic values stand in the forefront of Indian foreign policy.

After welcome remarks from Dr. Niranjan Sahoo, Senior Fellow at ORF  and Mr. Manoj Kewalramani, a Fellow at Takshashila, the panel commenced with Amb. Vijay Latha Reddy posed four key questions that would shape the discussion  — 

  1. Why does India not yet have a policy on democracy?
  2. Is India really a reluctant democracy as other label it?
  3. Why is India reluctant to assert democracy?
  4. Can regional forums and agencies be a platform for promoting democracy?

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Leading the discussion were:

Amb. Vijay Latha Reddy, Distinguished Fellow, ORF
Amb. Reddy served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1975 to 2011. She served as Ambassador of India to Portugal (2004-2006) and to Thailand (2007-2009). She was Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi (2010-2011) with overall charge of India’s bilateral and regional relations with Asia. She was appointed as India’s Deputy National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office from 2011-2013. Apart from foreign Policy, she has extensive expertise on strategic technology policies, particularly on cyber issues relating to cyber security policy, international cyber cooperation and internet governance.

Nitin Pai, Director, Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru

Nitin Pai is co-founder and director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy. His current research includes the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific; defence economics and the politics of radically networked societies. He teaches international relations and public policy at Takshashila’s graduate programmes. He was a gold medalist from the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, an undergraduate scholar at Nanyang Technological University, and an alum of National College, Bangalore. He spent more than a decade at the Singapore government as a policymaker in the technology sector.

Zorawar Daulet Singh, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Delhi

Dr. Zorawar’s research interests include India’s foreign policy and diplomatic history, various dimensions of India China relations, Eurasian geopolitics. His recent books include India China Relations: The Border Issue and Beyond and Chasing the Dragon: Will India Catch up with China? Zorawar’s latest book, Power and Diplomacy: India’s Foreign Policies during the Cold War, has been published by Oxford University Press in 2019.

Amb. N. Ravi, Former Secretary (East), Ministry of External Afrairs and Senior Fellow, Centre for Public Policy, IIMB

Amb. Ravi retired from the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in December 2009 after working for nearly 37 years in different positions in India and abroad. His last assignment was Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs looking after the conduct of all aspects of bilateral relations with as many as 60 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, East Asia, South East Asia, Australasia, the Gulf, West Asia and North Africa.

Ash Narain Roy, Director, Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), Delhi

Dr Roy received his doctorate in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He spent four years at El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City in the 1980s as a visiting scholar. Recipient of the First Appan Menon Award in 1997, Roy has been closed involved with global democracy forums like World Movement for Democracy, Community of Democracies, World Forum for Democratization in Asia, and the Forum of Federations.

Sudha Ramachandran, Independent Researcher and Journalist

Dr. Ramachandran has written extensively on South Asian peace and conflict, political and security issues for The Diplomat, Asia Times and Geopolitics.

Niranjan Sahoo, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, Delhi

A former Asia Fellow and recent recipient of Sir Ratan Tata Fellow, Sahoo leads ORF’s governance and democracy initiatives. He is also acts as South Asia expert on democracy for the Carnegie Rising Democracies Network, Washington, D.C.