Events : Economic, Development & Social Issues

Book Launch of "How India sees the World : Kautilaya to the 21st Century" by Mr. Shyam Saran

Held Thursday, 28th September, 2017 at 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had organised the Book Launch of the book “HOW INDIA SEES THE WORLD: Kautilya to the 21st Century” authored by Mr. Shyam Saran, Former Foreign Secretary, Government of India on Thursday, 28th September, 2017 at 6.30 PM at its auditorium. Ms. Vijaya Latha Reddy, Former Ambassador of India to Thailand & Portugal, Former Secretary (East), and Former Dy. National Security Adviser, GOI was in conversation. Both Prof. S L Rao, Chairman of the Programme Advisory Committee and Ms. Vijaya Latha Reddy released the book.

Mr. Shyam Saran 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, part memoir and part thesis on India’s international relations since Independence, Saran has discerned the threads that tie together his experiences as a diplomat.

Using the prism of Kautilya’s Arthashastra and other ancient treatises on statecraft, Saran showed the historical sources of India’s worldview. He looked at India’s neighbourhood and the changing wider world through this lens and arrived 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.

Mr. Saran also took the audience 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.

The Q & A session was interesting and thought-provoking.