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Abstracts of Speakers International Seminar on “How Deep are the Roots of Indian Civilization? An Archaeological and Historical Perspective”
Keynote Address delivered by Professor B. B. Lal (Former Director General, Archaeological Survey of India) For quite some time a series of postulates have been distorting our vision of India's past. Some of these are: 1. The Vedas are no older than 1200 BCE and the Vedic people were nomads. 2. The authors of the Harappan Civilization, ascribable to the 3rd millennium BCE, were a Dravidian-speaking people. This civilization was destroyed by Aryan invaders and thereby became extinct.
Abstracts of Speakers International Seminar on “How Deep are the Roots of Indian Civilization? An Archaeological and Historical Perspective”
Keynote Address delivered by Professor B. B. Lal (Former Director General, Archaeological Survey of India) For quite some time a series of postulates have been distorting our vision of India's past. Some of these are: 1. The Vedas are no older than 1200 BCE and the Vedic people were nomads. 2. The authors of the Harappan Civilization, ascribable to the 3rd millennium BCE, were a Dravidian-speaking people. This civilization was destroyed by Aryan invaders and thereby became extinct.
Post-election Myanmar and Indian Strategy
As India strives to find its place in the international system and in the region as an important player, the result of the recently concluded 7 November 2010 elections in Myanmar has apparently thrown up some challenges for Indian strategy. There were about 3, 000 candidates contested for 1,063 seats to two houses of parliament and 14 regional or state assemblies.
Rising India Must Tap Full Potential of Ties with France
President Sarkozy’s impending visit to India (December 4-6) should be seen in the larger perspective of India’s rise and the external environment that has facilitated this. India-France relations have strong foundations built over many decades. Until now, despite good political understanding based on mutual respect, equality, shared attachment to independent positions on international issues and recognition of reciprocal benefits of close engagement in diverse fields, the full potential of the relationship has remained unachieved.
Need for Changing the Course of Sino-Indian Relations
The most important task for us ahead of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit in the middle of next month is to grasp the essence of the book ‘Diplomacy Today: Subject and Method’ written by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov last year. It is essential to remember the following words of this seasoned diplomat: ‘ours is the time of sweeping transformations, which call for profound comprehension, otherwise the diplomacy of any state might lose its contacts with reality and, therefore, its efficiency of a foreign policy instrument’.
A Cracker of a Visit, But will The Sparkle Last?
President Obama’s much heralded visit to India produced mixed results. The inordinate coverage given to the visit has exaggerated the positives and obscured some deficient outcomes.
Has Obama's Visit Addressed India's Core Concerns?
Satish Chandra, the former deputy national security adviser, wonders whether India's core interests were addressed during President Obama's meetings with Prime Minister Singh. That the three-day Obama visit to India was an indisputable success is not in doubt whether seen from the public diplomacy angle, the transactional arrangements arrived at, the purely political side, or the reinforcement of rapport between the president and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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