Governance and Political Studies
Vimarsha on India's Efforts towards Developing a Vaccine to Fight the Coronavirus by Prof. K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, GOI

On 10 July, 2020, the Vivekananda International Foundation conducted an online Vimarsha lecture on India's Efforts towards Developing a Vaccine to Fight the Coronavirus. The speaker for the session was Prof. K Vijay Raghvan, the Principal Scientific Adviser to the GOI. Dr Arvind Gupta initiated the session by introducing the esteemed speaker. Apart from the important positions that he has held in government departments, he was instrumental in setting up the National Centre for Biological Sciences.

Vimarsha on Story of Emergency (1975-1977): the Greatest threat to Democracy

On 25thJune, 2020, Vimarsha was held through a webinar at VIF, on the topic "Story of Emergency (1975-1977): the Greatest Threat to Democracy, How the people fought and won". It has been 45 years since the declaration of the National Emergency in India and the idea behind the event was to recall the suspension of the fundamental rights by the imposition of Emergency within India under Mrs Gandhi's administration and reminiscence the stories related to Emergency.

Vimarsh New Frontiers in Public Debate

There is always a purpose, an objective and a target audience behind the exercise of writing and publishing any book. Measured against these classical parameters, the book on 'Vimarsh' might appear a bit different from the normal. Yes, it is so in many ways since it a book that seeks to present before the readers a glimpse of the evolving thinking by experts in different fields on different critical aspects of India's growth story.

A Guide on COVID-19 | A Compendium

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the toughest challenges humankind faces. Scores of people have been directly or indirectly affected by the pandemic. Major cities in India and abroad are under state-mandated lockdown while healthcare officials and workers all over the world along with essential services workforce are selflessly providing care to people who have been diagnosed or suspected to have the virus.

Book discussion, ‘Towards a New India – Governance Transformed 2014-2019’ authored by Mr V. Srinivas

On 11th March 2020, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) held a book discussion on the book, ‘Towards a New India – Governance Transformed 2014-2019’, written by Mr V. Srinivas, Additional Secretary to Government of India in the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. The discussants for the book were Mr Sudhir Bhargava, Dr Vinod Kumar Paul and Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF in his welcome remarks, introduced the author and spoke about the contemporary relevance of the book.

Introduction to Indian Strategic Thinking for Diplomats 2.0

On 17 February 2020, VIF held the second workshop for foreign diplomats posted in embassies based in New Delhi. It was the second time this initiative was taken to bring together diplomats from countries around the world and introduce them to the conceptual frameworks and thought processes that define India’s strategic outlook. The three days’ workshop saw the participation of 25-30 distinguished diplomats from political as well as military section of the embassies.

Discussion on ‘Remedial Measures to counter possible spread of Coronavirus'

The Vivekananda International Foundation organized a discussion with a delegation led by Lt Gen RS Grewal, Director General Medical Services (DGMS), Army, on ‘Remedial Measures to counter possible spread of Coronavirus' on 06 March 2020. Air Commodore VK Sashindran also joined the delegation. The meeting also saw participation of representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The presentations by the DGMS and ensuing discussions highlighted many concerns regarding the coronavirus or COVID-19 epidemic (now declared pandemic by World Health Organization).

Vimarsha : Discussion on Politics of Opportunism | Special Address by Shri. S. Gurumurthy

A Special Lecture by Shri S. Gurumurthy, was organized at Vivekananda International Foundation on December 27, 2019 in the latest session of the monthly Vimarsha series. Shri Gurumurthy, Chairman-VIF and Editor-Tughlak, is a senior Economic & Political Analyst, and a renowned author. He also serves as the Independent Director in the Board of Governors of the Reserve Bank of India.

Selected Essays from the Vivekananda International Foundation

Over the past decade, the VIF has charted an academically independent path of research and analyses. The Foundation has thus been disseminating a vast stream of analyses of key developments and decision dilemmas concerning the nation to its wide circle of associates and readers.

Shipbuilding - A Larger National Perspective

… shipbuilding industry can be a major employment creator with relatively large spin-offs for ancillary industries unlike the automobile and other manufacturing industry … shipbuilding industry has not received the required attention and focused view of competing priorities, uncertainties and lack of assurance on short term returns on government policy measures ... it is essential to galvanize the shipbuilding as a strategic infrastructure industry with the required policy, legislative and institutional measures …

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