Governance and Political Studies
Conference on Revisiting India's Response Mechanism Challenges and Way Forward

A one day Conference on 'Revisiting India's Disaster Response Mechanism : Challenges and Way Forward' was organized by the VIF in collaboration with Policy Perspectives Foundation (PPF) on May 6, 2016. Shri KirenRijiju, Hon'ble Minister of State for Home Affairs inaugurated the conference. Gen NC Vij, Director VIF delivered the welcome address and Shri KM Singh, Vice President PPF gave an overview of the conference.

Conference on Internet Governance

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Information Technology (IT), Electronics, and Law & Justice, Government of India, Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEIT), Dr. Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) in the Prime Minister’s Office and Dr.

Conference on ‘Communicating India’

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), in collaboration with Prasar Bharati, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and University of Westminster (UK), held a day-long conference on ‘Communicating India’. A galaxy of prominent thinkers, writers and speakers, including Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, and Dr.

Vimarsha: Nation and Nationalism - Talk by Mr M J Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs

Mr M J Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs in the ruling NDA government, delivered a perceptive talk on ‘Nation and Nationalism’ at the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) on 27 March 2017. The talk was conducted , part of VIF’s monthly Vimarsha - series of public discourse on issues of historical and contemporary significance for India and the world at large. Following the invocation of Holy Spirit for universal peace, General NC Vij, Director, VIF, welcomed the Hon’ble guest speaker.

National Workshop on Doubling Farmers’ Income through Scaling-up

In sync with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 when the country completes its 75 years of independence, the VIF, in collaboration with ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) and J. Farms, assembled a two-day national workshop on ‘Doubling Farmers’ Income through Scaling up’ on March 15-16, 2017.

Vimarsha on ‘Uniting India: Sardar Patel’ with Amb G Parthasarathy

As part of VIF’s ongoing series of talks on issues of national importance, contemporary as well as historical, held every month under aegis of Vimarsha, Amb G Parthasarathy, former diplomat and author, was invited on 02 Feb 2017 to deliver a talk on the role played by India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, towards India’s post-independence unification, notably the integration of princely states.

Freebies and Good Governance

Background and Argument I have chosen to speak on a subject of contemporary interest and importance: ‘Freebies and Good Governance’. I deliberately withheld the umbrella in suggesting the title of the talk that provides both inspiration and legitimacy to ‘freebies and good governance in India’ and this is the concept of ‘welfare state’. Click here to read full paper

Vimarsha - Talk by Shri Prakash Singh, former DG BSF, on Police Reforms in India

Shri Prakash Singh, former DG BSF, delivered a perceptive talk, ‘Preparing The Central And State Police Forces To Deal With The Multi-Dimensional Challenges Of Tomorrow’, at the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) on 15 Sep 2016, as part of VIF’s monthly series of lectures, ‘Vimarsha’. A large audience, comprising former bureaucrats, diplomats, military veterans, members of the academia, among other informed citizenry of Delhi, attended the event and also participated in a lively interaction with the distinguished speaker following the lecture.

A Talk on ‘Freebies and Good Governance’ by Mr. B. P. Singh, Former Governor of Sikkim

While freebies are considered among the surest and fastest means of providing succor to the needy poor, these come at a heavy cost to the national exchequer, as precious economic resources have to be diverted away from developmental projects, especially those linked to infrastructure projects.

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