Developing National Consensus on Critical Issues a talk with Mr Manish Tewari & Dr. Chandan Mitra

A very interesting and thought provoking session on "How to develop National Consensus on Critical National Issues" was held on 10 May 2010 at the VIF.The two speakers were Mr Manish Tewari, the articulate Member of Parliament from the Indian National Congress (Party spokesperson) and Dr. Chandan Mitra, former Member of the Rajya Sabha , Editor and Managing Director Pioneer and member of National Executive of BJP. Mr Mitra highlighted the need for consensus building in three primary areas - National Security, Foreign Policy and Macro-Economic Issues. He felt that the structure of Indian politics had become bipolar. The two main national parties must devise mechanisms for consensus building in these key areas. Ideological differences however would remain. Manish Tewari of the Congress presented the contra argument. He felt that the essence of democracy was plurality of opinion. It went beyond listening to a dogged majority but allowed space for a creative minority. That said, he felt there is a congruence on major national issues even though we may quibble on issues of tactics/ execution.

Climate Change Negotiations : The Challenge for Indian Diplomacy a talk by Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary

Shri Ajit Doval, Director of the Vivekananda International Foundation, Ambassador Satish Chandra, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I am honoured that the Foundation has invited me to speak at its monthly lecture and give me an opportunity to interact with a very distinguished audience. Let me also congratulate the Foundation on the initiative it has taken to promote a broad-ranging and informed civil society discourse on a range of issues that impact on India’s national interest

No place is better than India for Muslims : Maulana Mahmood Madani

Maulana Mahmood Madani, leader of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, and member of the Rajya Sabha, said that there is no better place than India for the Muslims. He was delivering a talk on “Terrorism: Response of Indian Ulema” on February 21, 2010 at VIF.

China: Dimensions of Threats to India: Dr. Subramanian Swamy

The former Union Minister and China scholar, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, delivered a talk at the Vivekananda International Foundation on the topic ‘China: Dimension of Threats to India’. He highlighted five dimensions of potential military threats from China and discussed the vulnerabilities of China.

The Rise of Indian Military Power & Evolution of an Indian Strategic Culture a book by Major Gen G D Bakshi

‘The Rise of Indian Military Power & Evolution of an Indian Strategic Culture’ a book by Major Gen G D Bakshi was launched by General Shankar Roychowdhury at the VIF auditorium on December 17, 2009. The book does a detailed examination of the India’s defence strategy and its evolution throughout the history of India.

Indian Strategic thought and military traditions a talk with Major Gen Bakshi

Vimarsh, the monthly talk was held on 26th November 2009 at Vivekananda International Foundation. Major Gen Bakshi delivered the talk on ‘Indian Strategic thought and military traditions’.

Efface the danger of left wing extremism forever a talk by Shri Prakash Singh

Former Director of the Border Security Force, Prakash Singh IPS (Retd) delivered the monthly talk on ‘Naxal threat - State Response’ on 30th October 2009 at Vivekananda International Foundation. He examined the dimesnions of the threat and the state policy options to contain it.

Probity in public life a talk with Shri Bhure Lal

‘Probity in Public Life’ - a talk on corruption prevalent in the Indian administration system and its solutions was delivered by Bhurelal IAS (Retd) at Vivekananda International Foundation on 30th September 2009

Naxal Threat to the Indian State: Shri Ajit Doval

Ajit Doval, the Director of Vivekananda International Foundation and former Director of Intelligence Bureau spoke on Naxal threat to the Indian state on 21st August 2009 at Vivekananda International Foundation

China - Coping with Reality a talk with T C A Rangachary

The monthly talk at Vivekananda International Foundation for July was held on the topic ‘China-Coping with Reality’ which was delivered by former Secretary MEA and China expert, T C A Rangachary on 24th July 2009. He directed that India should cope with the realities of challenges posed by China.

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