Discussing India

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As part of the ICG Discussion Forum, TV Paul , a James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University will be in conversation with Admiral Arun Prakash PVSM, AVSM, AVC, VSM, former chief of naval staff on January 13, 11 a.m. at The International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. The two will talk about ‘India as a rising power: Opportunities and constraints in the 21st century’

In its 71 year existence as an independent state, India has achieved much in fulfilling the dreams of its leaders in obtaining a higher global status but the quest is still unfinished in terms of achieving a great power status. Paul and Prakash will seek to delve into questions such as why the Indian elite and many in the public believe that the country has a destiny to rise as a global power? What are the hard and soft power markers that encourage them to think this way? Despite their stated and unstated ambitions, why haven’t the larger bureaucratic and political elite worked hard enough to achieve this goal? What are the external and internal constraints in this pursuit and the opportunities that India may have both obtained and missed? Finally, what does the future hold for India’s status elevation? How do we explain/ theorise India’s status seeking efforts?

Paul is a James Mcgill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Mcgill University, Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He served as the president of International Studies Association for 2016- 17 and is the author/ editor of 20 books and over 75 scholarly articles in the fields of international relations, international security and South Asia. He serves as the editor of the Georgetown University Press Book series South Asia in World Affairs.

Admiral Arun Prakash was India’s 20th naval chief and served concurrently as chairman chief of staff 2004-06.  A naval aviator by specialisation he commanded a fighter squandron as well as a number of warships including the aircraft carrier Viraat. In flag rank he commanded the eastern fleet, the Andaman and Nicobar joint command, and the western naval command. He served on staff as head of the navy’s aviation and personnel branches and as the vice chief. Post retirement he served two terms in the National Security Advisory Board and headed the National Maritime Foundation. He writes and speaks on maritime and strategic issues and currently holds a distinguished chair in India’s naval war college

The discussion will be moderated by director, ICG, Pushkar. Entry is free and open to public.

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