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India and Africa: Towards A New Dawn
India-Africa Relations Book Cover 27-06-16

Dr. Shashi Tharoor
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs

Lt Gen. Satish Nambiar
Distinguished Fellow, IDSA and former Deputy Chief, Indian Army 

  Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

6:00 PM  - 7:30 PM (Registration: 5:30 PM )

Seminar Hall I & II, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi - 110 003
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India and Africa have a plethora of areas in which they can collaborate, evidence of the maturity that now denotes their relationship. These include trade and investment, development and democracy, technology and education, maritime security and counter terrorism.

In the backdrop growing India-Africa ties and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forthcoming four-nation visit there, the Ananta Aspen Centre is pleased to have bring out a book titled “India & Africa: Towards a New Dawn” edited by Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri. The book is a collection of essays by experts from both India and African countries articulating many aspects of this emerging relationship; the key areas of cooperation and collaboration; and the challenges and roadblocks ahead. 
The Book Launch will highlight the depth and the complementarity of this relationship and the impact this would have across the world.

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 Dr. Shashi Tharoor_27-06-16Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs
An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Dr. Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a second-term Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India.
During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership of the organisation. Dr. Tharoor is also an award-winning author of fifteen books of both fiction as well as non-fiction. Born in London in 1956, Dr. Tharoor was educated in India and the United States, completing a PhD in 1978 at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the Tufts University. While there, he received the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student and also helped found and served as the first Editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs, a journal now in its 39th year. Dr. Tharoor was also awarded an honorary D.Litt by the University of Puget Sound and a Doctorate Honoris Causa in History by the University of Bucharest. In 1998 the World Economic Forum in Davos named him a “Global Leader of Tomorrow”. He is also a recipient of several awards that include a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India’s highest honour for overseas nationals. In 2012 the King of Spain awarded him the Encomienda de la Real Order Espanola de Carlos III. Among numerous other awards are one for "New Age Politician of the Year" from NDTV, the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration, and the Priyadarshini Award for Excellence in Diplomacy. Dr. Shashi Tharoor was a pioneer in using social media as an instrument of political interaction. Till 2013 he was India’s most-followed politician on Twitter, until being overtaken that year by the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He was the first Indian to reach 10,000 and 100,000 followers on the medium, and currently has 4.1 million followers.
 SATISH NAMBIAR 27-06-16Lt Gen. Satish Nambiar, Distinguished Fellow, IDSA and former Deputy Chief, Indian Army 

Commissioned into the Indian Army on 15th December 1957, Lt Gen Satish Nambiar’s operational experience includes service on the CFL/LOC in Jammu and Kashmir, counter insurgency operations in the North East, and active participation in the 1965 and 1971 operations in the sub-continent. Awarded the Vir Chakra in 1971 for bravery in battle. Was Director General of Military Operations Indian Army. Was the first Force Commander and Head of the United Nations forces in the former Yugoslavia from 3rd March 1992 to 2nd March 1993. 
Declining an offer of extension he returned to the rolls of the Indian Army and retired as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff on 31st August 1994. Recipient of the Ati Vishist Seva Medal in 1991 and the Param Vishist Seva Medal in 1994. Was Director of the United Service Institution of India from 1st July 1996 to 31st December 2008 A life member of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, he was a ‘Distinguished Fellow’ at the Institute. Was adviser to the Government of Sri Lanka on certain aspects of the peace process in 2002/2003; on the International Advisory Council of the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Sandoverken, Sweden; an inaugural member of the International Advisory Board of the Security Council Report, and the Advisory Board of the Geneva based ICT for Peace Foundation. Served from 2nd November 2003 to 30th November 2004 as a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s high level international panel on “Threats, Challenges and Change”. Was a member of an Expert Legal Inquiry set up by Geneva based InternationalCommission of Jurists (ICJ) to ascertain whether there had been violations of International Humanitarian Law during the actions in Lebanon in July/August 2006. Is a member of an International Verification Commission (IVC) that is monitoring implementation of a cease-fire declared by ETA in Spain. Appointed on 01 September 2009 to the Advisory Board of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Peacekeeping Training Programme (PTP), he assumed chairmanship of the Board in October 2013. Is a member of a Global Reflection Group on the “Monopoly on the Use of Force”. Was conferred the Padma Bhushan by the President of India on the occasion of Republic Day 2009.
 Pramit Pal Chaudhuri 27-06-16Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times 
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri is the foreign editor of the Hindustan Times, New Delhi, and writes on political, security, and economic issues. He previously wrote for the Statesman and the Telegraph in Calcutta. He has served on the National Security Advisory Board of Government of India from 2011 to 2015. Among other affiliations, he is a member of the Asia Society Global Council, the Aspen Institute Italia, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Mont Pelerin Society.
He is also a senior associate of Rhodium Group, New York City, a member of the Council on Emerging Markets, Washington, DC, and a delegate for the Confederation of Indian Industry- Aspen Strategy Group Indo-U.S. Strategic Dialogue. Born in 1964, he has visited over fifty countries on five continents. Mr Pal Chaudhuri is a history graduate from Cornell University.

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