‘India at 70: LSE India Summit 2017’, the annual flagship Summit of the LSE South Asia Centre, presented by Apollo Tyres, commemorating the 70th anniversary of India’s independence this year, will be held from 29th -31st March at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. It will feature experts from academia, government, business & entrepreneurship, journalism, social impact, and many more. ‘India at 70’ is part of the India-UK Year of Culture 2017, announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK PM Theresa May.
The line-up of speakers at the LSE India Summit is quite exceptional, representing a diverse cross-section of perspectives which would lead to an informed and incisive discussion on issues central to India’s way forward in the 21st century: Citizenship & the Constitution of India; Corporate Social Responsibility; India’s Emergence as a Global Power; and Water Security in India. The attendees will have the opportunity to listen to domain specialists who will debate and seek answers to these critical questions on India’s future.
Experts at the summit include J A (Tony) Allan, Rahul Bajaj, Mukulika Banerjee, Harry Barkema, Amita Baviskar, S Gurumurthy, Suhasini Haidar, Niraja Gopal Jayal, Kalpana Kannabiran, Onkar S Kanwar, Madhav Khosla, Marcus Moench, Meera Shankar, Mukund Rajan, Kanwal Sibal, Ashley Tellis, Pinky Anand, and Manoj Mishra.
Speaking about the Summit, Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director, South Asia Centre, London School of Economics & Political Science, said ‘“India at 70’’ will be a platform for honest debate and discussion on questions central to India's way forward in the decades ahead -- through new research, applied and comparative knowledge, and ground realities. Our association with Apollo Tyres underlines precisely what the South Asia Centre has set out to achieve in this Summit: inter-sectoral participation in thought leadership for India's future.’
Apart from the main Summit, there will also be several supplementary events centred around academic research and the India story. LSE Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Michael Cox and renowned author and historian Ramachandra Guha will speak on the long and rich legacy of the close relationship between the London School of Economics and India.
An exhibition of poignant memorabilia of the Partition of 1947 will be held in the foyer of Stein Auditorium at the India Habitat Centre by the Partition Museum based in Amritsar’s Town Hall. At the inauguration of this Exhibition will be, among others: Lady Kishwar Desai (Chairperson, The Partition Museum, Amritsar), Lord Meghnad Desai, and Suhel Seth. Among other experts at the summit will also be George Gaskell (Special Advisor to the Director, LSE), and HE Mr Dominic Asquith (High Commissioner of UK to India).