India-US Relations Today: Prospects and Challenges

4:30–7:00 pm
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhawan

Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi 


This panel discussion examined and assessed the current bilateral relationship between India and the United States. It also considered the impact of the US Presidential election in 2020 and weigh the prospects and challenges for the future.


Arun Kumar Singh, Former Indian Ambassador to Israel, France and United States; He is now a senior fellow with the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Before taking charge as ambassador in the United States, he was serving as Ambassador of India to France in Paris.

Mr. Edgar Kagan, Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy, New Delhi

Professor Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Professor of American Studies

Major General (Retd) Ashok K. Mehta, Defence Expert

Professor Arun Kumar, formerly Professor of the Centre of Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Currently, Professor of the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi

Suhasini Haidar, National Editor, The Hindu

Dr. Zorawar Daulet Singh, Kings College, London, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

This discussion was moderated by Ambassador Surendra Kumar who served as India’s ambassador to Libya, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo and Eritrea and High Commissioner of India to Kenya and Swaziland, and Consul General in Chicago. He is the founding President of the Indo-American Friendship Association. Recently, he launched the Uttar Pradesh International Foundation.


4:30 PM: Tea & Coffee Reception

5:00 PM: Panel Discussion


Teen Murti Bhawan

Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi 

This event was held in collaboration with International House at the University of Chicago, the Indo-American Friendship Association, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the UChicago Delhi Center.