Modi-Obama Summit: A paradigm shift in India-US relations

5:00 pm
Center in Delhi


India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Washington to meet President Barack Obama in late September. This panel session examined India-US relations following this important meeting of the leaders of the world's two largest democracies.

Panelists include –

Dr. Shashi Tharoor- An elected member of the Indian Parliament from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala, author, United Nations peace-keeper, refugee worker, human rights activist, former Minister of State for Human Resources Development and former Minister of State for External Affairs, Dr. Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience.

H.K. Dua is an elected Member of Parliament representing Rajya Sabha.  He has been the Editor of The Hindustani Times, Editor-in-Chief of the The Indian Express and Editorial Advisor of The Times of India.  He is very active in Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs and Consultative Committee on Home Affairs and is a Permanent Invitee to the Committee on Defence.

Tarun Vijay is a Member of Parliament representing Uttarakhand.  President of the Parliamentary Group on India-China Friendship, he is also on committees concerning Defence, External Affairs, and Official Language.  He's published 23 books in Hindi and English and is currently working on a book on Nahendra Modi.

Ambassador Lalit Mansingh joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1963. Ambassador Mansingh has more than 40 years of extensive international experience in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He is a former foreign secretary, the highest diplomatic rank in India. He served as Indian ambassador to the United States and the United Arab Emirates and as India's high commissioner to the United Kingdom and Nigeria. He also was deputy chief of mission in the Indian embassies in Kabul, Brussels and Washington, D.C. He has dedicated his career to promoting India and its role in the global marketplace.

Gurcharan Das is an Indian author, commentator and public intellectual. He is the author of The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of dharma which analyzes the epic, Mahabharata. His international bestseller, India Unbound, is a narrative account of India from independence to the "global information age", and has been published in many languages and filmed by BBC.

Michael Pelletier is the Deputy Chief of Mission to India.  Previously the US government's Arabic language spokesperson he has held State Department and  US Information Agency positions in Jordan, Senegal, Mali, Nigeria and Egypt.

Dr. Rajiv Kumar is a well-known economist and the author of several books. He joined the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in October 2010. Prior to this, he was Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), one of India’s leading independent economic policy think tanks. 

Discussant/Moderator – Ambassador Surendra Kumar-Former Ambassador to Libya, Mozambique, DRC, Eritrea & High Commissioner of India to Kenya, Swaziland & Malta. Kumar has served as India's PR to UNEP & UN Habitat, Minister at HCI, London & Consul General of India in Chicago. He retired as a Secretary MEA/Dean of the Foreign Service Institute.

Denise Jorgens is Director, International House at the University of Chicago, and President, International Houses Worldwide.  She received her PhD from the Department of History at the University of Chicago.

Organizer: International House, whose mission is to enable students and scholars from around the world to live and learn together in a diverse residential community that builds life-long qualities of leadership, respect and friendship. Founded in 1932 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., International House of Chicago is today one of seventeen members of the International Houses Worldwide network. International House of Chicago is a department of the University of Chicago. International House has the capacity to house 435 residents. International House residents hail from over 50 countries and represent every division and professional school as well the undergraduate College. For 82 years, the International House of Chicago experience of international cultural exchange in a diverse community has transformed the lives of more than 40,000 people.

In addition to supporting our residents, International House also serves the greater Chicago community as a cultural and intellectual center for a wide array of programs. Over 200 public programs are held each year at International House. These include music and cultural performances, outreach programs with Chicago-area international organizations, collaborations with foreign consulates, language exchanges and discussions, and forums and debates led by distinguished guest speakers through the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Program. During the 2013-2014 academic year, International House provided over 35,000 attendees with meaningful opportunities for discussion and engagement in community, national and world affairs. Additional information about International House is available here.

The event was covered by the Times of India.