New Delhi, November 20, 2017: The Young Diplomats Conclave: India Unbound, created a unique platform for young officers working at Delhi’s diplomatic enclave to enhance their understanding of India and create lasting relations.
Twenty diplomats from over fifteen countries with an international administrative training participated in the day-long event organized at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in New Delhi.
Speaking at the Conclave, Parliamentarian Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe emphasized on the need for simultaneous elections to ensure legislators get more time to understand and implement policy matters. The Conclave highlighted inter alia India’s cultural traditions, governance mechanisms and journalism as closely intertwined in its foreign policy approach.
The valuable insights reflected upon the diplomats’ eagerness to execute their responsibilities with greater efficacy and efficiency, having gained an in-depth understanding of the country. Amb. Asoke Mukerji’s address on International Day of Yoga, an Indian initiative on cultural diplomacy provided an immersive experience and successfully created inroads to understanding Indian cultural heritage.
Managing Editor of The Pioneer, Kushan Mitra emphasized on the need to engage with vernacular resources as means of understanding India from its roots. Experts from think tanks- India Foundation and Brookings also elaborated on the role of civil society organizations in understanding the dynamically changing world order and India’s significant role in ensuring peace and stability.
Academician Prof. Sreeram Chaulia of Jindal Global University expounded on India’s foreign policy and the role of Modi Doctrine in bringing a remarkable shift in India’s approach and conduct towards its contemporaries. The inaugural address was delivered by former foreign secretary Amb. Kanwal Sibal. Drawing on India’s aspirations, he remarked ‘foreign policy aspirations should first be realized and upheld in the home country.’
The Young Diplomats Conclave concluded with an open floor discussion where the young participants interacted with Indian experts and subject authorities. Organized by Delhi-based Vision India Foundation, the Young Diplomats Conclave launched the Foundation’s programme- Global Young Achievers Network (GYAN).
The one-day event was organized in partnership with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and Jindal School of International Affairs, Jindal Global University.