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India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017

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29-31 MARCH 2017


This event is free and open to all but registration is required.

Click here to secure your ticket.


6 February: Tickets are currently sold out. A limited number of additional tickets will be released in early March. This will be publicised here and on our Twitter and Facebook.

7 March: Additional tickets are now available to book. Visit here to secure yours now!

20 March: General Admission tickets are now sold out. However there are a limited number of day tickets available. Click here to book.

There will be a livestream of the event. Click here to register for the livestream.


The Summit will feature 4 panels will cover different aspects of contemporary importance. Panelists will include LSE academics and experts from within India and abroad, and across sectors from academics to government officers to business and communtiy leaders to grassroots workers. In seeking this collaborative model, SAC-LSE hopes to bring the best of available expertise to a single platform to debate and discuss contemporary India.

Themes for discussion at the 2017 Summit include:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Water Security
  • India's Emergence as a Global Power
  • Citizenship and the Constition of India

There will also be a 'Memories of Partition' exhibition developed in collaboration with
The Partition Museum Project, a specially curated conversation on  between Professor Michael Cox and Dr Ramachandra Guha, and a Master Class on Quantitative Data and Analysis  aimed at university students (although other delegates are welcome to attend).

LSE is committed to making knowledge available for public impact, and enhance public engagement in informed decision-making processes. The event will be open to the general public, discussions will be live-streamed and recorded, and White Papers with policy suggestions will be produced for all panels. The SAC will publish all White Papers and the recordings of the discussions on its website with free public access, and download facilities. 

Summit Programme

Day 1: 29 March 2017

9am           Registration

10am         Inauguration of Memories of Partition Exhibition

10.30am   Inguration of India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017

11am         Panel 1: Corporate Social Responsibility

1pm           Lunch

2pm           Panel 2: Water Security

4pm           Tea

4.30pm     Professor Michael Cox and Dr Ramachandra Guha in conversation                                      on LSE's historic relationship with India

6pm           Close

Day 2: 30 March 2017

10am         Panel 3: India's Foreign Policy

12pm         Lunch

1pm           Panel 4: Citizenship and the Constituition of India 

3pm           Tea and networking

4pm           Close

Day 3: 31 March 2017

10am        Quantative Data Workshop (student priority)

1pm           Lunch

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Harry Barkema (moderator) is Professor of Management, Member of the Faculty Advisory Group of the South Asia Centre, and founding Director of the Innovation Co-Creation Lab (ICCL) at LSE. 

Anu Aga  is a businesswoman and social worker, currently serving as Chairperson of the Teach for India campaign. She is former Chairperson of Thermax Ltd.

Rahul Bajaj is Chairman of the Bajaj Group, where he spearheads the CSR initiatives including the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation and Shiksha Mandal.

Onkar S Kanwar  is Chairman and Managing Director of Apollo tyres Ltd.

Mukund Govind Rajan  is Member of the Group Executive Council at Tata Sons. He is the Chief Ethics Officer, brand custodian and Group Spokesperson for the Tata Group. He is also Chairman of the Tata Council for Community Initiatives (TCCI).

Water Security

Amita Baviskar (moderator) is Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Her research focuses on the cultural politics of environment and development.

John Anthony (Tony) Allan is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Kings College London. His research focuses on the social and political contexts which influence and usually determine water use and water policy.

Biksham GUJJA is founder of AgSri a social enterprise to promote sustainable agriculture practices in India, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Manoj MISRA is a former member of the Indian Forest Service, having served in the states. Since 2007 he has been the Convener of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan (YJA), a civil society consortium campaign dedicated to the cause of restoration of rivers in general and the river Yamuna in particular. 

Marcus Moench  is founder of ISET-International. Marcus has extensive experience working with communities, non-government, government, and international organisations on urbanisation, water, and energy in South/Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the western United States. 

India's Emergence as a Global Power

Nidhi Razdan (moderator) is an award winning journalist and Executive Editor with NDTV where she has worked for the last 18 years. Nidhi has reported extensively on Indian politics, foreign policy and Jammu and Kashmir.

Jayant Prasad is Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He was India's Ambassador to Afghanistan, Algeria, Nepal, and the UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva. 

Meera Shankar is a retired diplomat, and was India’s second woman Ambassador to the United States. An officer of the 1973 batch, Meera has also served as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office, and in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. 

Kanwal Sibal is a retired Indian diplomat and former Foreign Secretary. He served as the Ambassador of India to Turkey, Egypt, France, and Russia. Kanwal has also served on India’s National Security Advisory Board.

Rakesh Sood is a former diplomat who writes and comments on India’s foreign affairs, and is currently Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation. 

Ashley J Tellis is Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, specialising in international security, defence, and Asian strategic issues. 

Citizenship and the Constition of India

Mukulika Banerjee (moderator) is founding Director of the South Asia Centre, and Associate Professor of Anthropology at LSE.

Pinky Anand is an Indian lawyer, Senior Advocate, and a politician. She is currently Additional Solicitor General of India at the Supreme Court of India. Anand is an expert in constitutional law, family law, environmental law and corporate law. 

Chintan Chandrachud is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge on the subject of judicial review in India and the United Kingdom. 

Kalpana Kannabiran is Director of the Council for Social Development, Hyderabad. She is a sociologist by training and has written extensively on questions of justice, gender, caste, tribe, violence, disability, and free speech.

Madhav Khosla is the inaugural B R Ambedkar Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School, and a doctoral student in political theory at Harvard University. Beginning August 2017, Madhav will be a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His research focuses on topics in modern Indian political thought and intellectual history, and in Indian and comparative constitutional law. 

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