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International Seminar on Kautilya

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  • April 09, 2014


    0900- 0930 Registration and tea

    0930- 1000 Inaugural Session

    Welcome Remarks by Dr Arvind Gupta, Director General (DG) IDSA
    Keynote Address by Shri Shivshankar Menon, National Security Adviser

    1000-1130 Session I- Revisiting Issues from Text

    Chair: K. Srinivasan
    Presenters: (1 and 2 via Skype)

    1. Prof Patrick Olivelle:
      (a) “What are the issues of Ecology and the Management of Natural Resources in Kautilya's Arthaśāstra?”
      b) The concept of "outwitting" (atisaṃdhāna): the heart of Kauṭilyan strategy and diplomacy”
      Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. [Watch Video]
    2. Dr Mark McClish, "Strategic Partnerships in Kauṭilyan Foreign Policy”, Assistant Professor of Religion, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama , USA [Watch Video]
    3. Mr Michael Liebig, “The Kautilya-Arthashastra and Core Concepts of Intelligence Analysis”, doctoral candidate , Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany [Watch Video]

    1130-1145 Tea

    1145-1315 Session II Issues of Culture, Leadership and Strategy

    Chair: A.N.D. Haksar

    1. Prof Rashed- Uz- Zaman, “What is the understanding of strategic culture when seen from the perspective of South Asian subcontinent? Is there any evidence of the Arthasastra in political behaviour?”, Dept of IR Dhaka University, Bangladesh [Watch Video]
    2. Dr Shubhada Joshi, “Enlightened leadership – The concept of RAJARISHI from Arthashastra”, Director General - Chanakya Institute of Public leadership (CIPL) Professor & Head, Dept of Philosophy, University of Mumbai [Watch Video]
    3. Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai, “Application of Chanakya’s Saptanga model in modern warfare strategy”, Director, CIPL, Dept of Philosophy, University of Mumbai [Watch Video]

    1315-1415 Lunch

    1415-1545 Session III- Issues of Negotiations and Interpretation

    Chair: Kalyan Raman
    Presenters (4 to be read out):

    1. Dr Medha Bisht, “Bargaining and Negotiation Analysis: Lessons from Arthashastra”, Associate Professor, South Asian University, New Delhi [Watch Video]
    2. Dr Jayashree Vivekanandan, 'Does Indian IR have a History? Seeking Answers in the Arthashastra', Associate Professor, South Asian University, New Delhi [Watch Video]
    3. Col PK Gautam(Retd), “Composition of the Army- Then and Now”, Research Fellow, IDSA [Watch Video]
    4. Dr Balbir Singh Sihag, “Kautilya on Far-sight, Foresight and Freedom”, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Massachusetts, USA (to be read by Saurabh Mishra)

    1545-1640 Session IV – Future Studies and Next Steps

    Chair: Dr Arvind Gupta, DG, IDSA
    Input and Suggestions for further research in Open House Discussion

    1640- 1645 Vote of Thanks by P.K. Gautam, Research Fellow, IDSA, Convener

    1645 -1700 Tea

    Click here to know more about IDSA's programme on Ancient Indigenous Historical Knowledge

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