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Session on
“India and Japan: New Imperatives in the emerging Asian Geopolitics”

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DATE Thursday, October 29, 2015
TIME 11:00 AM  – 12:30 PM (Registration: 10:30 AM)
LOCATION WWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003
SPEAKERS Dr Srabani Roy Choudhury, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Amb Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, Former High Commissioner of India to U.K.
Amb Aftab Seth, Former Ambassador of India to Japan
CHAIR Amb Biren Nanda, Former High Commissioner of India to Australia
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India has an ancient link with Japan that goes back to 1500 years. Since the historic visit of PM Yoshiro Mori to India in August 2000 and the signing the “Global Partnership” agreement between the two countries, our ties have grown rapidly. Both countries share values of democracy, rule of law and freedom of speech. Japan and India meet at the summit level at least once a year and at the level of Foreign, Defence, Energy, and Commerce Minister also on an annual basis. This close engagement underlines the richness of the relationship which is free of any baggage, historical or otherwise. The 21st Century has seen a remarkable expansion of these relations in the economic sphere and especially in the area of defence cooperation. There are flagship projects like the Delhi- Bombay corridor and the Bangalore Madras corridor which are major Japanese contributions to India’s infrastructure.

The session, organised in preparation for PM Abe’s visit to India later this year, would reflect on how the bilateral relationship has shaped over the years and also focus on the new opportunities of cooperation between the two countries in the emerging Asian geopolitics.

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Srabani roy Choudhury 20-10-15 Dr Srabani Roy Choudhury, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Dr. Srabani Roy Choudhury is an Associate Professor in Japanese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Recipient of Japan Foundation Fellowship 1996-1997. She was based at Tokyo University to complete her Ph.D field work. Her Ph.D was from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In January 2012, she was recipient of visiting scholar programme to Keizai Koho Centre, Ministry of Economics and Industry, Japan.

Subsequently she spent May and June 2012 with Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance, Japan and worked on “Understanding the Impact of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the Ensuing Prospects for Japanese companies in India”. In 2014, she was a visiting fellow at REIB Kobe University. Her research interest lies in the area of Japanese investment in India.  She does field study on Japanese companies in India and has conducted study on same lines for ICRIER in 2008. Her recent publications are centered on Japan- India economic relations and Japanese Multinationals experiences in India, their entry strategies and their survival techniques. Currently she has been also working on identifying sectors for Japanese investment into India by conducting consumer surveys.  She has international and national publications on the subjects of her interest. Among her recent publication is an edited book on Japan Saarc Partnership: A Way Ahead.
 Shiv Shankar Mukherjee 20-10-15 Ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, Former High Commissioner of India to U. K.

Ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Delhi . He joined the Indian Foreign service in 1971. He served in various capacities in the Indian missions in Damascus, Brussels, Lusaka and Washington. He was an election observer in Namibia and appointed India’s first high commissioner to that country. Later, he served as India’s ambassador to Egypt, high commissioner to South Africa, and ambassador to Nepal, before his final assignment as high commissioner to the U.K., where he retired in 2009.
At headquarters, he was Spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs, and Director- General of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR).
 Aftab Seth 20-10-15 Ambassador Aftab Seth, Former Ambassador of India to Japan

Ambassador Aftab Seth is the Chairman of India Global Link Co. Ltd, and Chairman, Japan-India Partnership Forum. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Kenichi Ohmae Institute of Management in Tokyo, Chairman of the Global Indian International Schools, Japan, Adviser, Global Indian Foundation and Vice President of the Global Schools Foundation with schools in India , Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand , Vietnam and Japan. He was previously the Indian Ambassador to Japan, Vietnam and Greece.
After joining the Ministry of External Affairs, India in 1968, he served in the Embassies in Beirut, Cairo and Jakarta and, the Consulates in Karachi and Hamburg. From 2004 to 2006, he was associated with the Global Security Research Institute, Keio University as its first Professor and Director. He served as Chairman of the International Advisory Committee, Keio University from 2006-2009.  He has connected Keio with India’s top Universities. He has been a Former Member of the Management Board of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi and a Former Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Ambassador Seth is also a member of the World Parliament of Cultures based in Bilkent University in Ankara, the biggest private university in Turkey. He has lectured at think tanks in Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia, at Christ Church University in New Zealand, at the Hudson Institute in Washington  D.C., at Harvard University,  at Columbia University in New York and in New Jersey, at the Casa Asia in Madrid Spain, at the University of Seville, at Prince Hassan University, Morocco, at Cairo University and Al Azhar University in Egypt, Al Quds University in Jerusalem and in Ramalla in the Palestine territory, and in various other Universities and Institutions in Damascus, Sri Lanka and Australia, besides other countries. Ambassador Seth is also assisting the Group 30 of Japan, which is a group of top Japanese universities set up by Prime Minister Fukuda in 2008. The Group seeks to promote higher education in Japan abroad, including in countries like India. Ambassador Seth received a B.A. (Honors) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, an M.A. from Christ Church College, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Doctorate of Laws from the American College of Greece.  He also received a certificate of enrolment with distinction in Japanese Language and History from Keio University. He writes extensively and has authored 3 books, including “How Much Weight Can an Elephant Lose?” in 2001 which won the Mahatma Gandhi-Martin LutherKing Daisaku Ikeda Award and a Volume of Poems, “Pillars of Landscape” (1995).
 Biren Nanda 20-10-15 Ambassador Biren Nanda, Former High Commissioner of India to Australia

Upon completion of his Post Graduate degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Mr. Biren Nanda joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1978. Mr. Nanda has previously served as a diplomat in Indian Missions in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo. He was the Consul General of India in Shanghai from 1996-2000, Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India in Tokyo from 2000-2004, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Indonesia from 2008 to 2012 and High Commissioner of India to Australia from 2012 to 2015.
Mr Nanda retired from the Indian Foreign Service in January this year.
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