Session on “Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Cross Border Linkages”


Tuesday, September 26, 2017TIME 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM (Registration: 05:00 PM )

LOCATION WWF Auditorium, Lodhi Estate, New DelhiSPEAKERS Ambassador S K Lambah, Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre and Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India
Ambassador TCA Raghavan, Adviser, Ananta Centre and
Former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan
Dr. Ashok K. Behuria, Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the South Asia Centre, The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)

ABOUT THE EVENT In contrast to developments in Pakistan and India Pakistan relations, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) receives relatively lesser attention. In the case of both its units- ‘Gilgit Baltistan’ and Ázad Kashmir’ India has however vital interests. Recent developments in India Pakistan relations, tensions on the LOC and finally, domestic developments in Pakistan itself have impacted this constituent part of Jammu and Kashmir in different ways further highlighting the anomalies of its juridical and constitutional status.  The strategic dimensions of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK)  as a whole are also changing with the qualitatively new interface that has developed between Pakistan and China in recent years. The panel will discuss and develop these themes in an effort to expand public knowledge and expertise about this vital part of India. 
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Ambassador S K LambahChairman, Ananta Aspen Centre and Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India

Ambassador Lambah was the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India from 2005-14 with the rank of Minister of State from 2010 onwards. He was also the Co-Chairman of the Task Force on National Security 2011 – 2012.  A distinguished diplomat, Ambassador Lambah was the President of Association of Indian Diplomats in 2005. He was also a Convener of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) in 2004-05 and the President of the Federation of Indo-German Societies in India from 2005-2014.

He was also the Special Envoy of the Government of India for Afghanistan and led the Indian delegation to the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan in 2001-02.  In 2001, Ambassador Lambah Chaired a Committee on the Re-organization of Ministry of External Affairs and Indian missions abroad. Ambassador Lambah has served in several Missions abroad including as the Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation, Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany, High Commissioner of India to Pakistan, Consul General of India, San Francisco, and Ambassador of India to Hungary. He was Deputy Secretary General of the 7th Non Aligned Summit held in Delhi in 1983 and later Coordinator of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments meeting in India. His specializations include Economic Diplomacy and dealing with India’s neighbours. During his tenure as Consul General of India in San Francisco (1989-91) he was conferred a “Trustees’ Citation” by the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 for his initiating, coordinating, and spearheading the campaign which generated over US$2 million in a short span of four months for Indian Studies, resulting in the creation of two Chairs of  India Studies, a bi-annual lecture by a distinguished scholar from India, and an annual scholarship at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C Berkeley. He is married to Nilima Lambah, author of “A Life across Three Continents – Recollections of a Diplomat’s Wife”.   TCA Raghavan_21-09-17

Ambassador T C A RaghavanAdviser, Ananta Centre and Former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan

T C A Raghavan retired from the Indian Foreign Service in end 2015 while Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan.  He was Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan (2003-2007) and High Commissioner to Singapore from 2009 to 2013. During his last posting in New Delhi (2007-09) in the Ministry of External Affairs Raghavan was Joint Secretary dealing with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. He has also served in Kuwait, the United Kingdom, and Bhutan. Raghavan was awarded a PhD by the Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1992 for his dissertation relating to the economic history of India.

His current interests are historical research, golf and travelling. He lectures and participates in discussions on issues relating to Indian diplomatic history, Pakistan, Afghanistan and South East Asia. His first book was published in January this year: Attendant Lords, Bairam Khan and Abdur Rahim – Poet and Courtier in Mughal India. His latest book was published recently and is entitled ‘The People Next Door- The curious history of India’s relations with Pakistan’.   Ashok K Behuria_21-09-17

Dr. Ashok K. BehuriaSenior Fellow and Coordinator of the South Asia Centre, The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)

Dr. Ashok K. Behuria is a Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the South Asia Centre at IDSA. He is a Ph. D. in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He has worked on “India-Pakistan Relationship during the Eighties” for his Ph.D. He joined IDSA in 2003 and before that he was working as Assistant Director at International Centre for Peace Studies, New Delhi. Dr. Behuria has also been Editor of International Studies, the prestigious research journal from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been in the Editorial Boards of Journal of Peace Studies and Strategic Analysis, the flagship journal from IDSA.

He has taught at University of Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He is a close observer of developments in the South Asian neighbourhood and has been awarded the prestigious K. Subrahmanyam Award for excellence in strategic studies for his work on Pakistan in 2009. He has published many research articles on strategic issues related to Pakistan, India-Pakistan relations, Sri Lanka, Nepal and South Asian security environment in Indian and foreign journals. He has edited several books on South Asia and continues with his research on internal politics in Pakistan, India’s engagement with the neighbourhood, regional security, and inter-state cooperation.

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