What is likely to the specific agenda of the first edition of The Jaipur Dialogues?
This being the debut event, there are only 3 sessions. First two sessions are restricted to a select group. First sessions deals with the soft power aspect of India’s strategic space, second deals with the hard power aspect. The third session will be an open public session.
In the first session, four speakers will speak and discuss the aspects of India’s soft power that need to be harnessed, and also the challenges that need to be addressed. We have Dr. David Frawley who was one of the first to openly dispute the Aryan Invasion Theory, and has been vindicated with a complete demolition of that theory even though the Marxist historians refuse to acknowledge the incontrovertible evidence. He has also popularized India and Vedic thought through his many published books and articles over nearly four decades. Tarek Fatah brings his unique civilizational perspective on India. In his inimitable style, he posits that India is not only the most ancient civilization but also the civilization of the future. He also advocates the dismemberment of Pakistan for the success of Indian civilization in the long term. Tufail Ahmad brings his own perspective about the Islamist Jihadist challenge to India along with the practical and strategic solutions. As a person who was himself educated in a Madarsa, he has a powerful insight into the conflicts which are deliberately fanned by the global Islamist forces. I myself have an overall perspective to introduce before these famous speakers take over, showing how to integrate their perspectives into an integral view.
Thus we will have a to do list from these speakers to inform discussions and dialogues around the country.
On the hard issues, we have a very good mix of speakers. Lt Gen Ata Hasnain brings his rich military experience, while Sushant Sareen mixes his Pakistan watcher’s experience with his insights on defence strategy and overview. His IDSA experience would enrich the discussion significantly. Dr Arvind Virmani is a distinguished geo-economist. Nobody knows the interplay of geography, economy and strategy better than him. Yusuf Unjhawala is our armament expert who would also pilot the discussions in the hard option session.