As part of our virtually SALA Series we are pleased to present a very topical conversation on the state of China's role in South Asia. The panelists will explore ways China has grown its power of influence within South Asia, exploring the military and economic push on the geopolitical stage.
Having served in various policy positions in the Indian government, including industry, agriculture, and the environment, Mukul Sanwal represented the Indian government at the Rio Conference in 1992 as a lead negotiator for the Climate Change treaty. He joined the UN in 1993 as a policy adviser to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program and later to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He retired in 2007 and is now associated with think tanks in India and China. He has a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University.
An expert on China and Tibet affairs, he is an author, traveler, photographer, media educationist, a former staffer of the BBC World, Deutsche Welle (German), and Radio Voice of America. Between 2003 and 2010, Kranti traveled incognito on a tourist visa deep into Tibet and China on eight separate occasions.
Equipped with his camera, he captured vivid details of Chinese suppression of Tibetan people, arts, culture, and religion besides their military infrastructure development along borders with India. While doing so, he narrowly survived the scrutiny of suspicious Chinese authorities on many occasions. He has penned about a dozen books.
Brig. Ajay Talwar
An alumnus of Mayo College, Ajmer, Brig. Ajay Talwar was commissioned into the MECH INF Regiment. He was the Defense Attaché at the Embassy of India, Ankara, concurrently accredited to Syria and Lebanon. He has commanded an Armoured Brigade and has been the Deputy General Officer Commanding of the Infantry Division in Ladakh. He has seen operational service in Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, and the 2006 War in Lebanon.
B.R. Deepak - Moderator
Professor and Chair at the Centre for Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He was trained in Chinese history and India-China relations at the Peking University, Beijing, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, JNU, New Delhi, and University of Edinburgh, UK. He has been the Nehru and Asia Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing. Dr. Deepak's portfolio comprises of numerous noteworthy publications including, Chinese Poetry: 1100 BC to 1400 AD (2011), for which he was awarded the 2011 Special Book Prize of China. He writes the "Eye on China" column for the Sunday Guardian.