South Asia Center Presents: India-US: Estranged Democracies to Engaged Democracies

On Tuesday, October 15th, the South Asia Center has the fortune of hosting Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India (New York.) 

Mr. Chakravorty will discuss India-US relations, specifically the recent evolution in bi-lateral relationship from "estranged democracies to engaged democracies." Despite U.S. support of India's freedom, after India's independence India and the U.S. ended up on opposite sides of the Cold War. While there were sporadic periods of warmth, the Bangladesh war and India’s peaceful nuclear tests of 1974 did not bring the two countries closer. This trajectory continued until the end of the 1990s. Only since the early 2000s has the relationship started to strengthen, and now it is vibrant and multi-dimensional. A former US Secretary of State did not exaggerate a few months back when he remarked that the India-US relationship is the most important bilateral relationship of the next 100 years.

Sandeep Chakravorty, a member of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) since 1996, has served in India’s Missions in several countries. Prior to becoming Consul General of India in New York in August, 2017, he was the Ambassador of India to Peru and Bolivia. Earlier he had been India’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangladesh. He has a Master’s degree in Advanced Studies in International Security from Geneva University, a Master’s degree in Sociology besides a Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management.

This lecture will take place at 4pm in 204 Maxwell Hall. Please join us!