Date: Nov 08, 2018

About the book

Varghese K. George, in Open Embrace, provides an overview of the changes occurring in America’s relations with the world under the Trump presidency and what it means for India. While Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush emphasised that the US’ relations with India would shape the 21st century, Trump’s ‘America First’ politics is a repudiation of the nation's strategic culture. Trump’s alignment with Modi’s worldview — what George calls the Hindutva Strategic Doctrine — and the US’ changing relationships with India's neighbours, Pakistan and China, form a crucial part of this narrative.

About the author

Varghese K. George is the associate editor and US correspondent for The Hindu. Earlier, he was the political editor of the daily, based in New Delhi. He has written extensively on politics, political economy, society, and the foreign policy of India and the US, particularly on the rise of Modi in India and Trump in America.

Prior to joining The Hindu, he was chief of the bureau at Hindustan Times. He has also worked for the Indian Express in various roles. His reports have won several awards, including the Ramnath Goenka Journalist of the Year, the Prem Bhatia Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Reporting, the Transparency International Award for fighting corruption and the International Press Institute Award for Excellence in Journalism.


Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to the President of India

Amb. Rakesh Sood, Distinguished Fellow, ORF

Suhasini Haidar, Diplomatic Affairs Editor, The Hindu

Varghese George, Associate Editor and US Correspondent, The Hindu


2:30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. | Registration

3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. | Chair’s introduction | Ashok Malik

3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. | Author’s comments | Varghese George

3:25 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. | Opening interventions | Suhasini Haidar, Amb. Rakesh Sood

3:55 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. | Moderated Q&A

4:25 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Closing remarks by Chair

4:30 p.m. onwards | High tea

Venue Address

Conference Hall, ORF New Delhi