Date: Feb 26, 2020

This book explores V.P. Menon behind the public figure — his unconventional personal life and his private conflicts, which made him channel his energy into public service. Drawing from documents — scattered, unread and unresearched until now — and with unprecedented access to Menon’s papers and his taped off-the-record and frank interviews — this biography covers the life and times of the man.

About the author

Narayani Basu is a historian and foreign policy analyst. She writes extensively on foreign policy for international journals, while remaining involved in her parent discipline — modern Indian history.


Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

Pallavi Raghvan, Assistant Professor, Ashoka University


2:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Registration

3:00 – 3:10 p.m. | Opening remarks by chair | Manoj Joshi

3:10 – 3:50 p.m. | Remarks by author | Narayani Basu

3:50 – 4:10 p.m. | Remarks by discussant | Pallavi Raghvan

4:10 – 4:50 p.m. | Moderated Q&A

4:50 – 5:00 p.m. | Closing remarks by chair

5:00 p.m. onwards | High tea

Venue Address

Conference Hall, ORF New Delhi