Date From : Aug 03, 2022To : Aug 05, 2022
INDIA THINK TANK FORUM | India @ 75: In A Multipolar World Order

India is currently celebrating its 75th year as an independent nation. The Indian Government’s ‘Azadi Ki Amrit Mahotsav’ initiative – a wide-ranging commemoration of the country’s achievements, growth and leadership across sectors – was launched in March 2021, marking the start of a 75-week countdown to the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. The celebrations will conclude a year later on 15 August 2023.

The observance of ‘India @ 75’ coincides with India’s forthcoming presidency of the G20, a strategic multilateral platform connecting the world’s major developed and emerging economies. Together, the G20 members represent more than 80% of the world’s GDP, 75% of international trade, and 60% of the global population. In December 2022, India will assume the G20 presidency for a period of one year, during which it will set the G20 agenda, conduct negotiations and consensus-building activities with other members, and organise the Leaders’ Summit in 2023.

At 75, therefore, India will lead the G20 for the first time – a further recognition of the country’s emergence on the world stage as a key geoeconomic and geopolitical actor.

India has participated actively in G20 processes in the Finance and Sherpa tracks. Its support for global cooperation, economic stability and inclusive, sustainable growth is in keeping with its national goals and the values it shares with other G20 members. In 2021, India’s G20 Sherpa had stated: ‘For the next few years, developing countries like ours will be leading the organisation – Indonesia next year, followed by India. It is a unique opportunity for all of us to inject a more inclusive and equitable agenda at the G20.’ Indeed, the recent shift in focus to the Global South testifies to the growing influence of emerging economies like India in directing international development cooperation and strengthening multilateralism.


3 August

18:15 -18:45 | Registration 18:45 - 19:00 | Curtain Raiser Address | “India at the G20: Ideas to Implementation” Sunjoy Joshi, Chairman, Observer Research Foundation Harsh Vardhan Shringla, G20 Chief Coordinator, India 19:00 - 20:00 | Curtain Raiser Plenary | India at the G20: Ambitions, Aspirations, Approaches Moderator: Shamika Ravi, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation Speakers: Ila Patnaik, Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group Deepak Mishra, Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) Mohan Kumar, Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) Arvind Gupta, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation Rudra Chaudhuri, Director, Carnegie India

4 August

09:40 - 10:30 | Opening Plenary | Geopolitics, Pandemic, and the G20 Moderator: Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director, Gateway House Speakers: Ashok Malik, Policy Advisor, Ministry of External Affairs, India Brig. Arun Sahgal (Retd.), Senior Fellow, Delhi Policy Group Manpreet Sethi, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) Chandrika Bahadur, Chair, Lancet COVID-19 Commission India Task Force 10:30- 11:00 | Inaugural Address | 'India@75: Blue Skies, Green Horizons' Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa, India 11:00 - 11:10 | Tea Break 11:10 - 12:00 | Panel 1 | In Fine Fettle: Reimagining the Global Health Architecture Moderator: Saachi Bhalla, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Speakers: Shambhavi Naik, Head of Research, Takshashila Institute Sonalde Desai, Professor, National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) Chandrakant Lahariya, Founding- Director, Foundation for People-centric Health Systems, New Delhi Gagandeep Kang, Professor, The Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College Sanjay M. Pattanshetty, Head of Department of Global Health, Prasanna School of Public Health 12:00 - 13:00 | Panel 2 | India in GVCs: Policies for Growth Presentation of Report and Survey: Jhanvi Tripathi, Associate Fellow, Geoeconomics Programme, Observer Research Foundation Moderator: Virat Bhatia, Managing Director, Apple India Speakers: JS Deepak, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation Sanjeet Singh, Senior Adviser, Industry-I, Trade & Commerce Strategic Economic Dialogue, Economics, Finance & Disinvestment, Niti Aayog Nitin Pai, Co-Founder and Director, Takshashila Institute Arpita Mukherjee, Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations Mihir Sharma, Director, Economy and Growth Programme, Observer Research Foundation 13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch 14:00 - 15:00 | Keynote: ‘G20 and the Development Imperative’ Eenam Gambhir, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India Panel 3 | A Global Green Deal: Melding Climate Action with Economic Development Moderator: Jarnail Singh, Country Director, Macarthur Foundation India Speakers: Akshima Ghate, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute India Promit Mookherjee, Associate Fellow, Centre for Economy and Growth, New Delhi Gagan Sidhu, Director, Centre for Energy Finance, Council on Energy Environment and Water Ritu Mathur, Senior Energy Consultant, Niti Aayog Zeenat Niazi, Senior Vice President, Chief Knowledge Officer, Development Alternatives Group 15:00 - 15:50 | Keynote: Policy planning in the Digital Age Sumit Seth, Joint Secretary, Policy Planning, Ministry of External Affairs, India Panel 4 | Enabling a Digital Transformation: Creating a Development-Focused Consensus Moderator: James Nedumpara, Head, Centre for Trade and Investment Law, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, India Speakers: Sharad Sharma, Co-Founder, iSpirt, India Arvind Gupta, Head and Co-Founder, Digital India Foundation Suranjali Tandon, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy Mansi Kedia, Fellow, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, India 15:50 - 16:00 | Tea Break 16:00 - 16:50 | Panel 5 | Financing Recovery: A New Macroeconomic Architecture Launch of G20 Policy Briefs Presentation and Moderator: Mihir Sharma, Centre for Economy and Growth, Observer Research Foundation Speakers: Akhilesh Tilotia, Head of Research and Chief of Staff, National Infrastructure and Investment Fund (NIIF) Anna Shotbolt, Deputy Trade Commissioner, British High Commission Delhi Shikha Bhasin, Senior Programme Lead, Technology, Finance, and Trade, Council on Energy Environment and Water Puja Mehra, Independent Journalist 16:50 - 17:40 | Panel 6 | Multipolarity and Multilateralism: India in the Emerging World Order Moderator: Navdeep Suri, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation Speakers: Seshadri Vasan R Iyengar, Director General, Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) Pradeep Mehta, Secretary-General, CUTS P.K. Goswami, Deputy Director, United Services Institution of India Indrani Bagchi, Chief Executive Officer, Ananta Aspen Centre Shruti Pandalai, Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MPIDSA) 17:40 - 18:00 | Tea Break 18:00 - 19:00 | Townhall | India @75: Pathways to 100 Moderator: C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute Interventions by: Anna Roy, Senior Advisor, Niti Aayog Shaurya Doval, Executive Director, India Foundation Joshua Thomas, Deputy Director, Indian Council of Social Science Research; North Eastern Regional Centre (ICSSR-NERC), Meghalaya Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society (CSS) Harinder Sekhon, Consultant, Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST), Observer Research Foundation Vivan Sharan, Advisor, Esya Centre 1900 - 19:30 | Interactive Session | Pandemic, Conflicts, and India’s Foreign Policy Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (Closed-door under Chatham House Rule) 19:30 - 20:30 | Dinner