Despite its limited material capabilities in the post-independence period, India accorded the sovereignty principle paramount in its international interactions and ensured that sovereignty—both domestic and international—was upheld to the greatest extent possible. In recent years, India has experienced an upswing in its capabilities and is seen as an important power, in both hard and soft power terms, by the international community. What is India’s current stance on the sovereignty principle? Is it consistent with its earlier orientation?

In partnership with the Department of International Relations at South Asian University, we hosted a workshop that undertook a comprehensive review of India’s engagement with the sovereignty principle across three themes: diplomacy, hard power, and technology.

Agenda

9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Registration

10:00 to 10:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Sanjay Chaturvedi, dean of the faculty of social sciences & chair of the department of international relations at South Asian University
10:15 to 10:30 a.m.

About the Workshop

  • Rudra Chaudhuri, director of Carnegie India
  • Nabarun Roy, assistant professor of international relations at South Asian University
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Keynote Address

  • TCA Raghavan, director general of the Indian Council of World Affairs
11:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sovereignty and Diplomacy

  • Raphaelle Khan, research fellow for South Asia at the Institute of Strategic Research
  • Karthik Nachiappan, research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore
  • Jayashree Vivekanandan, assistant professor of international relations at South Asian University
  • Moderator: Soumita Basu, assistant professor of international relations at South Asian University
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Lunch

2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Sovereignty and Hard Power

  • Abhijnan Rej, independent researcher
  • Nabarun Roy, assistant professor of international relations at South Asian University
  • Arun Vishwanathan, associate professor at the Central University of Gujarat
  • Moderator: Siddharth Mallavarapu, professor of international relations at Shiv Nadar University
3:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Sovereignty and Technology

  • ​Rudra Chaudhuri, director of Carnegie India
  • Raghuveer Nidumolu, Knowledge Transfer program coordinator at Carnegie India
  • Tarunima Prabhakar, research fellow at the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley
  • Arun Mohan Sukumar, head of the Cyber Security & Internet Governance Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation
  • Moderator: Smriti Parsheera, fellow at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
5:15 to 5:20 p.m.

Vote of Thanks

  • Nabarun Roy, assistant professor of international relations at South Asian University
5:20 to 6:00 p.m.

High Tea

Speakers

Soumita Basu is an assistant professor of international relations at South Asian University.

Sanjay Chaturvedi is the dean of the faculty of social sciences & chair of the department of international relations at South Asian University.

Rudra Chaudhuri is the director of Carnegie India.

Raphaelle Khan is a research fellow for South Asia at the Institute of Strategic Research.

Siddharth Mallavarapu is a professor of international relations at Shiv Nadar University.

Karthik Nachiappan is a research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore with a joint appointment at the NUS South Asian Studies Programme.

TCA Raghavan is the director general of the Indian Council of World Affairs.

Abhijnan Rej is an independent researcher.

Nabarun Roy is an assistant professor of international relations at South Asian University.

Arun Vishwanathan is an associate professor at the Central University of Gujarat.

Jayashree Vivekanandan is an assistant professor of international relations at South Asian University.

Raghuveer Nidumolu is the Knowledge Transfer program coordinator at Carnegie India.

Tarunima Prabhakar is a research fellow at the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley.

Arun Mohan Sukumar is the head of the Cyber Security & Internet Governance Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation.

Smriti Parsheera is a fellow at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.