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Seminar Summary Reports
"A Historical Perceptive" by Amb. Akbar Mirza Khaleeli "A Strategic perspective" byVice Admiral (Retd) P J Jacob "A Media perspective" by Shri Kesava Menon.
"A Security Assessment" by B. Raman
"The Current Scenario" by Shri K V Rajan, IFS (Retd)
"Implications for India" by Maj. Gen (Retd. Ashok K. Mehta
"Current Situation and its import" by Shri Gururaj Rao
"The Political Scenario" by Dr. Arvind Kumar
"Analysis of Political events" by Dr. Smruti Pattanaik
"Implications for India" by Maj. Gen (Retd.) Dipankar Banerjee
"Strategic Analysis and Opinions "by Maj. Gen (Retd.) Ashok K. Mehta
" Vision and Reality" by Ambassador Shri Rajiv Sikri (Retd)
" Historical Perceptive and Current Realities"
"Defence Cooperation Aspects" by
"A strategic review" by Dr. Brahma Chellaney
" A historic perspective"
"India's options in the global senario" by
"Indo-US core interests" by
Look East Policy
" India's Look-East Policy: Vision and Reality" by Ambassador Shri C.V Ranganathan (Retd)
" Impediments to India’s Look-East
Policy – China’s Reservations and Suggested
"Maritime Aspects of our Look-East Policy" by
Shri Akbar M Khaleeli
He then spoke of
rise of the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini after the Iranian revolution of 1979
was a partly- nationalistic backlash by a proud people
chafing under out-dated restraints. In the post-revolution phase,
especially after the out-break of the Iran-Iraq war and the assassination
of many Iranian revolutionary leaders, the moderating influence of the
provisional government appointed by Khomeini (and the party called
the Liberation Movement of Iran, under Mehdi Bazargan and Ebrahim Yazdi),
was overwhelmed by the clerical hardliners. After this the latter
became more powerful and emphasised the Islamic dimensions of the
Khaleeli gave a brief exposition of the centrality of Khomeini's
personality and political vision in shaping the constitution of
anti-American backlash of the Shah Pahlavi era is still effective.
present Iranian government, with President Ahmedinejad at the head, is
defiantly unbudging in the face of American hostility to its nuclear
programme. His statements questioning the legitimacy of
shift in foreign policy may marginalise
Vice Admiral (Retd) P J Jacob
relations can be considered in the following stages.
1) By the early
1970’s, both countries had emerged as important regional powers.
There are various strategic perspectives to consider.
1) Energy security is the most important.
As stated in the New Delhi Declaration, there is a complementarity
of interests in this sector which needs to be developed.
defence cooperation, there is an increasing trend.
The two sides have begun to institutionalise contacts between the
armed forces. A dialogue on
mutual security issues and arms sales to
Iran-Pakistan relations are of importance to
2005, contrary to some speculation,
issue which can affect smooth relations with
strategic imperatives before
must actively pursue defence cooperation
on anti-terrorism to the extent possible, keeping in mind our reservations
with international efforts to make
enhanced engagement with
by Shri Kesava Menon
He conceded that journalists sometime oversimplify issues, but said he would try to set out the points of view commonly taken by the media on this subject and raise questions to delve deeper into the matter and present a clearer perspective. There are four interlinked issues which need to be examined.
Iran’s strategic orientation; 2)
how the US is trying to manage global affairs; 3) how India is coping with
the US; and 4) India’s position on the Iran issue and India’s
strategic orientation. Media
coverage of inadequate depth may be responsible for the biased and
superficial discussions of these issues one has seen.
current trend in our media is that in a unipolar world, where the US is
the superpower with a global reach, India should align itself with the US
to become one of the major powers, this in spite of all the development
that India has achieved in recent years.
contrary view, to some outdated, is that
our independence should not be regarded as too idealistic. Independent
judgement means that we must we must first ascertain the facts of a
situation and understand the reality.
What are the facts regarding the confrontation between the
is asked whether
1980 to around 1995
claims that from 1996, when it obtained
help from Khan, till 2002 it did not undertake any action for uranium
this period the Western media relayed scare stories to depict
has at every stage acceded to the requests
of the IAEA for clarification. The
IAEA itself has accepted that
the negative side,
analysts believe that the
this danger be averted? The
latest US National Intelligence Estimate conveys the consensus of all
their intelligence services that
Chairman invited questions from the audience. Replying to a question on
Khaleeli answered a question about the ethnic composition of the Iranians.
There are minorities like Azeris and those of Turkmen stock,
Ispahanis, Kurds and Baluchis too. These
minorities have lived in peace with the main population.
The speaker went on to add observations on
reply to a question on what
Khaleeli explained that women in
a question on
observed that though
seminar clearly brought out the perception that the potential for a
mutually beneficial Indo-Iranian relationship
is too important to be surrendered to the hazards of the confrontation
was missing from the seminar was a parallel view of
the month since the seminar was held, there are developments which could
augur a course correction by
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