From Chennai, we headed to the home of Bollywood, Mumbai. But all we had time for was to catch this glimpse of a pop art mural of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, before we had to rush for our next meeting!
At the green and leafy campus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Deonar, Mumbai, we were encouraged by interest from young students and scholars in taking different pathways to studying security.
Of course, no trip to Mumbai is complete without a visit to the iconic Gateway of India and the obligatory “selife.”
In New Delhi, where the lushness of the greenery was refreshed by monsoon rains, we were joined by Co-founder Michael Krepon.
We visited several universities in Delhi and nearby Sonepat, including Ashoka University, Jamia Millia University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, OP Jindal Global University, and University of Delhi.
We also visited think tanks, stopping by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, where Michael delivered a talk on “The Nuclear Future” in honor of P.R. Chari, one of the IPCS founders and a leading thinker on nuclear dangers and crisis management on the Subcontinent, chaired by former Foreign Secretary Salman Haidar.
Michael gave further talks at the India International Center/Institute of Chinese Studies, Center for Land Warfare Studies, Observer Research Foundation, and Vivekananda International Foundation.
We left as Indians were preparing to celebrate the nation’s 70th anniversary of its independence.
Bunting was set up and the lights were blazing on the capital’s landmarks, balloons were on offer, and street vendors were selling Indian flags to drivers stuck in traffic.
Stimson’s South Asia team prides itself in getting away from our desks — we believe that some of the strongest research and analysis is informed by field notes. The notes — and learned experiences — from this trip will be invaluable in informing our ongoing efforts to empower rising talent in the region.