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Wednesday, 15th July, 2020

Pavan K. Varma

Pavan K. Varma

Pavan K. Varma is an award-winning writer-diplomat and now in politics, where he was till recently an MP in the Rajya Sabha, and earlier Advisor to the Chief Minister of Bihar. He is the author of over a dozen bestselling books, including Ghalib: The Man, The Times, The Great Indian Middle Class, The Book of Krishna, Being Indian, Becoming Indian and Chanakya’s New Manifesto. He has served as Ambassador in several countries, including Bhutan, Director of The Nehru Centre in London, Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Director General, ICCR and Press Secretary to the President of India. He is currently the National General Secretary and National Spokesman of the Janata Dal (United). In 2018, he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management for his book Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker. His latest book is Chanakya’s View: Understanding India in Transition.

Session

The Ramcharitmanas

Pavan K. Varma and Shashi Tharoor in conversation

An important session that examines the deep philosophy and continuing relevance of the Ramcharitmanas, written by Goswami Tulsidas in Awadhi in the 16th century. Diplomat, author and ex MP Pavan K. Varma discusses his new book on the subject with politician and writer Shashi Tharoor as they follow the pathbreaking text and its deep impact on Indian culture and society.