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HT Initiative for S Asia peace

Some of the best minds of South Asia and the world at large will meet in New Delhi for a conference, "The Peace Dividend: Progress for India and South Asia," to discuss this issue.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2003 11:51 IST

The future of India, its role in the region and the world, is today a matter of international interest. Some of the best minds of South Asia and the world at large will meet in New Delhi for a conference, "The Peace Dividend: Progress for India and South Asia," to discuss this issue.

"The Peace Dividend" will be the inaugural conference of the Hindustan Times Leadership Initiative. Over the two days of December 12-13, the speakers and the audience will discuss the present India-Pakistan peace process, grasp the thorn of Kashmir and look at the lessons of other conflicts in the subcontinent.

Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee will give the opening keynote address. A speech by the former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, will begin proceedings on the second day.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, National Conference president Omar Abdullah and former Sri Lankan foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar will be among those to address the question of peace in South Asia.

The Leadership Initiative will also call on the experience of those from the wider world. The former US secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, and well-known futurist, professor Francis Fukuyama, will be prominent among those who will paint on a larger canvas.

Linking India's role in the region with its future in the world will be Richard Haass, president of the US Council on Foreign Relations, and until recently head of policy planning at the US State Department.

Other luminaries of India's political and corporate world — such as former central banker of India, Bimal Jalan, Reliance Industries vice-chairman Anil Ambani; Hindustan Lever chairman M.S. Banga and Planning Commission member N.K. Singh — will speak about the economic consequences of peace in another session.

For its inaugural conference, the Hindustan Times Leadership Initiative will limit the audience to about 250 people. The Maurya Sheraton Hotel will be the venue.