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'HT Leadership Initiative' to focus on S Asian peace

The keynote address at the 2-day event in Delhi was on Friday delivered by Vajpayee.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2003 13:57 IST

South Asia dares to hope. India and Pakistan have agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC and, for the first time, along the Siachen glacier. Prime Minister AB Vajpayee is scheduled to begin the new year by attending a SAARC summit in Islamabad next month.

On Friday and Saturday, the Hindustan Times Leadership Initiative will provide an exclusive venue to allow some accomplished individuals from the region and the world to provide some intellectual insight and practical polish to this hope.

The keynote address at "The Peace Dividend: Progress for India and South Asia" will be delivered by Prime Minister Vajpayee who has kept the flame of hope alive.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto, former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, Jammu and Kashmir CM MM Sayeed and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah are the political voices from the region who will share their wisdom on the hows and whys of peace and progress in the sub-continent.

India has always been open to the views of the broader world. Which is why the former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, and the President of the US Council for Foreign Relations, Richard Haass, will contribute their considerable experience and knowledge to the conference's proceedings.

Peace is also about tangible benefits. To explain them, the meet also includes Planning Commission member NK Singh, former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan, Reliance Industries Vice-Chairman Anil Ambani and Hindustan Lever Chairman MS Banga.

Renowned intellectual Prof. Francis Fukuyama will provide a philosophical background to what will be said and shared.

Peace, progress and other issues of concern will not be resolved in just two days. Which is why they mark the initiation of the Hindustan Times Leadership Initiative.

First Published: Dec 12, 2003 00:20 IST