Shri. Manohar Parrikar, the then Defence Minister of India said, ‘India faces many security challenges. Our preparedness to meet all of them is imperative. This demands a clear understanding of the challenges, a comprehensive approach to confront all of them. So, the government welcomes the contribution of strategic thinkers to frame a national security policy and the effective implementation of it’.
Pune International Centre took the step forward and launched the Pune Dialogue on National Security (PDNS) in 2015 in association with the Tribune Trust of Chandigarh, the Policy Perspectives Foundation (PPF) of Delhi and the Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies (CASS), Pune which it has been organising annually since the last two years. The dialogue intends to focus on providing inputs for formulating a comprehensive National Security Policy and to deliberate on matters of National Security. Approximately 80 experts from different professions and different parts of the country are invited to participate in the conference. The invitees include scientists, technocrats, incumbent and retired officers of the armed forces and civil services, scholars and experts from the International relations and strategic relations domain who have a wealth of experience in this field. The discussion is carried out under the Chatham House rules, which ensures free flow of ideas.
The PDNS 2015 and 2016 were inaugurated by Prof. Arvind Panagariya, former Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog and Deputy National Security Advisor Dr. Arvind Gupta respectively.
In 2017, PIC organised the 3rd Pune Dialogue on National Security on 15th and 16th September. The conference was inaugurated by renowned journalistand foreign policy analyst C. Raja Mohan. The third PDNS focussed on the subjects like Emerging World Order; Extremist Trends in Islam, and India; India and the Rising China.
Unlike the previous years, this year the first day of the conference was open to members of PIC, in which some leading international experts from countries like USA, China, Japan, England, etc participated in the dialogue.
The dialogue focused on three key areas :
1. India and the emerging world order
2. Extremist trends in Islam, and India
3. India and Rise of China
These session were followed by a closed door discussion under the Chatham House Rules, under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Governor of J&K Shri N N Vohra in the presence of Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Shri Rajiv Kumar.
The Valedictory address was delivered by Member, NITI Aayog, Shri V K Saraswat.
The core team of PDNS includes stalwarts like Dr Vijay Kelkar, Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale, convener PDNS, Shri K M Singh and Shri P C Haldar, both former Director of Intelligence Bureau, Gen Shamsher Singh Mehta, Lt Gen Vinayak Patankar, Former advisor to President of Afghanistan Shri Shrinavasrao Sohoni, Prof Amitav Mallik, Shri Harish Khare and Shri Sandip Dixit among others.
To know more about other PIC programmes please visit: http://puneinternationalcentre.org/all-programmes/