The Ukraine Crisis: 

Challenges to India’s Foreign Policy 

Monday, August 1, 2022, Pune


The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has many dimensions which need to be examined closely. Immensely tragic for the people directly affected, the war has upset the world order, put enormous stress on the global economy and has thrown up fresh challenges in diplomacy and international relations. India has taken a firm and independent view of the situation based on her national interest.

All of this poses challenges for the future, especially from the Indian perspective. This day-long symposium on The Ukraine Crisis: Challenges to India’s Foreign Policy will seek to highlight and discuss these issues. Organised by Pune International Centre, Takshashila Institution and XKDR Forum, this symposium is being addressed by some of India’s best minds in foreign policy, defence, economics, technology and strategic affairs.  Your participation in this symposium will add tremendous value to the prevailing thought and discourse on the subject.

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The ripple effects of the Ukraine crisis in the geopolitical arena has underlined the importance of diplomatic relations, and strategic political tactics for nations. The session on ‘Politics and Diplomacy’ was chaired by Amb. Latha Reddy, with panellists: Amb. Sudhir Devare, Prof. C Raja Mohan and Amb. DB Venkatesh Varma.

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 Great powers rise because of economic growth and they fall because of strategic overreach. So, geoeconomics is an important part of geopolitics as economic power is the basis of national power. The war has affected the economic cycle of the world. The session on Economic Growth, Energy and Sanctions was chaired by Mr. Nitin Pai. The panellist were – Dr. Rakesh Mohan and Prof. Ajay Shah and Dr. Ila Patnaik.

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Technology and the Ukraine War: Opportunities and Challenges
Amidst the Ukraine crisis, the geopolitical giants imposing sanctions, has affected the markets. Use of Technology in warfare, combining hard and soft power as a strategic approach and framing a storyline have set landmarks in the course of the war and have had their impact on technology, economics and other important sectors in geopolitical affairs

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 ‘Rethinking Indian Defence Strategy in the Light of the Ukraine War.’
The Ukraine crisis has attracted a huge number of sanctions on Russia and its currency in the global markets. India being a major defence equipment importer from Russia, has to rethink on its defence policy strategically say defence experts: Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale the session chair and panellists: Dr. Tara Kartha, Rear Admiral SY Shrikhande, Lt. Gen. Shokin Chauhan.

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Amb. Gautam Bambawale, Convener, chaired the session on ‘Lessons to India’s Foreign Policy Choices.’ Panellists for the session were Mr. Nitin Pai and Prof. Ajay Shah. Lt. Gen. Shamsher Singh Mehta gave the valedictory address

Distinguished Speakers

Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar

President, Pune International Centre

Amb. Gautam Bambawale

Symposium Convener

Mr. Nitin Pai

Co-founder & Director, Takshashila Institution

Prof. Ajay Shah

Senior Research Fellow and Co-founder, Xkdr Forum

Amb. Latha Reddy

Co-Chair, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace & former Deputy National Security Adviser of India

Amb. Sudhir Devare

India’s first Ambassador to Ukraine & ex-DG, Indian Council of World Affairs

Prof. C Raja Mohan

Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute, New Delhi

Amb. DB Venkatesh Varma

Former Indian Ambassador to the Russian Federation

Dr. Rakesh Mohan

President, Centre for Social and Economic Progress (

Dr. Ila Patnaik

Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group

Mr. Nandkumar Saravade

Former CEO, Reserve Bank Information Technology Pvt Ltd (ReBIT)

Mr. Pranay Kotasthane

Deputy Director, Takshashila Institution

Mr. Madhukar Kotwal

Former Director, L&T

Mr. Saikat Datta

Founding Partner, DeepStrat

Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale (Retd.)

Former Vice Chief of Air Staff

Dr. Tara Kartha

Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Peace and Conflict Research, New Delhi

Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande (Retd.)

Former Assistant Chief of Naval Staff

Lt. Gen. Shokin Chauhan (Retd.)

Visiting Fellow, Centre for Land Warfare Studies

Lt. Gen. Shamsher Singh Mehta (Retd.)

Former Western Army Commander

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