Advisory - India Rising and Shining: A False Dawn?



    OTTAWA, Feb. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The founding director of the Balsillie
School of International Affairs, Dr. Ramesh Thakur will be in Ottawa on
February 5 as part of The India Lectures organized by Canada's International
Development Research Centre (IDRC). An incisive commentator on India's current
affairs and foreign relations, Dr. Thakur writes regularly for Canadian and
international newspapers. Dr. Thakur will touch on India's rise as an economic
superpower, glaring poverty and inequality, and the promise of political
reform. The theme of his presentation will be: "India Rising and Shinning:
Will it Prove a False Dawn?"

    Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009
    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Where: 150 Kent (corner of Albert), 8th Floor

    As a Commissioner with the International Commission on Intervention and
State Sovereignty (ICISS), Dr. Thakur was one of the principal authors of The
Responsibility to Protect, published by IDRC,
(http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-9439-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html) a report on international
humanitarian intervention in the case of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and
crimes against humanity. He has authored or edited over 30 books on
international affairs, including War in Our Time: Reflections on Iraq,
Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (2007).
    Dr. Thakur's talk is the fifth in a year-long series organized by IDRC.
The India Lectures highlights the wealth of eminent thinkers and stimulating
ideas emanating from this rising global power. The series is being held to
celebrate IDRC's 25th anniversary of its office in New Delhi and the Centre's
enduring and valued collaboration with its Indian research partners. For
information about earlier presentations in this series, see
www.idrc.ca/indialectures
    The event is open to the media. French and English simultaneous
interpretation is available. Spaces are limited and journalists are encouraged
to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-696-2343.
    For more information, visit www.idrc.ca/events.

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40
years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous
societies.




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 696-2343,
(613) 816-7620, ibourgeault-tasse@idrc.ca


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