‘India at 70: LSE India Summit 2017’, the annual flagship Summit of the LSE South Asia Centre, commemorates the 70th anniversary of India’s independence this year. The Summit, which was announced at the ongoing tenth edition of the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, will debate four core issues central to India’s way forward as it aspires to be a global power in what promises to be an ‘Asian’ 21st century.

·         Citizenship & the Constitution of India
·         Corporate Social Responsibility
·         India’s Emergence as a Global Power
·         Water Security in India

Experts include J A (Tony) Allan, Rahul Bajaj, Mukulika Banerjee, Harry Barkema, Amita Baviskar, S Gurumurthy, Suhasini Haidar, Niraja Gopal Jayal, Kalpana Kannabiran, Onkar S Kanwar, Madhav Khosla, Marcus Moench, Nirupama Rao, Mukund Rajan,  Kanwal Sibal, Ashley Tellis, Himanshu Thakkar.

‘India at 70’ is part of the India-UK Year of Culture 2017, announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015.  


·         A special exhibition marking the Partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 in association with The Partition Museum in Amritsar
·         a ‘Master Class’ on Quantitative Data and Analysis by Ashwini Deshpande (Professor, Delhi School of Economics)
·         a conversation between Mick Cox and Ramachandra Guha on LSE’s historic relationship with India, going back more than 100 years

Speaking about the Summit, Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director, South Asia Centre, London School of Economics & Political Science, said ‘“India at 70’’ will be a platform for honest debate and discussion on questions central to India's way forward in the decades ahead -- through new research, applied and comparative knowledge, and ground realities. Our association with Apollo Tyres underlines precisely what the South Asia Centre has set out to achieve in this Summit: inter-sectoral participation in thought leadership for India's future.’



Mr Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Ltd., who are presenting the Summit in India in this historic year, said that ‘The LSE Summit is an opportune event to discuss various facets of India as it completes 70 years post independence and moves into a new trajectory of becoming a global economic force. We are proud to support LSE's initiative to engage various stakeholders to create thought-provoking discussions around corporate social responsibility, a key focus area at Apollo Tyres, and other areas and make the knowledge available for public impact.’

According to Mr Alan Gemmell OBE, Director, The British Council, India, ‘The LSE is the UK's most international university with 75% of its students being international. We are delighted to be associated with the LSE's Global Summit. This is an exciting way to start the UK/ India year of culture.’

Mr Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts said ‘It is fitting and appropriate that the LSE India Summit 2017 will begin the India-UK Year of Culture. We are delighted to launch this at JLF 2017, and organise it with the LSE, Apollo Tyres Ltd., and the British Council.’

29-31 March 2017, The Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003.
Free pre-registration (beginning 23 January 2017) is required.


The LSE INDIA SUMMIT is held annually in a different Indian city every year. The distinctive features of the Summit are:

1.       It is the only such event hosted by an internationally-reputed university in India, focusing on India.
2.       It is a public event, open to all, and free of charge.
3.       A minimum of one hour is dedicated to giving the audience the chance to question experts
4.       The Summits are always in association with local philanthropists who share our belief in debate and dialogue.
5.       The first LSE INDIA SUMMIT was held in Goa in January 2016, with discussions on Global Finance, India’s Infrastructures, Civil Society and India & West Asia – and panelists included Sam Pitroda, Siddharth Varadarajan, Yogendra Yadav, Talmiz Ahmed, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Lisa Bjorkman, Partha Mukhopadhyay, C Uday Bhaskar, James Crabtree, Nasser Munjee, Shubhrangshu Choudhary, and grassroots activist-journalist Meera Devi Jatav from Khabar Lahariya.
6.       Working papers (of each panel discussion), podcasts, special and exclusive interviews and conversations are available on the website of the South Asia Centre to ensure that the proceedings are accessible to everyone across the world, free of charge.

The South Asia Centre ( was set up in 2015 at LSE; the Centre harnesses LSE’s world-class inter- and multi-disciplinary expertise to underwrite the School’s fundamental mission of impacting public awareness through informed knowledge. All activities of the Centre focus on public engagement and impact, capacity and skills development, and the creation of a global platform to engage with South Asia – whose particularities constantly challenge conventional social science thinking about the region.

Apollo Tyres Ltd ( is an international tyre manufacturer and the leading tyre brand in India. The company has manufacturing units in India and The Netherlands. It is setting up a new manufacturing facility in Hungary, with a planned investment of €475 million. The company markets its products under its two global brands – Apollo and Vredestein, and its products are available in over 100 countries through a vast network of branded, exclusive and multi-product outlets.

The British Council ( is the United Kingdom's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. In 2017, the UK and India will celebrate a major bilateral year of cultural exchange. The UK-India Year of Culture 2017 ( will mutually enrich relationships at all levels of society, their institutions and government, building a shared future for generations to come.

For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts ( has taken India to the world and brought the world to India. Teamwork produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities. Most prominently, Teamwork Arts produces one of the world’s largest free literary gatherings, the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.