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The Great Game Replayed
The North West frontier has for centuries played a pivotal role in forging the historical and geo-political landscape of Asia.
The lecture, by acclaimed former Indian diplomat and commentator K.C. Singh, will examine the region’s turbulent history and how the ‘trans-Indus menace’ is as much a problem today as it was in the Nineteenth Century, but now the ramifications are not only regional but global.
The lecture commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Saragarhi, fought on 12th September 1897, in which 21 Sikh soldiers resisted a force of 10,000, for which each soldier was posthumously awarded the Indian Order of Merit, then equivalent to the Victoria Cross.
Ambassador K.C. Singh joined the Indian diplomatic service in 1974 after obtaining a master’s degree in English literature and a bachelor’s degree in law. He retired from the service in May 2008 after having served as the secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Besides serving in different capacities in Indian posts/missions in Cairo, New York and Ankara, he served as deputy secretary to the President of India (1983-87). He has held several senior positions including that of joint secretary, administration; head, Consular, Passport and Visa Division; and spokesman of the Ministry. He was Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1999-2003) and then to Iran (2003-05). Upon returning to the headquarters, he became additional secretary, international organisations, as well as co-ordinator, counter-terrorism. He finally held the post of secretary (economic relations).
The lecture is open to RUSI members and will be followed by a reception (dress code, lounge suits), hosted by the Saragarhi Foundation.
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