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Report on Sri B Raman Memorial Lecture – 29th November 2014

The Inaugural Sri B. Raman Memorial Lecture

Date: November 29, 2014, Saturday

Time: 4pm

Venue: Hall F-7, Dept. of Politics and Public Administration, University of Madras

Topic: “Counterterrorism Initiatives In India – Challenges And Responses”

Speaker: Dr. R.K. Raghavan, Corporate Advisor Security (TCS), Former Director (CBI)


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Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) along with the University of Madras Dept Of Politics and Public Administration,  Center for Asia Studies (CAS)and  Indian Centre for South Asia Studies (ICSAS),conducted the First Sri. B. Raman Memorial Lecture on 29th November 2014 at the University of Madras. Mr. B. Raman’s influence in shaping strategic thinking and analysis is still felt and the Sri. B. Raman Memorial Lecture, which is to be an annual event, is a tribute to his immortal influence over strategic analyses on issues of national interest.

  Dr. R. K. Raghavan, Former Director (CBI), delivered the inaugural Memorial Lecture on the topical subject “Counterterrorism Initiatives in India – Challenges and Responses.”

As the head of the Institute for Topical Studies, Chennai, and Additional Secretary (retd.), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, Late Mr. B. Raman would have greatly appreciated the topic, the talk, and the speaker who did full justice to the topic chosen. The event was graced by the presence of Mr. B. Raman’s brother and sister.

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Commodore R.S. Vasan, Director – Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S), and Mr. D.S. Rajan, Distinguished Fellow (C3S), both highlighted the support and encouragement they received from Mr. Raman while setting up think tanks in Chennai. Mr. Raman was instrumental in bringing together great minds and individuals and inspiring topical analyses both by the force of his personality and the sharpness of his prompt analyses of international and national events. Dr. R.K. Raghavan’s talk on “Counterterrorism Initiatives in India – Challenges and Responses” paid tribute to the memory of this great strategic analyst from Chennai whose demise has left a vacuum.

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To commemorate the influence Mr. B. Raman had on strategic analysis and inspiring budding analysts, the prize winners and participants of the inaugural Chennai Centre for China Studies Essay Competition were also felicitated following the talk by Dr. Raghavan. The Essay Competition was open to all college students who were asked to send in essays of minimum 5,000 words on the topic “Sino-Indian Economic Relations – Challenges and Opportunities.” Fifteen entries were received from Madras University, SRM University, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry Central University, Stella Maris College, Valliammal College for Women, D.G. Vaishnav College, Madras Christian College, Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), IIMC College, and Kerala’s M.G. IAS Civil Service Academy. Mr. B.S. Raghavan IAS (Retd.), the brother of Mr. B. Raman and Patron of C3S distributed the prizes and certificates to the essay competition winners and participants.


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The first prize of Rs. 10,000/- was awarded to Mr. Karthik Shankar of SRM University and the second prize of Rs. 5,000/- went to Mr. Lobzang Dorji (of Bhutan) from Pondicherry University. All the participants received certificates of participation and two C3S publications: Rise of China – Implications and the C3S Occasional Paper India-China Relations. The two prize-winning entries will also be made available on the C3S website shortly.  The text of Dr. Raghavan’s speech which was well received will also be made available on the C3S website shortly. Prof. Ramu Manivanan proposed the vote of thanks at the end of the function.

Report by Raakhee Suryaprakash

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