The Symbiosis Society hosted the book launch of "Pax Indica - India and the World of the 21st Century" by writer, diplomat and a current Member of Parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor, at the hands of Dr. S. B. Majumdar, Chancellor of SIU. The book is a product of Dr. Tharoor's distinguished career in diplomacy, first as a member of the UN Peacekeeping Force and later as the Minister of External Affairs in India, and provides an in-depth analysis of India's Foreign Policy. Also present at the event were Mr. Talmiz Ahmad, India's current Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Lt. General A.K. Singh, Commandant of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the eminent journalist and the Chief Interlocutor for the Kashmir debate, Dr. Dileep Padgaonkar.
The book release was followed by short talks by each of the speakers after which there was a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Padgaonkar. The program concluded with a surprise element in the form of a performance by stand-up comedian Papa CJ, who had the audience in fits of laughter with his quirky sense of humour!