Ambassador Haqqani and Ajai Shukla before the event

Ambassador Haqqani and Ajai Shukla before the event

After retiring from in the Indian army in 2001 Ajai has spent two decades as a war correspondent, anchor and commentator with NDTV and Business Standard. He is currently at CASI (Center for Advanced Study of India), University Of Pennsylvania.

Ambassador Haqqani moderating the discussion on Indian Defense

Ambassador Haqqani moderating the discussion on Indian Defense

 

 

Ajai presented an overarching picture on India’s defense structure as well as presented his thoughts on reforms that are critical for India going forward. With deepening US-India ties, especially in the defense arena, as well as calls for India to play a greater role in its neighborhood it was the right time for such a discussion to take place. Additionally, he discussed the "two and a half fronts" that India is currently dealing with, and its impact on India's relationship with the United States. Given below is a transcript of his informative talk.