The Council at Sapru House was established in 1943 to promote the study of national and international affairs. It had housed Indian School of International Studies ,later transferred to the Jawaharlal Nehru University, where new entrants to Indian diplomatic services were attached for some months to study history, international relations and law etc .In fact Mr Anasari and his other nine colleagues including the writer were trained there in 1962 , before being posted out to Indian missions abroad .So we have known and worked with each other for almost 50 years .The Ministry of External affairs started its own Foreign Service Institute later, where the author was responsible for making it fully functional during 1987-89 .
November 21, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen
I thank the Indian Council of World Affairs and the Association of Asia Scholars for inviting me to inaugurate this Conference and wish your deliberations all success.