Former Union Cabinet Minister and chairman of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Committee for Strategic Action Subramanian Swamy will deliver a talk on ‘India under Modi: relevance for the region and the world’ here on Monday. As part of a discussion organised by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Dr. Swamy will be on a panel that includes Seshadri Chari, national convener of the BJP’s foreign policy cell, Suresh Prabhu, former union minister, Swapan Dasgupta, journalist and political commentator, and Madhavan Nalapat, professor of geopolitics, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
During the visit, Dr. Swamy is scheduled to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Dr. Swamy has been a keen Sri Lanka watcher, and a regular visitor to the island. Last September, he called on Mr. Rajapaksa and discussed a range of issues, including the political climate in Sri Lanka and the fishermen conflict. (The Hindu)