FIIDS Conference in DC on Integral Humanism

Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Dialogue


Integral Humanism: Indian Thought for the 21st Century Society, Economy and Politics

hosted by

Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies ( and

The Embassy of India, Washington DC, USA


Venue: Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building, Capital Hill, Washington DC, USA

Date: Monday 23rd Oct 2017

Time: 2:30pm Checkin to 5:30pm (5:30-6:00 Snacks)

Speakers: Shri Ram Madhav, Gen Secretary BJP, India

Shri Shivaraj Chauhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, India

Prof. Arvind Panagariya, Vice-chairman of NITI, India and professor of economics at Columbia University

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Brief Information: As we celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS), USA, in association with the Embassy of India, Washington DC, is launching an annual Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Dialogue. The first edition of this dialogue is scheduled for 23 October 2017 at Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building.

Introduction of Pt. Upadhyaya: Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya was a leading political leader, organizer, writer, journalist and orator. From his humble beginnings, he rose to a position of a leading statesman and political leader in India. He is best known for his doctrine of “integral humanism” which he saw as the foundation for world peace and prosperity. This doctrine puts the human being at the center of development and looks to provide a minimum standard of living to every individual. It believes in a synthesis of the material and the spiritual, the individual and the collective, and favours the use of natural resources at a rate at which it can be replenished.

The First Dialogue: Integral Humanism:  The inaugural Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Dialogue will explore ‘Integral Humanism: An Indian Thought for 21st Century Society, Economy and Politics”. and will feature keynote addresses by leading political figures from India and the United States as well as panel discussions. This year, we expect the participation of Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chief Minister of Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Ram Madhav, General Secretary of the Bhartiya Janata Party, Dr. Arvind Pangariya, Vice Chair of NITI, Government of India. Several Congressmen from the United States are also expected to attend in addition to leading political and economic thinkers and strategists from both India and United States.

The Dialogue will focus on key political and economic issues facing the world and will be an occasion to deliberate on the possible responses to the growing range of challenges from political instability, terrorism, economic disparity, unemployment and poverty and the problem of climate change.