Activities of the MLS Trust, Memorial Committee and MLSIAPA
  • ML Sondhi Prize for International Politics (Click here)

  • Rising India: Friends and Foes: Essays in Honour of Prof. ML Sondhi

The Trust commissioned a Festschrift in honour of Prof. ML Sondhi in 2007. Entitled Rising India: Friends and Foes and edited by Prakash Nanda, this book consists of essays by some of the world’s best minds on international relations and strategic affairs. The constant theme throughout this volume has been to highlight the fact that as the world comes to terms with a rising India, Indians must, in turn, learn to shoulder the burdens that come with being an important power. The well-researched and dispassionately analyzed essays are intended to contribute significantly to the debate on critical aspects of India’s geopolitics as the country celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of its independence.

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  • ML Sondhi Memorial Lectures

ML Sondhi memorial lectures serve as an important occasion for the invited dignitaries to speak on the issues of public significance. The first ML Sondhi Memorial Lecture was delivered by His Excellency the President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on 3rd January 2005 at the India International Centre, New Delhi. Mr. Kalam spoke on the issue of development and the progress of the nation.

 Full Text of Dr. Kalam’s Speech 

 The second ML Sondhi Memorial Lecture was delivered by His Holiness The Dalai Lama on 24th December 2006 at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The topic of the Dalai Lama’s speech was “Ethics in Public Life”. The Dalai also spoke on issues of Tibet and Tibetans’ demand for autonomy. On this occasion, HH The Dalai Lama also inaugurated a collection of Prof. Sondhi’s writings on Tibet entitled, ML Sondhi on Tibet As The Fulcrum of An Asian Peace Order (New Delhi, India-Tibet Co-ordination Office: 2006).    

Full Text of HH The Dalai Lama’s Speech

The ML Sondhi Institute for the Asia-Pacific Affairs had also convened a lecture in honour of Prof. Sondhi at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi by Ariel E. Levite on 14th October 2004. Mr. Levite who was formerly a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at the Stanford University spoke on the challenges of the limited conflict in the current security environment.

 Notes of Ariel Levite’s Lecture

 MLSIAPA Activities


The Institute organizes both national and international seminars/conferences on a regular basis on themes connected with its research interests.

  • On 8th and 9th November 2005, the ML Sondhi Memorial Committee in association with the Centre for Research into Rural and Industrial Development in Chandigarh and the Kurginyan Centre of Moscow held a seminar entitled Regional and Global Terrorist Threats: The Way Out”. Proceedings can be found here. here.

  • On 12th November 2005, the institute held a day-long Roundtable on “The Rise of China and its Implications for the Rest of Asia.” The proceedings of the roundtable can be found here.

  • On 17th February 2007, the institute organized a seminar entitled ‘India’s Neighbourhood Policy’ in collaboration with the Centre for Pakistan Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University at the India International Centre, New Delhi. Proceedings can be found here.

  • Recently on 16th November 2007, the institute in association with Jawaharlal Nehru University had also organized a seminar addressing the issue of borders and their relevance. Entitled “Rethinking Borders In Contemporary International Politics: The Indian Experience”, the seminar focussed both upon the theory as well as practice. Proceedings can be found here.

  • On 4th June 2008, the 19th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the M.L Sondhi Institute for Asia-Pacific Affairs, assisted by the Tibetan Peoples Parliamentary Research Centre organised a half-day Roundtable on the theme of ‘Prospects For Democracy In Post-Tiananmen China’ at the India International Centre.' The proceedings can be found here.

  • Commemorating the 94th anniversary of the July 3 Shimla Convention (1914) the ML Sondhi Institute for Asia Pacific Affairs supported by the Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre (TPPRC) organized a day long seminar on the 'Shimla Agreement and its consequences' at the India International Centre. The proceedings can be found here.


During 2005-2006, the MLSIAPA hosted a blog called The India-China Project. The blog tracks developments, reportage, commentary and scholarship on the Asia-Pacific region with a special emphasis on its implications for India and had a significant focus on China. The archives of the blog are available at http://www.indiachinaproject.blogspot.com.