A talk by Mr Skand Tayal, Former Ambassador from India to the Republic of Korea.

Monday, 29 February 2016 | 5.00 pm at InKo Centre, Chennai.

Mr Skand Tayal, former Ambassador of India to the Republic of Korea, speaks engagingly of several aspects of the special relationship between India and Korea, from ancient to contemporary times. It is a relationship that intersects several planes - myth and history, culture, society, politics and economy, destiny and strategy. About the speaker: Ambassador Skand Tayal is an alumnus of Allahabad University and of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He joined the Indian Fo reign Service in 1976 and served in Indian Missions in Sofia, Warsaw, Geneva and Moscow. He was India's Consul General in Johannesburg (1996-98) and Houston (2002-05) and Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan (2005-08). Ambassador Tayal has wide experience in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and has been a frequent speaker on contemporary affairs. Currently a visiting professor at the Department of East Asia Studies in the University of Delhi, he is also the Vice President of the India-Republic of Korea Friendship Society in New Delhi. India and Korea: Engaged Democracies, written by Ambassador Tayal was published by Routledge in 2013 and released in New Delhi by Mr Salman Khurshid, former External Affairs Minister, Government of India. Covering all aspects of the relationship between India and RoK, the book traces the history of bilateral relations, from the first century A.D. up to its recent elevation to a strategic partnership.