The Brown-India Initiative is pleased to welcome Salman Khurshid as the spring 2016 OP Jindal Distinguished Lecturer. The series, organized by the Brown-India Initiative, was endowed in perpetuity by Sajjan and Sangita Jindal to promote a serious discussion of politics, economics, social and cultural change in modern India.
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. - Lecture One
India's Muslims Since Independence
Chair: Kevin McLaughlin, Brown University
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
Salman Khurshid is an Indian politician, lawyer, and writer. Mr. Khurshid started his political career as an Officer on Special Duty in the Prime Minister's Office, during the Prime Ministership of Indira Gandhi in the early 1980s. Later he became the Deputy Minister of Commerce, and then Minister of State for External Affairs from 1991-1996. During this period he was a Member of Parliament from the Farrukhabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh. In the General Election of 2009 he was once again elected as a Member of Parliament from Farrukhabad, winning as a candidate of the Indian National Congress. He became the Union Minister of State with Independent Charge of Corporate Affairs and Minority Affairs in the Government of India. Subsequently he was elevated to Cabinet Minister first of Water Resources with Minority Affairs; then Law & Justice and finally Foreign Minister of India.