India - A Secular Nation?

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India is a multi-religious, multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-cultural country. Its secular status is, however, a heated topic for debate today. 

India has a long and mostly honorable tradition of using soft power in its diplomacy. Religion plays a very central and definitive role in Indian society and culture. It can often be seen to influence businesses and the economy.

Guest of honor: Sadhguru

Sadhguru is a yogi and a mystic, a man whose passion spills into everything he encounters. Sadhguru received the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award from the Government of India in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the field of spirituality. He stood 92nd in The Indian Express´ list of 100 most powerful Indians, in 2012 and stood 40th in India Today´s list of 50 most powerful Indians in 2019.

Join us for an engaging debate on secularism and doing business in India on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 8:00-11:30am.


08:00-08:30Mingling and breakfast
08:30-08:35WelcomeHans Geelmuyden, Chair DMI
08:35-08:50Guest of honorSadhguru
08:50-09:10 India todayNorway’s ambassador to India, Hans Jacob Frydenlund
09:10-09:20India’s religious soft power strategiesAmbassador Bala Bahskar
09:20-09:30Clash of Civilizations’ when doing businessRina Sunder, founder, and author, DMI
09:30-09:40Meeting religion in Indian businessAtle Vidar Nagel Johansen, EVP & CEO Orkla Foods
10:00-10:45Panel Discussion held by Erik Solheim.Panelists: Ambassador Bala Bhaskar, Op-ed columnist at VG, Shazia Majid

*There might be changes in the program.

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