The Harvard US-India Initiative (HUII) is excited to host its annual India Conference from February 5-7, 2021. Given the ongoing pandemic, the conference will be held entirely virtually. In fulfilling its mission to foster dialogue amongst Indian students regarding societal, cultural, economic, and political issues revolutionizing the fast-changing Indian landscape, HUII has brought together prominent keynote speakers and panellists to attend the conference. The speakers hail from a wide range of backgrounds, such as politics, media, law, activism, Bollywood, academia, the arts, technology, and humanitarianism.
The conference draws together 500 delegates from hundreds of universities and high schools spanning the country. Last year, having been selected from a pool of over 3,000 delegates from 26 Indian states and 5 countries, our delegates — some of whom have received full financial aid from HUII — brought to the conference a diverse array of experience and remarkable talent. The delegates have the opportunity to engage with the speakers through fireside chats, speeches, and panel discussions that aim to inspire delegates to reflect on what India means to them and how they can utilize their experiences to catalyse meaningful change in the future.
Founded and entirely run by Harvard undergraduates, HUII was established with the goal of building long-term cooperation between American and Indian students in an effort to address some of the most pressing issues impacting India. HUII not only organizes talks, campaigns, and fundraisers at Harvard University to create awareness about Indian issues, but also organizes the annual India conference. Past speakers at our India conferences have included Subramanian Swamy, Aditya Thackeray, Supriya Sule, Shaheen Mistri, Raghuram Rajan, Piyush Goyal, Amitabh Bachchan, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Jacqueline Bhabha, and Naina Lal Kidwai.