We have our thumbs intact

A tribute to K Subrahmanyam on the occasion of his memorial at Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, New Delhi

Cmde C Uday Bhaskar referred to my tribute at today’s memorial function. The following is the complete text:

By inspiring thousands of Ekalavyas in India and around the world, K Subrahmanyam has created the strategic culture whose absence he had once brought to our attention.

He, like no other, and largely without his own knowledge, turned some of best minds of recent generations, to think deeply, objectively and dispassionately about India’s interests and how they might be furthered in the unfolding geopolitics of our times.

India’s emergence as a global power is by no means guaranteed, but should it happen, we will find the unmistakeable traces of K Subrahmanyam’s intellectual legacy informing and illuminating that journey.

But we will still have our thumbs intact.