Jaipur Literature Festival Pathways World School, Gurgaon
On the 11th and 12th of March, 8 Pathways World School students and two teacher escorts had the opportunity to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival of 2022.
Coming back in the physical space after nearly two years, this year’s festival was oriented towards both upcoming and established authors that have based their content in the realm of history and politics.
On the first day, students had the chance to witness thought-provoking discussions from the renowned historian, William Dalrymple that were facilitated by Shashi Tharoor. The talk revolved around the rise and fall of the East India Trading Company and its interactions with a declining Mughal empire.
They further experienced an insightful session examining the unraveling of Afghanistan, its specific histories and circumstances, the question of American power and credibility, and the global effects of the rapid transition in Kabul by an upcoming author, Taran Khan.
The talks culminated with a panel of diplomats discussing developments in the Indo-Pacific region. The reputed officials were: Navdeep Suri, Chargé d’Affaires, Patricia A. Lacina, Australian High Commissioner to India, H.E. Barry O' Farrell, former retired Indian diplomat, and the 32nd Foreign Secretary of India, Vijay Gokhale, and the Deputy British High Commissioner to India, Jan Thompson. All shared valuable insights on socioeconomic factors, the QUAD, and its cooperation, and the rising aggression of the PRC.
After the literature festival, the students took a small cultural trip to Amber Fort. Enthralled with the architecture of Amber Fort and its aesthetic beauty, the students received an informal session by the teacher escort on its intertwining Mughal and Rajput legacy.
It was truly an enlightening experience.