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Nandan Unnikrishnan for the "Open Collar" project

22.05.2015

MOSCOW, MAY 22, 2015. PIR PRESS – “I feel like an Indian cosmopolite. I have been living and studying abroad, I have visited many countries; above all, I’m Indian, and then a citizen of the world. India is the most comfortable place for me, but Russia, of course, is my second motherland,” – senior fellow of Observer Research Foundation, member of PIR Center International Expert Group, Nandan Unnikrishnan.

On May 22, 2015 BRICS Academic Forum openes in Moscow. One of the permanent panellists of the forum is Nandan Unnikrishnan, one of the most prominent experts in Russian-Indian relations, senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (India), member of PIR Center International Expert Group.

Today we bring to you an interview (in Russian) with Nandan Unnikrishnan for the Open Collar project.  

The PIR Center project Open Collar (in Russian) was set up to show the lives, talents and activities of the unique people that are often left behind the scenes.

Nandan Unnikrishnan was born in Sri Lanka. His family moved to Russia, when his father, a long-term chef of the national news agency of India Press Trust of India (PTI), went to launch the Moscow office of the Indian journal Patriot. Nandan Unnikrishnan went to Russian school and mastered the Russian language. Mr. Unnikrishnan says that he inherited his love for international relations from his father, but it took him some time to choose political science as his profession. Nandan Unnikrishnan has been journalist for a long time, then he headed the Indian national news agency PTI in Moscow, worked as freelancer. In 2004 Nandan joined the Observer Research Foundation think tank, which became one of the most influential in India and entered the top ten research centers in Asia.

Nandan Unnikrishnan describes his perspective as followed: “I feel like an Indian cosmopolite. I have been living and studying abroad, I have visited many countries; above all, I’m Indian, and then a citizen of the world. India is the most comfortable place for me, but Russia, of course, is my second motherland.”

In the Open Collar project, Nandan Unnikrishnan tells PIR Center how to find your mission, fall in love with another culture, while preserving your heritage and harmony.

For more information about the Open Collar project, please contact Ekaterina Sizikova by phone +7-495-987-19-15, or email at sizikova at pircenter.org.


 

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