India-Pakistan Young Leaders Initiative

The India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative (IPRYLI) seeks to help nurture a community of next generation leaders in India and Pakistan committed to working together on a cross-border public service project addressing the most fundamental issues facing the region.  We are fortunate to have the Jinnah Institute, a non-profit public policy organization as our local partner in Pakistan, and Asia Society’s India Center, based in Mumbai, as key partners on the ground.

As part of a process designed to build this regional network of leaders, IPRYLI members will take the following steps:

  • attend the India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Forum during the summer, and then the annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit at the end of the year;
  • collaboratively develop a cross-border public service project as part of the community-building process;
  • actively communicate via a specially dedicated section of the Asia 21 Young Leaders social networking site;
  • work with a media consultant to implement a broad media outreach strategy on the challenges of leadership for India and Pakistan that also highlights the profiles and work of the young leaders; and
  • connect to Asia 21 sector groups, which will link them to leaders from across Asia within particular sectors (media, government, business, arts, etc.)

The Asia Society believes that making a long-term investment in the development of a regional next generation leadership network can help lay a foundation for the kind of long-term change that can ultimately help stabilize the region.  With its seven-year track record, the Asia 21 program is a model vehicle to foster and sustain such leadership in the region.

Articles from India-Pakistan Fellows:

A New Face for India and Pakistan’s Track II Diplomacy by Tridivesh Singh Maini and Yasser Latif Hamdani

Can India Assert Itself Against China? by Tridivesh Singh Maini

Two Leaders' Legacies by Yasser Hamdani and Tridivesh Singh Maini

Narendra Modi and Pakistan by Tridivesh Singh Maini and Yasser Latif Hamdani

Karachi, Pakistan: Disaster Mitigation in the City of Migrants by Satchit Balsari

The Shining by Mehmal Sarfraz

Chance to Reboot Ties by Mehmal Sarfraz

The Quest for Peace in South Asia by Yasser Hamdani

An Indian's Maiden Visit to Pakistan by Satchit Balsari

A Dialogue with a Difference by Tridivesh Singh Maini

Does Modi's Election Signal an End to 'Inclusive India'? by Satchit Balsari

Malala Yousafzai Doesn't Need a Nobel Prize to Inspire Her Fellow Pakistanis by Mehmal Sarfraz


  • An extreme disenchantment with the status quo has propelled Indians to choose a candidate that could make their country unrecognizable, writes Satchit Balsari.
  • Despite threats to her life, the courageous teenager still wants to return and do something good for Pakistan. Her countrymen, writes Mehmal Sarfraz, can take heart from her example.