I have been giving speeches on Latin America in Indian chambers of commerce, companies, think-tanks, Business Schools and academic institutions since 1997. I also speak about India and business with India in Latin America in Spanish and Portuguese. Occasionally I give motivational speeches. I have given around 200 speeches from 2004, when I started keeping a record. My speeches are always extempore. I have put over seventy speeches in YouTube since November 2007. Most of the speeches in the period 2007-12 are in Spanish made in Argentina during my posting there. The speeches after June 2012 are in English.

These are in my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/IndembassyAR/videos


Talk at the symposium in the Universidad Javeriana Cali (PUJ Cali), Colombia 3-5 June (upcoming)


Talk on Brazil at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi 18 October ( upcoming)

Motivational talk to civil service aspirants at Shankar’s IAS Academy, Chennai 13 September

Video in the youtube channel

Video in the youtube channel

Chairing of a session on trade and investment in a seminar organised by ICWA, New Delhi on 9 August


Lecture on “ Doing business with Latin America” at GITAM School of International business, Visakhapattinam, 27 July



Lecture on International Relations and India’s foreign policy at Central University, Sikkim, 29 April


Lecture on Indo-Latin American trade at Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi, 10 April

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Brief talk on Brazil beyond Bolsonaro at Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi, 2 April


Lecture on Latin American Politics at the Christ University, Bengaluru on 16 February.

Lecture at Shankar IAS Academy on “ International relations and India’s foreign policy”, Tiruvanandapuram 11 January 2019

Lecture at Shankar IAS Academy on “ International relations and India’s foreign policy”, Tiruvanandapuram 11 January 2019



Lecture at North Eastern Hill University Shillong on 14 December 2018


Lecture at Shankar IAS Academy, Bengaluru on 30 November 2018 on International Relations and India’s foreign policy


Talk at the Eximbank Seminar on Indo-Latin American trade 25 October 2018


Talk on " “From Coolies to Patrons and Partners: the Chinese paradigm shift in Latin America” at Goa University 3 October 2018


Lecture on Indian Foreign Service and Policy at the Shankar's IAS Academy, Chennai on 29 September 2018


Lecture on " Latin America in Indian foreign policy and global politics" at the Gujarat Central University on Monday 27 August. 


talk at the CII meeting with Heads of Missions in Latin America at Hotel Meridian, New Delhi 3 July 2018


Talk on Indo-Latin American trade at the seminar organised by Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Buenos Aires on 7 June 2018


speech at the inaguration of the Honorary Consulate of Guatemala in Chennai on 18 April.


Participation in the CII panel discussion on Latin America at CII Hqrs Delhi 5 April

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talk on " Latin America's amigovio: China, the friend with benefits " at the First Indian Forum on China at the International Centre Goa -15 December 2017


talk at the Goa University on " New Paradigm of Economic relationship between India and Latin America 13 December

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talk on " Cuento Chino in the land of Magical Realism" at the Institute for Chinese Studies, Delhi 26 July 2017

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lecture "Latin America in Indian foreign policy" at the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhi Nagar.-13 July 2017

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talk on "Textile exports to Latin America" at the International Textile Fair, Ahmedabad - 1 July 2017


Motivational talk to civil service aspirants at the Shankar's IAS Academy Chennai on 30 April 2017

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lecture to the 2017 batch of Indian Foreign Service at Delhi on 25 January 2017


Talk on Indo-Brazil economic relations at the Panel on Indo-Lusophone community organised by ORF and Carnegie India at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi- 7 January.




Chairing of the session and talk on Latin America at the CII Global SME Summit at Lalit Hotel, New Delhi on 22 November

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Talk on " Cuento Chino in the land of Magical Realism - Chinese presence in Latin America" at the Chennai Centre for China Studies on 8 November

Lecture on " Business with Latin America" at the Amity University, Noida, 21 October


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Talk in the conference"The dragon and the elephant meet the jaguars: China and India in Latin America" at Rio de Janeiro" on 6-7 October


Lecture on " Malgudi to Macondo" at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad on 28 September


Talk on opportunities for Indian pharmaceuticals in Latin America at Pharmexcil meeting in Hotel Taj Deccan, Hyderabad on 28 September

Talk on "India-Latin America: New Complementarities" at JNU on 2 September 1100 hrs

Lecture on Business with Latin America, IIM Trichy 6 August


video of the first 13 minutes of the lecture

Lecture on Business with Latin America, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, 28 July.

video of the lecture





India's engagement with Latin America - at the Foreign Service Institute of India, New Delhi, 16 June.


Synergies between Indian and Latin American IT markets- at IndiaSoft show, Renaisaance Hotel, Mumbai, 4 March


Complementarities in Economic engagement with Latin America - at FICCI meeting with Latin American Ambassadors, 11 February, Diu




Latin American contribution to India's energy security - talk at the National Security Council, New Delhi - 24 November



speech at EPCH meeting on Latin America at Expo Mart, Greater Noida, 16 October


Address as chief guest at the Latin America conference of ACMA at Hotel Meridian, New Delhi on 15 October


chairing of session in the Latin America Conclave by CII at New Delhi on 9 October

you tube video of the speech


Speeches at “Mexico-India: Comparative Law Systems and Cultures” - Seminar organised by the National University of Mexico ( UNAM) at Mexico City 5-6 October

5 october 0930 hrs

6 october 1000 hrs

Panelist at " US-Cuba rapproachment- global impact" at Habitat Centre Gulmohar Hall, New delhi 28 Sept 1900 hrs

Speech while chairing the CII Latin America seminar session at Hotel Hilton, Chennai on 27 August

video in youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hPFXDhOOsk



Lecture to foreign diplomats on " Latin America; promises and challenges" at the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi 13 August


Speech at seminar on ' Changing profile of Indo-Latin American relations' at IIC New Delhi 1730 hrs 9 July

youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ68jStLiZk

Alangudi to Argentina - speech to Thanjavur Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Hotel Gnanam 22 June

youtube video of speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLKahAyZ1GY



Chairing of seminar on 'Pacific Alliance' orgainsed by Anantha Aspen centre at WWF auditorium, Lodhi Road, new delhi- on 26 May

You tube video of the speech 12 minutes

Talk on "The New Latin America: What it Means for India" at the Jadavpur Association of International Relations (JAIR) Kolkatta 18 April 1400 hrs

summary of the talk in MEA website

youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3aiIp6CWrw


Talk on " India and Latin America" at Pondicherry University on 25 March 2015

summary of the talk in MEA website

Youtube video


Talk on Political and Economic trends in Latin America and the future of Indo- Latin American relations" at Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram, 11 March 1100 hrs

summary of the speech http://mea.gov.in/distinguished-lectures-detail.htm?239



Talk on Latin American market for Indian handicrafts at Expo Mart Greater Noida 21 Februaryat 1600 hrs


Talk on "Latin American market for Indian IT business" as a panelist at the ESC Conference, New Delhi 13 February 1200 hrs


Talk on" India-Latin America" at the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi - 5 February 1600 hrs



Talk on ' opportunities in Latin America for apparel exporters" at Tiruppur 22 January 2015

This is was organised by CII Tiruppur




Talk at the Gateway House, Mumbai on " India and Latin America: business outlook"- on 2 December 1230 hrs

Insight LIBA - 15 November 2014

The students of Loyola Institute of Business Administration organised this annual event at Hotel Hilton, Chennai. The topic of talk was " New frontiers in the changing busines landscape"


Speech at the session on Peru in the FICCI Latin America Investment Conclave, Lalit Hotel, New Delhi 17 October




Speech at the session on Argentina in the FICCI Latin America Investment Conclave, Lalit Hotel, New Delhi 16 October



Moderation of the Google Hang Out discussion organised by Gateway House on Latin American views on Indian elections- 23 April



Talk at the Agribusiness Conference of the University of Buenos Aires 7-9 April






Participation in Ditchley conference on "Brazil's place in the world" - Oxford, UK 10-12 April 2014

No photo or video taken


Speech at the FICCI meeting with the delegation from Santa Fe, Argentina - 20 february


Parisutha Nadar Memorial lecture at Gnanam Business School, Thanjavur 24 January 2014


Speeches in 2013

chairing of panel on chemicals and pharmaceuticals at the CII Latin America Conclave, Hotel Meridian, New Delhi, 10 December 2013.


Lecture on Economic Diplomacy at the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi on 11 december 2013


Special address on " Latin America and bonding between cultures" to the Country Delivery Heads of Wipro at Bangalore 13 November

"Colombian perspectives of India- Latin America relations" - 30 October at IIC, NewDelhi

R. Viswanathan moderated the talk by Dr Soraya Caro and Juan Alfredo Pinto Ambassador of Colombia.


"From the labyrinth of solitude to the network of partnerships- Evolution of India's relations with Mexico and Latin America " talk at the Colegio de Mexico on 23 october in Mexico City


"How Mexico can fit in the globalisation strategy of Asian companies" talk by R. Viswanathan at the Mexico Business Summit at Gudalajara 22 October

youtube video



" Latin America - people and politics " lecture on 14 October at the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi.


"Latin America- a global player and growing market for Indian business"- talk on 17 September at the O P Jindal University, Haryana



Speech on Brazil at the Gateway House, Mumbai 3 september

youtube video


Speech at the meeting with San Luis delegation organised by FICCI, 13 May



Remarks at the event with San Luis delegation organised by IIA, Noida on 11 May



Talk on " Latin America: Regional and global role" at the Foreign Service Insititute of India for foreign diplomats -9 May

oops.. no video or photo could be taken due to a bureaucratic mess up


" Opportunities for Souh Indian exporters in the New Latin America" - talk at CII Coimbatore 12 April



"Latin America as a new powerhouse in the global economy" - talk at the Growth Net conference in New Delhi on 12 March.



"The New paradigm and synergies in business with the New Latin America", talk at the CII seminar on Latin America at Bengaluru on 4 March



Speeches in 2012


Remarks on Bolivia at FIEO New Delhi, 8 December



Talk at the Aspen Institute India in New Delhi 28 August

topic " The journey of an innocent Indian through the seductive Latin America"

Speech at the Gateway House - 17 August at Mumbai

Title of the talk The Indian road to Latin America . Gateway House is the pioneer among Indian thinktanks to devote adequate space for Latin America with a full time research scholar.

Speech in YouTube


Speech at the CII Latin America seminar 17 July at Chennai

Speech in YouTube


Speech at the release of my book "Malgudi to Macondo" on 16 July at Chennai

Speech in YouTube


Speech during farewell party at the City Government Golden Hall - 16 May 2012

Speech in YouTube


Speech during farewell party in Buenos Aires - 10 May 2012


Speech in YouTube


Speech at the inauguration of the Course on Ayurveda in Buenos Aires - 11 April 2012

Speech in YouTube


Speeches in 2011


Speech at the Seminar ¨The New India and the New Latin America - complementarities and synergies¨- 5 December 2011

Speech in Youtube

Speech at the Gala of the IV Festival of India - 5 December 2011


Speech in Youtube

speech during the inauguration of Mercosoja 2011 conference in Rosario - 13 September

Ambassador´s speech


Press coverage: La Nación - La Capital - Urgente 24


August 30 - Speech at ADE (Business Managers Association) (Speech in YouTube)

Ambassador Viswanathan and Argentine audience


June 30 - Speech at the International Police Symposium in Buenos Aires (Speech in YouTube)

Ambassador Viswanathan



June 21 -speech at the UTN (National Technological University) (Speech in YouTube)

Ambassador Viswanathan, Carlos Stella (T.C.S) and Cristian Arguello (Cognizant).




May 12 - speech at Rio Cuarto, Cordoba. (Speech in YouTube)


May 3 - speech during inauguration of Glenmark plant at Pilar (Speech in YouTube)


May 3 - speech at the Business Seminar in Buenos Aires during the visit of Minister of Commerce (Speech in YouTube)


May 2 - speech at the Business Seminar in Montevideo during the visit of Minister of Commerce J. Scindia (Speech in YouTube)



April 14 - speech at the Latin America Outsource summit in Montevideo (Speech in YouTube)



April 7 - Eenam Gambhir Farewell (Speech in YouTube).



March 9 - Screening of film Dhobi Ghat in Buenos Aires (Speech in YouTube)




March 6 - Reception at Pinamar (Speech in YouTube)



Speeches in 2010

November 4 – Speech at the Gala of the III Festival of India, Buenos Aires (Speech in YouTube)


September 30 - Inauguration of Workshop "Jobs, Training and Personal Growth with Indian Companies" at UADE University (Speech in YouTube)



September 29 - Speech at Fundacion Par - Hotel Sheraton Buenos Aires- (Speech in YouTube)




August 30 - Speech ¨India - Latin America business and opportunities for small and medium Indian companies¨ in Noida (India)

This was organised by by the Indian Industries Association at Hotel Fortune Inn Grazia sector 27 Noida (Speech in YouTube)


August 17 - Speech at University Women´s Club, Buenos Aires (speech in youtube)


August 5 - Speech at Sintesis Quimica event, Sheraton Libertador, Buenos Aires (speech in youtube)


July 5 - Speech at Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Argentina (speech in youtube)



March 8 - Speech at Business Seminar in Asunción, Paraguay



Speeches in 2009


December 11 - Speech at the Textile Industry Seminar in Montevideo


November 22 - Seminar organised by Lañus National University, Buenos Aires (speech in youtube)


November 9 - Speech at the India Cup Golf Tournament at Jockey Club, Buenos Aires ( speech in Youtube)


November 5 - Speech at the Gala of the Second Festival of India, Buenos Aires ( speech in Youtube)


November 5 - Speech at the Inaguration of the Handicrafts Exihibition, Borges Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires ( in Youtube)


September 24- "Opportunities for business with India" seminar in Hotel Sheraton, Buenos Aires

Link to You Tube video Part 1, Part 2


September 15 - Inauguration of TCS new facility in Buenos Aires. Link to You Tube video


September 1 - Keynote address at the CII Seminar on Latin America at Chennai


August 6- Addresses the businessmen planning to go as part of the Presidential delegation in October 2009 to India

Venue: Belgrano Auditorium- Argentine Foreign Office


July 2 - India- Latin American Conclave in Buenos Aires. Part 1; Part 2;


June 29 - India-Uruguay Business Seminar in Montevideo. Part 1Part 2

June 25 - "La India moderna... de la abogacía a la informática" at Colegio de Abogados. Part 1Part 2Part 3


June 5 - Palacio Municipal of La Plata, Speech on: "Opportunities of business with India" Video with excerpts of speech: Part 1Part 2


June 3 - "El elefante que empezó a volar... no es un cuento chino, es el cuento indiano" at Lomas de Zamora University


May 26- "El elefante que empezó a volar... no es un cuento chino, es el cuento indiano"- Facultad de Ciencias Económicas. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Part 1Part 2: Part 3; Part 4


21 april- "Cuento indiano... no es cuento chino". Inauguration of Textile Exhibition at Hotel Sheraton Buenos Aires.



Speeches in 2008 --- Links to photos and Youtube

17 december - Addresses the businessmen planning to go as part of the Presidential delegation in february 2009 to India

Venue: San Martin Palace - Argentine Foreign Office


25 november - Speech at the Center for International Relations of Argentina (CARI) at the Seminar "India in the Global Scenario"


24 november - Speech at the Gala opening of Festival of India at Sheraton Buenos Aires


24 november - Prize distribution of India Golf Cup at the Jockey Club during Festival of India

23 October - Seminar on Doing Business with India at IAE Business School

25 august - Pharmexcil Seminar "Alianza Farmacéutica Argentino-India"

30 july - Tourism Promotion event at Hotel Sheraton Montevideo.

2 july - Inter American Trade and Promotion Council at Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires

25 june - Círculo de Armas

9 June - Seminar on Business with India at Sheraton hotel

22 april - Speech to the Bar Association of Buenos Aires province at La Plata on "India in today´s world"

9 april - Inauguration of the post graduate course in Ayurveda at the University of Buenos Aires

8 april - Handicrafts event al Hotel Sheraton Buenos Aires

7 february - Inauguration of new Embassy Office



Speeches in 2007 - Links to photos and YouTube

13 december - India-Argentina Business meet in Buenos Aires

29 november - Interview on Ricardo Vanella´s TV Show, "Clase Ejecutiva"

27 november - American Chamber of Commerce, Córdoba on Indian IT Business

7 november - Argentine Chamber of Importers

25 october - Tourism Workshop at Marriot Hotel



Speeches 2006

6 july - Welcoming the argentinian Foreign Minister and Business Delagation at CII meeting at Hotel Taj Mahal, New Delhi

25 October

Speech in Spanish at the Tourism workshop in Hotel Marriot , Buenos Aires

25 September

Keynote speech at the seminar on latin america organised at GRT Grand Hotel by EEPC, SICCI and Indo-Lac Chamber


13 September

Farewell speech at the Confederation of Indian Industry Blog Report


18 April

Speech at the Launching of " BRICs Business Alliance" by Assocham, New Delhi

Blog Report


23 March

Talk on" Latin Americans - a sociological perspective" at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Blog Report



19 March

Inaugural address at the two-day seminar on " IBSA- human security challenges" at the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi

Blog report


12 March

CII meeting with Trinidad and Tobago business delegation at Hotel Intercontinental, New Delhi

Blog Report


7 March

CII meeting with the El Salvador Foreign Minister and Business Delegation. Blog Report


9 January

CII meeting at Taj Mansingh Hotel, New Delhi on Latin America Conclave


21 November

CII meeting with Peruvian business delegation at their Hqrs


16 November

Speech at the CII event on Dominican Republic at their Hqrs


2 November

talk at the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata on " Business and Management culture of Latin America"


29 September

Speech at the latin America seminar organised by EEPC at hotel capitol, bangalore



26 September

Speech at http://www.rviswanathan.com/the Business meeting with Mexican delegation organised by CII at taj palace hotel, new delhi


  • 31 August - talk about synergy in colour, mindset,core competence and aspirations of the people of IBSA ( India, Brasil South Africa) at the seminar organised by CII at Habitat Centre New Delhi


6 July

Welcoming the Argentinian Foreign Minister and the Business delegation at CII meeting at Hotel Taj mansingh New Delhi.

Coverage of the speech ( describing me as a Bromista ) in the Argentinian daily newspaper Clarin on 9 July 2006.


11 May

Speech at the India International Centre, NewDelhi on " Reemergence of Left in Latin America"


26th April

Speech at the Latin American Tour Operators Meet organised by the Ministry of Tourism - Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi

17th April

Speech at the meeting with Brazilian economists organised by CII - Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi

20th March

Speech and chairing of conference session on IT business opportunities in Latin America organised by the Electronics and Software export promotion Council - Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai

20th March

Speech at the inaguration of Indo Latin American Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chennai. On the right of the speaker is Dr Ravichandran, convenor of the chamber.


23rd February

Speech on Latin American business culture in the context of multicultural challenges in global business environment - Amity International Business School, Noida

17th February

Speech on Dominican Republic - FICCI, New Delhi

18th January

Talk on Argentina and Mexico - Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi



Speeches 2005


24th November

Brief speech on Dominican Republic organised by CII - CII Headquarters, New Delhi

The one who is laughing at the joke is mr Eddy Martinez, IT minister of Dominican Republic


24th November

Brief speech on Venezuela organised by CII - Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi


23rd November

Keynote address at the International annual Conference on Hispanic culture - Hyderabad


22 November

Speech at the International Management Institute on Brazil, while welcoming Dr Noronha


18th November

Brief speech on Panama organised by CII - Hotel Meridien, New Delhi


14th November

Brief speech on Mexico at FICCI during launching of Joint Business Council - FICCI, New Delhi


15th November

Brief speech on Brasil during meeting with Brasilian Business delegation and Governor of Sao Paulo - New Delhi


7th October

Talk on India - Latin America and Caribbean relations - Goa University. Governor of the state and industry Minister Luizinho are on the stage.



15th September

Talk on Business with Latin America at the Associated chamber of commerce and Industries - New Delhi

26th August

Speech at launching of the website, organised by CII and Eximbank in the presence of Minsiter of State for external affairs, with a salsa party and Cuban band "Waikiki" - F Bar, New Delhi

25th August

Talk on India- Latin America relations - Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi

8th July

Speech on Business with Latin America organised by EEPC - Hotel President, Jalandar

1st July

Speech on Business with Latin America at Seminar on Focus LAC organised by EEPC (Southern Region) - Hotel GRT Grand, Chennai



16 april

Speech on Latin America in the meeting with senior executive of Reliance - Mumbai. Mr Prasad, President , Petroleum business , Reliance is on the left of the speaker.

19th March

Speech on Economic Diplomacy, Valedictory Session of Engineering Consultants Association of India - Habitat Centre, New Delhi


7th February

Speech at the launching of the book" Business with Latin America" at the night club"Just my kind of place" Taj Palace, New Delhi, with a Salsa party. The event was cohosted by EximBank and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and Minister of State for External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh( with Shawl) are present.


14th January

Speech on Latin America organised by EEPC - ITC Sonal Bangla Hotel, Calcutta


Speeches 2004


7th December

Speech on Business with Latin America organised by Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Hotel GRT Grand, Chennai


11th December

Speech on Latin America organised by EEPC - Marhatta Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pune


26th November

Speech on Latin American Markets by EEPC on the occasion of Indo-LAC Business Meet - Hotel Meridian, New Delhi

8th November

Speech on Latin America organised by EEPC - Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi

6th November

Speech on Latin American Market organised by CII on the occasion of National Conference on exports - Taj Hotel, Hyderabad

9th June

Speech on Latin America - Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Bangalore