Use Bollywood actors for diplomacy: Canadian expert

Kalinga Times (India)

Staff Written
February 10, 2008

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New Delhi, (IANS): Angelina Jolie, Bono, George Clooney...and closer home Arundhati Roy, Shabana Azmi, Amitabh Bacchan - celebrities all and activists too.

Citing these examples, a visiting Canadian expert on international affairs says the Indian government should train Bollywood actors in the art of diplomacy as they have access to international circles of wealth and power and wield a lot of influence.

Andrew Cooper, an associate director at the Ontario-based think tank, Centre for International Governance Innovation, is currently in India to promote his book, "Celebrity Diplomacy" - a slim, 150-page treatise on the new high wattage emissaries from the …

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