Editor’s note: The inaugural session of Raisina Dialogues was held in Delhi from 1-3 March to “explore and examine the prospects and opportunities for Asian integration as well as Asia’s integration with the larger world”. The purpose of the deliberations was to examine Asia’s economic, human and digital connectivity. Participants included cabinet ministers, business leaders, government officials and policy planners. The dialogues were held as a joint initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation. Firstpost served as the media partner. We have reproduced a compendium of eight essays drawn from the dialogues, and previously published on the website, to allow the reader a comprehensive view of the proceedings.