Conference On “Globalization: Implications For India

Organized by : Association of Asia Scholars In collaboration with Institute of Development Studies, JaipurT

The Association of Asia Scholars (AAS) organized a conference on September 4-5, 2011, titled : Globalization: Implications for India. The conference was hosted by Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur. The inaugural session was held on September 4, 2011 . Hon’ble Dr. Mahesh Joshi, Member of Parliament, delivering the inaugural address, congratulated the organizers for focusing on issues pertinent to India in the context of evolving international relations especially in Asia. He underlined the imperative for removing corrupt practices in all spheres and spoke of the need for electoral reforms for improved democratic governance. With globalization, there was a greater need for transparency and accountability if India was to be accorded its rightful place in the comity of nations.

The panelists included distinguished scholars : Professor Girijesh Pant, Vice Chancellor Doon University, Ambassador Kishen Rana, Professor Manoranjan Mohanty, Professor Patricia Uberoi, Professor Chih-yu Shih from Taiwan National University and Professor Surjit Singh. The panelists spoke of the need for formulating a long term vision for Indian foreign policy with specific ideas and forward looking strategies. Contributions by think tanks and associations could provide the direction for India’s foreign policy based on informed debate and discussion. Several presentations were made on India-China relations, challenges faced by India in its growth trajectory and India’s place in South Asia. Scholars highlighted the imperative for India to take the lead in handholding of neighboring countries if India’s growth momentum had to be a sustained one.

More than forty scholars from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Institute of Chinese Studies , Banaras Hindu University, National Taiwan University, Vanasthali Vidyapeeth, Doon University, Chuo University, Japan and Institute of Development Studies participated in the two-day Conference.

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