The second day of the two-day international conference on Changing Scenario in South Asia: Leveraging Economic Growth for Collective Prosperity began with a session on supranational security.
The conference was held at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID).
Prof Imtiaz Ahmed from Bangladesh talked on Countering Security Threats in South Asia. He showed concern over the increasing dominance of statist approach as a worrying development in the region of South Asia.
Misbaah Abbas from Maldives said that security concerns in South Asia have to be understood from comprehensive perspectives. He explained how insecurity in one state affects the security of another country. Inter-linkage of security and insecurity complexity is a common phenomenon in South Asia.
Prof G M Bhat from University of Kashmir delved on political divergence and defense expenditure in South Asia with special reference to India and Pakistan.
Bhat explained how a huge amount of defense expenditure has led to the deterioration in other sectors such as education,health and social security.
The main argument of the paper was that the greater defense expenditure was resulting in more conflict within South Asia and that the conflict is both internal and external.
Prof Kuldip Singh from GNDU spoke on climate change and South Asia with focus on India. He talked of the political economy of climate change at the international level and the role of developing countries.
A session on Afghanistan witnessed two presentations by Prof Gulshan Suchdeva from JNU and Dr Satyabrat Sinha from Kolkata. Professor Gulshan Sachdeva in his presentation,Importance of Enhanced Indian Engagement in Post-2014 Afghanistan,explained how in the post-2014 phase,Afghanistan is going to face three major challenges – security,economic and political. Dr Satyabrat Sinha in his presentation,Making Sense of Afghanistan and the Countdown to 2014, spoke about the current situation of Afghanistan and challenges and issues of concerns in the country.
A session on Transnational Socio-Economic Cooperation was also held. The valedictory session was chaired by Salman Haider,Principal Programme Advisor,CRRID.