ICWA International Conference on Growth of a Maritime Consciousness

ICWA International Conference on Growth of a Maritime Consciousness

The Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) Coordinated a Global Seminar on "M. Panikkar and the Development of a Maritime Consciousness in India, 23-24 March 2021. The show was held for all intents and purposes likewise it had a sum of 29 speakers in India and abroad. The speakers contained a multi-disciplinary arrangement of educators, antiquarians and maritime experts. A Call for Papers was issues this previous year in July 2020 and pre-chosen papers were introduced in the Seminar. 

In the crossing point, Director General, ICWA, Dr. TCA Raghavan conveyed welcome remarks. He said that Sardar K M Panikkar's way of life and capacities structure an intriguing story including a wide variety of capacities, interests and positions. His endowments in different capacities are of monstrous significance and legitimacy closer investigation for practically any exceptionally clear cognizance of the scholarly and conciliatory history of contemporary India. He stressed that Panikkar's artistic and authentic works have affected present day discernments and thought and assumed a critical part in arranging autonomous India's marine awareness. 

The underlying meeting was on 'KM Panikkar:' Life and Works'. Dr Sebastian Prange, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia was the reporter and arbitrator of this meeting. Speakers included Prof Himanshu Prabha Ray, Former Chairperson, National Monuments Authority of India,'' Patrick Bratton, Associate Professor, US Army War College and Dr. Raghul V. Rajan, Assistant Professor, Aligarh Muslim University Center. It had been said that Panikkar put forth attempts to invigorate the talk on marine history from the post-freedom time frame. He clarified how the British illustrious safeguard was predicated on its own marine force. Regardless, in British India, ocean power had been totally disregarded and accentuation had been on property - based assets and risks. Speakers featured Panikkar's emphasis on need for independent India to have a strong naval force along with interest in commercial vehicle in seaside waters. Speakers comprehended that Panikkar's his capacities are adaptable and material in present day times. 

The following meeting was on'KM Panikkar and Maritime India'. Joao Teles e Cunha in the University of Lisbon has been the reporter and mediator for the meeting. Speakers included Mr. Asad Latif, Former Visiting Research Fellow, ISEAS, Singapore, Commodore Abhay Kumar Singh (Retd.)  from MP-IDSA and Ms. Athira Anand, Research Scholar, IIT Madras. Contrasts among Indian and European vital reasoning were accounted for. Speakers guaranteed that Panikkar's works understood the significance of South Asia past the casing of memorable distance, featuring the fate of Southeast Asia can't be separated from India. It had been referenced that Panikkar had energized the idea of territorial wellbeing local area from the Indian Ocean region. Scrutinizing the Eurocentric historiography of both ocean power and mainland obsession of India's essential standpoint from Mughal to British India, he thought about Indian Ocean as a vital spot for India's autonomy. Panikkar stressed on offering equivalent benefit to mainland and marine measurements in India's essential reasoning. 

The following meeting on the following day of the Convention was on 'The Epoch of Atlantic Power Dominance from the Indian Ocean: fifteenth nineteenth Century'. Prof Himanshu Prabha Ray was the mediator and pundit for the semester. Speakers included Prof Ravi Arvind Palat, State University of New York in Binghamton, Amruta Karambelkar, Research Associate, Vivekananda International Foundation, Cmde. Odakkal Johnson, Director Research, Maritime History Society and Dr. Krishnendra Meena, Associate Professor, CIPOD, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The meeting focused on talking about the time of European power predominance in the Indian Ocean changing from Portuguese into Dutch and after France and Britain. It had been said that Indian and Arabs exchanged freely from the Indian Ocean before the happening to the Portuguese who brought from the possibility of ocean control that never existed from the Ocean. The eighteenth century Bay of Bengal Battles lastingly affected Indian history, influencing the improvement of equipped marine energy and Indian Navy. Meaning of boats and boat development in framing European strength in the Indian Ocean was likewise accentuated. 1 speaker underlined how Panikkar discussed inconvenience of modern market and the manner in which Indian culture couldn't be fruitful in transforming into an industrialist economy. 

The fourth meeting was named 'Ascent of the Pacific: Geopolitical Contestations from the Indian Ocean: twentieth 21st Century'. Dr Mahmood Kooria in Leiden University, The Netherlands was the mediator and observer for the semester. Speakers included Professor Falendra Kumar Sudan, University of Jammu, Mohor Chakraborty, University of Calcutta, Ms. Priyanka Choudhury and Ms. Krishna Kataria, Adjunct Research Associates, Maritime History Society and Mr. Akshay Honmane and Ms Heena Sofi by Mumbai. The meeting talked about the twentieth and 21st century monetary churnings nearby as the overall key and monetary center has changed from Euro-Atlantic into the Indo-Pacific region in the previous a very long while. Extra territorial players, for example, Germany and France are arising as vital participants as they understand the capability of the space. It was likewise said that there's a need to think further about the subtleties of this Indo-Pacific guess for a drawn out point of view toward fostering a comprehension of primary troubles and long-standing issues looked by the space. 

The board conversation on'KM Panikkar and the Development of a Maritime Consciousness in India' was led by Dr Sanjaya Baru, Distinguished Fellow, MP-IDSA and Member, Governing Council, ICWA. The specialists included Rear Admiral Raja Menon, Indian Navy (Retired), Vice Admiral M P Muralidharan, Former Director General, Indian Coast Guard, Former Member, Armed Forces Tribunal, Ambassador Biren Nanda, Former Ambassador of India to Australia, Indonesia and ASEAN, Professor Lawrence Prabhakar, Advisor, Center for Public Policy Research, Kochi and Prof Rila Mukhjerjee, Professor, University of Hyderabad. It had been referenced that India turned out to be internal looking for the most part during the pilgrim time frame. Post-autonomy, India has encountered a land-driven methodology for its security; it's simply in the new years that a creating sea cognizance has been seen in Indian key reasoning, predominantly in light of creating associations with Southeast Asia, West Asia and Africa. KM Panikkar was the principal writer who pushed to get a sea understanding in India looking past mainland security issues. Specialists underlined that Panikkar expected the development of China from the Indian Ocean as a strategic test and that India has been bound to have a fundamental influence in the essential fate of the Indian Ocean. He likewise predicted passageway of the US from the Indian Ocean. Panikkar's thoughts can be viewed as pragmatist and constructivist. He's imagined destroyers, frigates and plane carrying warships as needed for India's maritime force. India's Act East Policy and Project Mausam keep the engraving of Panikkar's reasoning. Speakers repeated that India should adjust its own mainland and maritime force. The board accentuated the thought of Blue Economy that is turning out to be expanding grasp in the maritime contentions.