From 26-27 September OP Jindal Global University, just outside of New Delhi, hosted discussions on the intersection of security, economics and service delivery.
The focus areas included Manipur, Assam, Kashmir, and Afghanistan. Participants included think tankers and academics from across the sub-continent, along with a smattering of specialists from further afield. (Click here for the final programme.)
For my part, I presented under the title: ‘Stabilisation as seen from below: Public resistance to international aid in eastern Congo’. The aim was to provide a comparative point of reference for presentations reviewing how Indian and Afghan national initiatives were experienced at local level.
Building a better conversation
What was immediately striking is how relevant the content was for practitioners elsewhere.
It is clear that India’s hard-won, often-turbulent experience could have tremendous value for developing countries that suffer from high levels of political violence. Indeed, it’s probably much more useful than abstract scholarship from the United States or Switzerland.
Yet this collective memory is hard to access online, and close-to-invisible in the literature. This raises the question: How can we facilitate richer interactions between policy and academic thinkers in countries that must deal with serious political violence?
OP Jindal will be doing some more work on this theme into 2017. We’ll remain engaged to support them with online collaboration processes; and to help link up with international practitioners.
In the meantime — if you’re keen to be linked up with any of the featured speakers, please get in touch.