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International Seminar on 99th Martyrdom of BaghaJatin - A social Congregation in Bangladesh 10-September-2014 Koya Village, Kushtia, Bangladesh
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President: Janab Abdul Mannan Khan, Chairman, Upojela Kumarkhali

Speakers:

Mr. Shariar Kabir, Writer, Journalist and Acting President, Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee of 1971
Prof. Muntassir Mamoon, President, Bangladesh History Sammilani,
Prof. Mohammad Salim, Jt. Secretary, Bangladesh History Sammilani
Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS), India

Programme Summary

A Citizen Assembly was organized by Bagha Jatin Theatre, Koya and Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee of 1971 on 10th September, 2014 at Koya College premises, Kumarkhali, presently in Kusthia district in Bangladesh on the occasion of 99th Martyrdom of Freedom Fighter Bagha Jatin (alias Jatindranath Mukhopadhyay). Jatindranath, it is to be noted was born in the village of Koya in 1879.

Everyone remembered the heroic contributions of Jatindranath in the freedom movement against British rulers. In the assembly, all the speakers forcefully pleaded for renaming Koya College and the road adjoining the college in the name of Bagha Jatin. They also wanted a memorial to be erected in his name. A National level committee is needed to be formed in Bangladesh to commemorate the 100th year of the martyrdom of this great freedom fighter.

To celebrate this occasion, it is imperative to involve academicians, think tanks and intellectuals of both the countries in organizing the centenary year of Martyrdom of Bagha Jatin in order to motivate the youth across the borders.

Students and teachers of the local schools and other respected local people, almost 2000 in numbers participated in this gathering to know more about Jatindranath and also to show respect to this legendary personality. A great enthusiasm and active participation of the local people in the assembly was noticed. A cultural program was arranged by the cultural team of Bagha Jatin Theatre immediately after the speech session. It was really a great event to be remembered for a long time.



Inauguration of exhibition on India and Indian Ocean:

Mr. Ashok Chandra Panda, Hon’ble Minister, Tourism & Culture, Govt. Of Odisha

The inaugural session:

Chair: Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, DG, RIS.

Welcome address: Sri Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS

Inauguration: Smt. Sushma Sawraj, Minister of External Affair, Government of India

Guest of Honor: Sri Dharmenda Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum

Chief Guest: Sri Naveen Patnaik, Honb’le Chief Minister, Odisha

Keynote Address: Sri R.N. Ravi, Prime Minister’s Office, Govt. Of India

Important Speakers: Mr. Sumith Nakhandala, Secretary General, BIMSTEC, Dhaka

Vote of Thanks: Prof. H.P. Das, Secretary, Organizing Committee

Programme Summary



The exhibition on India and Indian Ocean was inaugurated by Sri Ashok Chandra Panda, Honb’le Minister, Tourism and Culture, Government of Odisha at Hotel Mayfair Lagoon. The exhibition presented some valuable information and pictorial representation of trade and cultural relations between IOR countries. The inaugural session of the conference was held at the Central Hall of Mayfair Convention under the chairmanship of Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, RIS. In his welcome address, Sri Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS conveyed thanks to all the guests, dignitaries, delegates and explained the importance of holding such conference and commemorating one thousand years of coronation of Rajendra Chola 1.

The session was inaugurated by Smt. Susma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs in presence of the Chief Guest Sri Naveen Patnaik, Honb’le Chief Minister of Odisha, Guest of Honor Sri Dharmendra Pradhan, Honb’le Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and other delegates from both India and abroad.

Ms. Swaraj also released a few of the books published by RIS and ISCS:
1. The Indian Ocean Civilization by Arindam Mukherjee

2. Mapping the Indian Ocean, edited by Babul De

3. Exploring Connectivity South Eastern Bengal and Beyond by Suchandra Ghosh

4. Trade and Investment Prospects of the IORA in the New Millennium by S.K. Mohanty & Priyadarshi Dash

5. Indian Ocean: Biodiversity and Traditional Medicinal Knowledge edited by Ameenah Gurib Fakima & K. Ravi Sreenivas

A commemorative postage stamp on Indian Ocean and 1000th year of coronation of Rajendra Chola-I was released by Mr. Tilak Dey, Chief Post Master General, Odisha Circle.

The Indian Ocean Research Centre (IORC), a new chapter of ISCS, was formally launched, the logo of which was unveiled by the Minister of External Affairs.

A Roundtable Meet with the IOR ambassadors was held immediately after the cultural program.

Day-2

Plenary Session I

Topic: Historical Linkages and Cultural Networks in IORA

Chair: Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge).

Speakers:
Prof. Kishore Basa, Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar, India

Prof. J.F. Salles, Archaeologist, Institut Francais du Proche-Orient, Amman, France

Prof. Ranabir Chakrabarty, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Prof. P.Shanmugam, University of Madras, Chennai

Plenary Session- II

Topic: Regional Maritime and Energy in Indian Ocean

Chair: Mr. Saurav Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Speakers:
Prof. Dennis Rumley, Prof. of Indian Ocean Studies, Distinguished Fellow, Curtin University, Western Australia

Dr. Francis Kornegay, Senior Research Fellow IGD, UNISA & Global Fellow, the Wilson Centre, South Africa

Dr. David Lang, Analyst and Editor of ASPI’s Blog, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Australia

Prof. C. Rajamohan, Head, Strategic Studies and Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India

Dr. Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Johannesburg, South Africa

Parallel Session-I

IA: Topic: Trade Linkages: Routes, Commodities and Merchants

Chair: Prof. Rila Mukherjee, Institute de Chandernagore

Speakers :
Mr. Sumith Nakhandala, Secretary, BIMSTEC, Dhaka

Dr. Suchandra Ghosh, Prof. of History, University of Calcutta

Dr. Radhika Seshan, Prof. at University of Pune

Dr. V. Selva Kumar, Prof at Tamil University, India

IB: Topic: Religion and Literature: Buddhism, Brahmanism, Epics and Secular Literature in Sanskrit

Chair: Prof. Ranabir Chakraborty, JNU, New Delhi.

Speakers:
Mr. Le Lien Thi, Institute of Archaeology, VASS, Vietnam

Dr. Sunil Pattanaik, Secretary, Odisha Institute of Maritime and SE Asian Studies, Bhubaneswar

Dr. AmarjivaL Ochan, Prof. at University of Delhi

Ms. Chotima Chaturawong, Prof. at Silpakorn University, Thailand

Lt. Cdr. Kalesh Mohan, Indian Navy

IC: Topic: Migration and Diaspora in the Indian Ocean Realm

Chair: Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh

Speakers:
Mr. Shriharan Satchidhanandan Pillay, First Secretary (Political), South African High Commission, New Delhi.

Dr. Premalatha Karupiah, Prof. at University Sains, Malaysia

Dr. Pheroze Nowrojee, Asian African Heritage Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Sunil Gupta, Allahabad Museum

Parallel Session II

IIA: Topic: Maritime and Humanitarian Issues

Chair: Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, Director General, ICWA, New Delhi

Speakers :
Prof. P.V. Rao, Visiting Prof., NALSAR, University of Law, Hyderabad

Dr. I Made Andi Arsana, Lecturer and Researcher, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Admiral Arun Kumar Singh, Former Flag Officer, Commanding-in-chief, Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam

Dr. Samir Pradhasn, Senior Consultant, UAE

IIB: Topic: Nontraditional Security Issues

Chair: Maj Gen (Prof.) Nilendra Kumar, Director, Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida

Speakers :
Prof. GVC Naidu, Prof. at JNU, New Delhi.

Dr. Mrs. Ebtesam AlKetbi, President, Emirates Policy Centre, UAE

Dr. Monika Chansoria, Senior Fellow, CLAWS, New Delhi

John Antony Jingu, Lecturer, University Dares Salaam, Tanzania

IIC: Topic: Resources, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Chair: Mr. Sandeep Chakraborty, Deputy High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

Speakers:
Dr. Ruchita Beri, Research Officer, IDSA, New Delhi

Dr. Lydia Powell, Head, Centre for Resources Management, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi

Dr. Uttam Sinha, Research Fellow, IDSA, New Delhi

Dr. Pankaj Jha, Director (Research), ICWA, New Delhi

In the evening, a cultural programme was organized at Rani Gumpha, Udaygiri. It was a dance programme based on the synchronization of seven Indian classical dance forms inspired by Ms. Kumkum Mohanty, a dance exponent of Odisha.

Day 3

Plenary session III

Topic: Regional Economic Cooperation in Trade and Investment in IORA

Speakers:
Prof. S.K. Mohanty, Prof. at RIS, New Delhi

Dr. Saman Kalegama, Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dr. H. Purushotham, Chairman & Managing Director, NRDC, New Delhi

Dr. Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Additional Director, Research, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka. Bangladesh,

Prof. V.N. Attri, Indian Ocean Chair Professor, IORA, Mauritius

Parallel Session III:

IIIA: Topic: Sectoral Cooperation

Chair: Amb. A.N. Ram, Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs

Speakers:
Dr. Bala Pisupati, Former Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai

Mr. Raveen Eknakye, Research Officer, IPS, Sri Lanka

Mr. T.C. James, Visiting Fellow, RIS

Dr. Ranjit Rath, Engineers India Ltd.

Dr. Priyadarshi Dash, Research Associate, RIS

IIIB: Topic: Blue Economy

Chair: Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh

Speakers:
Dr. Anjan Datta, Adviser, ICCCAD and CEGIS, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr. Mary Ann Palma-Robles, Prof. at University of Wollongong, Australia

Dr. Alex Benkenstein, Programme Manager, SAIIA, South Africa

Prof. Dr. R. Ramesh, Chairman, LOICZ SSC & Director, National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Anna University

Mr. Rahman Jahingir, Editorial Consultant, Financial Express, Dhaka, Bangladesh

IIIC: Topic: B2B

Speakers :
Prof. K. Narayanan, Prof. of Economics, IIT, Mumbai

Mr. Salim JumeeaSulaiman Al Senaidi, Deputy Manager, OCCI

Dr. Saikat Sinha Roy, Associate Prof, J.U.

Dr. Jaya Josie, Head, BRICS Centre, South Africa

Mr. S.K. Mahapatra, Director, DPCL, Bhubaneswar

Valedictory Session:

Chief Guest: H.E. S.C. Jamir, Governor of Odisha

Presentation of Bhubaneswar Declaration by Prof. S.K. Mohanty

Valedictory address was given by Shri Manohar Parikar, Hon’ble Minister of Defense, Govt. Of India.

A special address was delivered by Governor of Odisha

Vote of thanks was delivered by the Chairman of the Organizing Committee.

The first Plenary Session of the conference titled “Historical Linkages and Cultural Networks in IORA” was inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charges), Government of India. On this occasion a few books written by reputed academicians were released by the Hon’ble Minster. During this session, eminent speakers shared their thoughts about the historical linkages and cultural networks in IORA. Prof. Kishore Basa of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India initiated the discussion, followed by Prof. J.F. Salles, Archaeologist, Institut Francais du Proche- Orient, Amman, France, who elaborately explained his thoughts about “Sailing from the Mediterranean to India, Alexander Augustus times”. The next speaker Prof. Ranabir Chakroborty of Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, in his presentation, spoke on the topic of “Jewish Merchants in the Indian Ocean during the 1000-1300 CE period. The last speaker of the session Prof. P. Shanmugam, in his articulate lecture, discussed the “1000th Anniversary of Rajendra Chola 1’s Coronation and its significance.

The second Plenary Session themed on ”Regional Maritime and Energy Security in Indian Ocean” was chaired by Amb. A.N. Ram, Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. A group of eminent personalities present on the podium discussed various aspects of Regional Maritime and Energy Security in Indian Ocean. The discussion was initiated by Prof. Dennis Rumley, Professor of Indian Ocean Studies, Distinguished Research Fellow, Curtin University, Western Australia, who spoke elaborately on “Building an Indian Ocean Maritime Security Regime”. The next Speaker Dr. Francis Kornegay, Senior Research Fellow, IGD, UNISA & Global Fellow, the Wilson Centre, South Africa, spoke in detail about “Changing Security Environment in Indian Ocean Region:Relooking the Effectiveness of Existing Regional and Sub-Regional Initiatives”. He was followed by Dr. David Lang, Analyst and Editor of Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Australia who shared his thoughts about “The Emerging Security Landscape in the Indian Ocean: Evolving Architecture of Cooperation-IORA, IONS etc.”. The next distinguished speaker Prof. Rajamohan, Head, Strategic Studies and Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India eloquently discussed about “Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific: Competing Geo-Political Discources” The session ended with an eminently illuminating deliberation of Dr. Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive, South African Institute of International Affairs, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The third and the final Plenary Session, focused on the theme of “Regional Economic Cooperation in Trade and Investment in IORA”, was chaired by Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, RIS, India. Commencing the discussion, Prof. S.K. Mohanty, RIS, New Delhi, India spoke about the “Time for Deeper Regional Trade Integration: Assessment of Trade Potential in IORA”. The next speaker, Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies , Colombo, Sri Lanka discussed on “IORA: Successes , Failures & Challenges”. Dr. H. Purushotham, Chairman & Managing Director, National Research Development Corporation, New Delhi, India in his deliberation focused on “Scientific Cooperation and Technology Transfer in Indian Ocean Rim Association: An Indian Perspective”. The next distinguished speaker, Dr. Khondakar Golam Moazeem, Additional Director, Research, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, Bangladesh spoke on “Beyond Tarriff: Protectionism through Non–Tariff Barriers in IORA Countries”. The session ended with the speech of V.N Attri, Indian Ocean Chair, Mauritius, whose deliberation was based on the topic “Landscape of Energy Scenario in IORA”

Parallel Session IA started with the end of the plenary sessions. Parallel session 1A, themed on “Trade Linkages: Routes, Commodities and Merchants”, was chaired by Prof. Rila Mukherjee, Institute de Chandernagore, University of Hyderabad, India. Discussion was initiated by Mr. Sumith Nakandala, Secretary General, BIMSTEC, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was followed by Dr. Suchandra Ghosh, Professor of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta, who spoke on “India Cotton Trade across Indian Ocean (Ancient Ocean)”. The next speaker Prof. Radhika Seshan, University of Pune,India discussed “Cotton Trade across Indian Ocean (Medieval Period)”. The session ended with the speech of Dr. V. Selva Kumar, Professor, Tamil University, India, whose articulate presentation was based on “Ancient Maritime Connections of Tamizhagam in South India and their Historical Implication”.

Parallel Session IB “Religion and Literature: Buddhism, Brahmanism, Epics and Secular Literature in Sanskrit” was chaired by Prof. Ranabir Chakroborty, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. The discussion was commenced by Ms. Le Lien Thi, Institute of Archaeology, VASS, Vietnam, who spoke on “Vietnam Gold Leaf (Deities)”. She was followed by Dr. Sunil Pattanaik, Secretary, Odisha Institute of Maritime and SE Asian Studies, Bhubaneshwar, India, who made an educative presentation on “Buddhism & Maritime Heritage: A Study on East & South–East Asian Context”. The next distinguished speaker Dr. Amarjiva Lochan, Professor, University of Delhi, Delhi, India expounded in detail on “Ramayana in Arts of South East Asia”. Professor Chotima Chaturawong, Silpakorn University, Thailand, made a comprehensive presentation on “Buddhist Architecture of Buddha Shrines in Thailand and Myanmar during 14-15 centuries”. The session ended with the speech of Lt. Cdr. Calais Mohan, Deputy Director, Naval History Division, Ministry of Defense (Navy), New Delhi, India.

Parallel session IC “Migration and Diaspora in the Indian Ocean Realm” was chaired by Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh. The discussion started with the educative presentation of Mr. Shridharan Satchidhanandan Pillay, First Secretary (Political), South African High Commission, New Delhi, India on “A shared History: India- South Africa Civilisational Partnership”. He was followed by Prof. Premlata Karupiah, University Sains, Malaysia, who spoke on “Diaspora, Migration, Cultural and Social Changes in the IORA: Expriences from Malaysia”. The next speaker, D. Pheroze Nowrojee, Asian African Heritage Trust, Nairobi, Kenya presented his indepth view on “One Diaspora Many Identities: The Asia-Africa Experiences in Kenya”. The session ended with the presentation of Dr. Sunil Gupta, Allahabad Museum, Allahabad, India who enlightened the audience about “The Bay of Bengal Interaction Sphere: Techno-Cultural Transmission, Migrations & Indic Diaspora in SE Asia & Beyond (500 BC - AD 700).

Parallel Session IIA “Maratime and Humanitarian Issues” was chaired by Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, Director General, ICWA, New Delhi, India. Starting the discussion Prof. P.V. Rao, Visiting Professor, NALSAR, University of Law, Hyderabad, India commenced the discussion by presenting his views on “Maritime Security Climate in Indian Ocean: Geo Political and Regional Perception”. The next distinguished speaker Dr. I Made Andi Arsana, Lecturer and Researcher, Universitas Gadjah Mada, gave an interesting deliberation on “Indonesia – Challenges of Maritime Security Strategy in the Indian Ocean”. Admiral Arun Kumar Singh, Former Flag Officer Commanding–in–Chief of the Easterrn Naval Command, Visakhapatnam, India addressed in detail about the “Institutional Mechanism for the Search and Rescue Operations in IOR”. The session ended with an articulate deliberation of Dr. Shahriar Kabir, Bangladesh, themed on ”Security Issue of Bangladesh”.

Parallel Session IIB “Non – Traditional Security Issues” was chaired by Major. Gen. (Prof.) Nilendra Kumar, Director, Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida, India. Initiating the discussion Prof. GVC Naidu of JNU, New Delhi, India, spoke on “Challenges of Non Traditional Security in IORA”. The next speaker, Dr. Monika Chansoria, Senior Fellow, CLAWS, New Delhi, India, made an excellent presentation on “Maritime Terrorism and Piracy: Implications for Regional Stability in IORA”. The session ended with the speech of Dr. John Antony Jingu, University Dares Salaam, Tanzania, who shared his views on “Towards Formalizing Counter – Terrorism Strategy in the Indian Ocean Rim: An African Perspective”

Parallel Session IIC “Resources, Climate Change and Sustainable Development” was chaired by Mr. Sandeep Chakraborty, Deputy High Commissioner of India in New Delhi, India. Commencing the discussion, Dr. Ruchita Beri, Research Officer, IDSA, Naker, made an interesting presentation on “Energy Security Issues in the Indian Ocean”. The next speaker Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh, Professor of Life Sciences, University of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai, India gave a compendious speech. He was followed by Dr. Uttam Sinha, Research Fellow, IDSA, New Delhi, India who cogently presented his views on “Climate Change and Littoral States”. The next distinguished speaker, Dr. Pankaj Jha, Director (Research), ICWA, New Delhi, India expounded about “Mineral Exploration and Sustainable Development in Indian Ocean”. The session ended with the well researched presentation of Dr. Samir Pradhan, Senior Consultant, UAE on “Geo-Politics of Energy in Indian Ocean”.

Parallel Session IIA “Sectoral Cooperation” was chaired by Amb. A.N. Ram, Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The discussion started with the speech of Dr. Bala Pisupati, Former Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai, India, on “Environmental Concerns in IORA”. The next speaker, Mr. Raveen Ekanayake, Research Officer, IPS, Sri Lanka, presented his thoughts on “Institutional Mechanisms for Promoting Trade and Investment in Knowledge Based Industries in the IORA Region”. The following Speaker, Mr. T.C. James, Visiting Fellow, RIS, New Delhi, India spoke on “Access to Medicinal Plants: Policy Issues”. The next distinguished speaker Dr. Ranjit Rath, Engineers India Limited, New Delhi, India presented his views on “Inventory Stock Piling of Crude Oil as an Intervention Towards Energy Security Resilience”. The session ended with the erudite presentation of Dr. Priyadarshi Dash, Research Associate, RIS, New Delhi, India on “Infrastructure Investment in IORA”

Parallel Session IIIB “Blue Economy” was chaired by Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh. Initiating the discussion, Dr. Anjan Datta, Adviser, ICCCAD and CEGIS, Dhaka, Bangladesh spoke on “Blue Economy – A Sustainable Development Framework in the context of Bangladesh”. The next Speaker, Prof. Mary Ann Palma, Robles University of Wollongong, Australia presented her thoughts on “Trends and Regional Prespectives on Fisheries Sector Governance Architecture in IORA”. The following speech was delivered by Dr. Alex Benkenstein, Program Manager, SAIIA, South Africa, was focussed on “Ocean Resources Management in IORA”. The next distinguished speaker, Prof. R. Ramesh, Chair LOICZ SSC & Director, National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Anna University, India shared his views on “Potential of Blue Economy in the Indian Ocean Rim Association : Opportunities and Challenges”. The session ended with the compendious speech of Mr. Rahman Jahangir, Editorial Consultant, Financial Express, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Parallel session IIIC ”B2B” was chaired by Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Mr. Ruv. Herman Kasili, Chairman, Bungoma Country Branch, National Director, The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kenya initiated the discussion by speaking on “Environment in Indian Ocean Region”. The next speaker, Prof. K. Narayanan, Professor of Economics, Department of HSS, IIT Bombay, India made a well thought out presentation focused on the theme of ”University to Business Linkages: R&D and Product Development in a Regional Perspective”. He was followed by Dr. Saikat Sinha Roy, Associate Professor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India who made a compendious speech on “B2B in the Indian Ocean Region”. The next distinguished speaker, Dr. Jaya Josie, Head, BRICS Centre, South Africa, shared her view on “Changing Business Environment in IORA: Lessons from India – South Africa Economic Relations”. The session ended with the well considered presentation of Mr. Subrat Tripathy, Director, Dharma Port Company Ltd. (DPCL), Bhubaneswar, India on “Maritime Opportunities in Eastern Region of India: A Special Reference to Odisha”

The Valedictory session started with the welcome remarks of Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). It was followed by the Presentation of “Bhubaneswar Declaration” by Prof. S.K. Mohanty. The valedictory address was delivered by Sri Monohar Parikar, Hon’ble Minister of Defence, Government of India. The special address was given by H.E. Dr. S.C. Jamir, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha. The session ended with Vote of Thanks by Sri H.P. Das, Chairman, Reception Committee.



Presided by Prof. Muntasir Mamoon, Jt. Chairman of the National Observing Committee

Distinguished Dignitaries:

Mr. Shariyar Kabir, Chief Coordinator of the National Committee, Writer and Human Rights Activist

Lt. Col (OB) Abu Osman Choudhari, Captain, 8 No. Sector during Liberation War

Syed Belal Hossain, District Magistrate, Kushtia

Mr. Pralay Chisim, SP, Kushtia

Sahela Akhtar, Administrator, Kumarkhali Upojela

Mr. Kaji Mukul, Member Secretary of the National Committee

Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS

Indujyoti Mukherjee, Great Grandson of Jatindranath

Mr. Bidyut Debnath, Committee for Secularism

Mr. Fazlul Haque Bulbul, President, Workers Party

Golam Mohasin, Freedom Fighter

Mr. A.T.M. Abul Mansur Majnu, Freedom Fighter

Jiaul Islam Swapan, Chairman, Koya Union Council

Dr. Rafikul Hasan, Chairman, Bengali Dept., South-East University

Mr. Bayejid Akkas, Advocate and others

Special Invitees:

Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Finance Minister, Bangladesh

Hasanul Haq Inu, Information Minsiter, Bangladesh

Rashid Khan Menon, Civil Aviation Minister, Bangladesh

Pankaj Saran, Indian Envoy to Bangladesh

Programme Summary



100 years back, Jatindra Nath Mukherjee, a noted early Indian revolutionary, together with four of his followers, laid down their lives fighting against the British forces. To celebrate the supreme sacrifice of the revolutionaries, a commemorative programme on the 100 years of Martyrdom of Bagha Jatin was organized.

The year long programme on the 100 years of Martyrdom of Jatindranath Mukherjee, nick named as Bagha Jatin, was inaugurated on 2nd September, 2015 at the Koya College compound of Kumarkhali, in the district of Kushtia, jointly organized by the National Committee for Observing Bagha Jatin’s 100 years of Martyrdom, Bangladesh and The Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, Kolkata.

The delegates from India handed over the sacred soil and water of Kaptipoda, Balasore (where Jatindranath was martyred following the gun battle with British soldiers on 10th September, 1915) to Mr. Jiaul Haque, Chairman, Koya Unnayan Parisad through the coordinators of The National Observing Committee.

In his welcome address, Mr. Shahriar Kabir said, ‘We want the people of Bangladesh to know more about Bagha Jatin, who was an inspiration for Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahaman in his fight against the Pakistani army. The people of Bangladesh should know that the freedom struggle started by the revolutionaries ended in 1971 when we got freedom under the leadership of Bangabandhu.’

Lt. Col. (Retd) Abu Osman Choudhuri in his speech expressed his happiness for being invited in this programme because it was here he fought against the Pakistani regiments during freedom movement.

Mr. Indujyoti Mukherjee, great grandson of Jatindranath and chief guest of this programme, said that people must remember the sacrifice made by Jatindranath and his compatriots for the freedom of the country. He appealed, “Let not his work and deeds die with our generation.”

Prof. Muntsir Mamoon reiterated to unite the Bengalis of both the countries to maintain freedom in religion, the ultimate policy of Bangladesh Govt. and also to pay respect to the famous dictum of Bagha Jatin - Amra Morbo, Desh Jagbe.

Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS, discussed in detail the role of village Koya to transform this sun of the soil to a leader of revolutionary movement at the national level.

The centenary panel’s demands include renaming the main road and the Koya College after Bagha Jatin and establishing a cultural complex on land that apparently belonged to his family.

Syed Belal Hossain, District Magistrate, Kushtia and Mr. Pralay Chiisim, SP assured



Moderator: Mr. Krishnan Srinivasan, former Foreign Secretary , Government of India

Speakers:

Mr. Shahriar Kabir, Renowned Human Rights Activist, Writer and Film Maker, Bangladesh

Mr. Sultan Sahin, President, New Age Islam Foundation

Ms. Priya Singh, Fellow of MAKAIAS

Ms. Yasmin Nigar Khan, Great Grand Daughter of Khan Abdul Gaffer Khan and President, All India Pakhtun Jigra–E-Hind

Programme Summary

An International Panel Discussion on Strategy for Countering Radicalization and Extremism in South Asia was organized by the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) in collaboration with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS) at the Azad Museum, Kolkata on 29th, November, 2016.

The programme started with the screening of the documentary film “The Ultimate Jihad”, the final part of Jihad Trilogy, directed by Mr. Shahriar Kabir, renowned Human Rights Activist, writer and film maker from Bangladesh.

The inaugural speech was delivered by Mr. Sultan Sahin, President, New Age Islam Foundation, where he pointed out the difference between Greater Jihad and Lesser Jihad. Ms. Priya Singh, fellow of MAKAIAS, expressed her anxiety, saying that terrorism gradually took its deep root in the soil of South Asia because of massive spread of connectivity of internet and social network, alluring the youth force into their dragnet.

Ms. Yasmin Nigar Khan, great grand daughter of Khan Abdul Gaffer Khan and President, All India Pakhtun Jigra–E-Hind, in her speech proposed to build a university in the name of his great grandfather in West Bengal since the same in Pakistan was desecrated by the blood of martyrs and terrorist activities.

Mr. Shahriar Kabir hoped that it was the civil society, not the police administration or defense forces alone who could show the right path of routing radicalism and terrorism from the earth. He urged all people, irrespective of cast, creed and custom, to come forward to fight together to free this world from these evil forces.

Mr. Krishnan Srinivasan, former Foreign Secretary, Govt. of India and moderator of this panel discussion, expressed that freedom and security of a country would go hand in hand if there was tolerance in every field activities.

In the question – answer session, Mr. Shahriar Kabir said that though the Prime Minister of his country boasted in the world an impartial image and was trying to rebuild the country doing away of with terrorism, there was regular infiltration of radical elements at the grassroot level of the ruling party.

The discussion ended with a vote of thanks by Mr. Tapan Mitra, Acting Director , ISCS.



Welcome Address: Dr. Sreeradha Datta, Director, MAKAIAS.

Speaker:

Mr. Nazir Kabiri, Advisor to the Finance Minister of Afghanistan

Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, RIS

Capt. (Retd) Alok Bansal, Executive Director, The South Asian Institute for Strategic Affairs(SAISA)

Mr. Shakti Sinha, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML)

An International Panel Discussion on India-Afghanistan: Current Relations and Future Directions was organized by Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS), duly collaborated by Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS) and in association with Charu Chandra College, Kolkata on 4th January 2017 at the auditorium of Rotary Sadan, Kolkata.



Programme Summary



In the welcome address, Dr. Sreeradha Datta, Director, MAKAIAS, said that due to serious relook of the present policy of the Government of India, India’s Afghanistan policy was shifting from a reluctant, albeit friendly one, to a more confident and multi dimensional approach.

The speaker from Afghanistan, Mr. Nazir Kabiri, the advisor to the Finance Minister of Afghanistan, presented his views on India-Afghanistan Relations. He said that it was his strong belief that if Afghanistan and India could work together to improve economic ties between the two countries, they could easily bypass negative agendas (e.g. state sponsored terrorism in Pakistan) in this region.

Highlighting his view on Emerging Dynamics of India-Afghanistan Partnership, Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, RIS, said that economic development of Afghanistan was more important, not only for the country but also for the region. With continued impediments from Pakistan, linkages between India and Afghanistan via Iran assumed greater significance.

Capt. (Retd) Alok Bansal, Executive Director, the South Asian Institute for Strategic Affairs (SAISA), New Delhi said that the focus of the discussion would be on how India would assist Afghanistan in emerging as a strong, stable, democratic and liberal state.

Mr. Shakti Sinha, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), New Delhi, expressed his anxiety that the current deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, triggered by Pakistan’s gross interference, had challenged the development of the Afghan nation. He enunciated that it was high time two countries continue to work together despite difficulties and obstacles, precisely because they were in quest of peace within and in their neighbourhood and that would be possible through early operationalization of Chabahar port and the rail link to Afghanistan as well as better linkage with Iran and Central Asia.

A short and educative question – answer session was followed by vote of thanks given by Mr. Bimal Sankar Nanda, Asstt. Professor, Political Science, Charu Chandra College.



The institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS), with collaboration with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), New Delhi and Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi organised a two day International Conference on Indo Bangladesh Multi-Sectorial Cooperation on 23rd & 24th January, 2017.

Inaugural Session:

Chair: Mr. M.J. Akbar, Honb’le Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Chief Guest : Mr. Mozammel Haque, MP, Honb’le Minister of Liberation War Affairs, Government of Bangladesh

Guest of Honour:

Mr. Syed Muazzem Ali, Honb’le High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India

Dr.Sachchidananda Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, New Delhi

Welcome address: Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS

Key Note Speaker: Ms. Sripriya Ranganathan, JS(BM), GOI

Plenary Session I: Revisiting Mukti Juddho (Liberation War): 45 years of friendship between India and Bangladesh

Chair:Deb Mukherjee, Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh

Speakers :
Ms. Aroma Dutta, Executive Director, PRIP Trust, Bangladesh

Mr. William Sloan, President of America Association of Jurists

Lt. Gen. M. Harun- Ar- Rasid, former Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh

Mr. Hiranmay Karlekar, Consulting Editor, The Pioneer

Maj. Gen. Dhruv C Katoch, Editor, SALUTE Magazine

Plenary Session II: Indo- Bangladesh Economic Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities.

Chair: Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, Honb’le Minister of Textiles , Government of India

Speakers: Professor Sachin Chaturvedi DG,RIS

Dr.Reshmi Singh , Editor , Telecom Live and Infra Live, New Delhi .

Mr..PritamRanjan Bose, Deputy Editor and Chief Bureau, The Hindu Business Line

Mahfuz Kabir, Acting Director, BISS

Plenary Session III: Indo-Bangladesh Cultural Relations: A Shared Legacy

Chair: Amb. Veena Sikri, Former High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh and Myanmar

Speakers:

Professor Suchandra Ghosh, Dept. of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta

Prof. Muntassir Mamoon, Department of History, University of Dhaka

Mr. Rafiqul Islam Khokhon, Founder and Executive Director, Rupantor, Bangladesh

Dr. Sarwar Ali, Trustee, Liberation War Museum, Dhaka

Mr. Anirban Ganguly, Director, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Research Foundation, New Delhi

Plenary Session IV: Security Challenges to Indo – Bangladesh Relations: A Review

Chair: Ambassador Rajeet Mitter, Former High commissioner to Bangladesh

Speakers:
Mr Shahriar Kabir, General Seceraty, South Asian People’s Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism, Dhaka

Major Genreral Abdur Rashid, Executive Director, Institute of Conflict law and Developmental Studies

Mr. Syamal Dutta , Editor, Bhorer Kagoj

Prof. Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, The Institute for Policy Research, Advocacy and Governance .

Valedictory Session:

Chair: Justice A H M Shamsuddin Choudhury, Former Judge, Supreme Court of Bangladesh

Chief Guest : Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Honourable Minister of State (Independent Charges) , Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India

Chief Speaker: Professor Sachin Chaturvedi, DG, RIS

Guest of Honour: Mr. Shakti Sinha, Director,NMML, New Delhi

Vote of Thanks:

Prof.Bimal Sankar Nanda, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Charu Chandra College, Kolkata & Coordinator (Research & Publication), ISCS

Programme Summary



The programme started with the welcome address given by Sri Arindam Mukherjee. The minister from Bangladesh expressed in his speech that revisiting the spirit of liberation war might help to fight fundamentalism. He also expressed the intention of his Government to pay homage to the members of the family of soldiers, who had lost their lives in the Liberation War. Chairperson Mr. M.J. Akbar, Honb’le Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs, said that Bangladesh’s importance as an economic power has risen to great heights in recent times. Indian contingents, including Secretary, ISCS expressed the willingness to organize similar programmes on Liberation war in the coming years.

The speakers of the Plenary Session 1 expressed the willingness of Government of both the countries to strengthen bilateral relationship through revisiting the Liberation War agenda.

The speakers of the Plenary Session 2 expressed their opinion and the outlook of the Government of both the countries about the growth of economic cooperation. According to the speakers, Bangladesh is giving high priority to build closer economic links with India and significantly improving physical connectivity to facilitate trade across the border as its shares the longest land border with India.

The speakers in the Plenary Session 3 spoke on various themes based on Indo-Bangladesh Cultural relations. Prof. Suchandra Ghosh, Prof. of Ancient Indian History and Culture presented her paper on “Bay of Bengal Buddhist Network: A Shared Maritime Space between India and Bangladesh and South East Asia”. Prof. Muntasir Mamoon, Professor, Department of History, University of Dhaka presented his paper on “Indo–Bangladesh Relations, Theoretical Framework: A Reassessment”. Mr. Rafiqul Islam Khokan, Founder and Executive Director, Rupantar, Bangladesh, presented a paper on Sundarbans and Cultural Sharing. Dr. Sarwar Ali, Trustee, Liberation War Museum, Dhaka presented a paper on “Indo-Bangladesh Cultural Relationship: Opportunity and Challenges“. Dr. Anirban Ganguly, Director, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Research Foundation, New Delhi presented different aspects of strengthening cultural relations between both countries.

The speakers in the Plenary Session 4 spoke about different aspects of security and its influence on the relationship between the two countries. Some of the speakers raised a point of apathy of Government of India in this regard, which was totally rejected by speakers like Dr. Sreeradha Dutta, Director, MAKAIS and Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, Assistant Editor (Foreign Affairs), The Economic Times, New Delhi. They assured that the present Government is much keen to provide maximum protection from security angle even though China is supplying defense equipment’s to Bangladesh.



Chair: Mr. Krishnan Srinivasan, Former Foreign Secretary, Government of India.

Inaugural Speech: Mrs. Dietza Froim, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Israel, New Delhi

Speaker:
Ms. Debalina Ghoshal, Research Fellow, Centre for Human Studies, Hyderabad

Prof. P.R. Kumarswamy, Department of International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Mrs. Swati Bhattacharjee, Senior Assistant Editor, Ananda Bazar Patrika

Programme Summary



A panel discussion on “India – Israel Relations: New Milestones, New Horizons” was organised by the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) and co-hosted by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS) On 22nd March, 2017 at Jamini Roy Gallery, ICCR, Kolkata.

Dr. Sreeradha Dutta, Director, MAKAIAS, introduced the speakers to the audience. In her inaugural presentation, Ms. Dietza Froim, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Israel, New Delhi, said that the very basis of cooperation and relation between the two countries is based on knowledge and experience. Ms. Debalina Ghosal, Research Fellow, Centre for Human Studies, Hyderabad said that Israel had always taken a key role in modernizing defense system of India through transferring technology, manufacturing sophisticated arms and installing security system. Professor P. R. Kumaraswamy of the department of International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University, discussed the pros and cons of India – Israel relations. He said that India would definitely be benefited if India purchase modern technology from the Israeli market which is considered as an open market. Mrs Swati Bhatterjee, Senior Assistant Editor, Ananda Bazar Patrika shared her experiences about high yielding varieties of agricultural products she had noticed during her Israel tour and expressed her sense of gratitude, saying that India is highly benefitted by utilizing those high end varieties.



Inaugural Ceremony

  • • Welcome remarks by Mr. Pheroze Nowrojee, Chair, Asian African Heritage Trust
  • • Remarks by Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS
  • • Remarks by Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, Director General, National Museums of Kenya
  • • Opening Remarks by H. E. Ms. Suchitra Durai, High Commissioner of India
  • • Keynote Address by H. E. Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Foreign Affairs, Kenya
  • • Release of Monographs/Booklets Africa – a poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Plenary Session I Theme: Impact of the Indian Ocean Connectivity

Chair: H. E. Ms. Suchitra Durai, High Commissioner of India

Speakers:
Ms. Nancy Karigithu, Principal Secretary, Dept. for Maritime and Shipping Affairs, Kenya

Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, Former High Commissioner of India to Kenya and South Africa

Mr. Deba R Mohanty, Chairman, Indicia Research & Advisory (IRA), India

Plenary Session II

Theme: The Indian Ocean Interactions: Kenya and India

Chair: Mr. Pheroze Nowrojee, Chair, Asian African Heritage Trust

Speakers:
Dr. V. Selvakumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Epigraphy and Archaeology, Tamil University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. Kalandar Khan, Director, Kenya Heritage Training Institute (KHTI)

Plenary Session III

Theme: Economic Cooperation, Development Partnership Between India and Kenya

Chair: Mr. Kiprono Kittony, National Chairman, KNCCI

Speakers:
Dr. Manu Chandaria, Chair &CEO, Comcraft Group

Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, RIS

Mr. Kwame Owino, CEO, Institute of Economic Affairs, Kenya

Dr. Casper Cheggeh, Senior Policy Advisor and Director at Africa Policy Institute, Nairobi

Plenary Session IV

Theme: Asian-African Literature

Theme: Asian-African Literature

Chair: Dr. Radha Upadhayaya, Research fellow, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi

Speakers:

Dr. Tom Odhiambo, University of Nairobi

Dr. Godwin Siundu, University of Nairobi

Plenary Session V

Theme: People to People contacts – Education, Cultural and Diaspora Dynamics

Chair: Mr. Sharad Rao, Chairman, Kenya Judges &Magistrates Vetting Board

Speakers:

Dr. Rafique Keshavjee, Head, Academic Planning, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Aga Khan University, East Africa

Professor Azim Nanji, Former Director, the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

Prof Renu Modi, Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai

Valedictory Session

Theme: The Way Forward

• Remarks by Amb. Rajiv Bhatia

• Remarks by Mr. Pheroze Nowrojee, Chair, Asian African Heritage Trust

• Remarks by H.E. Ms. Suchitra Durai, High Commissioner of India

• Valedictory Address by Amb. Tom Amolo, Political and Diplomatic Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Govt. of Kenya

• Vote of Thanks by Mr. Krisnendu Baksi, Programme coordinator, ISCS

Programme Summary

The programme, an International Seminar titled, “Connectivity Revisited: India, Kenya and the Indian Ocean” was organized by the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS), India and co-hosted by The High Commission of India, Nairobi and in association with the Asian African Heritage Trust, Nairobi at the Louis Leakey Auditorium at the Nairobi National Museum on 28th - 29th March, 2017.

This was the first ever Seminar organized by the High Commission on India – Kenya on old Indian Ocean links. It was also the first Seminar on the Indian Ocean region organized by the Government of India in Africa after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) Initiative.

H. E. Ambassador Dr. Amina Mohamad, Cabinet Secretary (Minister) of Foreign Affairs, Kenya delivered the Key Note address at the inaugural ceremony on 28th March, 2017. In her remarks, the Cabinet Secretary highlighted the importance of the Indian Ocean and connectivity in robust India – Kenya partnership. High Commissioner, Ms. Suchita Durai, in her opening remarks, recalled that the historic Indian Ocean links between India and East Africa, particularly Kenya, facilitated recent development in bilateral relations and recommendations for future engagements.

Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS in his speech focused on the relations between the two countries with the Indian Ocean on historical background and referred that to the similarity of the name of our country with that of an ocean due to close proximity and extensive relationship. It was never found in any other parts of the world and that too was named not by any Indian but someone from other parts of the world.

National Events

Programme Date Venue
Citizen Assembly 31-May-2015 Chasakhand, Odisha
Programme on the 100 years of Martyrdom of Bagha Jatin 08-09-September-2015 Gandhi Smriti Bhawan Ground, Balasore, Odisha
Geopolitics and Maritime Security in Indian Ocean: An Indian Perspective 19-20-February-2016 Port Blair, India


President: Sri Prabir Chandra Dash

Speakers:
Sri Krishnendu Baksi, ISCS
Sri Madan Mohan Dutta, Ex Block Vice Chairman
Sri Gobinda Chandra Das, MLA of Remuna,
Sri Pratap Sarangi, Ex MLA of Nilagiri

Programme Summary

A Citizen Assembly was organized at the village of Chasakhand near Balasore town of Odisha on 31st May, 2015 to collect the soil from this sacred place, where Bagha Jatin fought his last battle with the British force.

ISCS conducted an one hour programme at 8 AM on May 31, 2015 involving local villagers and the trust management to collect the soil from this sacred land, which was to be carried to Bagha Jatin’s birth place in Koya village and other places of India.

The programme was conducted by Sri Prabir Ch. Dash, a young social activist from Baleswar. Further, the gathering was addressed by Sri Krishnendu Baksi of ISCS, Sri Madan Mohan Dutta, Ex Block Vice Chairman, Sri Gobinda Chandra Das, MLA of Remuna, Sri Pratap Sarangi, Ex MLA of Nilagiri and members of the local trust who maintain the place. The sacred soil in a brass container was handed over to Sri Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary of ISCS, by Sri Gobinda Chandra Das, MLA of Remuna. The programme was attended by more than 50 people.

All speakers highlighted the issue of developing this place has a point of attraction and assured their full cooperation for all sorts of such initiatives.



Inaugaration: Mr. Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Urban Development, Poverty Alleviation

Dignitaries:

Mr. Indujyoti Mukherjee, Great Grandson of Sri Jatindranath Mukherjee
Mr. Sanatan Mallick, District Magistrate of Balasore
Mr. Niti Shekhar, SP, Balasore
Prof. Bimal Shankar Nanda, Charu Chandra College, Kolkata
Mr. Shariyar Kabir, Eminent Writer and Journalist of Bangladesh
Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, The Institute of Social and Cultural Studies

Panel Discussion on Early Indian Revolutionary Movement and Jatindranath

Inauguration: Prof. S.P. Adhikary, Vice Chancellor of the University

Speakers:
Prof. Shyama Charan Mohapatra
Prof. Bimal Shankar Nanda, Charu Chandra College, Kolkata
Mr. Shahriar Kabir, President of Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee of 1971, Chief Coordinator of the National Committee of 100 years of Martyrdom of BaghaJatin, Bangladesh
Mr. Anirban Ganguly, Director of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Research Institute, New Delhi.

Programme Summary

Institute of Social and Cultural Studies organized the formal programme on the 100 years of Martyrdom of Great Freedom Fighter Jatindranath Mukhopadhyay, famously known as Bagha Jatin on 8th September, 2015 at the adjacent compound of the famous Gandhi Smriti Bhaban of Baleswar in Odisha.

The programme was inaugurated by Mr. Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Urban Development, Poverty Alleviation, in the presence of Mr. Indujyoti Mukherjee, great grandson of Sri Jatindranath, Mr. Sanatan Mallick, District Magistrate of Balasore, Mr. Niti Shekhar, SP, Balasore, Prof. Bimal Shankar Nanda of Charu Chandra College, Kolkata, Mr. Shariyar Kabir, Eminent Writer and Journalist of Bangladesh, Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, The Institute of Social and Cultural Studies and other distinguished guests. Also present were 14 delegates from Bangladesh, who came with the sacred water and soil from the native place of Jatindranath who was born in the village Koya of Kushtia, Bangladesh.

Before attending this programme, the central minister and other dignitaries visited the Barabati Girls High School (which was earlier known as Balasore Hospital during British Regime, and where Bagha Jatin was admitted and died after the historical gun battle with British soldiers on the bank of the river BuriBalam), Balasore Jail, Chasakhand to pay homage to the great freedom fighter.

In his inaugural speech, Mr. Babul Supriyo discussed in brief the revolutionary life of this great personality and honoured him by declaring him as a Rare Genius.

The delegates from Bangladesh handed over the sacred water and soil, brought with them from the native place of Bagha Jatin, to Mr. Babul Supriyo and Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS. It was really a touching moment, to be remembered by everyone forever.

Mr. Shahriar Kabir, Eminent Writer and Journalist of Bangladesh in his speech said that the freedom movement of Bangladesh was greatly inspired by the heroic activity Bagha Jatin, Surya Sen, Bhagat Singh, Pritilata Waddedar. He also assured that the National Committee in Bangladesh would also commemorate the 100 years of Martyrdom of Jatindranath. A street in Bangladesh would also be renamed in the name of Jatindranath, he added.

Prof. Bimal Shankar Nanda narrated the different activities of Bagha Jatin relating to the freedom movement of the country. He also agreed that even after 100 years of Martyrdom it was the heroic activity of Bagha Jatin that inspired both Bangla.

Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS discussed in detail the historical parlance of the martyrdom of Bagha Jatin. Other dignitaries also spoke on the revolutionary activities of Bagha Jatin. A vote of thanks was given by a member of the Bagha Jatin Development Committee, Balasore.

A cultural programme was organized by the local committee, focusing on the heroic moments of the life of BaghaJatin through dance drama performed by the local children.

A visit to Chasakhand by the dignitaries was made immediately after the programme. It was the place where a fierce gun battle between the revolutionaries and the British soldiers took place.


Inaugural: Chair: Gen. P.K. Siwatch, COS, ANC

Inaugurated by: H.E. Lt. Gen A.K.Singh (Retd), Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Welcome Remarks: Sri Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS

Academic Session

Session I: Changing Contours of Geopolitics and Maritime Affairs in the Indian Ocean

Chair: Prof. V. Suryanarayana of University of Madras

Speakers: Prof. C. Raja Mohan, Director, Carnegie India
Dr. Deba R Mohanty, Vice President, SSPC, New Delhi
Prof. GVC Naidu, Prof., Indo-Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, JNU

Session II: Evolving Strategic Designs: India in Indian Ocean

Chair: Lt. Gen. (Dr.) D.B. Shekhatkar

Speakers:
Vice Admiral (Retd) Sekhar Sinha, Former C-IN-C, Western Command
Dr. Nihar Nayak, Research Fellow, IDSA, New Delhi
Dr. Avilash Roul , IIT, Chennai
Session III: Andaman and Nicobar as an Actor in Indian Ocean

Chair: Prof. Francis Xavier, Principal, JNRM

Chief Guest: Mr. Raajiv Yaduvanshi, IAS, Principal Secretary (Education & Urban Development), A&N Administration

Speakers:
Commodore Girish Kumar Garg, Navel Component Commander (NAVCC)
Commandant Ajay Sood, Chief Staff Officer(Operation), Coast Guard
Dr. R V R Murthy, Associate Professor & Head, Department of Political Science, MGG College, Mayabundar

Concluding Session: The Way Ahead and Essential Takeaways

Chair: Mr. Shakti Sinha, Director, South Asian Institute for Strategic Affair

Speaker:
Mr. Anand Sharma, Chief Secretary, Andaman

Programme Summary

Two days National Seminar was organized by ISCS in collaboration with Andaman and Nicobar Administration and Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya (JNRM), Port Blair and supported by Andaman and Nicobar Command. It was held at the auditorium of the Joint Command. The objective was to confirm the active and powerful presence of India in this region to face the ever growing menance of Chinese forces as well as to reaffirm and develop better cultural and commercial relations with all small and major countries.

The seminar was inaugurated by H.E. Lt. Gen A.K. Singh (Retd), Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In his inaugural speech, Lt. Gen A.K. Singh (Retd) cautioned New Delhi not to consider islands merely as border outposts. He advised that these islands would play a major role if the country deemed its powerful presence in this region for a greater control over activities in Indian Ocean.

In his Welcome Remarks, Sri Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS, pointed out that since Andaman and Nicobar Islands had been the nerve centre for gaining strategic control over Indian Ocean, the need of such seminar, first of its kind in India in this island and within the joint command camp, was to exchange views by the command dignitaries with defense and strategist personalities to tackle the aggression of the superpower.

Major Gen. P.K. Swatch, COS, ANC stressed the need for modern defense outlook, considering the aggressive attitude of China and their speedier implementation.

In the First Session, Prof V. Suryanarayana of University of Madras, Chennai, reminded that as many of us had little idea about the distance between Indira Point, i.e. the last land mark in Andaman and Indonesia (which is much shorter than the distance between Chennai and Tirupati), it was not always possible to ascertain the forbidden danger in sea and ocean,sitting far away in land.

Prof. C Raja Mohan, Director, Carnegie India, while presenting his paper on “India in Indian Ocean”, advised the Government to adopt counter policy of that of China to maintain supremacy in Indian Ocean.

Dr. Deba R Mohanty, Vice President, SSPC, New Delhi, in his paper on “Indian Hard Power Dynamic in Indian Ocean” confessed that earlier Government did not adopt any long term policy for the development of naval trade and naval force in this region. The present Sea Policy of the rulling government was to maintain good relation with small countries, thereby to create pressure on the super power. The Other speaker was Prof. GVC Naidu, Prof., Indo-Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, JNU.

In the Second Session, themed “Evolving Strategic Designs: India in Indian Ocean” chaired by Lt. Gen. (Dr.) D.B. Shekhatkar, Vice Admiral (Retd) Sekhar Sinha, former C-IN-C, Western Command, through his paper “An Ideal Indian Blue Water Navy in Indian Ocean”, expressed his anxiety over the forbidden danger from activities of different extremist groups and offered ways to extinct them. Other speakers were Dr. Nihar Nayak, Research Fellow, IDSA, New Delhi and Dr. Avilash Roul , IIT, Chennai.

In the Third Session, on the next day entitled “Andaman and Nicobar as an Actor in Indian Ocean” chaired by Prof. Francis Xavier, Principal, JNRM, speakers from the Coast Guard and Joint Command presented their papers on different aspects of security.  

In the Concluding Session, titled: “The Way Ahead and Essential Takeaways”, chaired by Mr. Shakti Sinha, Director, South Asian Institute for Strategic Affairs, New Delhi, the later opined that it would take another decade to materialize different proposals adopted for modernizing Andaman and Nicobar command.

In the midst of the anxieties expressed by the different personalities, Mr. Anand Sharma, Chief Secretary, Andaman, assured that the various projects adopted for the expansion and modernization of joint command would be quickly disposed of.

The seminar ended with a vote of thanks.

Regional Events

Programme Date Venue
Sudhi Sangam 3: India’s Contribution in the field of Mathematics - From Ancient Age to Modern Age 19-July-2014 Aurobinda Bhawan, Kolkata
Release of the book ‘Cleaning the Ganga: An Ecosystem Approach’ by Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, Eminent Environmentalist 23-August-2014 Outram Ghat, Kolkata
Bijaya Sammilani 21-November-2015 Sea Explorer Institute, OutramGhat, Kolkata
A one-day seminar on Early Indian Revolutionary Movement & Bagha Jatin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Martyrdom of Bagha Jatin 06-February-2016 Khudiram Bose Central College, Kolkata
Sudhi Sangam 4: Sanlape Alapane Dr. Debasis Bose 03-August -2016 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
Round Table Seminar: “In Quest of a Subhas Chandra Bose” 16-October-2015 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
Margya Natya 12-November-2016 Minerva Theatre, Kolkata


Institute of Social and Cultural Studies organized its periodical intellectual exercise, Sudhi Sangam on 19th July 2014 at Sri Aurobinda Bhawan, Kolkata on the subject of

India’s Contribution in the field of Mathematics - From Ancient Age to Modern Age

Speakers:

Professor Pradip Majumder

Professor Amarta Dutta

Professor Dilip Kumar Sinha

At the introductory session, Mr. Tapan Mitra, Acting Director of ISCS, in his short speech related mathematics and its application from a painter’s perspective and reminded that some of the painters of renaissance period were mathematicians and India was no exception.

In his well-developed deliberation, Prof. Pradip Majumder explained that though it is stated that Egypt is called the origin of mathematics, but India was no less far behind, rather the use of math was more explicit in India than that of those countries. Details about application of math were also found in Rig Veda and Yajur Veda. Uses of math for counting were explained in Ramayana and Mahabharata. Buddha Sastras among other things mentioned the uses of math. Jaina Granthas even discussed the numbers and infinity.

It was Aryabhatta who in 499 BC wrote about equation, measurement and thereafter Bhaskaracharya-I and II and later Brahmagupta developed the field of mathematics. In the Mughal period, we had seen the uses of interpolation theory of trichonometry and geometry. The modern concept of math was noted in the British period. The Calcutta Math Society was formed in the year 1908 for printing research papers under the presidentship of Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee. Before that, in 1857, 3 universities and a few colleges were opened where, among other subjects, math was introduced.

Prof. Amartya Dutta, on behalf of Sri Aurobinda Seva Samity, in his very neat little speech, told that though we have a respectable position in modern math, but spectacular work was done in ancient times.

Prof Dilip Kumar Sinha, Ex Vice Chancellor of Viswa Bharati University, overviewed briefly the different aspects of Math delivered by Prof. Majumder and Prof. Dutta and mentioned the contribution of Aurobinda in Math.

A vote of thanks was given by Mr Aswini Pahari on behalf of ISCS at the end of the session.



Release of the book ‘Cleaning the Ganga: An Ecosystem Approach’ by Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, Eminent Environmentalist

Chief Guest: Sri Bosisto Kumar Sengupta, Former Director General, KMDA

Speaker:

Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh

Programme Summary

Professor Dilip Kumar Sinha

Institute of Social and Cultural Studies organized book release programme for ‘Cleaning the Ganga: An Ecosystem Approach’ by Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, Eminent Environmentalist on August 23, 2014 at Sea Explorers Institute, Outram Ghat, Kolkata.

The session began with the felicitation of Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, author of the book and Sri Bosista Kumar Sengupta, Former Director General, KMDA and the guest-in-chief of the session by Sri Tapan Mitra, Acting Director of the institute.

The book was officially released by Sri Sengupta.

In his inaugural speech, Sri Mitra painted a very grim picture of the pollution of the river Ganga and appreciated the author’s views and the publication of such book in proper time.

Dr. Ghosh in his speech discussed the total issue from four broad angles:

1. Excessive use of agro-chemicals – destroying the microbial life of the river, thereby incapacitating the self-cleaning ability.

2. Destroying and uprooting trees on both sides of the river Ganga for the rehabilitation of human beings, thereby destructing the growth of natural vegetation.

3. The problem of non-point source pollution within the Ganga basin area.

4. Failure of sewage treatment plants in reducing non-point source pollution. He also suggested certain remedies to tackle this problem


Mr. Sengupta shared his experience in working in this field and spoke about how to check the harmful effects of a polluted Ganga by technical means. He also drew attention to the flawed policies of the government, because of which a huge amount of fund allotted for Ganga Action Plan had been drained out without any fruitful result.

The session ended with a vote of thanks by Sri Mitra.

The atmosphere and surroundings were beautiful and were ideal for releasing such book. A sales counter was opened for selling this publication and a moderate sale was noticed.

The Institute of Social and Cultural Studies had arranged a Bijaya Sammilani programme at the premises of the Sea Explorer’s Institute on the bank of the river Ganga on 21st November, 2015, Saturday.

The homely programme began with an introductory speech by Sri Tapan Mitra, Acting Director of the institute. He felicitated Prof. Barid Baran Ghosh, President, Bangiya Sahitya Parishad and the Chief Guest of the programme. Prof. Ghosh, in his usual story telling voice, discussed lucidly the implications of Durga Puja and Bijaya Utsav from the perspective of rural Bengal.

Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary of the institute, discussed the activities of the institute’s both past and future programmes, a brief presentation on the publication of a series of books on the great thinkers of Bengal who, through their ideas and activities, had contributed to the development of nationalism in India and the concept of nation. The appointment letter was issued to the Research personalities by Sri Bimal Shankar Nanda, editor for this project.

A musical programme was held thereafter, where Sri Kausik Sarkar presented a few collections from Nazrul Islam, Dijendra Lal Roy, Rajani Kanto Sen and old Bengali classical, using his own Gayaki and mood, duly supported by Sri Subrata Das in Tabla. The rendition was both mellifluous and highly praiseworthy, enjoyed by the audience present. Sri Subir Ghosh

The programme ended with a vote of thanks.



Inauguration:

Prof. Rabi Ranjan Chattopadhyay, Minister for Science and Technology and Biotechnology, Govt. of W.B.
Dignitaries:

Sri Sudhindra Chandra Moitra (Freedom Fighter)
Sri Purnendu Prasad Bhattacharji (Freedom Fighter)
Prof. Ashok Chaudhury, President, Governing Body, K.B.C.C.
Dr. Subir Kr. Dutta, Principal, K.B.C.C.
Sri Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS
First Session Early Indian Revolutionary Movement – from beginning to 1908 Chair : Dr. Amiya Kr. Samanta
Speakers:
Sri Anurag Bandyopadhyay
Sri Subir Ghosh
Second session Activities of Jatindranath Mukherji & Contemporary Revolutionary Leaders from 1908 to 1915

Speakers:

Sri Sandip Bandyopadhyay,
Sri Arindam Mukherjee
Sri Gautam Biswas
Third session Early Indian Revolutionary Movement in Abroad
Chair: Prof Purabi Roy

Speakers:

Prof Arun Bandyopadhyay
Dr. Asitava Das
Valedictory session:

Speakers:

Prof. BimalSankar Nanda
Dr. Subir Kr. Dutta, Principal, K.B.C.C.
Sri Tapan Mitra, Actg. Director, ISCS

Vote of thanks:

Sri Arup Bhattacharjee, H.O.D, Department of Political Science.

Programme Summary

A one day seminar on ‘Early Indian Revolutionary Movement & Bagha Jatin to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Martyrdom of Bagha Jatin’, an ex student of K.B.C.C. was held on 6th February, 2016 at Khudiram Bose Central College (K.B.C.C.) by The Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS), duly collaborated by the Khudiram Bose Central College and Sri Aurobinda Bhavan, Kolkata.

The session was inaugurated by Prof. Rabi Ranjan Chattopadhyay, Minister for Science and Technology and Biotechnology, Govt. of W.B. in presence of Sri Sudhindra Chandra Moitra, Sri Purnendu Prasad Bhattacharji, two octogenarian Freedom Fighters, Prof. Ashok Chaudhury, President, Governing Body, K.B.C.C., Dr. Subir Kr. Dutta, Principal, K.B.C.C., Sri Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS and other guests and delegates. Every one discussed the different aspects of nationalism. The freedom fighters presented a lucid analysis of freedom movements they had participated with the renowned leaders and saluted their dedication.

First Session ‘’Early Indian Revolutionary Movement – from beginning to 1908” was chaired by Dr. Amiya Kr. Samanta.

Two distinguished speakers, Sri Anurag Bandyopadhyay and Sri Subir Ghosh shared their valuable thoughts on this occasion. Both presented through their papers on the development of various revolutionary movements and their impact on the freedom of our country.

Second session ,themed on “Activities of Jatindranath Mukherji & Contemporary Revolutionary Leaders from 1908 to 1915” was chaired by Ashok Kumar Mukhopadhyay. Distinguished speakers Sri SandipBandyopadhyay, Sri Arindam Mukherjee and Sri Gautam Biswas presented their views on this occasion

All the speakers discussed in detail the activities of Jatindranath and his compatriots, their efforts to organize armed revolution to fight against the British.

A third session titled ‘Early Indian Revolutionary Movement in Abroad’ was chaired by Purabi Roy and included speakers like Prof. Arun Bandyopadhyay, Dr. Asitava Das. Prof. Arun Bandyopadhyay narrated in detail the Gadar Movement and its reflection on Pather Dabi, a famous novel written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.

Dr. Asitava Das presented through his paper a valuable narrative on the activities of Rash Bihari Bose and appealed for arranging a special session to evaluate this great character and his role in our freedom movement.

In the Valedictory session, Prof. Bimal Sankar Nanda, Dr Subir Kr. Dutta, Principal, K.B.C.C., Sri Tapan Mitra, Acting Director, ISCS, shared their views with the audience.

The speakers in their respective speeches stressed the need of such seminar among the student community to instill in them the spirit of dedication shown by Bagha Jatin and other freedom fighters of our country.

The principal of K.B.C.C. proposed a research wing on the activities of Bagha Jatin to be formed in the college.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Sri Arup Bhattacharjee, H.O.D, Department of Political Science.



The Institute of Social and Cultural Studies had arranged a Bijaya Sammilani programme this year at the premises of the Sea Explorer’s Institute on the bank of the river Ganga on 21st November, 2015, Saturday.

The homely programme began with an introductory speech by Sri Tapan Mitra, Acting Director of the institute. He felicitated Prof. Barid Baran Ghosh, President, Bangiya Sahitya Parishad and the Chief Guest of the programme. Prof. Ghosh, in his usual story- telling voice, discussed lucidly the implications of Durga Puja and Bijaya Utsav from the perspective of rural Bengal.

Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary of the institute, discussed the activities of the institute’s both past and future programmes , a brief presentation on the publication of a series of books on the great thinkers of Bengal who, through their ideas and activities, had contributed to the development of nationalism in India and the concept of nation. The appointment letter was issued to the Research personalities by Sri Bimal Shankar Nanda, editor for this project.

A musical programme was held thereafter, where Sri Kausik Sarkar presented a few collections from Nazrul Islam, Dijendra Lal Roy, Rajani Kanto Sen and old Bengali classical, using his own Gayaki and mood, duly supported by Sri Subrata Das in Tabla. The rendition was both mellifluous and highly praiseworthy, enjoyed by the audience present.

The programme ended with a vote of thanks.

Total gathering was far below expectations.



Chief Guest: Justice Chittotosh Mukherjee

Moderator: Mr Shekhar Bhowmik, Professor Vidyasagar College, Kolkata

Speaker: Dr. Debashis Bose

Programme Summary

A programme titled ‘Sanlape Alapane Debashis Bose’ on the development of Kulaji Literature of Bengal was held on 3rd August, 2016 at the Conference Hall of Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. In the inaugural speech, Justice Chittotosh Mukherjee deliberated briefly on this subject and spoke about Dr. Debasis Bose. Dr. Debashis Bose commented through his presentation that the Kulaji literature was a component of our own history. He expressed with regret that present day historians never pay due respect to the importance of Kulaji Literature. Beginning the dialogue, Mr. Shekhar Bhowmick, Professor of Vidyasagar College, Kolkata, posed a series of questions which were replied by Dr. Debasis Bose, based on his own experiences and problems he faced while preparing and doing research work on Kulaji of his family. In the course of discussion, it came out that when western countries had gone ahead with exploring this subject, very little was done in our country, especially in Bengal. The programme continued for one and a half hour, followed by a fifteen minutes Question – Answer session.



Chair:
Prof. Purabi Roy, Eminent Netaji Researcher
Inaugural Speech: Sri Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS, Kolkata
Speakers:
Sri Sandhi Mukherjee, IPS (Retd)
Sri Tushar Kanti Talukdar, Former Commissioner of Police, Kolkata
Sri Chandra Kumar Bose, Convener, The Open Platform for Netaji
Sri Amlan Kusum Ghosh, Eminent Columnist
Sri Bimal Shankar Nanda, Associate Prof. Dept. of Pol. Science, Charu Chandra College, Kolkata

Programme Summary

Inaugurating the seminar, Shri Arindam Mukherjee, secretary, ISCS justified the importance of organizing such seminars on Subhas Chandra Bose to know in detail the mysterious disappearance of Netaji and emphasized that similar efforts should be taken to declassify the files of other revolutionary leaders like BaghaJatin etc.

Sri Sandhi Mukherjee quoted from various reports published in various magazines and narrated how nepotism and corruption had taken their roots, thereby the very meaning of the word democracy was misrepresented. He stressed the need for the formation of a non-political organization to express solidarity against these odds.

Sri Amlan Kusum Ghosh presented in brief the contact of Netaji with Swamiji and change thereon of the mental stature of Netaji. He also praised the role and courage shown by the veteran political leader like Samar Guha. He thanked the C.M., West Bengal, for declassifying 64 files of Netaji. He also discussed the functions of different commissions and the positive role played by the Mukherjee Commission in unearthing the mystery of disappearance of Netaji.
Sri Bimal Shankar Nanda analyzed the issue in political parlance, citing various examples from the countries of Africa, European countries and even in Bangladesh and the motives behind them.

Sri Tushar KantiTalukdar shared his experience about the negative attitude he observed of the then ruling government in declassifying the files.

Sri Chandra Kumar Bose discussed through power point presentation, various activities of Netaji. He informed the house of the recent meet of the family members of Netaji with Sri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, to whom he, on behalf of the family, appealed to declassify all the 200 files in possession of the Central Government and to print the real stories in the text books published by NCERT and other Government publications so that the coming generation could visualize Netaji positively. PM had assured them to take positive measures. He also requested PM to declassify the files lying with other countries like China, Japan, England, USA, by direct appeals to the concerned countries through appeal to be made to the head of the countries.
Prof.Purabi Roy shared her experiences while doing research work on Netaji. According to her, “Even a great many facts are yet to be unravelled as many original records are either obscured and missing or destroyed. Hence, without the original records, the evaluation of any subject pertaining to it remains partial and leaves much to be desired.”



Chief Guest: Sri Devesh Chattopadhyay

Distinguished Guest: Sri Angshuman Bhowmick

Performer: Sri Piyal Bhattacharjee and his Troupe

Programme Summary



Institute of social and cultural studies organised its yearly cultural programme titled Margya Natya on 12th November, 2016 at Minerva Theatre. Eminent theatre personality Sri Devesh Chattopadhyay graced the occasion as the chief guest, famous cultural commentator and art critic Sri Angshuman Bhowmick was also present on this occasion as a distinguished guest.

Marga Natya was staged by noted dance personality Sri Piyal Bhattacharjee and his troupe. The theme was a reconstruction of the Chitra Purvaranga, an extraordinary amalgamation of dance, music and rituals and ‘Bhank’, a nritya prabandha or abstract dance poetry. The interesting feature of this cultural programme was that some of the rarest instrument played in this performance had either lost their importance in the present day music world or people had little knowledge about them. Some of such instruments were still found in Myanmar.