Book on contemporary South Asia released
|From left to right-Rajan Arya, publisher, Maj. Gen. G.D. Bakshi, Dr. Chandan Mitra, Dr. Klaus Lange, Dr. Klara Knapp and Jagannath P. Panda releasing the book titiled' Revisiting Contemporay South Asia-Politics, Economics and Security' at a function in New Delhi on Friday.
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP and eminent journalist Dr. Chandan Mitra on Friday evening released a book titiled "Revisiting Contemporary South Asia-Politics, Economics and Security" in a function here. Published by Pentagon Press, Delhi, the book is a collection of papers by eminent scholars on some very important issues concerning South Asia.
The book is edited by Prof. Dr. Klaus Lange, who is director of the Germany/Italy based consultancy ' Institute for Transnational Studies, Prof. Dr, Klara Knapp, deputy director ITS and Jagannath P. Panda, Research Fellow at IDSA.
Mitra in his speech explained about the prevailing security scenario in South Asia arising out of the nexus between China and Pakistan and how this evil nexus has created mess in the region.
He explored the causes of strained relations between India, Pakistan and China and cautioned that in next few decades, Indian Ocean region will be the flash point of a major conflict between India and China over energy security.
Mitra also expressed his concerns over the Chinese overtures in the Gilgit and Baltistan areas of Pak occupied Kashmir. Citing media reports on the presence of China in the northern areas of PoK, he told that Pakistan has sold out this area to China for the exploration of mineral deposits. Chinese presence in the Pakistani territory has caused immense concern in India.
He congratulated the editors of the book for providing European perspective on issues that are plaguing South Asia.
Another speaker, Major General G. D. Bakshi, a retired Indian army officer and strategic analyst also raised concern over the Pak-China nexus and said that there is possibility of a war over water in the region. He deplored the existence of non state actors in Pakistan who could pose serious danger in the region.
Dr. Lange, Dr. Knapp and Jagannath P. Panda told about the need to intensify understanding and co-operation between Europe and South Asia for development and progress of the people of both the regions. Dr. Kalus told that Europe can benefit from the under used human resource in South Asia and South Asia can also benefit from the management skill and technology from Europe.
The publisher of the book Rajan Arya and a host of experts on strategic affairs were also present in the book release function.