Asian Confluence, Shillong in collaboration with the Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA)

11th March, 2017


Asian Confluence Center, Lady Veronica Lane, Laitumkhrah, Shillong, Meghalaya 793003


Asian Confluence and Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) hosted The Young Scholars Forum (YSF), 2017 “India’s North Eastern States and Eastern Neighbours: Borderlands, People and Connectivity”

March 11, 2017:

Asian Confluence, Shillong in collaboration with the Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA) organised the Young Scholars Forum 2017 on March 9th and 10th for new, forward-thinking and positive scholarship engaged in research advocacy on Northeast India and its borders with South and South East Asia, drawing the region’s unique geopolitical significance, economic potential and cultural diversity.

The Young Scholars Forum 2017 was a grand accomplishment yet again basing on the previous successes of the Forum previously held in December 2015 as a follow-up to the “Shillong Consensus” that emanated from the “Shillong Dialogue” hosted by the Asian Confluence and Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA) in 2014.

The event saw a large number of participants ranging from the scholars, research scholars, the teachers and students of the various colleges from in and around the city who have shown their growing interest in the event over the years reaching a new water-mark in this year’s Forum. There was an absorbing brain-storming session for the past two days, on the 9th and 10th of March, each drawing a significance of its own on how important a working relationship between India, in particular the North Eastern states with our immediate neighbours are and the impacts and after effects that partition has incurred particularly the effects and after-effects on trade relations and economic sustainability of the people living in the borders.

The Seminar also saw a host of eminent scholars and critics. The inaugural session was chaired by former Ambassador Riewad Warjri of Meghalaya on the 9th of March. The Seminar, on the second day, altogether consisted of three sessions which were chaired by the shared wisdom and insights of prominent scholars from the likes of Dr Sreeradha Datta, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata, Professor L.S. Gassah, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Professor Sarah Hilaly, Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, Professor Sajal Nag, Assam University, Silchar and a few more which in its entirety culminated to a wider outlook into border, borderlands, people, natural resources and connectivity.