Young Scholars Forum

Asian Confluence Scholars Collective

Recognizing the immense significance of the composite region comprising India’s North Eastern Region and her Eastern Neighbours, and the urgent necessity for interactive and pro-active scholarship- the Asian Confluence initiative of “SCHOLARS’ COLLECTIVE” is conceived as an evolving forum for new, forward-thinking and positive scholarship engaged in research and advocacy on Northeast India. Drawing on the region’s unique geopolitical significance, economic potential and cultural diversity, this initiative is an attempt at realizing a vigorous popular interaction from, by and about this region beyond the binaries of statist interventions and business initiatives. In regard for immense potential for new and innovative scholarship in this region, the idea inherent to this initiative is to take the opportunity to invite young minds to join the “SCHOLARS’ COLLECTIVE”, and participate through it in these emerging conversations on the future of this region that we propose to initiate through both new media and interactive presentations at seminars and workshops held from time to time.

The initiative is aimed at engaging young minds from the different parts of this region to move beyond the contingency of history and political geography of divided borders and lives, to move into a future that seeks to view the region in positive and progressive terms. The idea is not to ignore the discordant interludes in community relations but to negotiate with it and move beyond.

Asian Confluence Young Scholars Forum

The Asian Confluence Young Scholars Forum is a collaborative initiative between Asian Confluence Scholars Collective and the Indian Council for World Affairs for new, forward-thinking and positive scholarship engaged in research and advocacy on Northeast India drawing on the region’s unique geopolitical significance, economic potential and cultural diversity.

The First Young Scholars Forum was held in December 2015 as a follow up to the “Shillong Consensus” that emanated from the “Shillong Dialogue” that was hosted by the Asian Confluence and the Indian Council for world affairs in 2014. Since inception, the Young Scholars Forum (YSF) has evolved to come up with a definite mandate for itself: that of acting as a “voice of the future” of the North Eastern Region as it relates to India’s engagement with her Eastern Neighbours and to create an engaging academic voice for well researched solutions to address the deep rooted complex issues that affect the region as a whole. Aimed at complementing governmental efforts of creating peaceful and prosperous borders,the role of “Young Scholars’ Forum” of the region is to create a balanced regional voice in the academic and strategic community, which is has gained paramount importance today in light of India’s Act East Policy and Neighbourhood First Policy.

The Young Scholars Forum has taken up the following missions:

Act as a voice of the future for the North Eastern Region, the YSF will contribute to creating a synergy through “Third Space dialogues” on negotiating for peace and conflict resolution in the region

Take up critical concerns on the environmental history pertaining to the North eastern region and engage in research and advocacy in themes of environmental crisis facing the region.

YSF develops a database on border trade infrastructure , trading practices and trading culture of the NER beyond the limitations of borders and boundaries.

YSF builds a shared historical experiences and traditions and work on synegizing the people of diverse communities towards the appreciation of shared historical and cultural beyond the limitations of borders and boundaries.

YSF tries to attempt at creating a comprehensive database on traditional sites of people to people interaction located at existing international borders and engage in advocacy towards promoting these sites as populous integration sites and prosperity zones as part of international tourism sites beyond the limitations of borders and boundaries.

Asian Confluence YSF takes up specific Third Space dialogues on the rich biodiversity and natural resources along rivers and river banks and a new way to develop engagement across borders andnuture people to people partnerships towards safeguarding the natural resources of the region

The YSF collaborates with likeminded institutions towards creating a databaseof shared everyday practices of livelihood patterns and alsolook towards celebrating the common threads that exist amongst the people of the region beyod boundaries of communities and cultures popularizing practices and traditions which find themselves challenged with the high tide of globalization.


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