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Thrust on regional connectivity for a developed South Asia

Int’l confce on S Asian state and society at JnU

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Ambassador Sarvajit Chakravarti, former Indian Deputy High Commi-ssioner to Bangladesh, on Saturday stressed the need for regional connectivity for the development of South Asia.
He said this while talking at an International Conference on 'State and Society in South Asia: A Historical Perspective' jointly organised by Department of History, Jagannath University, Dhaka and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India.
Putting stress on the regional arrangements, he also noted that it means to increase the scale of the resources and create facilities to provide all access to the resources of the region.
The approach to development has to shift from a national level to regional level and those issues that commonly affect the region have to be treated as common to the region and the means to address those issues have to be commonly shared, he added.
Referring to the different tools for creating connectivity between South Asian countries, Chakravarti noted that Bangladesh can create this connectivity by following various initiatives to promote connectivity within regional frameworks.
Professor Dr Syed Anwar Husain chaired the event on the second day of the seminar saying that no country of South Asia is free from religion and
Sohrab Hossain, Senior journalist of Prothom Alo (A Bengali Daily) said mutual support is needed to strengthen the partnership between South Asian countries.
He also noted that India-Bangladesh relations have always been a special one because of shared history, geography, and culture and, above all, the bond created during our Liberation war.
Professor Bodh Prokash, School of Letters, Faculty of English, Ambedkar University, Delhi, India discussed the adverse impact of 1947 partition.
Swadesh Roy, Executive Editor, Daily Janakantha (A daily Bengali), discussed the role of Ganajagoran Mancho.
Professor Delwar Hossain, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, talked about the South Asia's multiple potentials and its paradoxes.
He noted that South Asia has created their regional identity, geo-politics focusing on Bay of Bengal Basin.
Dr Ramani Hettiarachchi, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, said all the South Asian countries should work together to implement the particular object.

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