A war at Doklam was not expected: Dr. Jaimini Bhagawati

A war at Doklam was not expected: Dr. Jaimini Bhagawati

‘The ongoing stand-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Doklam tri-junction area is not an unexpected outcome of the steady slide in India-China relations over the last few years. While the construction of a road by the Chinese for military purposes in Bhutanese territory — disputed by the Chinese — was most likely a calculated provocation, the underlying strategic motives as also the timing of this action, which is mainly being triggered owing to a mix of reasons, ranging from India’s deepening relationship with US; praising Bhutan out of the Indian embrace and Indian rejection of OBOR’’-Noted foreign Policy expert and India’s Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, Dr. Jaimini Bhagawati stated it while delivering Justice (Retd). K. N Saikia Memorial Foundation Day Lecture of North East Institute of Advanced Studies. Dr. Bhagawati, further stated that There won't be a war at Doklam, rather China is flexing its muscle, reasserting sovereignty and expanding its arc of influence much beyond the South China Sea, to South Asia, Africa and even to Latin America. But even as its Belt and Road connectivity project becomes a tool to project Chinese economic and cultural power, it has become uncompromising on issues that it earlier preferred to "lie low" on, with the latest being the row with India over disputed Bhutanese territory north of Sikkim.

Earlier, the foundation day of Northeast Institute of Advanced Studies (Northeast-IAS), a civil service training institute of Assam, was inaugurated by Atul Bora, Minister Agriculture, Veterinary and Irrigation, Government of Assam. While inaugurating the event, Bora highlighted contribution of Justice K. N Saikia, who is the founder of the Northeast-IAS and stated that Justice Saikia was an eminent teacher of law, an educationalist in heart and a highly respected judge who adorned a seat in the highest court of the country. He congratulated Northeast Institute of Advanced Studies on making significant contribution to the field of professional training and high quality academic research in the field of higher education, providing policy advocacy on Look-East Policy and rural and agriculture development in Assam.

While launching two books of the Northeast-IAS on Development of Northeast India, and Rural Development in Assam, Bora stated that Assam's economy is fundamentally based on agriculture. Over 70 percent of the state's population relies on agriculture as farmers, as agricultural laborers, or both for their livelihood. A majority of state's population, almost 90 percent of an estimated 25 million in 2016, live in rural areas where the mainstay of business is production agriculture. In terms of the state domestic product (SDP), the agriculture sector contributed over 38 percent of the state income in 2016. The Minister further stated that I am happy to find that the book on the ‘Rural Development in Assam’ has remarkably identified a few key issues and strategies which could positively contribute in accelerating the agriculture and rural infrastructure of Assam.

Northeast-IAS is currently taking up professional training and mentoring programmes in Guwahati. The institute is now providing free 10 months civil service coaching to more than 200 number of brilliant youth of the northeast states and aims to produce 100 civil servants in 5 years time from the state. The institute envisions that these future civil servants could understand the problems and aspirations of the people of Assam and could be the ‘’change-agents’’ in triggering socio-economic transformation in Assam. The event was well attended by senior citizens, senior journalists, educationalist, policy makers, civil servants and legal fraternity of Guwahati High Court.

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