Uppsala successfully holds international conference on "Paths to the future for India and Pakistan"


On 4 May 2015 the Forum for South Asia Studies (FSAS) at Uppsala University had the great pleasure to welcome national and international guests in the 2015 FSAS conference "Paths to the future for India and Pakistan."

The conference was hosted by FSAS to encourage and facilitate discussion and exchange of Uppsala South Asia research with key international researchers. We are extremely thankful to our three keynote speakers that made the conference so special and facilitated discussion with all participants.

Ranjula Bali Swain, chair person of the Forum for South Asia Studies, opened the conference in the morninng and opened the floor for the keynote speakers. The morning started off with Professor Ian Talbot (left), University of Southampton, who spoke about current Pakistani politics after the 2013 elections. After him Professor Mahvish Shami (center) from London School of Economics (LSE), spoke about Patron–Client relations in the Pakistani countryside determining the voting pattern in the country.

The afternoon scholars split up into focused workshops to discuss their research on Environmental Issues in South Asian and Global Context (Workshop 1), Linguistics & Theology (Workshop 2) and Politics & Development (Workshop 3).

Among others Professor Arun Bandhopadhyay, Professor at the University of Calcutta, Department of History presented his research on "The Forest Question in India in light of Environmental History: Some Global and Local Issues."

After the focus workshops participants summond again for the keynote lecture by Professor Christophe Jaffrelot (right) from Sciences Po, Paris, who spoke about India after one year with Narendra Modi government – focusing on Economics, Politics and Foreign Relations. The event was rounded off by a joint panel discussion with all three keynote speakers that allowed participants to engage in a deeper discussion on the broader issue of India and Pakistan's future trajectories.

Some impressions from the three focused workshop sessions. Great engaged discussions on politics and development, as well as linguistic and religious identities.