Second edition of South Asia Conclave by OUP held successfully

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Oxford University Press (OUP) second edition of the South Asia Conclave witnessed policymakers, bureaucrats, academicians, and journalists from different spheres attending and debating on the recent developments in South Asia and its significant positioning in geopolitics. The conclave seemed to closely examine the key issues affecting Indian politics, ideology and identity, business and politics, political finance, civil–military relations, and healthcare policy.

The first session focused on “politics of Ideology and Identity; the role of western notion and the rise of social conservation.” While, the second session revolved around the Civil Military effectiveness of India.

The third session on State of Healthcare in India was moderated by Amrita Tripathi, Author & Founder-Editor, The Health Collective. The session focussed on how despite India being one of the fastest growing countries in the world, it has been debated that the same progress has not been extended to its public health sector.

The speakers of the session on Costs of Democracy: Political Finance in India, passionately questioned, if it is impossible to conceive of democracies without elections, why is it impossible to imagine elections without the flood of money in politics?

The last session on Business and Politics in India, moderated by Shekhar Gupta, Chairman, The Print gave panellists’ a platform to analyze the growing power of business groups in the Indian politics and the consequences of this process on key issue areas.

The conference was chaired by Ashutosh Varshney, Professor, Brown University, and co-chaired by Pradeep Chhibber, Director, Institute of International Studies.

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