Imphal: HQ IGAR (South) under the aegis of DGAR jointly hosted Assam Rifles and Manipur University Webinar on Tuesday.
The webinar was conducted on the Theme “Bridging the Hill-Valley Aspirations: Pre-Requisite for Peace and Stability in Manipur”.
It was hosted by prof. S, Sanatombi Singha, former vice-chancellor on behalf of Manipur University and Key Note address was delivered by GK Pillai, IAS (retired), former home secretary, government of India. The webinar also saw participation from a number of serving senior Army and civil administration officer, faculty of many universities including Manipur University, Army veterans and prominent personalities of media and intellectual domain.
The webinar highlighted the requirements of bridging the aspirations of various communities in Manipur to overcome the challenges to peace and developments to the state.
Lt Gen PC Nair, AVSM, YSM, director general Assam Rifles delivered a talk on “Geo-Political Analysis of Manipur: Need for Settling Internal Conflict to Build Better Future Tomorrow”.
He highlighted the role of Manipur as a Fulcrum to the India’s Role in the “Asian Century” wherein the state needs to take a lead by developing a robust economy and infrastructure for which it is essential to overcome the various nternal differences by focussing on the opportunities and harness its soft power.
The webinar had distinguished speakers and panellist to include finest intelligentsia i.e. prof S. Mangi Singh, prof. Ringkahao Horam and prof Ch. Priyoranjan Singh of Manipur University having rich knowledge and experience in their field, prof Binota Meinam, Ccairperson of Manipur State Commission for Women and Army veterans having extensive knowledge of the region including Lt Gen (Dr) K Himalaya Singh, advisor and visiting faculty, Manipur University and Lt Gen CA Krishnan, and renowned author Jaideep Saikia.
This was the second webinar post the signing of MoU between Assam Rifles and Manipur University on March 6, 2021 for establishing ‘Assam Rifles Chair of Excellence’ for a period of three years, under which apart from funding of research in field of conflict studies, national security, socio-economy and cultural fields also included conduct of joint seminars and round table discussions.
The webinar was highly subscribed and well received. The attendees included the top brass of Manipur Civil Administration, Assam Rifles, various think tanks, faculty and students of Manipur University, faculty of multiple national universities, cadets from NCC Manipur and media persons.
Such events are organised with an aim to conduct seminars, discussions and interactions on topic of relevance to the Northeast Region especially Manipur, providing common platforms for varied stakeholders in the region to exchange ideas, views and understand each other’s perspective in their collective effort towards ushering lasting peace and stability, the bedrock for sustainable development and prosperity, the Assam Rifles said.