The International Symposium “Open pages in South Asian Studies - III” with an interdisciplinary focus was held at Gauhati University along with the RSUH International Training and Research Center. In 2011 and 2013 two seminars were held at RSUH. The current seminar was devoted to the less explored problems of the South Asian region, which unites eight countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - connected by common origin and history – the Indus civilization.
Discussion of the interdisciplinary seminar covers a wide range of issues such topics as Russia's role in the South Asian region, the features of the political systems of South Asia, internal conflicts in the form of nationalist and separatist movements, the threat of terrorism, border conflicts between countries in South Asia, cross-border migration, economic and social inequality in the South Asian region.
Welcoming speeches to participants were delivered by:
Prof. Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University congratulated the Department of foreign languages with the 50th anniversary of its foundation (1968-2018). He also noted that he was very glad that the International seminar “Negotiating Culture: New Frontiers in Translation and Language Learning” is dedicated to this Golden jubilee.
Prof. M. Hazarika expressed his gratitude to the Russian State University for the Humanities for cooperation in conducting these two joint projects and said that he hoped that both universities will continue mutual projects expanding the Indian-Russian research.
Mr. Alexey Idamkin, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata, mentioned that more than 70 years the relations between Russia and India have been based on mutual sympathies of the Indian and Russian nations and the cooperation in the field of cultural and scientific relations is based on long-term exchange programs in the field of culture, science and education in accordance with intergovernmental agreements.
The MoU between Gauhati University and the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) confirms that universities in Russia and India can organize such large-scale international events as symposiums and seminars.
The welcoming speech letter of prof. Alexander Bezborodov, Rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities, was addressed to the participants in which he stressed the high scholarly status of both conferences raising the current problems of studying South Asia as a whole. “These are ethnolinguistic pluralism topics, the formation of cultural space and cultural areas of progress in the history of adaptation, problems of internal conflicts in the form of nationalist and separatist movements, cross-border migration and resistance to the terrorism’s threat”, – VC of the RSUH said.
Prof. A.B. Bezborodov also argued that it was a very significant discussion on the role of Russia in South Asia at the Symposium.
Mr. George Latsuzbaya, attaché of the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Calcutta, also attended the Symposium.
Keynote Speaker at the plenary meeting was prof. K.S. Baral (English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad (EFLU). Moreover, the presentations were made by prof. Samir Das, ex-Vice-Chancellor of the University of North Bengal (West Bengal), prof. Nani Gopal Mahanta, Registrar and Director of the Center for South Asian Studies (Gauhati University) and prof. J.P. Dimri, EFLU, Hyderabad.
There were 166 scholars from many Indian universities, such as the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Calcutta University, Utkal University, Bangalore University, Assam University, Goan University, Meghalaya University, Amity University, Bhubaneshwar University came to take part in these two conferences.
14 Russian scholars represented 10 universities and academic institutions.
The most interesting reports were noted at the seminar:
Liudmila Pechishcheva (RSUH) "Indo-German cooperation in the post-bipolar world",
Alexander Stolyarov (RSUH) "Objects reflected in the copper plates in the era of the Pal Dynasty",
Abhishek Mokhanti, Vishal Rajput, “Russia's Involvement in the Indian Ocean: Challenges and Opportunities” (Jamilia Millia University, Delhi, India)
Ahil Ranjan Datta "National Register of Indian Citizenship in Assam (Gauhati University)
Anna Chelnokova "New genres for the old history: graphic novels based on the text of the Ramayana", (St. Petersburg State University),
Daniel Dayalan "The ancient seaport of South Asia – the main intersection of East and West" (Archaeological Society of India)
Joanna Majbhahen “Contested Urban Spaces in South Asia and Southeast Asia: A Comparative Study of Urban Street Trading in Guwahati (India) and Bangkok (Thailand)”(Gauhati University)
Kailash Baral "The Modern Character of the Colonial Politics and Identity in Northeast India" (University of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, India)
Minu Bhatnagar "Translations of film titles from Hindi into Russian" (Jawaharlal Neru University, New Delhi, India)
Nazrul Islam Barbuyal "Cultural mosaic of South Asia as a portrait of nations" (Hojay College, Assam, India)
R.K. Sahu, Namita Sahu, B.S. Das "Education of tribes in India" (University of Allahabad, University of Ravenshaw, Cuttak, Odisha, India)