The Mansarovar Podcast
By Council for Strategic and Defense Research
The Mansarovar Podcast co-produced by the Council for Strategic and Defense Research, New Delhi and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, India, brings to you conversations with experts from the region. These conversations discuss critical issues and explore ways of addressing them better, together.
Council for Strategic and Defense Research
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Council for Strategic and Defense Research
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
EP10: Enabling Gender-Reflective Development Cooperation in South Asia
In the final episode of this season, Dr. Tishya Khillare, Fellow at the Council for Strategic and Defense Research, New Delhi hosts a conversation with Ms. Nandita Baruah, country representative for The Asia Foundation in India. Ms. Baruah has over 25 years of professional experience working on gender, human rights, labour migration and development issues in South and Southeast Asia. They are joined by Dr. Swati Prabhu, Associate Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation’s Centre for New Economic Diplomacy. Her research explores the interlinkages between India’s development partnerships in South Asia and the Sustainable Development Agenda. Together they discuss the role and state of gender-sensitive development cooperation in South Asia and explore benefits of adopting a more gender-reflective approach to development cooperation in the region.
December 04, 2022
EP9: Green Energy Transition in the BBIN Region & Lessons from COP27
In this episode, Dr. Shailly Kedia, Senior Fellow and Associate Director with the Centre for Sustainable Development Research and Leadership, at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi hosts a conversation with Mr. Chandra Bhushan-founder-CEO of International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST), which is an independent, non-profit, environmental research and innovation organisation based in New Delhi. They are joined by Mr. Srinivas Krishnaswamy, CEO of Vasudha Foundation- an independent, not-for-profit policy research institution working in the areas of climate change and access to clean energy. They discuss where the BBIN countries stand on their green energy transition journeys, the challenges they are facing in their respective plans to decarbonise the energy sector and some of the important takeaways from COP27 around the issue for this region.
November 27, 2022
EP8: Cross-border Migration in BBIN Region: New Trends, Challenges and Policy Response
In this episode, Dr. Meera Sethi, Senior Migration Policy Advisor and former Director General’s Special Envoy to India, at the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) hosts a conversation with Dr. Meena Poudel, senior expert on migration policy and formerly with the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kathmandu, kabul and Libya. They are joined by Prof. Priya Deshinkar, who is a Professor of Migration and Development, at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. They discuss the various types of migration flows observed in the BBIN sub-region, the status of policy dialogue on migration and policy changes needed to ensure safe migration in the sub-region.
November 20, 2022
EP7: Regional Cooperation in South Asia on Public Health: Lessons from a Devastating Pandemic
In this episode, Prof. Rama Baru, from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, is in conversation with Ms. K Sujatha Rao, former union secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India and Prof. Jishnu Das from Georgetown University, Washington DC. They discuss the lessons that can be learnt for regional cooperation from experience of the Covid19 pandemic, the state of public health infrastructure in the BBIN region and ways of leveraging individual and institutional cooperation on knowledge and health data for improving global pandemic preparedness.
November 13, 2022
EP6: Ensuring Food Security in South Asia: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in a Climate Crisis
In this episode, Dr. Simi Mehta, CEO and editorial director of the Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi, hosts a conversation with Dr. Aditi Mukherji, Climate Change impact area platform Director at the CGIAR. They are joined by Dr. Malancha Chakrabarty, lead investigator with the climate change and development initiative at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. They discuss the water-energy-food nexus in the BBIN sub-region and how countries in this region may work together to ensure food security in a climate crisis.
November 06, 2022
EP5: Connecting Through Data: Harmonising Internet Governance Frameworks in South Asia
In this episode, Ms. Shravishtha Ajaykumar, Associate Fellow at the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology at the Observer Research Foundation hosts a conversation with Prof. Rajat Kathuria, Professor & Dean - School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Shiv nadar University. They are joined by Mr. Kazim Rizvi, a public-policy policy entrepreneur and founder of The Dialogue-an emerging policy think tank, with a focus on technology and strategic affairs. They discuss the importance of internet governance frameworks in South Asia, cross-border data flows and the harmonisation of data governance legislation to govern the data economy.
October 30, 2022
EP4: Networks of Knowledge in South Asia: Collaborating to Grow Together
In this episode, Mr. Kanakmani Dixit, founding editor of Himal Southasian- a well-read regional review magazine hosts a conversation with Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Professor & Dean - Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of International Relations-South Asian University. They are joined by Dr. Pallavi Raghavan, Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of International Relations at Ashoka University. They discuss the region’s history of knowledge contribution, pathways to develop networks of knowledge across south asia and how these may facilitate narratives of regional commonality and collaboration in the region.
October 23, 2022
EP3: Fast-tracking Trade and Connectivity in a Changing South Asia
In this episode, Ms. Devirupa Mitra, Diplomatic Editor at the Wire hosts a conversation with Prof. Sanjay Kathuria- Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, and former Lead Economist at the World Bank in Washington DC. They are joined by Prof. Mahendra P. Lama- Chief economic advisor to the state government of Sikkim and Senior Professor at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The conversation explores ways of overcoming existing challenges in trade and connectivity between India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and the pathways for developing a trade integration strategy for the region.
October 16, 2022
EP2: A Fine Balance: Managing Transboundary Waters, Environmental Impacts and South Asia’s Development Imperatives
In this episode, Mr. Joydeep Gupta, South Asia Director of The Third Pole hosts a conversation with Prof. Anamika Barua from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and Dr. Anjal Prakash- Research Director and Adjunct Associate Professor from the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at Indian School of Business. They discuss the importance of enhancing transboundary river management and climate cooperation between Bhutan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal to match their development imperatives.
October 09, 2022
EP1: Shifting Sands of Geopolitics: Competition and Cooperation in South Asia
In this episode, Dr. Happymon Jacob, Founder-CSDR and Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University hosts a conversation with Amb. Nirupama Menon Rao, Former Foreign Secretary, India, & Ms. Suhasini Haidar, National and Diplomatic Affairs Editor of The Hindu. They discuss how the shifting sands of geopolitics in the region can be surfed better to promote the shared interests of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
October 01, 2022