Book title: India and Southern Africa: Forging Ahead Through Partnership
Author(s): Paramjit Singh Sahai (Ed.)
ISBN: 9788182748552
Publication Year: 2015
Binding: HB
Pages: 328
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About the Book:

The book is a collection of papers presented by the authors at a conference organized by CRRID on ‘India and Southern Africa: Forging Ahead Through Partnership’, held at Chandigarh in February 2014, in partnership with ICWA. It was a part of a series of conferences organized by ICWA at the initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs on Africa, beyond the confines of Delhi. The Paper presenters are from India, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The contributors represent a good mix of theoreticians and practitioners, comprising the academia, former diplomats turned businessmen, media personalities and professionals involved in Information Technology (IT) – a sector that is emerging as a bridge that binds India with Africa.

The book is a window on the growing partnership between India and countries in Southern Africa. How this relationship has moved from the days of freedom struggle in the 1970s to the present day? This growing relationship is viewed in five clusters. The first cluster on ‘Experiences, Expectations and Perceptions’ sets the tone and parameters, under which the relationship is reviewed. The subsequent four clusters, under subheads – Connecting People, Economic and Commercial Linkages, Cooperation in Agriculture Sector and Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building – deal with multifaceted subjects, focusing on specific areas.

The Book is about people-to-people connectivity, as promoted through cultural linkages that are facilitated by Bollywood and Indian Diaspora. It is equally about the fillip provided by the India Africa Summit Forum (AIFS) process, which has provided a new continuum and intensity, fostering growth in diverse economic and commercial fields. The recurring message that emerges is that of partnership, as historical ties between India and Africa, move into modernity, with India striving to develop `Robust partnership with Robust Africa`. 



About the Author:

Born on August 11, 1940, Ambassador Paramjit Sahai did his Graduation in English (Hons) and Post-Graduation in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India. Prior to joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1963, he worked as Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Punjab University for a period of one year. 

During 37 years of service as a career diplomat, he served as India`s Ambassador/High Commissioner to Malawi and Lesotho (1978-81), Yemen (1988-90), Sweden and Latvia, (1992-96) and Malaysia (1996-2000). He also served as the Minister of Commerce and Director General of Supply, Embassy of India, Washington DC, USA (1984-87), and Deputy Chief of Mission, with the personal rank of Ambassador, Embassy of India, Moscow (1991-92).  

Ambassador Sahai had been responsible for taking a number of policy initiatives having a bearing on Indian Diaspora and Migration during his posting at the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (1981-84) and other Diplomatic Missions. He also undertook studies for ILO and FAO on some of these issues.

He has contributed to national dailies and written articles, which have been published as chapters in Books/Journals. His study on the Role of Indian Diaspora, with Particular Reference to Development and Migration from the State of Punjab was published as a Report in 2011. His edited books include `India-Eurasia: The Way Ahead` (2008), `Women Guiding the Destiny of South Asia` (2010), `Indian Diaspora: Migration and Development with Focus on the State of Punjab` (2012). 

Ambassador Sahai has participated in a number of national/international conferences and delivered lectures. Presently, he is involved academically in the areas of Consular, Cultural, Media and Economic Diplomacy, Indian Diaspora, Migration and India`s relationship with USA, Russia, Caucasus, South and Central Asia. Currently, he is the Principal Advisor (Honorary), Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh. He is also engaged in e-teaching in the areas of Consular, Diaspora and Economic Diplomacy with the University of Malta.   



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