NEW DELHI: In a bid for capacity development of professionals serving in various conflict zones across India, experts on Monday voiced concern “exceptionally poor performance” of governments in such areas.
“Let me tell you the governments in all these conflict ridden states are exceptionally poor in their performance,” vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Najeeb Jung, said at the inaugural session of 3-week training program in "Conflict Analysis and Peace Building."
“We shouldn’t forget the historical perspectives wherein these conflicts have occurred and the government and civil society need to go deep and trace the elements for conflict resolutions,” he said, adding, “This program is a serious effort to bring various people and stakeholders on the table and discuss various facets of conflicts in different regions of India like Kashmir, Naxal-affected Chhattisgarh and Manipur.”
The experts suggested that governments of these states, including their officialdom, needed to reach out to grassroots levels of people to minimize the level of their alienation and dissatisfaction.
“There is a huge disconnect between the people and the elected governments in the conflict-affected states and the governments seem to be ignoring the fundamentals before evolving any policy or legislation which, more often than not, backfires later,” another professor, wishing not to be named, said, adding in all such regions from Kashmir to North-East, elected representatives had failed to reach out to their people and represent them well.”
Speakers said in order to arrive at resolutions of issues, the academia, civil society, media fraternity needed to understand such conflicts well.
The training program has been organized by the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (NMCPCR), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Rotary Education Foundation. It aims at promoting the capacity development of professionals serving in government departments and agencies or with the media or non-governmental organizations.
According to the organizers, the program will aim at creating a general understanding of key elements of conflict analysis and peace-building and will focus on internal conflicts across India.
“The program will seek to create a deeper understanding about some of the protracted and deep-rooted conflicts in India like the Kashmir problem, the conflicts in the North-East and the Naxal issues,” NMCPCR director, Prof. Tasneem Menai, said in her welcome address.
“As part of the training program, participants will be undertaking a field trip to Manipur to understand different viewpoints and perspectives of the conflicts and to get a firsthand understanding of ground realities there,” she said.
Padma Shri award-winner and former president, Rotary International, Sushil Gupta,was the chief guest on the occasion while the Rotary Education Foundation chairman, Ranjan Dhingra, was the guest of honor. A large number of IAS, IPS and IFS officers from Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Manipur, and journalists serving in conflict zones were present in the function.