Dr. Kavita Sharma, President of the South Asian University
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I feel honoured and privileged to join you all today at this special event on ‘SAARC in a Globalizing World’.
I am especially happy that we are having this event on December 8 which is observed as SAARC Charter Day to commemorate the signing of the SAARC Charter in 1985.
The 18th SAARC summit concluded in Kathmandu with the signing of a framework agreement on energy cooperation and the adoption of a declaration that keeps hopes alive that the regional body will move on, albeit at a snail’s pace.
Prior to the official Saarc Summit held in Kathmandu, the city witnessed a People’s Saarc that brought more than a hundred South Asian civil society organisations to deliberate in about 80 sessions spread over three days on issues of democracy, peace and social justice.
In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change
In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,