Discussion on Development-Human Security Nexus: A Study on Padma Bridge Resettlement Areas
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On 02 May, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organized a discussion on the book titled, “Development-Human Security Nexus: A Study on Padma Bridge Resettlement Areas, by Razia Sultana, Md Rafid Abrar Miah, Nahian Reza Sabriet, Md Nahiyan Shajid Khan and S M Mehedi Ahsan, published by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in March, 2024. The Panel for the discussion consisted of one of the author Md. Rafid Abrar Miah, Research Officer BIISS; Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF (moderator); Lt. General R. K. Sawhney (Retd.); Amb Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, Former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh; Brig Vinod Anand (Retd.); Prof. Sujit Dutta and P K Hangzo from the VIF.

Dr. Arvind Gupta delivered the opening remarks followed by a detailed overview about the book by the author Md Rafid Abrar Miah. Amb Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty assessed the book in detail, followed by comments from researcher P K Hangzo who evaluated the environmental/human security aspect of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge (PMB) project for Bangladesh and the region. This was accompanied by an engaging discussion.

PMB, one of the monumental infrastructural projects taken up by the Government of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has demonstrated Bangladesh’s economic potential, technical expertise and enhanced the country’s strategic positioning as well as its growing confidence both regionally and globally. The book, which is the culmination of 9 chapters, have collectively explored diverse facets related to the Padma Bridge including its impact on human security and environmental sustainability. The book examined various dimensions such as the project's socio-economic implications for regional development, its effects on affected communities, and the potential environmental consequences. The book further provided recommendations and policy directives for the stakeholders and policymakers who are involved in similar large-scale infrastructure development projects across the country.

Event Date 
May 2, 2024

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