Date(s) - 03/07/2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Alliance Française du Bengale
1. Importance of the Sundarbans (intrinsic as well as instrumental)
2. History of the Sundarbans from the pre-British period to the current times. The Kolkata – Sundarbans connect
3. Human-nature interaction in the Sundarbans
4. Native view and state view of the Sundarbans
5. The need for sustained action and for sustainable solutionsSpeakers for the evening are –
– Annu Jalais, anthropologist, author
– Bappaditya Mukhopadhyay, PhD ISI Delhi, professor, researcher
– Sankhanilay Roychowdhury, polymer scientist
– Subhash Chandra Acharyya, economist
Sankhanilay Roychowdhury is a polymer scientist by profession and an urban nomad by passion. He is curious about ancient and medieval history of India, energy efficient production of safe drinking water and gastronomic journey of humans. After completion of his doctorate study in The Netherlands, he continued his stay there with his wife Saheli and two lovely daughters Oishi and Oli.
Annu Jalais is an anthropologist working on the human-animal interface, on migration and Climate Change focusing particularly on Bangladesh and India. She is the author of Forest of Tigers: People, Politics and Environment in the Sundarbans (Routledge, 2010) and the co-author of The Bengal Diaspora: Rethinking Muslim Migration (Routledge, 2015) and is Assistant Professor at the South Asian Studies of the National University of Singapore.
Subhas Chandra Acharyya was born in a village of Pathar Pratima island in the Sundarbans in 1952. He is an economist by training. After a short stint as a teacher, Subhas joined the Sundarban Development Board in 1977. Since his formal retirement from the Board in 2011, he has advised WWF-India, and is currently associated with the School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University. His areas of interest are environment, Climate Change, and of course, the Sundarbans.
Bappaditya Mukhopadhyay (Ph.d, ISI Delhi) is a faculty at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon. He teaches courses in Data Analytics and Game Theory in Great Lakes and across other campuses both in India and abroad. His research interests are in Public Policy Analytics as well as Development Economics. In the past he was the Managing Editor of Journal of Emerging Market Finance as well as Journal of Infrastructure and Development. Currently he is undertaking a research that is planning to map the vulnerable areas (village wise) in the Sundarbans as well as the surrounding areas based on satellite imagery.
Anamitra Anurag Danda, a social anthropologist, has particular interest in the practice of sustainable development. His experience of over 20+ years spans collective action and institution dynamics, adaptation to climate change, decentralized distribution generation systems, and nature conservation. WWF-India offered him the unique opportunity to live out his PhD thesis in the Sundarbans. He is currently Visiting Senior Fellow at Observer Research Foundation.
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