Dilli Series Seminar 2016
Third Edition

"Regional Instabilities in Indian Ocean Rim States - Legacy of Maritime Conquests and Colonisation"

14-15 October 2016

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"Regional Instabilities in Indian Ocean Rim States - Legacy of Maritime Conquests and Colonisation"
  • The Indian Ocean has probably affected humanity more profoundly than any other ocean. Through the continuum of history, this region has been significant in geopolitics and in the evolution of mankind. Some of the world's oldest civilisations germinated here and for several millennia, flourished in the region's abundant natural wealth. Major religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism etc. originated here and fanned out to rest of the world, mostly through sea routes, making the IOR a melting pot of myriad societies. Hindered by natural barriers on the continental landmass, the interaction between cultures took place through the medium of sea, predominantly through benign expeditions and trade. The region's economic potential, thus, attracted external regional players. Initial ventures, driven by pure Mercantile interests then gave way to colonisation of most of the region. The industrial revolution further escalated the region's significance with the colonies doubling up as sources for raw materials, cheap labour and as captive markets for imperial Europe's industrial output. Imperialism and colonialism also influenced the geo-politics of the region in an unprecedented manner.
  • Colonialism has a long history starting with the pre-colonial African empires which led to the Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, all of whom built colonies in antiquity. The European colonial period was the era from the 16th century to the mid-20th century, when several European powers established colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The powers followed mercantilism designed to strengthen their home economy at the expense of rivals and so, the colonies were usually allowed to trade only with the mother country.
  • Modern colonialism started with the Age of Discovery. Portugal and Spain discovered new lands across the oceans and built trading posts or conquered large expanse of land. 17th century saw the emergence of French and Dutch colonialized empires as well as English overseas possessions, which later became the British Empire. The British, Portuguese and Dutch were all interested in the Indian Ocean littoral countries. They each wanted share of the raw materials and the luxury goods found in these countries and all tried to gain exclusive control over their trade to keep others out of the area. This trading competition was soon to their desire to gain political power and colonialize the region.
  • The impacts of colonisation are enormous and persistent even today. Various effects, both immediate and protracted, include economic exploitation, enslavement, and creation of new institutions, improved infrastructure and technological progress. Colonial practices also spurred the spread of colonist languages, literature and cultural institutions, while endangering or obliterating those of the native people. The native cultures of the colonised people also in turn, influenced the imperial country. Therefore the theme of the third edition of the Dilli Series Seminar to be held at INA on14-15 Oct 16, is
“Regional Instabilities in Indian Ocean Rim States - Legacy of Maritime Conquests and Colonisation”.
  • Papers are invited from the serving as well as retired officers, academia, cadets and eminent persons interested in the following sub-themes:-
  1. Political geography of the IOR in the age of colonisation and lasting impact on traditional forms of government. Tracing colonial origin of present day IOR states and impact thereof.
  2. Continued possession/influence of erstwhile colonised territories of IOR and its effect on present day geopolitics of the region.
  3. Socio-cultural impact on the colonised territories.
  4. Demographic impact of colonisation.
  5. Economic impact of colonisation.
  6. Impact of colonial expansion and past balance of power on present day geopolitics of the IOR.

Selection Of Papers

  • Only selected papers shall be presented during the Seminar.
  • From the remaining papers received, the papers with requisite quality and content will be published in the Seminar Proceedings/Compendium.
  • Authors of selected papers will be intimated by 31 Aug 16.

Instructions for Authors
Soft/Hard copies of synopsis (250-300 words) and final paper (3000 to 5000 words) in Arial Font Size 12, saved as “MS Word 97-2003 document” along with the author’s biodata and passport size photo are to be forwarded to Indian Naval Academy by post/e-mail at inaseminar-navy@nic.in by 30 Jun and 31 Jul respectively.

Cardinal Dates

  • Submission of synopsis - 30 Jun 16
  • Submission of final paper - 31 Jul 16

Contact Details
       Head of the Faculty
       Faculty of Basic Sciences and Humanities
       Indian Naval Academy
       Ezhimala, Naval Academy PO
       District: Kannur, Kerala- 670310
       Telephone/Fax: 04985-225084
       E-mail: inaseminar-navy@nic.in