Introduction : Himalayan BRI Council
Himalayan –BRI and Development Affairs Council, briefly called Himalayan BRI Council is a forum of academics and development researchers focusing on protection, preservation and promotion of the Himalayan region through BRI model.
This forum preaches for ecological balance in development affairs. The balance between infrastructure development and ecology is vital for human survival. The economic development with emphasis merely on economic growth may ultimately result in disaster. We therefore believe that “development should follow the philosophy of being green”.
Himalayas are lifelines for millions of people in Asia. As the dwelling of some major civilizations of Asia, the region is pre-eminent for not only geography reliance but for unique cultural ethics, faith system, knowledge and ecological diversity. The region in fact is ‘prototype’ of the mother earth. However, the region is the most neglected and over-shadowed in all paradigms of development. The region has been facing countless of Challenges, namely;
- The accumulated carbon produced by hazardous industrial growth in and around the region is causing severe harm to the Himalayas, thus posing a threat to melting of snow leading to eventual desertification.
- The region is poor economically and the people of the region are deprived of a better life, thus posing a threat of ‘they being unable to preserve their region against known and unknown strategic goals of others.
- Absence of connectivity is a factor to distance the countries in the region for their ‘entrenched connectedness’, thus keeping them under a threat of ‘divide than integration’.
In this perspective, the Himalayan –BRI council has been dedicated to promote the following in future:
- To bring academics of the region for discourse to flourish ‘common strategies needed for protection and preservation of the Himalayas.
- To establish a forum for cooperation of the academics and researchers for ‘engaged research and idea dissemination, so that an intellectual base for preservation of the Himalayas would be materialized.
- To explore areas of cooperation among intellectuals in the region and enhance the prospect of ‘integration between South Asia and China’.
- To promote the ambience for implementation of the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ in the region through medium of ‘Trans-Himalayan Corridor’ for economic development which has been a dream of the people of the region.
- To evolve a ‘regional convention’ in order to legally guide the relations, rights and duties of the states in the region for ‘ecological utilization, preservation, protection and development of the region including equitable sharing of the resources in the region.
Obviously, Himalayan –BRI council focuses on two aspects; namely
- The sharing preservation and protection of Himalayan resources, which essentially promotes economic collaboration among Himalayan nations on connectivity with larger terms. The sphere focuses on ‘utilization and preservation’ of Himalayas.
- The economic development of the region is another sphere, this includes ‘socio-economic as well as infrastructure connectivity along with financial and people connectedness.
The “Belt and Road” modality has been considered the most desired economic collaboration paradigm to develop this region. Himalayan –BRI council therefore, adopts the following strategic areas of ‘interventions and cooperation’ among intellectuals and academics.
- Promotion of the understanding of the “Belt and Road Initiative” in the region.
- Promotion of the ‘idea of the regional convention for protection and preservation of the Himalayas’.
- Protection of the ‘ecological ambience of the Himalayas’.
- Promotion of the concept of “Trans-Himalayan Economic Corridor”.
- Promotion of the access of the common people to the development through agricultural modernization.
- Promotion of “integration between South Asia and China” for economic development and regional peace and harmony.
- Promotion of the ‘culture’ of working together through intellectual discourse and research among academics and think-tank of the region.