The Centre for Asia Studies and the Press Institute of India organised in November a discussion titled: Palk Bay: Contested Territory or Common Heritage – Thinking Out of the Box. Based on a paper authored by Prof V. Suryanarayan, founding director, Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Madras, the participants included Prof Suryanarayanan; A. Antony Xavier, director (Technical), Coastal Aquaculture Authority, Government of India; Com R. Seshadri Vasan, head, Center for Asia Studies, Chennai; Ahilan Kadirgamar, senior lecturer, University of Jaffna, and member, Jaffna People’s Forum for Co-existence; U. Arulanandam, founder, Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF) Trust and Fishermen Leader, Pamban; and Annalingam Annarasa, president, Jaffna District Fishermen Union Federation. T. Ramakrishnan, senior journalist, moderated the discussion. Sashi Nair, director, Press Institute of India, welcomed the gathering.
An interesting talk about fishing around the Palk Bay