The first day of the seminar had three sessions, featuring eminent guest speakers, experts from diverse fields who shared their perspectives. Each session was chaired by former Commander-in-Chiefs of the Eastern Naval Command. The first session of the seminar chaired by Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd), focused on India as a Resurgent Maritime Power. Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd), the first speaker of the session, spoke on the changing nature of maritime power and expanding maritime interests. Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan (Retd), thereafter, discussed Chinas increasing footprint, influence and geo-economic interests in the Indian Ocean. Prof Brahma Chellaney spoke eloquently on various non-traditional challenges in the maritime domain and described the existing geo-strategic maritime environment and changing maritime power equations.
The second session was planned to discuss Maritime Economics, Infrastructure and Maritime Environment". The session was chaired by V Adm Anup Singh (Retd) and the first speaker was Dr. (Capt) Suresh Bhardwaj. He spoke about the challenges faced in the domain of critical infrastructure such as ports, shipping and shipbuilding, and the recommended means to overcome these challenges. The next speaker, Shri S Ramasundaram, Scientist D, deliberated upon the need for harnessing ocean resources through technology and work being progressed by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) towards developing marine technology and providing a bulwark for our maritime power.
The third session titled Maritime Security and Safety" chaired by Vice Admiral Raman P Suthan (Retd) started with Rear Admiral SY Shrikhande (Retd) putting forward his views on the constabulary functions, asymmetric threats and its impact on force structure, budget and operations in the maritime domain. Deputy Inspector General Donny Michael from the Indian Coast Guard, thereafter spoke on maritime governance, law enforcement and other complex legal issues in the marine environment including overlapping jurisdictions and legislations. Captain (Dr) Gurpreet Khurana then deliberated upon Indias approach towards humanitarian response for various contingencies at sea and its importance as a regional maritime power. Curtains were drawn to the first day of the seminar with extensive and thought provoking discussions and exchange of ideas on maritime power.
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