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Indonesia 2013: Society, Politics, Governance and Security
3 May 2013,1030- 1300 hrs
Venue: IPCS Conference Room
Keynote Address
Panelists: Amb. Navrekha Sharma, Amb. Sudhir Devare and Vibhanshu Shekhar
The discussion on Indonesia 2013: Society, Politics, Governance and Society was opened by initial remarks from Dr. Suba Chandran. Thereafter, Amb. Navrekha Sharma discussed the broad theme of governance and domestic political issues of Indonesia. She emphasised on three sub themes, the federal structure; growing radical islamisation; and military. Amb. Sudhir Devare  discussed foreign policy challenges and Indonesian external relations. He pointed out the fact that ASEAN membership was the cornerstone of Indonesian external policy. As far as India-Indonesia ties are concerned, he said that while India –Indonesia have a lot in common but are still strangers to each other. Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar concluded by discussing internal security issues, social divide and radical violence whereby he mentioned how modern Muslim democracy of Indonesia can be seen as an example for other Muslim societies. He also emphasised on Indonesia’s role as a bridge builder between America and the Muslim world. The radicalisation of identities and the threat of terrorism were pointed out as the drawbacks of the Indonesian society.


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