Monsoon Maritime Conversation was organised by Maritime History Society (MHS)
at Mullah Auditorium at Navy Nagar, Mumbai on the topic ‘Indian Maritime
Thought : a History of the Future’. The conversation was based
on a paper buy the primary conversationalist, Dr Prabhakaran Paleri. The
co-conversationalist and moderator was Cmde Odakkal Johnson, Curator Maritime
Prabhakaran Paleri introduced the concept of Laws of Invariance according
to which things do not change: in other words history repeats over
time. History was seen as a live continuum that is not relegated to the
time passed so far and it use very effectively for charting a course to the
future. He emphasized on the presence of historians in all planning bodies
and how these bodies can predict the future using knowledge of history.
The event was
attended by naval personnel and members of MHS. Admiral JG Nadkarni
(retd), Ex Chief of Naval Staff, was the chief guest for the event. Rear
Admiral KG Vishwanathan, Flag Officer Doctrine and Concepts, felicitated Dr.
Prabhakaran Paleri for the enlightening conversation.
Prabhakaran Paleri, an academic scholar, strategist and subject matter expert
in a range of maritime fields is currently a Senior Adjunct Professor and
Advisor, at Chinmaya Institute of Technology, University of Kannur. His wide
maritime professional experience spans from 1979 to 1977 in the Indian navy,
the Customs Marine organization form 1977 to 1981 and then the Indian Coast
Guard from 1981 to 2006.
In addition to writing a
large number of research papers and articles in various fields, Dr. Prabhakaran
Paleri has assisted various arms and ministries of Government of India in
sectors of disaster management, contingency planning, maritime law enforcement,
combating piracy and marine fisheries etc. He is presently engaged in writing a
text book for a leading publisher in India on Corporate Social responsibility.