The Brahmaputra Dialogue Initiative
The Project Lead, Anamika Barua and two other team members, Sumit Vij and Arundhati Deka have been associated with the initiative "Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of Brahmaputra River" also known as the Brahmaputra Dialogue initiative.
The Brahmaputra Basin
The project aims to bridge this gap by bringing the water scientists (multiple disciplines) and media on one platform to facilitate water diplomacy in the Brahmaputra Basin. With lack of communication between media and water scientists, journalists are often not able to access scientific knowledge. This project will engage with key media personnel at local, national and regional levels to discuss various aspects of the basin.

The media-science dialogues will play a crucial role in building capacity and disseminating accurate information among the stakeholders for well informed and responsible reporting. This project will also seek to change the existing narrative through providing multiple sources of authentic information to journalists. It will reflect on the broader question towards the shared water issue of “are media and science part of the problem or part of the solution?”

The project will also focus on understanding how the relation between media, science and politics unfolds in the basin, while trying to understand whether the current political situation encourages “going towards” or “going against” a culture of dialogue and cooperation, and the role that communication of techno-scientific issues plays in this regard.
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The Brahmaputra Basin
Juna Probha Devi
Our Background
Fish mongorer and his net
Nayan Moni Baishya
The Project Lead, Anamika Barua and two other team members, Sumit Vij and Arundhati Deka have been associated with the initiative "Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of Brahmaputra River" also known as the Brahmaputra Dialogue initiative.

The last phase of the initiative was also hosted by IIT Guwahati under the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. The BD initiative has been ongoing since 2013, beginning as a bilateral dialogue between India and Bangladesh and then moving into a multi-track and multilateral dialogue with the inclusion of China and Bhutan as well.

While stakeholder involvement has been majorly from the academic community, civil society and policy makers, one of the crucial elements missing in the BD initiative is the involvement of the media, due to certain associated fears and distrust among the communities.
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Our Team
Dr. Anamika Barua
Associate Professor
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Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
Emanuele Fantini
Senior Lecturer and Researcher
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Department of Water Governance
IHE Delft Institute of Water Education
Arundhati Deka
Research Associate
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Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
Natasha Hazarika
Research Staff
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Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
Sumit Vij
Postdoctoral Researcher
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Faculty of Sciences
Vrije University Amsterdam
Joydeep Gupta
South Asia Director
The Third Pole
ATM Zakir Hossain
Founder and Executive Director
Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS)
YU Hongyuan
Professor and Director
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Institute for Comparative Politics and Public Policy
Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS)