भारत प्रवाह

‘Bharat Pravah’
India along its Rivers and Shores

"Rivers and Seas have deep connotations and connect with the social psyche, the 'janmanas' of Bharat"



Vizag Port chairperson visits IMU and CEMS

DPA Kandla conducts meeting to discuss about the prepeardeness to tackle cyclone BIPOJOY


INSTC a reflection of Indias expanding global footprint

Mormugao port is planning for maintenance dredging for vessels

APSEZ expanding it’s port capacity to 61 MTPA in FY24

BPCL JM Baxi JSW Infra vie for liquid cargo beth at JN Port


Vizag Multipurpose Terminal ties up funds from Axis Bank - India Shipping News

Visakha Container Terminal creates three new records in the month of May’23 - India Shipping News

Pristine Logistics & Infraprojects wins Gati Shakti cargo terminal bid at New Bhaupur - India Shipping News


Sarbanada Sonowal flags off India’s first international cruise vessel from Chennai to Sri Lanka


Sarbananda Sonowal attends meeting of stakeholders of maritime development in Bay of Bengal - India Shipping News

Govt remains deeply committed to 'Act East Policy' : Sarbananda Sonowal - India Shipping News

DPA recognises and honours its Retired Engineers for their valuable contribution - India Shipping News

Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) named Classification Society of the Year at Shiptek International Maritime Awards - India Shipping News

Gateway Distriparks aims to capture volume from CONCOR’s flagship ICD - India Shipping News

Mahindra Logistics to focus on improving profitability - India Shipping News


DPIIT facilitating industry to reduce quantity of unutilized gypsum

Paradip port spent Rs.3260 cr for capacity expansion

PM Modi inaugurates ups first land port in presence of Nepalese PM


PM Modi Nepalese counterpart Prachanda to inaugurate ups first land port

DP world Cochin launches new weekly service to further strengthen trade between India and the Middle East

Vizhinjam port to be fully commissioned by May next year : Karan Adani

DP World Cochin launches new weekly service to further strengthen trade between India and the Middle East - India Shipping News


Gujarat pipavav port reports force majeure event

NMPA targets 51 million tonnes cargo handling in 2023-24

Nsdt and Ganesh Benzoplast partners for handling liquid cargo at JN-Port

Fastest resolution of a commercial dispute by CSC


New Mangalore Port Authority hosted 'Annual Awards Nite' - India Shipping News

Shipping containers' prices crash 40%, relief for India Inc - India Shipping News

CONCOR hit as local container manufacturing lags - India Shipping News


Administration plans to enhance shipping services in Andamanand Nicobar islands with new vessels


CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to start Machilipatnam Port works today - India Shipping News

UP’s 1st land port set to open on Nepal border in Bahraich - India Shipping News

Central Govt is working on Policy to allow ports extend lease beyond 30 years - India Shipping News

APM Terminals Mumbai receives final batch of new port equipment - India Shipping News

First mother ship to berth at Adani Ports Vizhinjam in September - India Shipping News


IP’s 1st land port set to open on Nepal border in Bahraich

MoU signed for ‘Riverine Based Religious Tourism Circuit’ to connect seven Religious places on Brahmaputra - India Shipping News


Japan to help build industrial value chain linking B’desh Port & India’s NorthEast


The missing piece in the National Logistics Policy is Supply Chain Financing


MoPSW clears plan to restructure Marina Project at Mumbai Port


Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways ranked 2nd on Data Governance Quality - India Shipping News

Andhra Pradesh Maritime Development Board secures high hopes on 4 Greenfield ports - India Shipping News

MoPSW's next Chintan Shivir on May 21 & 22, 2023 to be held at Munnar - India Shipping News

Dedicated Freight Corridor : A faster lane for India’s freight transport - India Shipping News


Sudhansh Pant, IAS, Secretary, MoPSW visits DPA, Kandla - India Shipping News

Cochin Port has bagged the Sagar Shreshtha Sammaan Award 2023 - India Shipping News

SMP Kolkata augments transloading capability - India Shipping News

JSW Infrastructure to invest Rs 152 Cr to increase container capacity at NMPT - India Shipping News

Great Eastern Shipping net profit up 282 % at Rs721.94 cr for Jan-Mar quarter - India Shipping News

IMU Visakhapatnam likely to get two dredger simulators with Rs. 20 cr - India Shipping News

NCB & Indian Navy catches narcotics carrying ‘mothership’ in Indian Ocean, seizes 2,500 kg methamphetamine worth Rs 12,000 Crores - India Shipping News


Sudhansh Pant, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways visits DPA Kandla - India Shipping News

MPA plans 3 MW solar plant with GEDA - India Shipping News


Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launches ‘Harit Sagar’ the Green Port Guidelines 2023 - India Shipping News

India sets deadline of 2035 to establish green hydrogen bunkering - India Shipping News


Sarbananda Sonowal receives the First Indian Cargo Ship at the Sittwe Port - India Shipping News

Rathendra Raman appointed new Chairman of SMP, Kolkata - India Shipping News

Madhaiyan Angamuthu takes charge as Chairperson of Visakhapatnam Port Authority - India Shipping News

Adani Ports to pay off $130 million in debt early to boost investor confidence - India Shipping News

Sea Phase of ASEAN-India Maritime Exercise – 2023 - India Shipping News


Vadhvan Port project back to square one as Centre seeks fresh studies - India Shipping News


Paradip Port eyes top spot among major ports, aims at 150 million tonne cargo handling this fiscal - India Shipping News

Adani’s Mundra port cargo adds Rs 80,732 crore to Customs’ assets - India Shipping News

ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel to buy Essar’s Iron Ore handling terminal at Vizag Port - India Shipping News


Shantanu Thakur flags off Indian Direct Shipping Service between Tuticorin to Maldives, at V.O. Chidambaranar Port - India Shipping News

Govt receives 9 EoIs for Rs 41,000 Cr Int'l transshipment port project at Great Nicobar Island - India Shipping News

10th Land Port between India & Bangladesh inaugurated in Meghalaya - India Shipping News


SMP Kolkata flags off first trial movement of cargo ship to Myanmar - India Shipping News

APSEZ records its highest-ever monthly cargo volume in Apr’23 at 32.3 MMT - India Shipping News

APSEZ sells Myanmar Port for USD 30 million - India Shipping News


World Bank LPI Report : JNPA’s efficiency helps India gain top spot - India Shipping News

Trade union protests lack of growth at ICTT - India Shipping News

Govt’s expanded specialised vessels list a plus for Cochin Shipyard - India Shipping News


Rs 4,000 cr state-aid for shipbuilding go abegging as yards collapse - India Shipping News

SMP Kolkata to undertake trial run for cargo movement to facility in Myanmar - India Shipping News


India building 7,200 km transport corridor to counter China's BRI - India Shipping News

DCI gets ₹172 cr dredging order from Paradip Port Authority - India Shipping News

Centre pushes for maritime innovation with Sagarmala start-up policy - India Shipping News


Samsara Shipping awarded as the “2nd Best Shipping Agent” for the year 2022-23 by Paradip Port Authority - India Shipping News

Deendayal Port handles largest shipment of Edible Oil at Oil Jetty -7 - India Shipping News

Sarbananda Sonowal meets JNPA & MPA officials and stakeholders - India Shipping News

PM Gati Shakti NMP helps growth of Rs 2 lakh cr in export in FY23: Sonowal - India Shipping News


APSEZ Customs receipts top Rs 80000cr

DP World reports 19.5 million TEUs in 2023 first quarter - India Shipping News


Chennai Port to be cruise tourism hub on the East Coast : Sarbananda Sonowal - India Shipping News

APSEZ has sufficient cash to repay $130 million worth of senior notes - India Shipping News

GAIL to get 4 LNG cargoes from Germany’s Sefe in May - India Shipping News

V-Care Group affirms its commitment towards Coastal trade - India Shipping News


Chennai Port-Maduravoyal Corridor will double port's handling capacity : Nitin Gadkari - India Shipping News

APM Terminals Pipavav to set up new liquid berth at $90 Mn - India Shipping News

M Angamuthu became the new Chairman of Vizag Port - India Shipping News

S. Viswanathan, IAS appointed as Dy. Chairperson of Chennai Port Authority - India Shipping News

Sonowal inaugurated the NTCPWC at Discovery Campus of IIT-Madras - India Shipping News

India rides the green wave as EU, US buy its clean ships - India Shipping News


Sarbananda Sonowal to inaugurate National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways & Coasts, IIT M - Discovery Campus at Chennai

India in talks with Russia to open up Chennai- Vladivostok Maritime Corridor project : Sarabananda Sonowal


Government set to tweak captive berth policy for major ports

GSF and FIATA publish data security and confidentiality charter


Andhra CM lays foundation stone for Rs4362 Crore Mulapeta Port in Srikakulam

Singapore-based RBB Ship Chartering comes to GIFT City


Adani-Total's Dhamra LNG Terminal to start commercial operations at May-end - India Shipping News


Sarbananda Sonowal approves development of Oil Jetty at Deendayal Port for Rs.123.40 Crore - India Shipping News

PM Gatishakti NMP evaluates 76 key Central infra projects which leads to cost savings of Rs 5.14 lakh Cr - India Shipping News

Adani-Total's Dhamra LNG terminal to start commercial operations at May-end - India Seatrade News


Adani Ports continues acquiring East Coast - India Shipping News

GAIL(India) seeks LNG cargo for May delivery to Dhamra terminal - India Shipping News

Republican Seafarers Association of India - India Shipping News

Andhra Pradesh govt changes name of greenfield seaport in Srikakulam - India Seatrade News


“First domestic export of Gypsum” from Paradip to Pipavav Port handled by OSL - India Shipping News

Govt may invite bids from four companies for strategic disinvestment of SCI - India Shipping News

'Port' of Call: Jt Statement of First Meeting of India-Central Asia Joint Working Group on Chabahar - India Seatrade News

NTPC focuses on captive mines, coastal shipping to build coal reserves - India Seatrade News


Bangladesh deep-sea port 'Matarbari' promises strategic anchor for Japan, India - India Shipping News


APM Terminals Pipavav facilitates country’s first import dedicated 48-wagon rake for Maersk - India Shipping News

India hosts first meeting on Chabahar Port development with Central Asia nations - India Shipping News

DST Institute to partner Indian Navy in developing secure maritime communications using Quantum Technology - India Shipping News


Govt will work with logistics sector to drive trade numbers, address issues


Draft ‘Sagarmala Innovation and Start-up Policy’ issued for Stakeholder Consultation - India Shipping News

A Public Interest Litigation halts signing of concession pact with DP World for Tuna Tekra mega box terminal - India Shipping News

Deendayal Port eyes infrastructure upgrade to support growth - India Shipping News

Kerela's Vizinjam port to be officially known as ‘Vizhinjam International Sea Port’ - India Shipping News


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of National Maritime Day 2023 held in Mumbai - India Shipping News

Capt T K Joseph, Indra Nath Bose and Capt Anil Choudhary conferred ‘Sagar Samman’ Awards - India Shipping News

Bangladesh to make e-seal and lock mandatory for transit goods from India - India Shipping News


Sarbananda Sonowal proposes to give infrastructure status to Coastal shipping - India Shipping News

Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flags off Maritime Awareness Walkathon on the occasion of ‘National Maritime Day' - India Shipping News

DPA Kandla highlights Major achievements of FY 2022-23 during Annual Press Meet - India Shipping News


SMP Kolkata creates an all time record in the Port’s history after 1870 - India Shipping News

JNPA shifts location of new Port at Vadhavan to offshore site - India Shipping News

SMP Kolkata to start night navigation soon : P.L. Haranadh - India Shipping News


DPA Kandla retained 'Numero Uno' No.1 position amongst all Major Ports - India Shipping News

JNPA records highest throughput of 6.05 Million TEUs - India Shipping News

PSA Terminal leads Nhava Sheva Port’s fiscal 2023 throughput growth - India Shipping News

Chennai & Kamarajar Ports target to cross 100 million MT cargo in FY 2023-24 - India Shipping News


MoPSW begins celebration of National Maritime Week 2023 - India Shipping News

Russia in talks with India to develop Northern Sea shipping route -Interfax - India Shipping News

Shipping, allied industries battle choppy waters as margins sink - India Shipping News


PM Modi praises float-on – float-off operation of Chennai Port - India Shipping News

The Commercial operations of Chennai-Puducherry Coastal container feeder service set to commence - India Shipping News

Shipping companies express interest in providing services between Kerala and Dubai Ports - India Shipping News

Sarbananda Sonowal says Government planning to develop Eastern Grid with 5,000 kms of navigable waterways - India Shipping News


SMP Kolkata Chairman visited Balagarh hub - India Shipping News

J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Ltd and Indian Potash Ltd signs JV concession agreement with Visakhapatnam Port Authority - India Shipping News

Jumbo-SAL-Alliance commences Basrah Refinery Upgrading Project shipments for JGC Corporation - India Shipping News

Govt intends to increase the share of IWT to 5% as per MIV-2030 : Sarbananda Sonowal - India Shipping News


V.O.Chidambaranar Port surpasses annual target set by MoPSW - India Shipping News


PM Gati Shakti : 101 projects worth Rs 60,872 cr identified under Ports & Shipping - India Shipping News

Two-day Southern Zone Regional Workshop on PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan concluded in Kochi - India Shipping News


MNRE's ₹1,354-crore projects plan to develop Pipavav, Tuticorin ports for offshore wind - India Shipping News


Centre sanctions eight floating jetty projects in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu - India Shipping News

Jassper forays into Vessel Agency Business with Steamer Agency License from Indian Government - India Shipping News

Swan Group Subsidiary leases out its FSRU vessel to Turkey's Botas - India Shipping News


Ten firms including JSW Infra,Boskalis, Concor, Adani, RVNL submit EoI for Rs 41,000 Cr Container Transhipment Port in Great Nicobar - India Shipping News

Chabahar Port testimony to India-Iran partnership - India Shipping News

Safe to say goodbye : APM Terminals Mumbai - India Shipping News

India-Russia Joint Maritime panel expected to meet soon - India Shipping News


Govt to increase the share of renewable energy in ports by 60% : Sarbanada Sonowal - India Shipping News

APM Terminals Pipavav strengthens warehousing infrastructure around the port - India Shipping News

Singapore-based RBB Ship Chartering comes to GIFT City - India Shipping News

Government to amend law for mandating foreign ship owners pay provident fund to Indian seafarers - India Shipping News

India and UAE explore virtual trade corridor to fast-track shipments - India Shipping News

India needs policy push to emerge as farm machinery export hub : NCAER - India Shipping News


Three Major Ports, Paradip Port, Deendayal Port & V. O. Chidambaranar Port will be developed as Hydrogen Hubs: Sonowal - India Shipping News

Ahammed Devarkovil, Minister of Ports to launch Vizhinjam power substation - India Shipping News


Equipment tender worth Rs 800 crore for Chabahar Port hit as India budgets a paltry amount - India Shipping News

Export Import Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programme by EDII - India Shipping News

Merchandise exporters have to pay 18% GST on shipping costs : GST Council - India Shipping News


DPA recorded all time high movements of cargo carrier vehicles - India Shipping News

First PM GatiShakti NMP Regional Workshop for Central & Western Zone to be held in Goa today - India Shipping News

East Zonal Conference on PM Gatishakti and National Logistic Policy held in Bhubaneswar - India Shipping News

Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Ltd to acquire container vessel - India Shipping News

Logistics network key to unlocking eastern India’s mineral potential under PM Gatishakti - India Shipping News

The Network Planning Group under PM Gati Shakti approves 3 rail projects in Maharashtra - India Shipping News


Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata handled an all-time highest record Cargo Traffic of 54.254 Million Tonnes - India Shipping News

DPA starts digital transformation under e-Drishti project - India Shipping News

India’s Growth Story remains intact as one of the fastest growing economies : President, FIEO - India Shipping News

China lifts suspension on seafood imports from India - India Shipping News


Govt keen to utilise India Ports Global for running ports secured overseas on G2G basis - India Shipping News

Indian Railways launches Rail Post Gati Shakti Express Cargo Service (Joint Parcel Product of Railways and India Post) - India Shipping News

Locus launches ‘Last-Mile Maturity Assessment’ for enterprises to level-up their strategies - India Shipping News

Indian Merchandise exports rise in both value and volume terms in 2022 - India Shipping News


GST Council is likely to discuss tax parity for foreign and Indian shipping lines - India Shipping News


Allcargo Logistics shows a decline of 53% in Q3 profit - India Shipping News


Indian exporters boost euro hedges after rally to near two-year high - India Shipping News


Indonesia’s plans to restrict palm oil exports are unlikely to hit India - India Shipping News


Kerala govt to give Rs 400 Cr to Adani Ports as part of Vizhinjam agreement - India Shipping News


Nhava Sheva Port reporting long truck waits and congestion problems at the terminal - India Shipping News


Welspun One signs MoU with UP Govt to invest Rs 2,000 Cr - India Shipping News


Gujarat shipbuilding industry facing challenges - India Shipping News


Govt of India considers vessels directly to Japan for saving time & cost - India Shipping News


APSEZ is committed to Tajpur Port and waiting for formalities from Bengal Govt - India Shipping News


Anupriya Patel says UP Govt's new Warehousing & Logistics Policy will encourage private sectors - India Shipping News


FFFAI Chairman Shankar Shinde elected as Chairman IFCBA - India Shipping News


Sarbanda Sonowal attended the 44th National Day of Iran in New Delhi - India Shipping News


Dredging Corporation posts highest Q3 turnover of Rs 372 Cr - India Shipping News


Govt increases duty refunds to exporters despite of approaching global recession - India Shipping News


EEPC : Gujarat engineering exports grew by 7% in April to December - India Shipping News


PM inaugurates Uttar Pradesh Global Investors Summit 2023 in Lucknow - India Shipping News


Huge commitments to invest in UP at Global Investors Summit has been due to the honest government and safe environment in the state : Piyush Goyal - India Shipping News


Central Govt invites EoI for a mega port at Galathea Bay; Vizhinjam not to be hit in a big way : Experts - India Shipping News


JSW Infra helps Karnataka Govt avoid a setback; emerge lone bidder for a new port at Keni - India Shipping News


IFSCA lays foundation to boost ship financing, leasing in India - India Shipping News


Gujarat Maritime University (GMU) has successfully completed an externship at the Erasmus University in the Netherlands. - India Shipping News


Sarbananda Sonowal meets & discusses shipping, ports-related matters to Norway Trade Minister - India Shipping News


Govt set a target of ₹6,700 Cr in the port and shipping sector for FY24 - India Shipping News


Adani Ports to buy Karaikal Port for Rs1,500 Cr under bankruptcy law : Karan Adani - India Shipping News


Seros Forays into energy sector with the launch of Seros Energy - India Shipping News


Snowman Logistics ventures into the Chemical Industry - India Shipping News


US-based XPDEL announces its expansion plans for the Indian Market in 2023 - India Shipping News


International Logistics Park to be built at Uran-Karanja - India Shipping News


Adani Ports Q3 profit drops 16% to ₹1,316 cr; revenue rises 17.5% - India Shipping News


Kerala govt reviews Singapore-model business hub around Vizhinjam Port - India Shipping News


Industrial & logistics sector leasing grows by 8% YoY in 2022 - India Shipping News


Government faces dilemma as Adani Ports becomes ‘circumspect’ on CONCOR deal - India Shipping News


KSH Logistics witnessed an exponential growth of 20% in 2022 - India Shipping News


Basmati rice exports increases as Iran, Saudi, UAE make 50% of total shipments - India Shipping News


Visakhapatnam Port Authority set to become landlord port - India Shipping News


Chittagong Port's new year beginning performance fell down drastically - India Shipping News


V-Care Group, Ahmedabad begins a new chapter with Book Launch on subject “Make Successful Career in International Shipping & Logistics” - India Shipping News


ISN Special Feature : Here's how The Logistics Industry reacts on Union Budget 2023 - India Shipping News


MSC expands Sentosa Service to provide better access to the North Indian market - India Shipping News


Laxmi Nivasam Developers announces the launch of Laxmi Logistics Park - India Shipping News


MoPSW : Maritime India Vision (MIV) 2030 estimates investments of over 1 Lakh Cr in Port Infrastructure - India


MID WEEK CAPSULE : Union Budget 2023-24 - India Shipping News


PLI Scheme made way for 3 Lakh Jobs, Rs 45,000 Crore Investment : NITI Aayog CEO - India Shipping News


PM inaugurated India Energy Week (IEW) 2023, launched E20 Fuel & flags off Green Mobility Rally in Bengaluru - India Shipping News


MoCI Som Parkash reviews progress of PM GatiShakti - India Shipping News


‘India transitioning to Green Energy fast but will import from anywhere for energy security’: Hardeep Singh Puri - India Shipping News


Budget 2023-24 : Import, export & current deficits - India Shipping News


Biswa Bhusan Harichandan (AP Governor) says 'National Logistics Policy will boost Indian goods’ export’ - India Shipping News


35 MMLPs Planned, land identified only for 13 including Mumbai, Hyderabad - India Shipping News


Directorate General of Shipping criticizes ports banning scrubbers - India Shipping News


Maersk introduces Dry port surcharge - export (DPS) - Thar, India to Mundra, Jawaharlal Nehru & Pipavav - India Shipping News


India keen on expanding exports to Russia in FY 2023-24 - India Shipping News


Import duty removal expected to help put India on world map as auto testing hub - India Shipping News


The Ind-Aus ECTA is a game changer to bilateral trade - India Shipping News


India seen as one of the year’s fastest-growing destinations for cargo ships and trade - India Shipping News


ZIM selects DP World Terminals for new service connecting Western Australia to key Asian hubs - India Shipping News


Israel, India, UAE forge new trade route linking regions - India Shipping News


OPINION : Budget 2023 Government proposals give a push to logistics sector - India Shipping News


Customs Duty review will continue : Sanjay Malhotra - India Shipping News


India’s customs duty change to dial up local phone production : Tax official - India Shipping News


US emerges as India’s Top Destination for goods Exports during April-December 2022 - India Shipping News


Budget 2023-24 focuses on growth with inclusion: NITI Aayog CEO - India Shipping News


Coastal Shipping in India seeks Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model - India Shipping News


Cut In Customs Duty, Support To MSMEs In Budget To Help Boost Manufacturing, Exports: Exporters - India Shipping News


Railways’ big focus areas to be infra and passenger amenities : Ashwini Vaishnaw - India Shipping News


Budget raises allocation for transport ministry to finish delayed projects - India Shipping News


Did I say what I mean? Understanding the Power of words in Corporate Communication - India Shipping News


Momentous day for Gautam Adani as Israeli PM hands over Port of Haifa to Adani Group - India Shipping News


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From Dwarika in the west to Guwahati in the east; from Varanasi/Ayodhya in the north to Rameswaram in the south – rivers and seas have deep meanings and connect within the social psyche of India. They connect people and their hearts - janmanas, in an abstract but firm manner. Rivers and seas have a deep impact on our lives, whether we live near or farther to them. From everyday economic activities to our rituals and religious texts, rivers and seas, and the people around them, occupy a special place in our hearts and lives.


About the Conference

For highlighting this deep impression of the significance and imagery of rivers-ports-shipping in everyday life, we are organizing a series of regional, national and international events (dialogues/conferences) with participation from intellectuals, influencers and practitioners of the society. These events would yield a set of new literature on the significance of the ports/riverways/shipping in everyday life.



In January 2023, we will begin with an event in Delhi to announce Bharat Pravah through a seminar/workshop with participating organizations and individuals. Then between February 2023 to May 2023, 12-15 regional conferences of 1-2 days would be organized at different centers and participating organizations across the country. These would form the base for participation for a national conference of 2-3 days in June 2023 to July 2023 in Delhi. After these, we would organize an international dialogue/event in August to September 2023 at a location of international significance.



Scholars, Academicians, Policy practitioners who work around the issues of shipping, ports, waterways, rivers will be invited to participate in the conferences. Bharat Pravah will serve as a common platform to bring together stakeholders from different walks for the purpose of creating a larger vision of shipping, rivers, seas & people.



  • Development of Indian civilization – Indus Valley Civilization at Lothal and Kalibangan
  • Port towns in India – their contribution towards developing India as a civilization since ancient times
   Contemporary historical perspective- the role of Port Towns in India’s development –
  • The historical role of port towns in India’s economic development – from Masala trade to colonialism
  • Role of port towns and shipping in India’s freedom movement
  • Life along the rivers – Historical evolution of India’s social and cultural centres along Ganga, Brahmaputra, Narmada, Krishna and Kaveri
  • Migration and shipping – the first and second wave of migration from India – Girmitiya and the Caribbean countries
  • The Indian diaspora and the cultural connect – Rivers, ports, and ships in Kazri, Bhojpuri, Bhatiali and folk literature, and music of  Eastern India
  • Culture and literary traditions of Brahmaputra – from Shankar Dev to the present times
  • Coastal community’s lives and their livelihood
  • Representation of port towns and culture in the Indian cinema 
  • Ports and ships in India’s literature – English, Hindi, and other major languages  in India 
  • Stories of travel through seas and rivers in India’s major languages  
  •  The significance of public port trusts in the development of different regions 
  • How the dependence upon petroleum products has increased the importance of ports and shipping in everyday life
  • The hinterland’s ignorance – how ports and shipping have escaped the common consciousness of the people in the last 30 years
  • Role of ports in the Indian economy until LPG reforms – liberalisation, privatisation, globalisation.
  • What has privatisation of ports brought to the forefront concerning efficiency, economy, and market reach?
  • Growth of entrepreneurial activities around rivers and seas.
  •  Trade and commerce through and around seas and rivers.
  • The role played by port trusts (public undertakings) in the development of port towns and the economic sphere around them.
  • The difference of perspectives in the economics of private and public ports in India, as well as the significance of the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
  • Historical role played by existing waterways.
    • In connecting the towns and cities
    • In the development of trade and commerce
    • In cultural and social relations
    • In mitigating climate change and conserving environment
  • Contribution to the contemporary debate around sustainability and energy transition.
  • How can ports be sustainable in terms of resource use?
  • What measures could be introduced for energy transition in the ports and the development of a circular economy?
  • How can ports move towards clean and safe shipping with improving productivity?
  • Can ports of the country contribute to the national net-zero targets?
  • What are the challenges faced by the Ports, Shipping, and Waterways industry?
  • What measures and policies should be introduced to tackle these challenges?
  • What is the future of the industry? What is the vision for the industry in the coming future?

Regional Conferences

We are inviting scholars, individuals, university departments, research institutes, etc., in and around ports of different states/regions who are working around the themes/subthemes. These events will give us a better understanding of the subject and the body of knowledge along with a network of people who we would be working with for a long time.

The tentative list of places for these regional events is as follows.



1. Kolkata
2. Vishakhapatnam/Paradip
3. Chennai/Tuticorin
4. Rameswaram
5. Cochin/Parambur
6. Mangalore
7. Port Blair
8. Marmugao
9. Mumbai
10. Kandla/Mundara


Rivers/Inland Riverways

1. Guwahati/ Dibrugarh
2. Kolkata/Hooghly
3. Patna
4. Gorakhpur
5. Varanasi
6. Ayodhya
7. Kanpur
8. Ahmedabad /Narmada / Tapi
9. West Coast Canal – Kollam/ Calicut / Kottayam / Alappuzha


National Conference

A national conference of 2-3 days would be organized in the national capital around the ‘Significance of Ports and Shipping in Everyday Life in India’ with participation from scholars, practitioners, university departments, research institutes, etc., who are working around themes/subthemes to highlight the challenges, policy issues and future goals relating to the maritime sector.

International Conference

To showcase India’s historical contribution and social/cultural connect with rivers-seas-ports, we would organize an international conference with participation from the topmost institutions/scholars from across the world. People who are working on the social, cultural and economic significance of waterways, ports and shipping and are the best names in the field across the world in academia, journalism and industry will be part of the conference.

Details of location, organization, participants, partners, etc. for this international conference would emerge from our experiences and responses to our regional and national conferences.

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