Mayo College Alumni Association Jaipur organises an interactive session on Pakistan
TILAK DEVASHER STATES THAT LACK OF FOOD AND WATER EMERGE AS THE MOST CRITICAL CHALLENGES FACING PAKISTAN TODAY
The Mayo College Alumni Association Jaipur in association with 'Stephanians in Rajasthan' (SIR), organised an interactive session with 1970 batch alumnus, Tilak Devasher at the Ashok Club in Jaipur. He was in conversation with his Mayo batchmate, Jagdeep Singh( Jags).
Devasher, who is an author of 4 books on Pakistan, is also a member of National Security Advisory Board.
In this session, Devasher stated that while military security has been the traditional focus, the real security of any nation lies in the welfare and health of its people. The foremost concern that demands urgent attention is the scarcity of food and water. Pakistan's consumption surpasses its production, and with a burgeoning population, the country struggles to meet its food demands. Even now, Pakistan faces the challenge of importing wheat to cater to its people's needs. Additionally, the shortage of water poses a significant threat, with no major dams constructed recently and valuable water from the rivers being wasted into the sea.
Discussing the current political scenario, Devasher turned his attention to Prime Minister Imran Khan, whom he characterized as one of the most vindictive leaders. His brutal treatment of the opposition and interference with army postings led to his downfall. Khan adeptly leveraged social media platforms, WhatsApp groups, and vlogs to garner immense support for himself.
The widely acclaimed books written by Devasher on Pakistan are - 'Pakistan: Courting the Abyss' (December 2016), 'Pakistan: At the Helm' (July 2018), 'Pakistan: The Balochistan Conundrum' (July 2019) and 'The Pashtuns: A Contested History' (September 2022). In addition, he has also edited three books titled 'Pakistan Insights 2019', 'Pakistan Insights 2020' and 'Pakistan Insights 2021-22' for the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF). Devasher holds expertise in security issues, particularly in relation to India's neighbouring countries.