Discussion on Himalayan Consensus and China Today


Event Name : Recent Events

Date : 16 September, 2007- ,

Description :

Bangladesh Enterprise Institute organized a talk titled, “Himalayan Consensus and China Today” at BEI Conference Room on Sunday, 16 September 2007. The talk was given by Mr. Laurence J. Brahm, columnist for “South China Morning Post” and author of several books on China and Vietnam. Ambassadors, retired army officials, members of civil society and journalist attended the function.

After brief introduction given by the Ambassador M. Shafiullah, Senior Research Fellow, BEI, Mr. Brahm started his talk on Himalayan Consensus and China Today. The basic of points of his discussion were:

Himalayan Consensus embraces three pillars of economic-socio-politics: First, China’s economic experience overturned IMF and World Bank development assumptions. Throw out theory. Experiences of each country differ based on local conditions. While China emphasizes GDP, Bhutan calls for GDH (gross domestic happiness). Both are equally right with separate application in each country where circumstances, population density, rural and urban income gaps differ. Various different approaches should be mutually respected and applied. Adopt a “no model” approach. Instead share development experiences. Emphasize grass roots micro-finance. Combine market and planning, achieving positive results. End Washington Consensus economic fundamentalism and blind applications. Trash classroom-isolated, economic voodoo. Apply local realities.

Second, since World War II, global values, from political systems to conspicuous consumption were set by the United States. Judeo-Christian moralists dictated paradigms. Himalayan Consensus rejects this. Draw from indigenous religious values of Buddhism, Hindu and Islam. All share similar aspirations: human equality, closing income gaps, global medical and pharmaceutical access, environmental respect, ethnic diversity, sustainable development, and peaceful solutions to global conflict. Engaged social interaction without violence is a Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu and also Islamic vision.

Third, based on the above two pillars, every country has rights to develop their own independent political systems, incorporating different ethnic, religious constituencies. Evolution — not reform. Seek indigenous models of participatory government. Base politics, on local culture, tribal and historic foundations.

For more information, please contact Ambassador Shafiullah, Senior Research Fellow or Ms. Zohra Akhter, Research Assistant at BEI.


Posted Date : 3 March, 2012