International Ibnu Batuta Conference on Travel, Trade, Tradition and Trajectories
Professor at Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi
Kalarickal Pranchu Fabian , hailing from Kochi, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1964. He served in Indian Embassies in Madagascar, Austria, Iran (during the Revolution), Sri Lanka, and Canada before going to Finland as Ambassador in 1985.
From Finland Ambassador Fabian returned to New Delhi to take over as Joint Secretary (Gulf) . When India carried out the largest evacuation by air following Iraq's occupation of Kuwait in August 1990, he was the focal point.
The next posting was as Ambassador to Qatar and from there to Rome as Ambassador to Italy and Permanent Representative to UN in Rome (Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Programme, and International Fund for Agricultural Development).
Earlier, Ambassador Fabian has represented India at International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and International Civil Aviation Organization. He has represented India at international conferences.
Post-retirement, Ambassador Fabian has served as Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and held the K P S Menon Chair in Mahatma Gandhi University , Kottayam. He is currently Professor at Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi.
Ibn Batuta, Malabar and Globalisation
We live in an age of contradictions. On the one hand, we speak of globalization and its merits. We forget that it is basically market globalization which may or may not benefit the majority of Homo Sapiens. At the same time , we tend to ignore the growing parochialization of the mind. History is of decreasing interest to the young. Those who refuse to learn from the mistakes of the past are likely to repeat them.
This conference will contribute significantly to refine globalization and at the same time highlight the important role played by Malabar across the centuries in providing a meeting place for the truly globalized minds.
We need not tourists, but pilgrims who go round the globe imbibing more about other cultures and traditions and promote harmony and good will apart from a sound historical view of the different civilizations the mankind is privileged to be heir to.