[WSMDiscuss] Dr Vinod Mubayi to deliver lecture in the Democracy Dialogues Series, organised by New Socialist Initiative, on 30 th October at 7 PM (IST)

Subhash Gatade subhash.gatade at gmail.com
Wed Oct 26 03:12:54 CEST 2022

Dr Vinod Mubayi, Public Intellectual, Scientist and Activist will be
delivering the 20 th Lecture in the Democracy Dialogues Series, organised
by New Socialist Initiative on Sunday, 30 th October at 7 PM (IST)

He will be speaking on

*Partition Split Us Up: Can We Live in Peace as Neighbors?*

*Future Challenges and Reflections*

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 823 4832 7214

Passcode: 825754

The programme will also be live streamed at

*Theme :*

*Partition Split Us Up: Can We Live in Peace as Neighbors?*

*Future Challenges and Reflections*

75 years have passed since Partition and the prospects of peace between the
two largest countries of the region, India and Pakistan, whose conflict
impacts the entire South Asia region look dimmer than ever. The reasons and
justifications offered by the protagonists for the separation, such as the
two-nation theory, have been discussed at length in various forums and
while the past is commonly understood to be prologue to the future it
behooves us to imagine a future without all the baggage of the past.

This talk will refer at times to the past and the misdeeds of the present
but focus mostly on possibilities for the future. A good amount of
experience has shown that despite the most fraught and tense relations
between governments, common people of south Asian countries, whether in the
diaspora or while visiting each other’s countries, are able to establish
bonds and friendships very quickly and easily. Perhaps 75 years cannot
easily extinguish long standing cultural and linguistic bonds established
over millennia. Dialectics also teaches us that opposing and contradictory
views and ideas can co-exist within a society or group and which will
prevail depends on the context in which the opposites interact.

Groups such as South Asia Peace Action Network (SAPAN), whose founding
charter states that its minimum common agenda is reclaiming South Asia,
have attracted members from all South Asian countries. SAPAN calls for soft
borders and visa free travel between countries in the region in addition to
demands for human rights, peace and justice. The talk will discuss
possibilities of expanding the activities of people-to-people groups that
can create civil society pressures for peace and prosperity as well as
joint actions to counter existential threats like climate change.

*About the Speaker :*

Dr Vinod Mubayi is a reputed American Physicist of Indian origin.

PhD in Physics from Brandeis University, taught at Cornell University and
was a research fellow at TIFR, Mumbai before joining Brookhaven National
Laboratory, New York.

A member of the American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society and
the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he was also a
Consultant to agencies of the United Nations on Energy Issues ( 1981-1985)

He joined INSAF bulletin as co-editor in 2004.  A keen observer of
socio-political events in India, Mubayi has been close to progressive
groups, espousing human rights issues and the cause of the downtrodden

His book 'Where is India Headed ? - An Historical Critique ( 2021, Media
House) which chronicles the contemporary Indian History during the last few
decades has also been translated into Hindi

P.S. Here is a YouTube link of last lecture in the series by Prof Pervez
Hoodbhoy' ( 9 th Oct 2022) where he talked on 'The Partition of India :
Three Outstanding Questions

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