[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)

Irfan Engineer irfanengi at gmail.com
Wed Oct 26 10:46:37 CEST 2022

Thanks for the mail and invite.I will try to be there.

On Wed, 26 Oct 2022 at 06:46, Subhash Gatade via WSM-Discuss <
wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net> wrote:

> 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
> https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82348327214?pwd=MUZvYVJyRnhUSXpHZkxPdG9NVmpadz09
> Meeting ID: 823 4832 7214
> Passcode: 825754
> The programme will also be live streamed at
> facebook.com/newsocialistinitiative.nsi
> <https://www.facebook.com/newsocialistinitiative.nsi/?__cft__%5b0%5d=AZXIrYo5jQtdIRmheUBrwWf7lCT98T3B007ceSI1DJDwuZrlaIlWa5fNUxJif0Tq6SVdDJX8Z0tr_BwqEbhXe2ozRt18HUmDgdD6rBAPRCG_vQ&__tn__=kK-R>
>  .
> *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
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH_61s2fbr0
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