Lectures and Interactive Sessions
Conflict Transformation and Peace Building (CTPB) Orientation Lecture
The CTPB Course 2018-19 started with the orientation lecture given by Dr. Shweta Singh. Hav-ing nurtured and taught this course in the formative years, she gave a birds eye view of the entire syllabus to the new batch of students. She specially emphasized on the paradigm shift that the field of Conflict Transformation presents, particularly in terms of how the next generation of leaders can be empowered to prioritize coexistence and nonviolent social changes. She also fo-cused on the changing nature of conflict and how there is a shift from inter to intra war. The talk also included a generic introduction to Conflict Analysis, highlighting a range of inter-disciplinary theories as well as the role of gender in contemporary conflict analysis.
Dr. Singh is Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean of Students, Department of International Relations in South Asian University. She holds a PhD from Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University. She has been conferred several awards including Mahbub-Ul-Haq Award by Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2013 and International Visitor Leadership Program by United States (Department of State), in 2010. Some of her recent publications include “Education for Peace through Transformative Dialogue: Perspectives from Kashmir” in International Review of Education and “Re-thinking the Normative in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325: Perspectives from Sri Lanka” in Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs.
Promoting Intercultural Dialogue: Interaction and Communication
This year again, the ASSK Centre along with the College organized a dialogue on the theme of 'Promoting Intercultural Dialogue: Interaction and Communication’. The dialogue was organized between the students of the University of Macquarie, Australia and Lady Shri Ram College. The dialogue was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Priya Kumari, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Lady Shri Ram College. She also teaches the course of CTPB. As Samuel Huntington explains how clashes between civilizations are the greatest threat to world peace but also states how an international order based on civilizations is the best safeguard against war. With this backdrop, the dialogue aimed at understanding the role played by diverse Cultural Interpretations in conducting dialogue and negotiation. Students, after having a formal introduction session, engaged in role play at the individual, intra and inter group level. The dialogue acted as an ice-breaker in helping students break their cultural inhibitions and have an open interaction.
Nepal Peace Process
Prof. Sangeeta Thapliyal, discussed in great detail the socio-political situation of Nepal. She ex-plained how the democratic Constitution of Nepal laid on the foundation of mass struggle of the political parties and people appears to be suffering from the inter-party and intra-party conflicts. As a solution, she suggested how for democracy to work effectively in Nepal, there has to be a balance between the centers of power, viz the monarchy, the bureaucracy and the Parliament. The monarchy in the new role of a constitutional monarch is the new symbol of national unity. The bureaucracy in Nepal which hitherto owed its allegiance to the Palace has to adjust to the new political process. However, the government and political leaders should treat them as an apolitical institution rather than as a loot to distribute the spoils of power and influence.
Prof Sangeeta Thapliyal is a Professor at the Centre for Inner Asian Studies, School of Interna-tional Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prof Sangeeta Thapliyal works on strategic issues concerning South Asia with a special reference to Nepal. Her areas of research include Water Security in South Asia and Regional Cooperation. Her previous work experience includes Direc-tor, Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu, Observer Research Foundation, Delhi Policy Group and the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies.
The Working of Indian Justice System
ASSK Centre had the privilege of hosting Justice Ms. Geetanjli Goel, Additional District & Ses-sion Judge. Her current designation is of Special Secretary, Delhi State Legal Services Authority (On Deputation) As a part of CTPB course, students study the concept of restorative and retributive justice. This talk helped students figure out how does Indian justice system works and why it focuses more on retributive over restorative justice. She extensively shared her experience of working in the judiciary and the way she conducted Lok Adalats.
Justice Goel, did her B.A (Honours) in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College for Wom-en, University of Delhi. Thereafter she did her L.L.B. & L.L.M. from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. She has practiced at Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Hon’ble High Court and The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. She joined the Delhi Judicial Service in 2003 and was promoted as Additional District and Sessions Judge in 2014. Presided over Several Jurisdictions, such as Civil, Criminal, Women’s Court, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal and was the Principal Magistrate of Juvenile Justice Board (JJB). Posted as the Director of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and presently posted as Special Secretary, Delhi State Legal Services Au-thority (DSLSA). Contributed to several Modules of NALSA's on Training for Lawyers, Train-ing for Para Legal Volunteers (PLV) and was a member of the Committee that drafted the Model Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2016.
The EU's Role in Conflict Resolution
Prof. Ummu Salam Bava, spoke to the students about the European Union and how has it emerged as a peace project in global politics. Having fought several wars in the past, the two prominent EU members - Germany and France - have emerged as the motor of European regional organization process. Having established peace within, the EU is actively involved in resolving conflict in its external relations which includes Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia-Herzegovina other African and West Asian countries.
She is the Director of the Europe Area Studies Programme and Professor of European Studies at the Centre for European Studies, and Co-ordinator, The Netherlands Prime Minister’s Grant, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru Universi-ty, New Delhi. She was Chairperson of the Centre from July 2009 – July 2011 and also the Di-rector, UGC Europe Area Studies Programme (December 2006 - March 2007). She is also a Guest Faculty at the Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, India. Her expertise on India has brought her and the University recognition as an Associate Fellow of the prestigious Asia Society, New York, USA.
Issue of Race and Gandhi
Advocate Anil Nauriya gave a special lecture on Gandhi.
He has studied Economics, has been a counsel at the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court since the 1980s and widely written on both history and politics in India. His books include ‘The Afri-can Element in Gandhi’ (2006), ‘English Imperialism and the Varied Lights of Willie Pearson’ (2014) and ‘Non-Violent Action and Socialist Radicalism: Narendra Deva in India’s freedom movement’ (2015).
Violence against Women in South Asia: Human Trafficking of Girls and Women
Prof. Mondira Dutta is Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Inner Asian Studies, School of In-ternational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She discussed with the students the grim situation of trafficking of girls and women in South Asia, its causes and consequences. Having worked in the field in this area, Prof. Dutta could share her experience of challenges she faced in dealing with this issue which includes locating the human trafficking network working across South Asia and rehabilitating the trafficked victims.
Violence, Non-Violence and Conflict
Dr. Atul Bhardwaj gave a special lecture on Violence, Non-Violence and Conflict. He discussed how in a conflict nonviolence provides a means for conflict resolution without the negative ef-fects of violence or aggression. He referred to ideas of several prominent thinkers in the field including Gandhi, Sun Tzu and Clausewitz.
He is Senior Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research with the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), New Delhi. He is an Ex- Indian Naval Aviator. He holds a graduate degree from National Defence Academy (NDA) Pune and a Master’s degree in “War Studies” from King’s College London. He is also a gold medalist in “International Law and Diplomacy” from the So-ciety of International Law,” New Delhi. He was Research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi,
Sri Lankan Peace Process
The speaker for this lecture was Dr.. Smruti S Pattanaik. She is a Research Fellow at IDSA. Her area of specialization is South Asia. Her current research project is titled “India’s ‘Near abroad’: What Ails its Neighbourhood Policy”.
Dr Pattanaik has been a recipient of many international fellowships. She was a visiting Asia fellow (Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok) at the Department of International Relations, Dhaka University in 2004. In 2007 she was also selected for a follow up study grant by the Asian Scholarship Foundation to research on politics of identity in Bangladesh. She was also awarded the Kodikara fellowship in 1999 (RCSS, Colombo). She was the Course Director of India-Bangladesh studies program jointly conducted by Jamia Millia Islamia and Dhaka University. She developed a course on "Political Developments in Bangladesh 1971-2010" as part of the European Union-funded project on Curriculum Development on Peace building in Europe and South Asia, organized by the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, in 2011. Dr Pattanaik has published more than 40 articles in various journals, has contributed more than 20 chapters in edited books, and delivered lectures on security issues both in India and abroad.
Religion as the Source of Conflict Resolution
The talk was delivered by Dr. Renu Bahl, former Associate Professor, Lady Shri Ram College. She specializes in Indian Political Thought, Gandhi, Conflict Transformation and Peace Building. Religion is mostly viewed as a cord of contention leading to wars and rise in terrorism. However, Dr. Bahl, talked about the less talked about legacy of religion, that is how it can help in conflict resolution through means such as inter-faith dialogue.
The Diaspora of Indian Jews
Speaker for this session was Dr. Mania Chawla. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Delhi, a Senior Associate Fellow with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University and a Scholar-in-Residence at American University in Washington DC. Dr. Singh’s previous research has focused on gender and colonialism, especially the work of missionary women and the history of colonial medicine. In addition to numerous essays and articles, Singh is the author of Gender, Religion, and “Heathen Lands”: American Missionary Women in South Asia (1860s – 1940s), (New York: 2000). From 2005-2008, Singh researched and lectured in Is-rael at Bar-Ilan, Haifa and Tel Aviv universities. Her recent book, Being Indian, Being Israe-li (2009) is based on field-work done among Indian Jews in Israel. It examines issues of ethnici-ty, migration, gender and identity.