April 14, 2016

Invitation to Book Release and Discussion on Hindu Nationalism versus Indian Nationalism (16 April, New Delhi)

Jamia Collective & Pharos Media

cordially invite you to the release of Ram Puniyani’s new book


The release will be followed by a panel discussion by Ram Puniyani, Om Thanvi and Shail Mayaram 

on Saturday, 16th April, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Saiyidain Manzil, 267 A, Near Tikona Park,
Near Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia,
Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025.

About the book: The debate around Hindu Nationalism and Indian Nationalism is not a new one. During colonial period, when the rising freedom movement was articulating the concept and values of Indian nationalism, the section of Hindus, keeping aloof from freedom movement asserted the concept of Hindu Nationalism. The debate has resurfaced again after the formation of a hindu right wing govt at the centre led by Narendra Modi.  This book compares and contrasts the political phenomena of fundamentalism and fascism with the programme of Hindutva.It elaborates the agenda of Hindutva, which strives to create a Hindu Rashtra and also discusses its impact on the rights of the weaker sections of society Dalits, Adivasis,in addition to its politics of intimidation of religious minorities, Muslims and Christians.

About the Panelists:

Ram Puniyani was a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, and took voluntary retirement in December 2004 to work full time for communal harmony in India. He is involved with human rights activities from last two decades. He is associated with various secular and democratic initiatives like All India Secular Forum, Center for Study of Society and Secularism and ANHAD. He has written more than three dozen books. He is a well-known civil rights activist, writer and public speaker.

Om Thanvi is a writer and a veteran journalist. He joined Hindi journalism in 1980 in Jaipur and retired in July 2015 as the editor of Jansatta, a reputed hindi daily of Indian Express Group published from Delhi. He had been Secretary General of Editors Guild of India for two terms as well as Vice President of the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA).

Shail Mayaram is a professor at the Centre for the  Study of Developing Societies. Her publications include Against History, Against State: Counterperspectives from the Margins; Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity; Co-authored, Creating a Nationality: The Ramjanmbhumi Movement and the Fear of Self.

Jamia Collective is a recently initiated platform of artists, intellectuals, journalists and activists to promote diversity, pluralism and constitutional values and it actively engages with citizens of the Jamia area and aims to  bridging the gap between thinkers working in various fields. Jamia Collective organises Guftgu- a discussion forum every alternate Saturday at the same venue as of this event. jamiacollective15@gmail.com  Facebook: fb.com/jamiacollective    Tel. 9810856484, 9999010234, 9727474767

Pharos Media & Publishing Pvt Ltd was incorporated in 1996 and  is into publishing books and periodicals. It has published books on Current Affairs, Politics, Terrorism, Research, Religion, Minorities, Human Rights, Conflicts and other non-fiction general issues. Pharos means lighthouse and Pharos of Alexandria was one of the seven wonders of the world.

Publishers of the book
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