Back to the 20th Century! 2016 might have been a defining year in contemporary history. Politics and Economics have not been so disruptive since the Cold War. Further, leaders seem to be interested in promoting nationalism and are interested in using hatred as a weapon to fuel popularity. While political strategy has returned to a century old ridicule, so has economics. The bottom-up approach, allowing free markets to determine their fate, with minimum state intervention (only in the case of market failure) is no longer the prevalent idea. The State is bent on turning around economics to pre-war conditions.
A 3-day international conference on “Multiculturalism and Globalism: India and the World” organized by The English Literature Society of O.P. Jindal Global University and the Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies concluded on the university campus. Aimed at creating greater awareness of the way India and most of the countries in the West are emerging as vibrant multicultural societies, the conference drew more than one hundred participants from all over India and abroad.
The pink city is once again playing host to the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). JLF is considered to be amongst the top literary festivals in the world and is one of the biggest in Asia. Some of the finest writers from across the globe and an audience that loves to read have gathered at the Diggi Palace for the ninth edition of JLF.
Societal-cultural uniqueness, globalization, political change, technology and economic variegation introduce ‘difference’ as a cornerstone of our ‘civic’ and multi-cultural lives. How does ‘citizenship’ then, and along with it ‘community engagement’, power the Liberal Arts as a quintessential form of education to combat today’s multilayered challenges? Indeed, how does today’s University establish a rewarding, ongoing, and mutually beneficial commitment with wide branches of society and the world?
EARLIER THIS YEAR, acclaimed Bollywood actor Salman Khan was acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court in an 18-year case regarding the actor’s poaching of wild chinkaras, a species of Indian antelope. The acquittal reversed a Lower Court decision that had given him a five-year prison sentence.
On the eve of receiving the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 2004, the recently-deceased writer and activist Mahasweta Devi was interviewed by television anchor Rajiv Mehrotra.
In 2009, member states of the United Nations announced the Millennium Declaration which later matured into the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) ; a set of eight targets to be achieved globally between 1990 and 2015.
FOOD, CLIMATE, MIGRATION : About 96.4 million hectares land area (29.3% of total landmass) of India is currently under land degradation/desertification.
In the summer of 1816, George Gordon Byron, while escaping a scandal in London, and Mary Shelly, while eloping with Mary Godwin, met in Geneva by chance. They were staying in the same hotel. The summer was unusually dark with incessant rain due to a freak climatic event—the eruption of a volcano near Bali that vomited huge dust storms that engulfed much of our planet. Forced to stay indoors, Byron suggested they write ghost stories. Shelly began writing. Her story was titled, Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus.
On November 17, 2015, the Jindal School of Liberal Arts in collaboration with the Winter School on Art/Law at O.P. Jindal Global University organized an engaging forum that brought together contemporary artists, curators, scholars and students to discuss and deliberate on the different concepts of “value” in art, and their practical manifestations in the art world.
Stunting, overweight and wasting (too thin for height) are the three major concerns ensuing from under-nutrition amongst children. About 156 million children around the world are currently suffering from stunting and about 42 and 50 million from overweight and wasting.
Donald Trump’s election win has been illusion shattering. In a swoop, Trump’s win has bayonetted the credibility of America’s powerful East Coast media, pollsters, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and the idea of globalisation. Moreover, it has scarred the psyche of liberal Democratic voters known for deriding Republicans: Democrats who underrated Trump’s appeal with the recession-battered white underclass. Trump’s triumph comes in the wake of Brexit, the continuing crises within the European Union and an anti-migrant ripple in the first world. The win has sparked soul-searching on the crisis of ‘liberalism’ in America. If liberal America has seen such an anti-liberal poll result it begs the question: How liberal have the liberals been to have come to such a pass? And does the liberal quagmire in America, hold any value for Indian liberals?
Demonetization has happened. The Government will not roll it back now. It has, in one stroke taken away a significant wealth of its people. It is causing a lot of pain, indeed. But like any other, this pain too will fade in time. And once the cash-rush is over, it will be people’s turn to see what has happened. What could people’s response to this look like?
In the seventeenth century, when the British were establishing their port towns in Surat, Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta forging a nexus of contracts with Mughal rulers and building huge wealth and influence, England was bleeding. The Crown and the Parliament were up in arms against each other, leading to the Civil War (1642-1651) and later the Glorious Revolution of 1688. These became the defining moments of European political history, giving rise to parliamentary democracies around the world.