April 20, 2000 Geneva, NY – Rajni Kothari, one of India's most prominent political theorist and public intellectuals, will deliver an address titled “Cold Wars, Civil Wars: Reinventing the Old World Order,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, in the Geneva Room on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The presentation is free and the public is invited to attend.
Kothari is one of India's most eminent public intellectuals. He was founder-director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi and also the founder of the international journal, Alternatives. He has written extensively on the interface between governance and human rights, both in a global perspective and in the specific context of the Indian subcontinent. He has had a long association with the United Nations University, where he directed the Programme on Peace and Global Transformation.
Kothari is very active in the Indian human rights movement and was president of the People's Union for Civil Liberties. He was also chairperson of the Indian Council for Social Science Research and a member of India's Planning Commission. He is currently co-chair of the International Foundation for Development Alternatives (IFDA), Nyon, Switzerland.
Among other works, Kothari is author of State Against Democracy, Rethinking Development, and Transformation and Survival and Politics in India, Caste in Indian Politics and Footsteps into the Future and Towards a Liberating Peace. His most recent works include Poverty: Human Consciousness and the Amnesia of Development (Zed Books), and Communalism in Indian Politics (Rainbow/ Lokayan) published both in English and Hindi. #
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