Ram Puniyani, renowned Indian intellectual and activist, speaks in HRCP Office in Karachi (5 July 2012).
A brief summary of Ram Puniyani’s talk:
Ram Puniyani’s talk about communalism explains the extremist sentiments inherited by India and Pakistan and how they sway our disconcerted society. He also enlightens in his talk how Mulsims and Hindus both harped on similar issues and opposed the already contaminated process of Perjudice and Imperialism but later were split between different ideologies which had a great deal of impact on how they are being governed at present-day. He advocates a classless, secular and decentralized society beneficial to the democratic citizens in a confederal fashion.
The event was organized by PILER (Pakistan institute of Labour education and research). Sharafat Ali, Karamat Ali and BM Kutty were among the organizers.
About the speaker: Ram Puniyani is a Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Powai. Apart from his teaching and research activities, he pursues a parallel track concerned with issues related to social problems, particularly the ones related to preservation of democratic and secular ethos in our life. He also has serious interest in the understanding the Human Rights of weaker sections of society. He is a member of EKTA, Committee for Communal Amity, Mumbai and has been associated with different secular initiatives for many years. He has also been engaged in understanding global and local changes, which have resulted in communal violence. He is particularly concerned with the adverse effects of globalisation and the rise of fundamentalism. His lectures focus on the need for national integration and communal harmony. He is associated with various secular initiatives and has been part of various investigation reports on violation of human rights of minorities.