Monday, September 19, 2011
'Questions of caste: Including Dalits in Global Politics'
Vivek Kumar is author of ‘Questions of Caste: Including Dalits in Global Politics’
Vivek Kumar (Ph.D.) Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi he’s engaged in the study of the social movements of one of the most excluded sections in South-Asia (Dalits).
He has analyzed the process and mechanism involved in strengthening the democracy by the ‘Independent Dalits Movement’ in the largest populated State of India i.e. Uttar Pradesh. Kumar has also examined how Dalit movement has diversified its demands for inclusion in the modern institutions of governance and other spheres of day-to-day life after India became a democracy.
Now Kumar is studying internal differences within the Indian Diaspora and its relationship with Indian democracy. Author of three books he has contributed few dozens of academic articles in journals and books. He also writes in newspapers and participates in debates on television channels regularly.
When asked why he joined the Building Global Democracy Programme, Vivek replied:
"...it is a unique or perhaps only attempt which promises a new world order. Secondly, he believes that only a democratic order is open to dissent and undertakes piecemeal social-engineering rather holistic reforms. Last but not least experiences of the world prove that ‘marginalized’ and ‘excluded’ have hope only in a democratic world order."
International workshop in Rio de Janeiro
Watch video footage of Vivek Kumar introducing his paper on 'including Dalits in global politics' at our international workshop in Rio de Janeiro. The workshop brought together academics, activitists and policymakers from around the world and generated lively debates and new understanding on how to understand and overcome exclusion.
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