Sketches by Shivanshi Rathore

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Delivering On The New Silk Road Initiative Amidst Regional Political Rivalries

By Mansoor Saadat
April 16, 2017

 The end of 2014 brought Afghanistan to a crossroad, as the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) withdraw their combat forces from Afghanistan. The presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan played a significant role in its economy that plummet with the sudden decline of military spending. In 2011, the United States government adopted the New Silk Road initiative which aims at developing Afghanistan’s economy by developing energy, trade and infrastructure projects. It aims to improve regional trade between Central and South Asia – through the Afghanistan land-bridge – and thus allow for greater economic integration, peace and prosperity in the Afghan region.

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Talk by Prof. Dipankar Gupta on “Space and Non-Space: Planning Cities for Citizens”

By Apoorva Rao,
Content Team Volunteer
Dr. Dipankar Gupta presented the Department of Political Science with an avant-garde linkage between geographical town planning and citizenship. He believes that town planning can enhance citizenship if it prioritises the creation of public spaces. To strengthen the linkage, he differentiated between spaces and non-spaces. Spaces consist of the area that a person feels a certain kind of belongingness to while non-spaces consist of those tracts of our post-modern life where we go in and out of to pursue our means. He pointed out how the creation of “spaces” is of utmost importance to town-planners, so much so that they’ve ended up creating cramped enclosed “spaces” that do not invoke the feeling of belongingness. He pointed out that these “ugly” areas are too unaesthetic to provide their purpose. Adding to that, he stated that the formation of accessible public ‘spaces’ will enhance citizenship as it will  provide the citizens with equal opportunity to cultivate their selves through aesthetic means. It’ll provide them with an environment they’ll identify with and which will perhaps, facilitate thoughts. It’ll help in blurring of the lines between the public and the private, between the rich and the poor solely by providing them with accessible public “space”.

Talk with Dr. Siddharth Mallavarapu on “International Relations and The Global South: Carving An Identity”

By Prachi Bhuckal,

Content Team Volunteer

The Political Science Department of Lady Shri Ram College for Women organised a guest lecture on 16th February 2017 and attempted to enhance the global political and social knowledge and sense of its student body. Dr. Siddharth Mallavarapu, Associate Professor & Chairperson the Department of International Relations at South Asian University, rendered an illuminating session on “International Relations and the Global South: Carving an Identity”. Mr. Mallavarapu holds eminent contributions in the area of International Relations, its theories, disciplinary histories and the pedagogies of International Relations in the Global South.

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Talk by Mr. Indra Sekhar Singh on ‘Conquest of Nature and Eco Feminism’

By Zohra Abdullah
Sub-Editor and Content Team Head

On 9 January 2017, the Department of Political Science of Lady Shri Ram College for Women organised a talk by activist and environmentalist, Mr. Indra Shekhar Singh. Nature and culture come together to form the synthesis of ecofeminism, a much needed concept and movement in today’s culture of conspicuous consumption.

Lecture by Professor Achin Vinaik

Prof. Achin Vanaik

Date: 18 February 2016

Theme: “Nationalism and Communalism”

As the country was fighting for its idea of ‘nationalism’, the Political Science Department also became a ground for a ‘fight of ideas’, a platform to discuss and deliberate concepts and thoughts. Prof. Achin Vanaik from the University of Delhi, a renowned academician and an extremely engaging speaker was just what the students wanted. In a full venue crowded with students from all Departments of the college, Prof. Vanaik traced ideas of ‘Democratic nationalism’, questions institutions and practices of undemocratic nature and provided conceptual clarity to the students on questions of ‘defining nationalism’. Policy and the Indian nation state were explored deeply. His speaking style, engagement sessions were highly admired by the students, who until after the guest lecture was over continued hearing his interesting ideas on the communalism and nationalism debate.

‘Chat with a Diplomat’, organised in Co- Operation with the US Embassy and Global Youth India

22 September 2015

Speakers:
Ms. Jessica Edwardsen
Ms. Emily White
Mr. Branden Young
Mr. Ramesh Jain

In the light of the dynamic India-US relations, The Department hosted an interactive session with Ms. Jessica Edwardsen, Press Officer, US Embassy, India, Ms. Emily Program Director, American Centre, US Embassy, India, and Mr. Branden Young, Deputy North India Coordinator, US Embassy. The event was held in association with Global Youth India, an apolitical, not-for-profit organisation being managed on a voluntary basis by a group of television journalists and young professionals who focus on foreign policy issues in India. The event brought together young students to ideate on foreign policy issues and interact with foreign policy makers from the US embassy.

Lecture with Dr. Rajan Harshe

20 August 2015

The Association hosted Dr. Rajen Harshe as our first guest lecturer. He delivered an extremely informative and engaging lecture about “Globalization and the Fluctuating Contours of International Relations”. His lecture threw light upon how globalization is a multi-layered social process and how it involves free flow of goods and services along with terrorism and knowledge as well. He explained how capitalism and globalization forms a symbiotic relationship, both aiding the growth of one another. Moving beyond the economic aspect of globalization he also went on to explain how globalization affects us culturally through hegemony and he also explained that how in a very indirect way globalization is also propagating gender inequality. Though a very serious topic, Professor Harshe made sure to keep the talk engaging by adding a dash of humor in his speech. The speech was followed by an interactive session where Dr. Harshe in a very lucid way dispelled the doubts arousing in our mind. Such an interactive and engaging session will definitely inspire and encourage our department to hold many such more events in future.