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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Maoism roundtable and film screening

Fri, November 20, 2009 • 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM • Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)


Raju Das (York University, Toronto), Kaushik Ghosh (UT Anthropology), Heather Hindman (UT Asian Studies), Raja Swamy (UT Anthropology)

Dear colleagues: I want to alert you to a just-organized event, to take place on Friday Nov. 20 from 330-730PM, in the Meyerson conference room.  SAI is hosting a roundtable from 330-5PM, followed by a pizza break, which will be followed by a screening of recent independent films from (and on) India’s northeast (530-730PM).  Please inform your students and others who may be interested in this event. 

As you know, there has been a great deal of political (and media) attention paid to what Arundathi Roy has recently called “the most popular and oft-repeated thing” Manmohan Singh has ever said, namely, that the Maoist problem is the “single largest internal security threat” faced by India.  (I attach her recent article on this issue).  In order to discuss this statement, and the many other political, economic, and conceptual issues thrown up by both the Maoist “victory” in Nepal’s 2008 elections, and, the varieties of indigenous protest against what some see as a strategy of “primitive accumulation” by the Indian state and capital, the SAI proposes to hold a public discussion of these important contemporary developments.  

Roundtable participants: Raju Das, Geography dept., York University, Toronto; Kaushik Ghosh, UT; Heather Hindman, UT; and Raja Swamy, UT graduate student in anthropology. 

At 5, we will break for pizza, and then begin the film screening session.  (Names of films to be provided shortly). 

Looking forward to seeing you’ll there:

Itty Abraham
Director, SAI

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute

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