Educationalist


Host Aamir Khan on the 10th episode of 'Satyamev  Jayate' brought out the ugliness of untouchability and casteism still prevalent in an Independent India.

Heart wrenching was the story of Dr Kaushal Pawar who suffered many humiliations as a child simply because she was the 'other', fringing on the borders of society. As a dalit child growing up, Kaushal was constantly made to be aware of the fact that she was different.

In the school that she studied at, dalit children were made to wear blue clothes, a way to distinguish and brand them. But Kaushal triumphed over this injustice, where at one point she even thought of quitting the prestigious JNU institute in Delhi. But with her father's constant support, Kaushal is now a lecturer at Delhi University where she teaches Sanskrit.

Kaushal Panwar

Host Aamir Khan on the 10th episode of 'Satyamev  Jayate' brought out the ugliness of untouchability and casteism still prevalent in an Independent India.
Heart wrenching was the story of Dr Kaushal Pawar who suffered many humiliations as a child simply because she was the 'other', fringing on the borders of society. As a dalit child growing up, Kaushal was constantly made to be aware of the fact that she was different.
In the school that she studied at, dalit children were made to wear blue clothes, a way to distinguish and brand them. But Kaushal triumphed over this injustice, where at one point she even thought of quitting the prestigious JNU institute in Delhi. But with her father's constant support, Kaushal is now a lecturer at Delhi University where she teaches Sanskrit.

Dr Kaushal born and brought up in one of the villages of Haryana, Dr Kaushal Panwar teaches Sanskrit at Delhi University. Her life is one of the most remarkable testimonies of human grit and determination towards achieving one’s goal despite insurmountable odds.Read an interview -
Kindly tell us about your family back ground.
I belong to Balmiki community in Rajour village from district Kaithal (Haryana). My father who died in 2001 was a landless labourer. I have two elder brothers. All my family members worked at jat landlord’s fields. I also used to work in the field along with my family and had also worked as manual labourer in road constructions.
My elder brother could not clear class Xth and joined Punjab police as a sepoy but due to some reasons he left the job. Today he is unemployed. I am the only one from my district Kaithal, from Balmiki community, who has reached to this level. Otherwise our community is still mostly engaged in scavenging and manual labour. 
What has been your educational background?
I studied in my village school and completed my 10+2 from there itself. However for my graduation (B.A.), I had to take admission at college that was 60 Km away from my home. I had to travel daily to be able to attend the classes. Then I joined Kurukshetra University for my Masters and later Rohtak University for M.Phil.
However the turning point came when I got an opportunity to join Sanskrit department at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi for my PhD. In 2009, I was awarded doctorate for my thesis on ‘Shudras in Dharam Shashtras’. Now I am an Assistant Professor and teach Sanskrit in of the colleges at Delhi University.  
Yours is truly a remarkable journey. What have been your motivations that drove you to excel in studies?  
I must say without any hesitation that my father was my biggest motivator. Second most important was my family background. Poverty, drinking habits of family’s male members, helplessness on caste-discrimination – these were things around which I grew up. I always felt great discomfort and after a point I got fed up and tried to focus solely on my education.
I had seen my father being abused on caste-lines and suffering and yet not able to counter that. In fact, my father’s helplessness motivated me to look critically at our lives and not to accept that as our ‘fate’.
My father played a great role in educating me. Here I would like to share an incident that happened with my father. He had to go somewhere by bus. At bus stand, he was unsure of the bus that was about to ply. He asked someone to confirm if that was the right bus. The person replied very rudely, “Can’t you see what is written on the bus?”
My father was an illiterate and felt humiliated. He said very calmly to him, “Why would I have to ask you if I was literate?” But then my father decided that he would educate all his children at whatever cost so that they don’t have to face any such humiliations. My father never allowed me to do household work. My mother was also very cooperative but remained worried about my fate after my marriage (laughs).
People would say so many things like why I was not marrying etc. But I never bothered. I never looked back. Whatever I could do I did for my education.
All along my studies I had to work to earn for my studies as well as for our family. You might not believe that during my graduation days I used to work as one of the labourers for constructing road that passed from the college where I was a student (smiles).
My father expired while I was doing my Masters and he never allowed anyone to inform me about his sickness. He was not even aware of what is PhD but always told me to achieve the highest possible degree and made me to promise about not leaving education under any circumstances. No one can ever fill the vacuum that I felt after his death.
Why did you choose Sanskrit as a subject?
This is because of a promise that I made to myself when I was a child. After completing VIth Std, I opted Sanskrit as one of my subject. But when I went for the first Sanskrit class the teacher refused to teach me and told me to go and pick garbage for living instead of learning Sanskrit.
When I persisted, he slapped me and sent me to sit at the last row. I cried and went back but somewhere I got the determination that day that I would study Sanskrit and reach at the top. I sincerely want to thank that teacher now as because his casteism and sexism became my motivation.
For most of the Dalit and Adivasi students getting admission in premier educational institutions is a dream. You did your PhD from JNU. How did you reach here?
After completing my Mphil from Rohtak University I wanted to do PhD from there itself and decided to work on the topic ‘Shudras in Vedas’. However the faculties there forced me to change my topic and make it ‘Shudras in Literature’. I agreed reluctantly but just on the last date of registration, I was refused admission.
Later I came to know that my seat was given to a Brahmin woman who also taught in the same department. I felt completely betrayed by my own teachers. I could not do anything and came back home.
In my university days I was very active and used to participate in lots of meetings and seminars. In one such meetings that was organised on ‘the socio-economic condition of Dalits’ in Kaithal, I got the opportunity to meet two faculty members from JNU namely Dr Malakar and Dr. Phool Badan who came as speakers there.
During the interaction I told them about how I was denied PhD seat at Rohtak University. Both of them advised me to join JNU for my PhD. But I was very unsure. I never thought that I could ever get to JNU. However both of them motivated me and gave confidence.
Dr Phool Badan even helped me to fill the admission form. Without them, I could not even have thought of JNU leave alone applying. My example shows how important it is for our students to have Dalit faculties in the campuses.
Now since you are settled how do you want to contribute more towards the empowerment of our community?
I am not able to contribute as much as I should but still I am trying my level best. Right now I am into writing and working on promoting Dalit literature among people so that they get to read it and get inspired to fight against caste exploitation. I am part of the group that organises small meetings, street theatre, seminars and tries to mobilise youth and students on the issue of caste in Haryana.
Like on 12th April we celebrated Jotiba Phule’s birthday by enacting a play on Guru Ravidas where we clearly showed that he was not merely a religious person but was a great revolutionary from our community. I am also aware of my responsibility being a teacher and we run a placement cell for our students.    
What are your policy recommendations for higher authorities for the welfare of Dalit and Adivasi students?
Some policies are already there. But the problem is their faulty implementation. We can achieve so much if we are able to force the authorities to implement these in spirit. So I feel our students themselves have to reach to political arena where policies are framed and are implemented. There is definitely need of many more policies to promote Dalit and Adivasi girls’ education. Their representation in higher education is almost nil.
Many of our students who come from very humble background are sometimes not able to cope up with the campus environment. One of the major factors is the identity crisis. What you have to say on this?
I must say if there was any identity crisis with me I could never have reached to this level. I never hide my identity and was confident about it right from my school times. I did menial jobs at the homes of many of my class mates like cleaning animal dung etc and then I used to sit with them in the same class. They used to call me chuhri (slang for scavengers) in the school. In fact it was my father who never let me have any identity crisis. Since my childhood my father taught me not to worry on such issues as no work is big or small.
The same goes with all our students. They should feel proud that they have come from community of people who are the most hard working and their being in higher education is a great achievement not only for them but for the entire community.
What are your other suggestions for our Dalit and Adivasi students who want to pursue higher education?
What else I can say other than to work doubly hard! As a Dalit and Adivasi students we have to cross so many barriers - class, caste and for women students - gender too. Most of the ‘upper’ caste students have only to work hard for studies. But we have to work much harder to be able to excel in studies and simultaneously fight against social and economic handicaps due to our background.
Other students don’t have to prove anything to anyone but we have lot to prove not only for ourselves but also for the sake of our community.
I teach Sanskrit and being a Dalit woman I know that people are very judgemental and easily point a finger if I don’t teach properly. I have seen people whispering against me and I always answer them through my work. In a very short time my three books have been published and I am working on the fourth one. We must always move ahead and not let others drag us behind.
What are your suggestions for Dalit students groups like Insight?
I really thank Insight from my heart. This is really a very innovative initiative which will go long way to benefit our students. I know this group from my JNU days. My only suggestion for groups like Insight is to always ensure equal representation in terms of its reach.
Most of our students are from very humble background and lack information. They are also not much willing to come out. Insight has the responsibility to reach to such students. Then only we can say that Insight is a real role model for all of us.

Dr.Ronki Ram
Name Ronki Ram
Designation Reader and Chairperson
Institution: Department of Political Science
Panjab University
Chandigarh - 160 014, India.
Phones: (+91-172)-2541819
Res:(+91-172)-2541290
Cell:(+91) 9872861290
E-mail:ronkiram@yahoo.co.in
Date of Birth 2 April 1960
Sex Male
Marital Status Married
Nationality Indian
Languages known English, Punjabi (Mother tongue) and Hindi.
Academic Qualifications Ph.D. in International Studies
-Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1992
M. Phil.
-Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1985
M.A. in Political Science
-Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1982
Advanced International Programme (Diploma) in Conflict Resolution
-Uppsala University, Sweden 1993.
Areas of Specialisation International Relations Theory, Indian Political Thought, and Dalit Politics (special focus on Punjab).
Visits Abroad Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Canada, U.K., and Pakistan
Member - Professional/Advisory/Editorial Boards
 
Member of the Board of Management of Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Mohali, sponsored by Ministry of HRD, (Department of Elementary Education and Literacy), Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Member of the advisory Board of Human Rights Law Networking, Chandigarh.
Member of Board of Finance, 2005-06, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Member of Organizing Committee of 10th World Punjabi Conference, Chandigarh, May 28-30, 2004.
Life Member of North West Indian Sociological Association (NWISA).
Member of Editorial Board of the Panjab University Research Journal (Arts).
 

Appointments
 
Reader in Political Science, P.U., Chandigarh from June 12, 2004 continuing.
Lecturer in Political Science, P.U. Chandigarh from 25 March 1998. Sr. lecturer w.e.f 25th March 1999.
Lecturer in Gandhian Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, from June 12, 1995 to March 25, 1998.
Lecturer in Political Science, Goa University, Goa from Feb. 22, 1995 to June 10, 1995
Research Associate, SIS, CIPOD, JNU, New Delhi, July 21, 1992 to May 31,1995.
Senior Research Assistant, SIS, CIPOD, JNU, New Delhi, Jan. 20, 1992 to June 19, 1992.
Research Investigator, Punjab State Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh, Nov. 4, 1985 to June 3, 1986.
 

Papers Published
-- INTERNATIONAL
 
"Social Exclusion, Resistance and Deras: Exploring the Myth of Casteless Sikh Society in Punjab", Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.42, No.40, October 6-12, 2007, pp.4066-74.
"Capital versus Labour: Globalisation, Marginalised and Crisis of Governance", Man & Development, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, June 2007, pp. 5-28 [included in Parliamentary Documentation Vol. 33, No.15, August 1-15, 2007].
"Untouchability in India with a Difference: Ad Dharm, Dalit Assertion and Caste Conflicts in Punjab", Asian Survey, (Berkeley) Vol.XLIV, No.6, November-December 2004 pp.895-912 [abstracted in Centre de Documentation Regards, Religion Compass Online, CSA Illumina]. Also included in the course POLS 298.3 Turmoil and Change: Politics in Modern India, Dept. of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Summer Study/ Travel Program 2006.
"Untouchability, Dalit Consciousness, and the Ad Dharm movement in Punjab", Contributions to Indian Sociology (sage) [n. s.], Vol.38, No.3, September-December 2004, pp.323-349 [one of "The 50 Most-Frequently Read Articles in Contributions to Indian Sociology during June -September 2007].
"The Dalit Sikhs", Dalit International Newsletter (Waterford USA) Vol. 9, No.3 October 2004.
"Limits of Untouchability, Dalit Assertion and Caste Violence in Punjab", in Harish K. Puri, ed., Dalits in Regional Context (Jaipur: Rawat, 2004), pp. 132-189.
"Punjabi Dalit Parivas: Chetna Ate Sangharsh" (Punjabi Dalit Diaspora: Consciousness and Struggle), South-Asian Review (Prince George, B.C.), September 2006, pp. 22-25 & 29 [also serialized in Amritsar Times www.amritsartimes.com (California), August 2-8, August 9-15, and August 16-22, 2006; Nisot, October-December, 2006 www.nisot.com (Canada)].
 
 
-- NATIONAL
 
"Vishvikaran Noo Pachhere Mulkan Vich Samjhan Da Masla" (Understanding Globalisation in Under-developed Countries), in Bhim Inder Singh, ed., Vishvikaran: Vishleshan Ate Vivechan [Globalisation: Description and Analysis] (Jalandhar: Kuknus, 2006), pp. 62-69.
"Ajoke Punjab wich Dalit Sathiti ate Chetna: Rajnitak Mulankan" (Dalit Position and Consciousness in Contemporary Punjab: Political Analysis), in Dhanwant Kaur and Jaswinder Kaur Maangat [eds.], Samkali Punjabi Samaj [Contemporary Punjabi Society], (Patiala: Punjabi University Publication Bureau, 2006), pp. 51-55.
"Afro-Asian Dialogue: Contesting Globalisation in the Periphery", in Gopal Singh and Ramesh K. Chauhan (ed.), South Asia Today, (New Delhi: Anamika: 2005).
"Punjabi Quam, Dalit Mukti Ate Shaktikaran" (Punjabi Nationality, Dalit Emancipation and Empowerment), South Asian Review (Prince George, B.C.) May 2005, pp. 7-12 [also published in Bhim Inder Singh, ed. Dalit Chintan: Marxi Pripekh (Marxist Perspective of Dalit Thought), (Jalandhar: Kukness Prakashan: 2005), pp. 50-63].
"Spiritual Regeneration, Guru Ravidass and Dera Sach Khand Ballan", Begumpura Souvenir 2004 (Jalandhar: Dera Sach Khand Ballan, 2004), pp. 117-122 [also carried in two installments in Begumpura Shaher (Jalandhar), No. 7, June 14, 2004, p. 10 and No. 8, June 21, 2004, pp. 6-7].
"Role of Ad Dharmis: Chamar Protest in Punjab is linked to Talhan Caste Violence". Dalit Voice, Vol. 23, No. 4, February 16-29, 2004, pp. 11-12 [also carried in two installments in Begumpura Shaher, No. 48, March 29, 2004, p. 9 and No. 49, April 5, 2004, p. 9].
"From the Anarchy To Anarchy: State And Governance Problematique", The Indian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 62, No. 4, December 2001, pp. 520-531.
"From Servitude To Assertion: Ambedkar's Subaltern Approach To Nationalism and Dalit Liberation", Social Sciences Research Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2001, pp. 146-170 [also available in www.ambedkartimes.com and in abridged version at www.ambedkar.org].
"Power v/s Dialogue: Gandhian Dialectic and Conflict Resolution", Social Sciences Research Journal, vol. 7, Nos. 1 & 2, 1999, pp. 103-123.
"What does Gandhi mean to the Youth?" Journal of Peace and Gandhian Studies, Vol. I, No. 2, January-March 1996, pp.75-78.
 

Citations in Journals/Books
 
"Social Exclusion, Resistance and Deras: Exploring the Myth of Casteless Sikh Society in Punjab", Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.42, No.40, October 6-12, 2007, pp.4066-74 [Cited in Seminar 581, January 2008, p. 54].
"A Conflict of New Assertions", Tehelka, Vol. 4, Issue 27, July 8-14, 2007 [Cited in EPW, Vol.42, No.40, October 6-12, 2007, p.4065].
"Untouchability in India with a Difference: Ad Dharm, Dalit Assertion and Caste Conflicts in Punjab", Asian Survey, (Berkeley) Vol.XLIV, No.6, November-December 2004 pp.895-912 [cited in EPW, Vol. XLI, No. 24, June 17, 2006, p. 2479].
"Untouchability, Dalit Consciousness, and the Ad Dharm movement in Punjab", Contributions to Indian Sociology (sage) [n. s.], Vol.38, No.3, September-December 2004, pp.323-349. [Cited in EPW, October 27, 2007, p.21; http://www.ediindia.org/Creed/data\Gurpreet%20Bal.htm (October 19. 2007), also one of the 50 Most-Frequently Read Articles in Contributions to Indian Sociology continuously for the months of June -September 2007].
"The Dalit Sikhs", Dalit International Newsletter (Waterford USA) Vol. 9, No.3 October 2004 [cited in http://www.ambedkartimes.com/raju_kamble.htm (October 19, 2007).
"Limits of Untouchability, Dalit Assertion and Caste Violence in Punjab", in Harish K. Puri, ed., Dalits in Regional Context (Jaipur: Rawat, 2004), pp. 132-189 [cited in Global Networks (Blackwell) Vol. 7, No. 3, July 2007, p. 331].
Paper presented on Dalit Assertion and Social Conflicts in Punjab, February 8-9, 2006, at Seminar on Politics in North-West India: Emerging Trends and Changing Patterns, organized by Department of correspondence Courses, Punjabi University, Patiala [cited in Diviner - A Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 2, Feb-July 2007, pp.128 & 134].
"Making Sense of Caste Violence in Talhan: A View from Within", presented at Regional Seminar on Media and Communal Harmony in Multi-Cultural Society, organized by IDC, Chandigarh in association with Press Institute of India, New Delhi, Communication Management Foundation, New Delhi and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, New Delhi, September 27-28, 2003 [cited in John C.B. Webster, "The Dalit Sikhs: A History", in Tony Ballantyne (ed), Textures of the Sikh Past (New Delhi: OUP, 2007), p. 148].
Paper presented on Reading Caste with Ambedkar, at Weekly Seminar, of the Dept. of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh January 23, 2002 [cited in Indian Social Science Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, July-December 2005, p.117].
Paper presented on Untouchability and the question of Dalit Identity: A Critique of Ad Dharam Movement at National Seminar on Liberalistion, Dalits and the State, organized by the Department of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, May 3-4, 2001 [cited in EPW Vol. 37, No. 3, August 3-9, 2002, p. 3245].
 

Papers Presented at Seminars/Conferences/Workshop
-- INTERNATIONAL
 
"Punjabi Quam dae Jati ate Jamati Masley" presented at 3rd World Punjabi Conference, organized by South Asian Review (Prince George), Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall, Jalandhar, Punjab, February 15-18, 2007.
"Punjabi Dalit Parivas: Chetna Ate Sangharsh" presented at 22nd international Punjabi Development Conference, organized by the Department of Punjabi Languages, Punjabi University, Patiala, February 1-3, 2006.
"Contemporary Society and Political Analysis" presented at 21st International Punjabi Development Conference, organized by The Department of Punjabi Languages, Punjabi University, Patiala, March 10-12, 2005.
"Burden of Past and Vision of Equality: Political Sociology of Jat-Dalit Conflicts" presented at International Conference on Punjab Peasantry in Turmoil, organized by Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Punjabi University, Patiala, January 27-28, 2005 [also available at www.ambedkartimes.com]
"Punjabi Nation and Dalit Emancipation" (Punjabi), presented at Second World Punjabi Conference, organized by the South Asian Review and Sahit Sabha, Prince George, Canada, June 28-July 1, 2003.
"Contextualising Ad Dharm Movement (Punjab): Dalit Consciousness, Social Justice and Cultural Transformation", presented at International Dalit Conference, organized by Association for International Dalit Conference Inc., Vancouver, Canada, May 16-18, 2003.
"Agenda for Conflict Resolution: Theoretical Dimensions", paper presented at International Seminar on Violence in India: Prospect and Prognosis organized by Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh, January 18-20, 1998.
"Domestic Challenges to World Peace: Crumbling Borders between Domestic and International Politics", paper presented at International Seminar on Geo-Politics of Peace, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, January 16-18, 1988.
 
-- NATIONAL
 
"Punjab Vich Dalit Chetna de Sroot" [Sources of Dalit Consciousness in Punjab], presented at seminar on Dalit Chetna in Punjab, organized by Dalit Chetna Manch Punjab Regd., Mohali, January 20, 2008.
"Self Versus Other: Morality in Public Life", presented at national seminar on Morality and Public Life, organized by Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, Chandigarh, January, 17-18, 2008 (on 18th January, also Chaired the fifth session the same day).
"Right to Information Act 2005 and Good Governance", presented at seminar on Right to Information, organized by The Political Science Department of S.G.G.S. Khalsa College, Mahilpur, January 11, 2008.
"Understanding Dalit Assertion in Punjab", presented at seminar on Ikyvi Saadi Vich Parvesh Kar Raeha Punjab: Samaj de Saravpakhi Vikas de Sandarab Vich, organized by Punjab Basha Academy and Punjab Academy of Social Sciences, Literature and Culture, Jalandhar, November 24-25, 2007.
"Understanding Dalit Assertion in North India", presented at seminar on Samkalin Bharatiya Sahitya Mein Samajik Nayaya Ki Avadharana: Vishesh Sandarbh Dalit Sahitya, organised by IIAS, Shimla, November 14-16, 2007 (also Chaired the Sixth Session: Poetry, Fiction: Realism, Rebellion and Interrogation).
"Status of Human Rights of Dalits in Punjab", presented at Workshop-cum-consultancy on Dalit Rights, organised by Human Rights Law Networking Chandigarh, October 28,2007.
"Shaheed-e-Azam "Bhagat Singh and the Question of Untouchability", presented at seminar on Bhagat Singh and his Legends, organised by the World Punjabi Centre, Punjabi University Patiala, October 22-23, 2007.
"Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Social Justice", presented at seminar dedicated to the Birth Anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar, organized by Dr. Ambedkar Chetna Society, Banga, April 29, 2007.
"Globalisation, Dalits and Labour", presented at seminar on Labourer, Labour and Globalisation, organized by Dalit Chetna Manch Punjab (Regd), April 28, 2007.
"Social Exclusion and Dalits in Punjab", presented at National seminar on Social Exclusion, State and Globalisation, organized by Ambedkar Centre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, March 29-30, 2007.
"Human Rights and Dalit Consciousness in Punjab", presented at UGC sponsored National seminar on Human Rights and Duties Education, organized by Khalsa College Amritsar, March 23, 2007.
"Situating Subordination in Regions within a Region: Dilemmas of Dalit Solidarity in East Punjab" presented at National seminar on Regions within Regions: Rethinking State Politics in India, organized by Dept. of Political Science, Panjab University, February 26-27, 2007.
"Contesting Globalisation in the Periphery", presented at seminar on Globalisation, Social Institutions and Values, organized by Dev Samaj College for Women, Chandigarh, February 3, 2007.
"Patterns of Dalit Population in Punjab", presented at National seminar on Population, Environment and Development in the Northwestern India, organized by the Dept. of Geography, Panjab University, Chandigarh, February 1- 2, 2007.
"Identity Formation Among the Dalits of Punjab: Some Critical Reflections", presented at UGC sponsored National seminar on Participatory Democracy: New Context, New Challenges - Inclusion and Exclusion, organised by Dept. of Correspondence Studies, PU, Chandigarh, January 23-24, 2007.
"Ad Dharm Movement and Dalit Consciousness in Punjab", presented at a National seminar on India Since the 1990s and Social Science Research, organised by ICSSR (North-Western Regional Center), PU, Chandigarh, January 18-19, 2007.
"Human Rights: Dalit Consciousness and Caste Conflicts in Punjab", presented at UGC sponsored National seminar on Status of Human Rights in Punjab, organised by Lajpat Rai DAV College Jagraon, November 30 -December 1, 2006.
"Human Rights: Dalit Consciousness and Caste Conflicts in Punjab", presented at a UGC sponsored National seminar on Evolution of the Concept of Human Rights and Emerging Dimension of Human Rights, organised by Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, November 29-30, 2006 (presented on 29th November, 2006).
"World Punjabi Conferences and Indo-Pak Cooperation", presented at UGC sponsored seminar on Conflicts and Cooperation in South-Asia, organised by R.R.M.K. Arya Mahila Mahavidyala, Pathankot, November 25-26, 2006 (presented on 25th November, 2006).
"Critically Analyzing Human Rights: Trends and Dimensions", presented at UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Human Rights, organized by SDSPM College for Women, Rayya (Amritsar), October 28,2006.
"Spiritual Regeneration, Dalit Consciousness and Dera Sach Khand Ballan", presented at Seminar on Pirs, Sants and Babas of Punjab: Their Role in Social, Religious and Political Spheres, organized by RSD College, Ferozepur City, March 4, 2006.
"Human Rights, Civil Society and Democracy", presented at Seminar on Is Terrorism a Threat to Indian Democracy? organized by Department of Political Science, Guru Nank College, Muktsar, February 21-22, 2006.
"Contesting the 'Essential': Relocating Dalits in India's Globality" presented at National Seminar on India's Globality: Politics of Resistance, Recovery, Relocation and Reinvention, organized by Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh (UGC Special Assistance Program), February 9-10, 2006.
"Dalit Assertion and Social Conflicts in Punjab" presented at Seminar on Politics in North-West India: Emerging Trends and Changing Patterns, organized by Department of correspondence Courses, Punjabi University, Patiala, February 8-9, 2006 (present on February 8, 2006) [cited in Diviner - A Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 2, Feb-July 2007, pp.128 & 134].
"Dalit Identity Formation in Punjab: Cultural Transformation, Spiritual regeneration and Political Assertion" presented at Seminar on Dalit Identity with Special reference to Punjab, organized by Govt. college for Women, Ludhiana on January 18, 2006.
"Punjabi Sahit Sabhayachar Paripekh", presented at Seminar on Vishav Vatavaran: Sambhal Ate Chunotiyan, organized by Samvedna, Chandigarh, December 16, 2005.
"Dalit Consciousness and Challenges of Democracy in India", presented at National Seminar on Democracy and Civil Society: Salient Issues for North Western India, organized by Dept. of Philosophy, Panjab University, Chandigarh, September 19-20, 2005.
"Dalit Manukh Da Bavikh Ate Jota Vitkara" presented at Seminar organized by Dalit Chetna Manch Punjab at Bakarpur, Mohali, May 8, 2005.
"Understanding Globalization in the Periphery", presented at National Seminar on Globalization: Prospects and Challenges for India, organized by Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, Feb. 19, 2005.
"Myths, Worship and Syncretic Religion - A Study of Perceptions in Doaba Punjab, presented at the Weekly Research Seminar, organizedd by Department of Sociology, P. U. Chandigarh, February 2,2005
"Sri Guru Granth Sahib and Dalit Consciousness", presented at Seminar on The Role of Sikhs ad Dalits in the Future of South-Asian Sub-Continent, organized by Department of Philosophy and Sikh Student Federation, January 19, 2005.
"Critically Analyzing Regionalism in the Context of Globalization", presented at National Seminar on Regionalism - A threat to Indian Nation-state (in the context of North-western States), organized by Department of Political Science, Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, November 29-30, 2004 (presented on 30 November).
"Social Transformation and Empowerment of Dalits and Women at the Grass-root" presented at Workshop on The Empowerment of Dalits and Women through Reservation in Panchayati Raj Institution of North-west India, organized by Ambedkar Center, Department of Sociology, P. U. Chandigarh, November 29-30, 2004 (presented on 29 November).
"Understanding Social Injustice in India", presented at Seminar on Justice to Weaker Section of the Society, organized by Chandigarh People's Welfare Forum and Punjab and Haryana High Court Advocates' Committee on Judicial Accountability, Chandigarh, November 6, 2004.
"Dalit Consciousness and Literature in Punjab", presented at National Seminar on Creativity and The State in Contemporary India, organized by IIAS, Shimla at India International Center, New Delhi, April 25-26, 2004.
"Dalit Assertion and Caste Conflicts in Punjab", presented at Workshop on Dalit Assertion and Emerging Politics in Punjab and Haryana, organized by Ambedkar Center and Department of Sociology, P.U., Chandigarh, March 19, 2004.
"Dalit Consciousness in Punjab: Spiritual Regeneration, Guru Ravidass and Dera Sach Khand Ballan", presented at National Seminar on State Politics: Analysing the Emerging Trends, Organized by Department of Political Science, P.U., Chandigarh, March 17-18, 2004.
"Human Rights in Punjab with Special Reference to the Dalits", presented at National Seminar on Human Rights Today: India's Quest for A New Moral Bedrock, organized by Department of philosophy, P.U., Chandigarh, February 19-20, 2004.
"Expanding Individual in Shrinking Familial Space: Dilemmas of Family in Contemporary India", presented at National Seminar on Family in Contemporary India: Changes and Challenges, organized by Department of Sociology, P.U., Chandigarh, February 12-14, 2004.
"Higher Education And the Downtrodden: Emancipation V/S Employment" presented at Seminar on Quality of Higher Education in India: The Challenge of Change, organized by Panjab University, Chandigarh, November 18-19, 2003.
"Dalit Sikhs and Dalit Consciousness in Punjab"' presented at the Weekly Research Seminar, organized by Department of Sociology, Chandigarh, November 5, 2003
"Making Sense of Caste Violence in Talhan: A View from Within", presented at Regional Seminar on Media and Communal Harmony in Multi-Cultural Society, organized by IDC, Chandigarh in association with Press Institute of India, New Delhi, Communication Management Foundation, New Delhi and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, New Delhi, September 27-28, 2003 [cited in John C.B. Webster, "The Dalit Sikhs: A History", in Tony Ballantyne (ed), Textures of the Sikh Past (New Delhi: OUP), p. 148].
"Globalization And Marginals: From Market to Governance", presented at National Seminar on Globalization and The Underprivileged: Perceptions, Fears and Consequences, organized by Department of Sociology, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, February 8-9, 2003.
"Capital V/S Labour: Globalisation or 'Workers of the World Unite' ", presented at Seminar on Globalisation and Political Economy of North-West India, organized by Department of Political Science, SGGS College, Chandigarh, December 6-7, 2002.
"Reading Caste with Ambedkar", presented at Weekly Research Seminar, organized by Dept. of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, January 23, 2002 [cited in Indian Social Science Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, July-December 2005, p.117].
"Untouchability and the question of Dalit Identity: A Critique of Ad Dharam Movement", presented at National Seminar on Liberalistion, Dalits and the State, organized by the Department of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, May 3-4, 2001 [cited in EPW Vol. 37, No. 3, August 3-9, 2002, p. 3245].
"Indian Renaissance, Dalit Consciousness and Politics of Situational Response", paper presented at Seminar on Dalit Consciousness and Social Change in Punjab, sponsored by Department of Welfare of SCs and BCs, Punjab, organized by School of Punjabi Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Nov. 29-30, 1999.
"Region-Religion Problematique" Paper Presented at National Seminar on Dynamics of Regional Politics in the States of North-West India, organized by the Deptt. of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh on March 26-27,1998.
Urbanization, Urban Youth Conflicts and Conflict Resolution", Paper presented at National Symposium on Youth in Urban Areas, organized by IDC, Chandigarh, February 3-5, 1997.
"Conflict Prevention and Resolution: Prospects for Peace" (co-authored), paper presented at Deptt. of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, May 21, 1993.

Participation in Seminars/Conferences/Workshops
-- INTERNATIONAL
 
International Seminar on Bhagat Singh and his Times, organised by Indian Council of Historical Research in collaboration with the Institute of Punjab Studies, Chandigarh, September 27-29. 2007.
International Conference on Exploring the Possibilities of Cooperation in Global Context, organised by World Punjabi Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala, December 26-28, 2006.
23rd International Punjabi Development Conference, organised by Dept. of Development of Punjabi Language, Punjabi University, Patiala, December 14-16, 2006.
International Conference on Contribution of Different Faiths and Communities for World Peace, organized by Christian Institute for Religious Studies, Baring Union Christian College, Batala, September 20, 2006.
International Seminar on NGOs and Women's Empowerment: Indian and Canadian Experiences, organized by Canadian Study Center and ICSSR, North-West Regional Center, Panjab University, Chandigarh, February 23-24, 2006.
International Consultation on Identifying Peace Issues for Research in South Asia organized by Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh, December 5-7, 2005.
International Seminar on Creative Forms of Punjabi Culture, organized by Punjabi Academy, Delhi and DCC, P. U. Chandigarh, February 28-March 1, 2005.
World Punjabi Conference, 2004, organized by Punjabi University, Patiala, December 1-3, 2004.
Tenth World Punjabi Conference, Chandigarh, May 28-30, 2004, (Panelist in the panel discussion on Economic Cooperation, between the two Punjab: A Burning issue).
World Punjabi Conference, organized by World Punjabi Congress Committee, Lahore, January 29-31, 2004.
International seminar on Mid-West and Central Asia, organized by P.U., and IIAS, Shimla at Chandigarh, January 21-23, 2004.
International Seminar On the Life, Teachings and Philosophy of Sri Guru Ravidas Ji, organized by Sri Guru Ravidas Foundation, India, Panjab University, Chandigarh, August 16, 2003.
International Seminar on Science, Technology and Society, organized by Department of History, Panjab University, Chandigarh, January 29-31, 2003.
Roundtable on Power Cycle Theory: War and Peace in South Asia, organized by Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, November 19-20, 2002.
International Conference on Rethinking Boundaries: Geopolitics, Identities and Sustainability, organized by Center for the Study of Geopolitics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, February 21-26, 2000.
International Seminar on Political Landscapes on the Threshold of 21st Century and Emerging Patterns, organized by I.G.U. Commission on the World Political Map at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on December 13-15, 1999.
International Seminar on Globalizations and India organized by SIS, JNU, New Delhi, January 14-17, 1999.
International Round Table Conference on India and Hungary: Perspectives on the Changing World Order, Center for Russian, Central Asian and East European Studies, SIS, JNU, New Delhi, November 17-18, 1998.
 
 
-- NATIONAL
 
National seminar on The Other Side of Politics: People's Movements in India, organised by Dept. of Political Science, Panjab University Chandigarh, March 14-14, 2008 (chaired a session on March14).
National seminar on Indian Ideas of Freedom, organized by Dept. of Political Science (UGC Special Assistance Programme) Panjab University Chandigarh & ICSSR Northwest Regional Centre, February 21-23, 2008.
National seminar on Person, Consciousness and Culture, organized by Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, Chandigarh, February 6-8, 2008.
National seminar on Ideological and Cultural Significance of Guru Nanak Bani in the Present Scenario, organized by Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh in collaboration with Harayana Punjabi Sahit Academy & ICSSR, Chandigarh, December 6, 2007.
U.G.C. sponsored seminar on Consciousness, Culture and Creativity: Indian and Western Perspectives, organized by Department of Philosophy, Panjab University Chandigarh, December 4-5, 2007.
Regional Workshop on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, organized by Women's Resource and Advocacy Centre, Chandigarh, November 22-23, 2007.
Roundtable Discussion on Agrarian Crisis and Food Security of India, organized by IDC, Chandigarh, November 17, 2007.
National seminar on The Contribution of the Udasis to Sikh History, organised by Gobind Sadan Institute for Advanced Studies in Comparative Religions, New Delhi, September 21, 2007.
National seminar on Science and Spirituality in the Indian Context, organized by Dept. of Philosophy, Panjab University, Chandigarh, August 9-10, 2007.
Seminar on India Envisioned by Ambedkar, organized by Ambedkar Social Justice Forum India (Regd), Chandigarh, March 24, 2007.
National Seminar on Moral Goodness and Human Nature, organized by Dept. of Philosophy, Panjab University, Chandigarh, March 14-15, 2007.
National seminar on Ideological & Cultural Perspective of Guru Arjan's Bani, organized by Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, in collaboration with Punjabi Akademy, Delhi & ICSSR Northwestern Regional Centre Chandigarh, March 8-9, 2007.
National Seminar on Foundations of Social Life in India: Cultural, Aesthetic and Religious, organised by Department of Philosophy, P.U., Chandigarh, December 6-8, 2006.
Seminar on Impact of Globalization on the Landless Dalit Workers, organized by Punjab Khet Majdoor Union, Dehati Majdoor Sabha, Punjab and Pendo Majdoor Union (Mashal), on October 25, 2006.
Seminar on Why Babasaheb Embraced Buddhism, organised by Dr. Ambedkar Study Circle (Regd.), Chandigarh, October 14, 2006.
National seminar on The Life, Teaching and Philosophy of Shri Guru Ravidass Ji, organised by Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (Regd.), PGI, Chandigarh, September 15, 2006.
Seminar on The present Economic Condition of Punjab and The Future of Dalits, organized by Dalit Chetna Manch, Punjab (Regd.) at Mohali, April 28, 2006.
Seminar on Values from Different Perspectives, organized by Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, Chandigarh, March 27-28, 2006 (participated on March 27th, 2006).
Seminar on Life and Philosophy of Baba Saheb B. R. Ambedkar, organisd by Dr. Ambedkar Chetna Society, Banga, April 16, 2006.
National Seminar on Technology and Society - Issues and Interface with Special Reference to India, organized by department of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, March 16-17, 2006.
Workshop on Economic and Social Backwardness Among Sikhs, organized by Indian Social Institute and National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, New Delhi, February 17, 2006.
Workshop on Dissemination on Punjab Human Development Report 2004, organized by Panjab University, Chandigarh, February 17-18, 2006 (participated on February 18, 2006).
Seminar on The Role of Sufis in the Making of Medieval Punjab, organized by Dept. of History, Panjab University, Chandigarh, December 13-14, 2005.
Conference on Samkali Sarokar: Samajik Sabhyacharak, Bhasha Ate Samaj-Vigyan Prasang Vich (Punjabi), organized by Punjab Academy of Social Sciences, Literature and Culture at Jalandhar, November 26-27, 2005.
National Seminar on Life and Works of Maharishi Valmiki, organized by Panjab University, Chandigarh, October 13-15, 2005.
National Seminar on Social transformation in North-Western India during the Twentieth Century, organized by Institute of Punjab Studies, Chandigarh, September 7-9, 2005.
National Seminar on 400 year of Sri Guru Granth Sahib organized by Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh in collaboration with Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, August 22-23, 2005. (Participated on August 22, 2005).
Social Scientists Meet on Emerging Problems of Social Sciences in the Context of Globalization organized by ICSSR (North - Western Regional Center), Chandigarh, July 26, 2005.
Workshop on Measurement of Social Variables: Towards Standardization organized by Deptt. of Sociology and IASSI, New Delhi at Chandigarh, May 5-6, 2005.
Workshop on Politics of Discourses on Secularism and Communalism: Implications for Research in History, organized by IDC, Chandigarh, April 21, 2005.
Seminar on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's Philosophy and Dalit Liberation in India, organized by Deptt. of Sociology (Ambedkar Center) March 28, 2005.
National Seminar on Politics of Globalization, Identity and Development, organized by UGC Special Assistance Programme, Deptt. of Political Science P.U., Chandigarh, March 23-24, 2005.
Seminar on Comprehensive Security, organized by Delhi Policy Group and Panjab University, March 9, 2005.
Seminar on The Role of Economy and Education in Social Equality in the Twenty-first Century, organized by the office of District Welfare Officer, Patiala, March 5, 2005.
National Seminar on The Future of Rural Development in North-west India, organized by Department of Sociology, P. U. Chandigarh, February 24-25, 2005.
A Seminar on Violence against Women in the State of Punjab, organized by Center for Women's Studies and Development, P.U., Chandigarh, Feb. 7, 2005.
Seminar on Indo-Pak Relations, organized by Department of Political Science, Guru Nanak College for Girls, Muktsar, January 22. 2005.
Regional Workshop on Autonomy of Higher Education Institutions, organized by Central Advisory Board of Education at P. U. Chandigarh, January 20-21, 2005.
Seminar on Issues in Inter-Disciplinary Research: Special Context; Literature and Social Sciences, organized by ICSSR Chandigarh and Department of Hindi, P. U. Chandigarh, January 14-15, 2005.
National Consultation on Police and Community Interface: Problematics and Remedies, organized by IDC, Chandigarh, December 12-13, 2004.
Seminar on Dalits' Future, organized by Vigilant Brotherhood (International), December 4, 2004.
National Seminar on 400th Prakash Utsav of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, organized by Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, November 6-7, 2004, (participated on 7th November).
Seminar on Narrative Patterns of Contemporary Punjabi Novel, organized by Department of Evening, P. U. Chandigarh and International Center for Punjabi Studies at Chandigarh, October 31, 2004.
Workshop on Social Empowerment through Information Technology organized by IDC Chandigarh, AMIC-India and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, New Delhi, at Chandigarh, September 22-23, 2004.
Seminar on 400 years of Shri Guru Granth Sahib, organized by P. U. and ICSSR Chandigarh, September 21,2004.
National Seminar on Sri Aurobindo's Vision of the Future of Humanity, organized by Sri Aurobindo Society, Chandigarh, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and IIAS, Shimla, at Chandigarh, September 18-19, 2004.
Seminar on Coalition Governments and Activities of Political Parties, organized by Punjab Academy of Social Sciences, Literature and Culture and Punjabi Bhasha Academy, Jalandhar at Chandigarh, April 18, 2004.
Seminar on Rural Development, organized by Punjab Development Society and ICSSR North-Western Regional Center, P.U., Chandigarh, March 27-28, 2004.
Seminar on Corruption and Quality of Governance, organized by Department of Public Administration, P.U., Chandigarh, March 13, 2004.
Workshop on Impact of Special Component Plan on the Scheduled Castes in the State of Punjab-Measures for Effective Implementation, organized by Department of Sociology, P.U., Chandigarh and Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of Punjab, January 28-29, 2004.
Workshop on Youth for Democracy, organized by Ambedkar Center, P.U., Chandigarh in collaboration with Indian Social Institute, New Delhi and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, New Delhi, October 30-31, 2003.
Regional Seminar on Participatory Research and Agenda for Social Transformation, organized by PRIA, Haryana and Center for Women's Studies and Development, P.U., Chandigarh, August 29-30, 2003.
Seminar on Human Rights Awareness and Enforcement, organized by IGP, Ambala, Haryana, July 26, 2003.
Symposium on The People of OBC Are Not Enemies, But Are Brothers of SC/ST and Minority Communities, organized by BAMCEF, Chandigarh, April 19, 2003.
Colloquium on Role of Youth In Building Bridges of Amity And Social Harmony, Organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Smriti, New Delhi and Yuvsatta, Chandigarh, April 13, 2003.
Seminar on Marxwadi Sahit Aalochna Ate Samkali Sarokar, organized by Panjabi Sahitya Academy, Ludhiana, February 22-23, 2003.
Seminar on Rethinking Women: Culture, Literature and Media, organized by MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, February 15, 2003.
Seminar on Dynamics of India's Security in the North Western Region: Challenges and Responses, organized by Center for Defense and National Security Studies, Panjab University, February 13-14, 2003.
Symposium on Power, Violence and Society, organized by Punjab Academy of Social Sciences, Literature and Culture, and Punjabi Bhasha Academy, Jalandhar in collaboration with Indian Academy of Social Sciences, Allahabad, December 1, 2002
Seminar on Imperialist Globalization and Indian Response, organized by All India Peace and Solidarity Organization, Chandigarh, November 16, 2002.
Seminar on Punjab Di Kisani Da Sankat (Crisis of Punjab Peasantry), organized by Punjab Academy of Social Sciences, Literature and Culture, Jalandhar, October 19-20, 2002.
National Seminar on Science, Society, Values and Consciousness, organized by Panjab University, Chandigarh and Center for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi, May 27-28, 2002.
National Seminar on Democracy, Development and Discontent In South Asia, organized by Department of Political Science, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla on May 13-15, 2002.
Seminar on Life and Philosophy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, organized by Ambedkar Institute, Mohali, April 29, 2002.
Seminar on History, Literature and Society: Treatment of Social Problems in Punjabi Fiction During the Twentieth Century, organized by Institute of Punjab Studies and Sheikh Baba Farid Chair, Panjab University, Chandigarh, April 19-21, 2002.
Panel discussion on the Life, Mission and Works of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, organized by Department of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh, March 30, 2002.
National Seminar on Rethinking Indian Foreign Policy, organized by Department of Political Science and Center for the Study of Geopolitics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, March 26, 2002.
Seminar on Freedom From Socio-Cultural And economic Injustice, Organized by Department of political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, February 26-27, 2002.
Seminar on Rethinking Indian Federalism with Special Reference to North-Western Region, organized by Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, January 28, 2002.
Bhopal Conference on Charting A New Course For Dalits For The 21st Century, organized by Madhya Pradesh Government, Bhopal, January 12-13, 2002.
Seminar on Punjab Wich Dalit Varg Di Sathiti, organized by Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur (Nawanshahr), October 12, 2001.
Workshop on Female Foeticide/Infanticide, organized by Center for Women Studies and Development, Panjab University, August 29-30, 2001.
Seminar on Regional Dialogue on Dimensions of Violence: Culture, Society and State, organized by Department of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, April 11-12, 2001.
Colloquium on Women & Peace, Organized by The British Council and Center for Women's Studies and Development, University of Delhi, March 17-19, 2001.
Seminar on Autonomy Debate in Comparative Perspective: J & K and Punjab, Organized by Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, March 12, 2001.
Regional Workshop on Gender and Law Enforcement, sponsored by National
Commission for Women, organized by Center for Women Studies and Development, Panjab University, on February 23-24, 2001.
Seminar on Prevention and Detention of Corruption, Organized by State Vigilance Bureau, Haryana, December 18, 2000.
Seminar on Autonomy: A Shift in Federal Equations - New Parameters, Organized by Govt. College for Women, Ludhiana, November 25, 2000.
National Seminar on Social Transformation of Indian Society: Post-Independence Era, Organized by Department of Sociology, P. U. Chandigarh, March 9-11, 2000.
National Seminar on Economic Development and Social Transformation in Northwest India, organized by Department of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, February 11-13, 1999.
National Conference on Globalisation and National Security, organized by Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, February 3-5, 1999.
National Seminar on Dalit and Backward Castes Mobilization in Contemporary North India, organized by Department of Political Science, P.U. Chandigarh, December 4-5, 1998.
Consultation Workshop on Police Reforms and Human Rights, IDC, Chandigarh, November 5, 1998.
National Seminar on Culture, History and Time, Deptt. of Philosophy, P.U. Chandigarh, October 10-11, 1998.
Workshop on Militancy affected by Children in Punjab, organized by Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh, May 16,1998.
National Seminar on Elimination of Inequality with Reference to Caste System in India, Deptt. of Philosophy, P.U. Chandigarh, March 9 -10, 1998.
National Seminar on Culture and Development, Department of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, February 26-28, 1998.
Seminar on Urban Governance in Punjab Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, (organized in Chandigarh) November 21-22, 1997.
Workshop on Inter-State Migrant Labour Deptt. of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on September 26-28, 1997.
National Seminar on Modes of Conflict Resolution and Gandhian Thought, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi, February 5-7,1997.
National Seminar on Gandhi in India Today, Deptt. of Gandhian Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, October 1-3, 1996.
National Seminar on M.N. Roy and the National Idea organized by National Integration Chair, Punjabi University, Patiala, September 16-17, 1996.
Seminar on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Weaker Sections organized by the Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, June 21, 1996.
IPSA Regional Conference on Democratization in Asia, Deptt. of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, January 28-31, 1996.
National Youth Colloquium on Gandhi organized by Gandhi Samriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi, December 15-17, 1995.
Seminar on Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi's Ideas Today, Deptt. of Political Science, Kurukshetra University, November 3-4, 1995.
National Workshop on Women Development and Gender Justice organized by Institute of Development and Communication, Chandigarh, September 25-27, 1995.
Thematic Approaches in International Relations, organized by School of International Studies, JNU and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, November 28 to December 10, 1988.
National Seminar on Dalit and Backward Castes Mobilization in Contemporary North India, organized by Department of Political Science, P.U. Chandigarh, December 4-5, 1998.
Annual Extension Lectures on Major Issues in Contemporary International Relations, School of International Studies, JNU, 1987.

 Honours and Awards
 
Chief guest at the seminar on Bharat Ratan Baba Sahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Dalits and Globalisation, organized by Gramin Shikshan Vikas Sanghthan (GSVS) & National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR0, December 9, 2007.
Honoured at 7th X-Mas celebrations, by National Christian League, Panjab University, Chandigarh, December 7, 2007.
Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi conferred Bharat Rattan Dr. Ambedkar State Award at its 5th State Conference of Dalit Writers, Mansa (Punjab), 16 September 2007.
Dr. Ambedkar Fellowship Sanman 2004 presented at 20th National Dalit Sahitkar Sammelan organized by Bhartiya Dalit Sahit Academy, Delhi, 10-11 Dec. 2004.
Chief Guest Honour at "Birthday Celebration of Babasaheb Ambedkar" organized by Ambedkar Mission Society, Sarmastpur, Jalandhar, 17 April 2004.
Dr. Ambedkar Award (for outstanding and dedicated services to Dr. Ambedkar Mission) presented at International Dalit Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, and 16-18 May 2003 by Association for International Dalit Conference.
Distinguished Guest honour at Birthday celebration of Baba Saheb Ambedkar, organized by Ambedkar Mission Society, Punjab (Regd.), Jalandhar, 14 April 2003.


Umakant, Ph.D
Independent Researcher and Human Rights Advocate
New Delhi


Dr. Bankim Chandra Mandal
Information
Title
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts
Specialization
Indian Politics, Dalit Politics and Dalit Human Rights
E-mail
bankimchmandal@vahoo.com
Phone
(033) 2557 1028/3028/7161 (Ext. 331); 9903945236 (M)
Office
E.B. Campus, Rabindra Bharati University, 56A, B.T. Road, Kolkata – 700050.
   
Profile
Dr Bankim Chandra Mandal, Associate Professor and former Head Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, teaches Political Science. He is a Director of Dr B. R. Ambedkar Studies Centre and Director (Acting), Rabindra Bharati University Computer Centre and Employment Oriented Guidance Programme, Rabindra Bharati University. Around twenty articles have been published in different journals like Voice of Dalit, Socialist Perspectives, Indian Journal of Social Sciences, West Bengal political Science Review, Rabindra Bharati Journal of Political Science, Rabindra Bharati Patrika etc. His published books are Protective Discrimination Policy : In Search of Equality, Tulanmulak Shason Byabostha O Rajniti (in Bengali) (Comparative Governments and Politics), Ambedkar's Quest for Just Society and Unfinished Works (Monograph), Electoral Reforms in India : Problems and Prospects (Monograph), Awaiting publication ~Rabindrasahitye Bratyabhavna : Samya O Nayer Sandhane (in Bengali), Dalits in Tagore Literature : In Search of Equality and Justice.
He is a member of the Editorial board, Rabindra Bharati Journal of Political Science and edited Rabindra Bharati Journal of Political Science, Volume 8, 2007. He visited China as a member of Five members Delegation Team, Rabindra Bharati University, July 2009. He gave talks at China Radio International in 2009. He presented a paper at Yunnan University, Kunming, China on 16.07.09.
Dr. Narendra Jadhav







Dr. Narendra Jadhav is presently serving as Member, Planning Commission, Government of India in the rank and status of Minister of State. 

Planning Commission is apex body for formulation and appraisal of the Five Year Plans chaired by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh with Shri. Montek Singh Ahluwalia as the Deputy Chairman. Dr. Narendra Jadhav took over as a Member, Planning Commission on June 16, 2009 and was sworn in by the Prime Minister on July 27, 2009. 

As a Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Jadhav’s sectoral responsibilities include Education, Labour, Employment and Skill Building, Sports & Youth Affairs, and Social Justice & Empowerment. In addition, Dr. Jadhav looks after the States of Bihar, Tamil Nadu, and Goa besides Union Territories of Diu- Daman & Dadra Nagar Haveli.
Dr Narendra Jadhav has also been appointed as a Member, National Advisory Council (NAC), chaired by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, with effect from May 31, 2010. Dr. Narendra Jadhav previously worked as the Vice Chancellor for University of Pune which is the largest traditional university in the world with around 6,50,000 students. Dr. Narendra Jadhav served the Reserve Bank of India for 31 years, and took voluntary retirement as the Chief Economist (Executive Director) of the RBI.

He also served as Economic Advisor to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as in Ethiopia and recently in Afghanistan. 
Dr. Narendra Jadhav has contributed 14 books and more than 100 research papers in national and international journals. Dr. Jadhav’s family biography titled “Untouchables” has been published in 15 languages including English, French, Spanish, Korean and Thai, and has sold around 4,00,000 copies. His latest contributions are two books in Marathi on Ravindranath Tagore – one is an anthology of Gurudev’s poems translated into Marathi and the other one (being released) is on Gurudev’s life and times.




  Prof B L Mungekar-former VC of Mumbai University, former member of planning commission



Dr.S.C. Vats

A physician and a clinician of repute. An educationist and a great philanthropist. He is an initiated disciple of Ramakrishna Order and tries to practice the precepts as preached by Swami Vivekananda to serve "God" in Man, not withstanding his caste, creed ,religion and region.
He is a former member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly. As a legislator his contribution towards the development of his constituency has been immense which can be viewed by clicking on his achievements. He has chaired Governing body of half a dozen of Delhi University Colleges with distinction. He now heads the governing body of VIPS, a niche educational institute called Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (www.vips.edu) imparting education in the field of Law, Journalism and Information Technology. He is the Chairman of Governing Body of Keshav Mahavidhyala, a Delhi University College. A modernist, yet an orthodox and above all a moralist and a person who stands by values even today, when these values face the grimmest challenge of our times.
  • The Best Legislator Award for the year 2006 conferred by Hon'ble Speaker of 'Lok Sabha' Sh. Somnath Chatterjee

  • Member of Legislative Assembly, Shakur Basti 1998-2008

  • Member of Delhi Metropolitan Council 1983-1989
SC Vats joined BJP on January 1, 2015 citing an ‘ideological vacuum’ in Congress. With his impressive track record and proven devotion towards the Shakurbasti contituency, he is looking forward to continue the great work he has done in the past.



(Prof) Dr. Faguni Ram 


Member of Parliament for Three Terms and a well known Educationist. He authored several books in Geography.

GOPAL GURU

Professor


Room No. 110, Centre for Political Studies, SSS-II Building, 
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067 
Telephone No.:011-26704140

Email: gopalguru2001@yahoo.com

Area of Interest: Indian Political Thought; Humiliation; Social Movements.
Publications

Books:
Humiliation: Claims and Context, New Delhi, OUP, 2009.


Articles in Books: 

‘Social Justice’, in Pratap Bhanu Mehata and Niraja Gopal Jayal (Eds.), Companion to Indian Politics, OUP, Delhi, 2010.
‘Constitutional Justice: Positional and Cultural’, in ed., Rajeev Bhargava, Politics and Philosophy of Indian Constitution, OUP, Delhi, 2008.
‘20th Century Discourse on Social Justice: a view from Bahishkrut Baharat’, in ed., Sabhyasachi Bhattacharya, History, Political thought in Modern India and Social Science, New Delhi, Oxford, 2007.
‘Dalits in Pursuit of Modernity’, in Romila Thapar (Ed.), India another Millennium, New Delhi, Penguin-Viking, 2000.
Articles in Journals:

‘The Idea of India: Desi, Derivative and Beyond’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXXVI, No. 37, 10 September 2011
‘Liberal Democracy in India and the Dalit Critique’, Social Research, 78:1, Spring, 2011, pp. 99-122
‘Archaeology of Untouchability’, Economic and Political Weekly, September 2009.
‘Dalit Movement in Mainstream Sociology’, Economic and Political Weekly, No. 14, April, 3, 1993.
‘How Egalitarian are Social Sciences in India?’ Economic and Political Weekly, Dec. 14, 2002.

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