Wednesday Lunch Talk -- Alternative Discourses on Globalization in India & China
A presentation by Manoranjan Mohanty
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
11377 Bunche Hall
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for India and South Asia
The significance of the alternative discourses in India and China lies in the fact that whether the future of the two rising powers will be peaceful or tension-ridden depends upon the extent to which the elites in these countries positively respond to these discourses. The alternative discourses represent various urges for self-determination in both the countries and are manifested at the levels of social movements of farmers, workers, women, and ethnic groups besides the environmental and human rights movements that have exposed the negative effects of the present trend of globalization. Due to systemic differences, the modes of articulation vary, but already there are indications that the rulers of the two countries, especially the present leaders, are aware of these discourses and even somewhat responsive though only marginally so far. Their participation in regional multilateral organizations and initiatives in global economic and political negotiations reflect their desire to reorient the current path of globalization.
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Manoranjan Mohanty (Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1971) is Emeritus Fellow and Retired Professor of Political Science at the University of Delhi, and Co-chair of the Institute of Chinese Studies of the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). Among his publications are Revolutionary Violence (Sterling, 1977), The Political Philosophy of Mao Tse-tung (Macmillan, 1978), Chinese Revolution (ed.; Ajanta, 1992), Why Is Orissa Poor? (coauthor; 1993), People's Rights (co-ed.; Sage, 1998), Contemporary Indian Political Theory (Sanskriti, 2000), and Class, Caste, and Gender (ed.; Sage, 2005).
Professor Mohanty has has been active in efforts to promote peace and cooperation in South Asia in particular and Asia in general. He has been a member of the People's Union for Democratic Rights since its inception in 1980, and is a member of the Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy.
For many decades, in his spare time, Professor Mohanty has written poety in Oriya.
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