Discussion on the Conflict in Assam at Center for North East Studies on Sept. 3

(Following is a press release by the Center for North East Studies, JMI, sent on Aug. 28, 2012)

The situation in Assam has been extremely disturbing with extensive violence, including killings and arson, between different groups as well as the flight of the displaced to relief camps and as well as the fallout seen in different parts of the country, fuelled  by a mixture of hate campaigns, insecurity, ignorance and prejudice.

However, the complexity of the situation in the Bodo Territorial Administered Districts as well as in other parts of the state is barely understood by many in New Delhi or elsewhere in India; ignorance, sensitivities and anxieties are underlined by the recent exodus fuelled by a fear and hate campaign.

To reflect on an extremely difficult situation as well as to look at possible keys to the future, the Centre for North East Studies is organizing a discussion on the issues at Jamia Millia Islamia, on 3 September, 2012, at the Mir Anis Hall (near the Administrative Wing). We will start at 2 pm and end by 5:30 pm. We are requesting scholars, students and professionals from across Delhi to take part in the discussion and resource persons are coming from Assam.

Event Schedule

Discussion on the Situation in Assam

3 September, 2012

Venue: Mir Anis Hall, Administrative Block, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi


02:00 pm: Opening Remarks: Mr. Najeeb Jung, IAS, Vice Chancellor, JMI

02:10 pm: Remarks by Chair: Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Centre for North East Studies, JMI

Session I

02:20-02:40 pm: Background and Core Issues: Prof. Udayon Misra

02:40-03:40 pm: Current Issues and Challenges: Dr. Monisha Behal, Chairperson North East Network, Dr. Syeda Hameed, Member, Planning Commission, Govt. of India, Prof. Anil Boro, Gauhati University, Mr. Helal Choudhury, Advocate, Supreme Court, Mr. Kalyan Barooah, Delhi Correspondent, The Assam Tribune, Mr. Kishalay Bhattacharjee, NDTV NE Editor

03: 40-04:00 pm: Discussions

Session II

04:00-05:20 pm: Possible Ways Forward: Panel discussion and Interactive session

Panelists: Prof. Udayon Misra; Dr. Monisha Behal; Dr. Syeda Hameed; Prof. Anil Boro; Mr. Helal Choudhury; Mr. Kalyan Barooah, Mr. Mirza Rahman, Researcher, Assam, Dr. Roshmi Goswami, UN Women; Dr. Rajesh Dev, Dept. of Political Science, Delhi University, Mr. Kishalay Bhattacharjee

05:20 pm: Closing Remarks by Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika

Venue: Mir Anis Hall, Administrative Block, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

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