Fall 2014 Saturday Professional Development Workshop

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Politics of India and Pakistan

10:00am - 1:00pm

A Talk by Philip K. Oldenburg (Columbia University)
Democracy in India: A Decade of Change
 
Since 2007, when Oldenburg's essay “India’s Democracy: Illusion or Reality?” appeared, India has had two parliamentary elections and countless elections to state legislatures and local bodies. It is finally emerging from the global economic crisis, but problems of public health, Hindu-Muslim and separatist violence, environmental degradation, and corruption – and many more -- persist. In what ways has India’s democracy been affected? And in particular, does the overwhelming electoral success of the new government of the Hindu Nationalist BJP, with Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, suggest a major shift?
 
Philip Oldenburg earned his PhD from the University of Chicago and has taught political science at Columbia since 1977.  He served as Director and Associate Director of the South Asia Institute, 1995-2002. His published scholarly work focuses mainly on Indian politics, particularly local government and elections.  He was editor or co-editor of ten volumes in The Asia Society’s India Briefing series. His most recent book is India, Pakistan, and Democracy: Solving the Puzzle of Divergent Paths (London & New York: Routledge, 2010). His current research and writing project has the working title of “The Indian Politician.”
 
A talk by S. Akbar Zaidi (Columbia University)
Pakistan's Identity and Its Relations with India
 
Pakistan emerged from a united colonial India in 1947, causing the partition of the Indian subcontinent, with the birth of two newly independent countries (later three, with East Pakistan becoming Bangladesh). Pakistan has struggled with its sense of identity, being South Asian but also moving towards the Middle East, yet its neighbours remain the same. India and Pakistan have fought four wars in the last 67 years, and have tried to restart and improve relations on numerous occasions. Can a militarised and militant Pakistan and a resurgent India, live in peace and bring prosperity to 1.3 billion people?
 
S. Akbar Zaidi has a joint appointment at the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Department of Middle East, South Asia, and African Studies at Columbia University.  Zaidi earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He taught at Karachi University for thirteen year, and was a visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University in 2004-05.  Apart from his interest in political economy, he has research interests in development, the social sciences, and history.  His publications include Military, Civil Society and Democratization in Pakistan (2011);  Political Economy and Development in Pakistan (2010); Issues in Pakistan's Economy (2006).
 

SCHEDULE

9:30am    Coffee, tea, bagels, and muffins

10:00am    "Democracy in India" by Philip K. Oldenburg

11:00am    Break

11:15am    "Pakistan's Identity with Relation to India" by S. Akbar Zaidi

12:30pm     Panel discussion with Profs. Oldenburg and Zaidi

 

LOCATION

South Asia Institute at Columbia University
Knox Hall, Room 208
606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
Map of Morningside Heights Campus & Directions:  < http://www.columbia.edu/node/6060.html>

 

READING MATERIALS

Participants will be asked to read the essay “India’s Democracy: Illusion or Reality?" by Philip Oldenburg (download a PDF copy here or request it to be sent by email attachment when you register). 
 
Copies of the following books will be distributed at the workshop to all participants:

India, Pakistan, and Democracy: Solving the Puzzle of Divergent Paths by Philip K. Oldenburg (Routledge, 2010).  Comparative analysis of the political systems of India and Pakistan with an historical overview of the two countries.

Issues in Pakistan's Economy  by S. Akbar Zaidi  (Oxford University Press, 2006).  A resource on South Asia's development, economic history and on  political economy with a diverse array of data, literature reviews, commentary and analysis.

REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2014 "Politics of India and Pakistan" SEMINAR

Participants must be K-12 teachers, two- or four-year college instructors or students enrolled in graduate education degree programs. Attendees may register for all four meetings or register for individual sessions. If you would like to register for the workshop, or have questions, please contact William Carrick at <wac2112@columbia.edu>. To register, please send an email which includes your name, school affiliation, level of students taught, and subjects taught. Students should include their school and degree program, anticipated graduation date, and a very brief statement of career goals.

There is no registration fee to attend the workshop.  All books and materials will be provided to participants at no cost.

For additional information, please contact William Carrick at wac2112@columbia.edu or by phone at (212) 854-4565.

After School Professional Development programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.