Date: 4th July 2020, Saturday
Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30-9:00PM)
India is one of the first countries in the world to Constitutionally guarantee the equal rights of all its citizens. It is also the first one to incorporate the Fundamental Rights of all its citizens and include a cultural diversity framework in its Constitution. The translation of such a powerful legal instrument into practice on the ground has been challenging. Considerable progress has been made. Now the Pandemic lockdown provides a critical reflexive space for understanding the progress made and the role of creativity as an agency of empowerment and participation for historically disadvantaged communities. The global triangulation of Crises – COVID 2019, Climate and Environmental Deterioration, and surging protests for racial justice across the world – challenge us to rethink current approaches to cultural justice and travel through the portal to vision and walk better possibilities. International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership at AnantU is part of a Global Research Network in debating our post Pandemic preferred futures across race, ethnicity, class, gender, caste, age, sexual orientation and so on. (https://ondiversity.com/) In addressing the portal through which we must emerge to a better and more equitable world, we discuss in this Webinar the role of arts and the First Voice of rights holder communities.
Panellists: Shri Praveen Kumar, IAS, Special Chief Secretary, Backward Classes Welfare; previously Secretary Tourism & Commissioner Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Dr D. Vizai Bhaskar, Playwright & Poet; Dalit Cultural Rights Advocate; & former Director, Creativity and Culture Commission, Andhra Pradesh. Professor Dr Challapalli Swaroopa Rani, Professor, Centre for Mahayana Buddhist Studies, Acharya Nagarjuna University; Social activist; & Writer.
Host: Professor Dr Amareswar Galla, Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad; & Salzburg Global Fellow.