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Dissent Under Siege: Endangering Freedom of Speech in Modi’s India

2017-10-20

Paneldiskussion om hotet mot yttrandefriheten i Indien.
Den 24 oktober kl. 14.00, Gustavianum, Uppsala.

Professor Sten Widmalm och universitetslektor Suruchi Thapar-Björkert från statsvetenskapliga institutionen deltar i en paneldiskussion arrangerad av Forum for South Asia Studies.

Panel Abstract
Writers, activist, journalists, lawyers and academics in India are concerned about the endangering of freedom of speech in India under the Narendra Modi led Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government in power since 2014. The BJP government has been accused of taking strong measures that suppress dissenting voices - including curbing student protests at various Indian universities including the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi and Benaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. Left and liberal voices have also been concerned that the BJP is complicit with corporate organisations taking control of media houses and television networks - thereby exerting significant influence on the editorial decisions of these media networks and threatening the freedom of press in India. Further, Modi is slated to be the first prime minister of independent India who will not host a single press conference in the entire duration of his prime-ministerial term. His silence over the gruesome killing of journalists, including Gauri Lankesh - who was a vehement critique of the BJP and its parent organisations, has further infuriated the voices that support freedom of speech in India. 

In the backdrop of what is now perceived to be a threatening situation for freedom of speech, Forum for South Asia Studies has organised a panel discussion between academic experts on India. The following panelists from Uppsala University will participate in this discussion - 

Prof. Ashok Swain, Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Prof. Sten Widmalm, Department of Government

Dr. Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, Department of Government

Prof. Manjari Katju, Department of Political Science, Hyderabad University will be the guest panelists who would be joining the discussion via video conferencing. The discussion would be moderated by Siddharth Chadha, a filmmaker and doctoral candidate at the Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University. The panel discussion would be followed by an open discussion with the audience. 

Attendance is free and admission is open to all. The event will be followed by a fika.

Dag och tid: 24 oktober 2017 kl.14.00
Lokal: Gustavianum Auditorium, Museum Akademigatan 3, Uppsala 

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Dissent Under Siege: Endangering Freedom of Speech in Modi’s India

2017-10-20

Paneldiskussion om hotet mot yttrandefriheten i Indien.
Den 24 oktober kl. 14.00, Gustavianum, Uppsala.

Professor Sten Widmalm och universitetslektor Suruchi Thapar-Björkert från statsvetenskapliga institutionen deltar i en paneldiskussion arrangerad av Forum for South Asia Studies.

Panel Abstract
Writers, activist, journalists, lawyers and academics in India are concerned about the endangering of freedom of speech in India under the Narendra Modi led Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government in power since 2014. The BJP government has been accused of taking strong measures that suppress dissenting voices - including curbing student protests at various Indian universities including the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi and Benaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. Left and liberal voices have also been concerned that the BJP is complicit with corporate organisations taking control of media houses and television networks - thereby exerting significant influence on the editorial decisions of these media networks and threatening the freedom of press in India. Further, Modi is slated to be the first prime minister of independent India who will not host a single press conference in the entire duration of his prime-ministerial term. His silence over the gruesome killing of journalists, including Gauri Lankesh - who was a vehement critique of the BJP and its parent organisations, has further infuriated the voices that support freedom of speech in India. 

In the backdrop of what is now perceived to be a threatening situation for freedom of speech, Forum for South Asia Studies has organised a panel discussion between academic experts on India. The following panelists from Uppsala University will participate in this discussion - 

Prof. Ashok Swain, Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Prof. Sten Widmalm, Department of Government

Dr. Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, Department of Government

Prof. Manjari Katju, Department of Political Science, Hyderabad University will be the guest panelists who would be joining the discussion via video conferencing. The discussion would be moderated by Siddharth Chadha, a filmmaker and doctoral candidate at the Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University. The panel discussion would be followed by an open discussion with the audience. 

Attendance is free and admission is open to all. The event will be followed by a fika.

Dag och tid: 24 oktober 2017 kl.14.00
Lokal: Gustavianum Auditorium, Museum Akademigatan 3, Uppsala