[Reader-list] Lecture by Teesta Setalvad

Ujwala Samarth ujwala at openspaceindia.org
Tue Apr 12 15:30:26 IST 2011

Open Space Pune presents:

***‘Us and Them: *

*Tracing The Historical Contours of the Communal Divide.’*


* **A public lecture by** Teesta Setalvad.*

What is the history of communal violence in India? How have we reached the
fragile situation we are in today?  Journalist/activist Teesta Setalvad will
share her experiences of engaging with communities and the justice delivery
system, especially in Mumbai and Gujarat. She will also share insights into
the role of media, curriculum, politics, social institutions and cultural
practices in reinforcing and perpetuating stereotypes of identity and other
forces that polarize communities on the basis of religious identities.


*Date: *Friday, April 15 2011

*Time: *6-8 pm.

*Venue: *Moolgaokar hall, ‘A’ Wing, ICC Towers, Senapati Bapat Road,
Chaturshrungi, Pune.


*Entry FREE. All are welcome.*

* *

*Teesta Setalvad* is a Mumbai-based civil rights activist, journalist and
also educationist. She graduated in philosophy from the Bombay University in
1983 and started her career as a journalist, reporting for the Mumbai
editions of The Daily (India), The Indian Express and then for Business
India. In the aftermath of the communal carnage in Mumbai in 1993, Teesta
Setalvad and her journalist/activist husband Javed Anand both quit full-time
journalism to start a monthly magazine *Communalism Combat*. She is the
official spokesperson of  *Sabrang Communications *which advocates human
rights. She heads the Mumbai-based NGO ‘Citizens for Peace and Justice
(CPJ)’.  Teesta is founder of the Women and Media Committee, which seeks to
"'bring together working women journalists to raise job-related concerns and
awareness of gender-sensitivity in writing and reporting on issues
concerning women".  She is also founder of  Journalists Against Communalism.

Teesta is Director of the project “Khoj: Education for A pluralistic India”
and is the General Secretary of the People's Union for Human Rights (PUHR)
and a member of the Pakistan India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy.

She has authored and produced alternate history and social studies text
books used in municipal and private schools as supplementary material.
Teesta is also a member of CABE Committee reconstituted in 2009 and a member
of the Expert CABE Committee on “Regulatory Mechanisms for Textbooks and
Parallel Textbooks Taught in Schools Outside the Government System”.

Ujwala Samarth
(Programme Coordinator, Open Space)


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