Re: [arkitectindia] Seminar on Terrorism
Dear Mr. Ananya S.Guha
Thanks for the information sharing can I get full report of the seminar. It would help to enhance the knowledge on the issue. It was an interesting discussion.
Thanks and regrds,Islamul Haque KhanNafre People's MovementHouse No. 558 Plot No. 68-A,
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--- On Fri, 5/6/09, Ananya Guha <nnyguha@...> wrote:
From: Ananya Guha <nnyguha@...>
Subject: [arkitectindia] Seminar on Terrorism
Date: Friday, 5 June, 2009, 4:24 PM
Seminar on Terrorism
The Scene: A huge hall in New Delhi. The occasion, a seminar on terrorism with distinguished panelists and social scientists as participants. The session is being chaired by an eminent Professor of the Social Sciences.
Chairman: Distinguished scholars, ladies and gentleman, we assemble today to discuss one of the most vexed questions of the 21st century, which has plagued mankind both nationally and internationally, i.e, Terrorism.
Participant 1: If I may add with the kind permission of the chair, this problem has been present in India ever since the 19th century…. Why, we had even branded our freedom fighters from Punjab and Bengal as terrorists! In fact, it is the British who have done this. One man’s meat is another man’s poison!
Chairman: You may take permission from me and not from the chair. Don’t you know that the chair is a mere inanimate object? Anyhow, to continue… we have to define the term, understand its broad perspective and then apply it to social and historical situations, creating a conceptual framework in the process. We cannot simply negativize the term and use it randomly.
Participant 2: You are absolutely right, Sir. In fact, Professor Amartya Sen calls this a “category of error”; you may have read his interview in The Outlook some years back.
Chairman: No, I have not read his interview.
Participant 2: But Sir, he mentions this and states that if you are compared to a terrorist then this is what philosophers would call a “category of error”.
Chairman: But why should I be compared to one?
Participant 2: Sir, if what reports say are correct, this is exactly what the then Hon’ble Minister of HRD had done. He had likened Professor Romila Thapar to a terrorist!
Chairman: Anyhow, error or no error, category or no category, the point is that this is, i.e., terrorism, the most dangerous category confronting the world today.
Participant 3: I couldn’t be more in agreement with you. George Bush has borne this out to the entire world. Look at the way that he was sending emissaries from one country to another. That is excellent diplomacy. And India has exposed to the world the dangers of cross-border terrorism.
Chairman (looking grave): Yes, Trans-terrorism. As liberal thinkers, we can’t consider India only, though we are also engaged with the task of understanding its implications for India, especially in the light of anyone and everyone being dubbed as terrorists. Scholarship has been assailed in the worst possible manner…. Historians have not been spared. The purpose of this seminar is also to make an academic distinction between the expressions terrorism and freedom fighters (looking angry).
Participant 4: You sound something like Gen. Musharraf….
Chairman: Attention, Attention!
Participant 4: Sorry Sir.
Chairman: Returning to this most delicate issue, we have to comprehend this term in its particular social, cultural and historical milieu…. why, someone recently suggested that in Auranzeb’s view the great Shivaji was a terrorist.
Participant 5: What blasphemy!
Chairman: Attention, Attention, we are not going into the question of religion.
Participant 5: And Sir, one more question. As an eminent Professor, I am sure you will be able to address it. Why are some called terrorists, some extremists and some militants?
Chairman: This is a very relevant question, especially in the Indian context. It is now the question of sub-categorization. However, since the theme is not relevant to this particular session, we will take it up for discussion at an appropriate session.
Ananya .S. Guha
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