Monday, November 29, 2010

stanford: Talk by ANJOO SHARAN UPADHYAYA - November 30th, 4-6 pm, room 208, Encina West

nov 29th, 2010

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November 30th, 4-6 pm , room 208, Encina West

Bio of   Professor Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya 

Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya is a Professor of Political Science and Director, Centre for the Study of Nepal, Banaras Hindu University. She holds a Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University in International Studies and Master's from Allahabad University, India. She has undertaken post-doctoral research at London School of Economics and Politics, U.K. and The Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Brown University, USA. Currently Dr Upadhyaya is a Fulbright Nehru Exchange Professor at Wellesley College MA

Conflict in Nepal and its Transnational Ramifications

Nepal has been in the throe of political turmoil spanning over six decades which frequently ignited conflicts between people and the state as also between different groups. Mostly waged around the unquenched demand of democracy and development, these conflicts marked an intense jostling for political power by various social and political entities. By the nineties these conflictual impulses proliferated amid the common masses across regional and socioeconomic barriers. The depth and breadth of people's involvement came out vividly during the so-called people's war spearheaded by the Maoists during 1996-2006. This violent transference in people's movement successfully brought on board the hitherto neglected demands of progress, justice and inclusion in public discourse as also the state policies. The  transition from  people  being treated as 'subjects' thriving on state dispensed welfare to the assertion of their legitimate rights as 'citizens'  has been  quite an achievement in  the erstwhile Himalayan Kingdom. This critical shift is often acknowledged by the analysts as one of the positive attributes of the conflict in Nepal. However the ambiguities in Maoists agenda and the frustrating pace of the peace process have disillusioned those who found transformative prospects in the people's war. While the polemical utterances of Maoists leaders continue to spell ominous portents, the sudden spurt of violence and lawlessness in the plains of southern Nepal has raised security anxieties within and across Nepalese borders. Seemingly the culture of violence held high by the Maoist has imbued the way social and political conflicts are to be played out in Nepal's fragile and rudderless polity. 

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