HENRY VOLKEN MEMORIAL LECTURE: Globalisation and the Emerging Development Paradigm, Praful Bidwai

Dear friends,

I am extremely happy to invite you for the first *Henry Volken Memorial Lecture* on '*Globalisation and the Emerging Development Paradigm" *to be held at Indian Social Institute (ISI), Bangalore, on *October 27, 2006.*

Fr. Henry Volken S.J. is the founder of Indian Social Institute, Bangalore. Born at Zermatt in Switzerland Fr. Volken entered the Society of Jesus, and came to India in 1948. He started Indian Social Institute, Bangalore, in 1963 as a Training Centre and a branch of Indian Social Institute, Delhi. After working twelve years in ISI, Bangalore and training hundreds of social activists, he left ISI and started a new initiative of "Mobile Training Team" ('MOTT'). In 1984 he was appointed Secretary of Social Apostolate of the Society of Jesus in Rome. During his 8-year term, he served as the President of NGO Committee for Development at United Nations, and worked as Consultor of Pontifical Council of Vatican. Fr. Volken has three books to his credit. He died in 2000.

Training of social workers being the main objective of ISI, Fr. Volken took community development as the content of the training at ISI. But at the end of his term he started social analysis with the aim of conscientization and organisation of people as the theme and content of the training programmes. In this way Fr. Volken was a far-sighted social thinker and activist who laid also the theoretical foundation for the Institute. Considering his contribution to the Institute and to the cause of the marginalised we have planned an yearly Lecture in his memory. The objective of this lecture is to create a platform for academicians, activists and NGOs to come together to discuss and reflect on a topic of the day relevant for the people and the country.

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* "I believe that, within a comprehensive perspective of human rights, we can best make the contribution…… to a transformation that makes human development possible and reverses the present trend of increasingly dividing the humanity into rich and poor across the world, destroying the resources of the planet and fostering a culture of violence".* These words of Fr. Volken are very relevant even for today, when globalisation makes the gap between the rich and the poor wider, and environmental degradation remains a threat to the world. Therefore, we have chosen the following theme as the topic of the lecture for this year.

*Topic : Globalisation and the Emerging Development Paradigm

* Date : Friday, October 27, 2006*

* Time : 5 p.m.*

* Speaker : Mr. Praful Bidwai *

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*Praful Bidwai** is a journalist, a social science researcher, and an activist on issues of human rights, the environment, global justice and peace. A former Senior Editor of The Times of India, he is one of India's most widely published columnists whose articles appear in 25 papers including The Hindustan Times and Frontline. Bidwai has been a visiting Professor at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia university, New Delhi, and a Senior Fellow, Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. He has taught Political Science and Jurisprudence at Amherst College, Amherst, Mass, USA. He is also a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education, Government of India. Bidwai is a National Coordination Committee member of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, India, Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau, and an active member in India-Pakistan citizens' initiatives for peace. He has co-authored at least five books. He received the Sean MacBride International Peace Prize, 2000 of International Peace Bureau, Geneva & London.*

You are most cordially invited to this intellectual discourse.

Looking forward to your valuable presence with your friends.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Mathew Aerthayil S.J.


*N.B:* · We will be glad if you can reach ISI by *4.30* p.m. and have tea* with us.

· If possible, please confirm your participation by email or phone with

Ms. Vimala Mathews/Ms. Lorraine Moreira, ISI, Bangalore.

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