POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — India scholar M. Glen Johnson, a professor emeritus of political science and international politics at Vassar, will moderate the panel discussion, "India Today: Reliable Partner or Emerging Rival?" on Tuesday, September 19, at 5:30 pm in Students' Building. The panelists will include Himadeep Muppidi, assistant professor of political science at Vassar, Sanjib Baruah, professor of political studies at Bard College, and Surinder Singh Malhotra, president of the Indian National Overseas Congress Party in the United States. The event is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley and the Vassar College political science department, and is free and open to the public.
Himadeep Muppidi studies globalization, critical international relations, and postcolonial theory. Mupiddi is the author of The Politics of the Global (2004) and is completing The Colonial Signs of International Relations. Muppidi's recent articles include "Shame and Rage: International Relations and the World School of Colonialism" in Interrogating Imperialism: Conversations on Gender, Race and War (expected 2006), and "Colonial and Postcolonial Global Governance" in Power in Global Governance (2005). Muppidi received his B.A. from Nizam College (Osmania University), Hyderabad, an M.A. and M.Phil. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
Sanjib Baruah's most recent book is Durable Disorder: Understanding the Politics of Northeast India (Oxford University Press, 2005), and his special interests span the national and sub-national conflicts in India, the politics, history, and culture of India's northeast frontier region, and the transnational ties in the border region across India, Burma and China. Baruah earned his B.A. from Cotton College, Gauhati, India, his M.A. from the University of Delhi, and his doctorate from the University of Chicago.
A practicing ear, nose, and throat surgeon, U.S.-based Surinder Singh Malhotra is a longtime advocate stronger Indo-American relations. As the president of the Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC), he helps promote democracy, secularism, human solidarity, and international cooperation. Malhotra hosted Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his October 2005 trip to the U.S., as well as the political leader Sonia Gandhi in 2001.
Glen Johnson is the author of several books and numerous articles on U.S. foreign policy, international human rights, the United Nations, Indian foreign policy, and the former untouchables in India. His most recent book is The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A History of Its Creation and Implementation, 1948-1998 (UNESCO, 1998).
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