Society in India and Pakistan, Notes on Speakers
Based on the procedings of the seminar "The
Role Of Civil Society in Pakistan and India:
Peace, Conflict Resolution, Democracy" by Jang Group of Newspapers
(Pakistan) & Friedrich/Naumann Foundation (Germany), September
12-13, 1997 at Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi.
Text edited by Khurram Ali Shafique and Farida Z.
Notes on Speakers
Dr. Hamza Alvi (Chairperson) is a renowned scholar.
Dr. Manzoor Ahmad headed the Department of Philosophy
at Karachi University before associating with Hamdard University
as its first Vice Chancellor. He is a renowned intellectual of the
Abdullah J. Memon, former civil servant who left on
his own to pursue more serious life of contemplation. He was also
the former federal minister in the recent care-taker government.
Mr. I.A. Rehman is a senior journalist, senior columnist
and a very inspiring crusader for human rights.
Mr. Khaled Ahmed, former editor of Frontier Post and
consultant editor of Friday Times.
Mr. Kaiser Bengali is a well known economist from
Islamabad working with various research institutes. Presently, he
is situated with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
Mr. Karamat Ali is the Director of the Pakistan Institute
of Labour, Education and Research, and has been closely connected
with trade unions and political activism.
Dr. Haroon Ahmed is a leading psychiatrist. He has
been very closely associated with societys problems.
S.V. Raju is the Editor of Freedom First, a famous
liberal magazine from India. Was a member of the Swatenter Party,
a liberal party founded in 1959 by Rajagopalacharya. Is a member
of the executive committee of the Centre for Economic Education.
He has authored a number of books including The Fundamental Rights
and the Citizens and Democracy and Development. He lives in Bombay.
Mr. Nitai Mehta prefers to work in what we loosely
call the social service but which is actually service to the community.
He is a founder member of Youth For India.
Miss Poonam Barua is the Director of Public Affairs
Management, an independent consultancy organization specializing
in corporate and institutional representation and Public Diplomacy.
She has also spent 13 years as programme adviser with the United
States Information Service within New Delhi where she was working
on India-Pakistan relations.
Dr. Sri Ram Khanna, from Faculty of Commerce and Business,
the University of Delhi. Also the Chairman of Consumer Co-ordination
Council a coalition of NGOs working in consumer affairs.
He is the author of three books on international trade and a specialist
in international trade in textile and clothing. His father was born
in Rawalpindi, while Sri Ram Khanna himself was born in Delhi. His
work on consumer litigation has filled a void in civil society in
Mr. Raj Chengappa, has worked for sixteen years with
India Today and is highly regarded for his objective and
analytical policy pieces. He is also a former Fellow of Henry Elstinson
Research Centre in Washington, D.C. and well-respected in the international
community for his views on nuclear non-proliferation.
Mr. Khorakiwala from Bombay is an eminent business
man and ex-Sheriff of Bombay. He has served as the ex-President
of Indian Merchants Chamber and Associate Chamber of Commerce and
Industry in India. He is also a social activist and President of
the Citizens Council for Better Tomorrow.
Dr. Navnita Chadha Behera is an Assistant Research
Professor at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. Shes
been working on a wide range of issues regarding political, social
and economic relations between India and Pakistan and she is presently
writing a book called Building Bridges Between India and Pakistan.
Source: The Role Of Civil Society in Pakistan
Peace, Conflict Resolution, Democracy: Procedings of the seminar
by Jang Group of Newspapers (Pakistan) & Friedrich/Naumann
Edited by Khurram Ali Shafique and Farida Z. Hemani
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