Religious Pluralism, Freedom and Diversity, Blasphemy and Respect
Thursday, October 10th
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Conference Hall, FTK Centre for Information Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi-110025
First session – 10.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Democracy and the tension between freedom of speech and respect for the other’s religion, culture, identity. India and Europe
Inaugural Address: S. Sajid - Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University, India Introduces and chairs: Nina zu Fürstenberg - President, Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations
Peter Ronald deSouza - Director IIAS, India Jytte KIausen - Brandeis University, USA Akhil Sibal - Lawyer, India
Usha Ramanathan - Lawyer, India
Second session – 2.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Minorities: democracy to the test of religious, cultural, linguistic and ethnic pluralism.
Chair: Harsh Sethi - Consulting Editor, Seminar, India
Rajeev Bhargava - Director CSDS, India
Roberto Toscano - Former Italian Ambassador to India Fawzia Koofi - Politician and activist, Afghanistan
Mani Shankar Aiyar - Former diplomat, Member of Parliament, India Sandeep Dikshit - Member of Parliament, India
Friday, October 11th
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
“Silver Oak”, Habitat World, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 (Entry from gate number 3 on Vardhman Marg) Third session – 10.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Blasphemy between present and past: the history of punishment and decriminalization of blasphemy in Europe, India and other countries
Raj Liberhan - Director, India Habitat Centre, India
Jytte KIausen - Brandeis University, USA
Silvio Ferrari - Professor in Law, University of Milan, Italy Ruchira Gupta - Founder of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, India Teesta Setlavad - Civil rights activist and journalist, India (Mumbai)
Fourth session – 2.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
In the eyes of the other: religions seen by other religions. Proximity, conflicts, hybrids and syncretism through traditions, rituals, food and dress codes
Najeeb Jung - Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
Giancarlo Bosetti - Director of Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations Francesca Cadeddu - Researcher, University of Bologna, Italy Pavan K. Varma - Author and Diplomat, India
Mihir Sharma - Journalist and writer, Business Standard newspaper, India Laila Tyabji - Activist and Chairperson of Dastkar, India
Silvia Ronchey - Professor, University of Roma Tre, Italy
Roundtable on the media – 4.45 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Shoma Chaudhury - Managing Editor, Tehelka, India Basharat Peer - Kashmiri journalist, author, and political commentator Jonathan Shainin - Editor, Caravan Magazine, India
Rachel Dwyer - Professor of Indian Culture and Cinema, SOAS, UK Manini Chatterjee - The Hindu, India
Saturday, October 12th
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Fifth session – 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Traditional society, habits, hierarchies challenged by irreverence and provocation
Peter Ronald de Souza - Director IIAS, India
Shiv Visvanathan - Professor at O P Jindal Global University, India Rachel Dwyer - Professor of Indian Culture and Cinema, SOAS, UK Ananya Vajpeyi - Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India Manvendra Singh - Member of Parliament, Bharatiya Janata Party, India