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NSA organizes special talk on civil society biography

NSA organizes special talk on civil society biography
Professor Neera Chandhoke with members of Naga Scholars Association and others after the special talk in New Delhi on February 8.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/11/2019 11:36:32 AM IST

The Naga Scholars Association (NSA) organized a New Year special talk on “The troubled biography of civil society” at School of International Studies (SIS), JNU, New Delhi on February 8. 

A press release from NSA president, Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan stated that political scientist, professor Neera Chandhoke, as resource person, went into an in-depth analysis of the origin and importance of civil societies in contemporary times.

Professor Chandhoke stated that a civil society does mean engagement with the political but it was “away from the state.” She said that when a society develops a culture of debate, the outcome will always be fruitful because that society begins to debate good citizenship and how citizens can live good lives.

According to Professor Chandhoke “Civil society is important not only for democracy but also for good life” and she argued that civil societies monitor government activities which lead to restraints on abuses of the state. She was of the view that the most important challenge in India was finding a way on how people who speak different languages, believe in different religions and belong to different communities, could live together in harmony enhancing diversity. 

Professor Chandhoke is a national fellow at the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and was professor of Political Science at University of Delhi.

Earlier in the program, a welcome address was given by Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan in the session chaired by professor Gulshan Sachdeva, Jean Monnet chair and director, Europe Area Studies Program, School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. A report was presented by NSA joint secretary, Dr. Caroline Maninee and vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Lungthuiyang Riamei, general secretary, NSA.


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