San Diego World Affairs Council
Professor Dipak Gupta
Where Identity Rises Above a Territory"
Tuesday, 29 October 2019
In this lecture, after presenting a brief history of Kashmir, Professor Gupta will examine the dynamics that keep the Kashmir conflict alive: First, examining how it is the outcome of Pakistan's total obsession with acquiring the Muslim-majority state and, second, examining how the partition in the sub-continent resulted from Jinnah's "two-nation theory" -- that the Hindus and Muslims cannot live together and must have two separate countries. Jinnah's theory was rejected by Gandhi and Nehru, who made India a secular nation. The nation of Pakistan was created and Jinnah (QUAID-I-AZAM MOHAMMAD ALI JINNAH ) became its first President. However, currently, Hindu nationalists are reaffirming the "two-nation" theory, elevating it to prominence. On the basis of this thesis on the history of the region, Professor Gupta will attempt to look into the future of the seven-decades long conflict.
About our Speaker: Professor Dipak Gupta
Dipak K. Gupta is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at San Diego State University (SDSU) and was also the Fred J. Hansen Professor of Peace Studies from 1998-2001 and 2004-2011. He was the former Director, and one of the founders of the SDSU
International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) innovative multidisciplinary undergraduate program. ISCOR is currently one of the fastest growing majors on campus with over 300 declared majors. Additionally, Gupta is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego (USD).
Gupta has been a visiting scholar at St. Anthony's College at Oxford University, El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City, Leiden University in the Netherlands, Fudan University in China, and the Terrorism Prevention Branch at the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) in Vienna, Austria. He was also awarded a summer fellowship in the International Studies Program at the Hoover Institute for International Politics and Economics in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In 2010, Gupta received a Fulbright (Expert) Fellowship at Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Professor Gupta is also the author of ten books (one forthcoming) and has published over 150 articles in scholarly journals, research monographs, edited volumes and newspapers. He has also been invited by the Prime Minister's office of Norway, the Foreign Ministries of Sweden and the Netherlands, and the Interior Ministry of Turkey. He was among a select group of invitees of the Safe Democracy forum in Madrid, convened by the King of Spain in 2005. Gupta is also an award-winning artist, whose painting are regularly on display in local galleries (Instagram: dipakguptaart). He also recently completed his first work of fiction about the radicalization of a young man.
Tuesday, 29 October 2019
National University, Sanford Center Auditorium
11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Complimentary parking on the National University campus
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Registration/Reception: 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Presentation, followed by a Q&A: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
SDWAC Members: Free
Student with student ID: $5
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