In these times of privatisation of plurality, is society missing learning from a generation that has garnered the stories and experiences through transgressive actions? What would a shared vision for the next generation in the social change-making look like? In the current scenario has a lack of constructive inspiration lead to a vacuum. The disenchanted youth is restless and quite clear is the impact. But then, the generations have always adapted and learnt. Perhaps, it is yet another calibration – a readjustment in ‘order of things’ and with the more upright instrumentality. So, Is vision the derivative of the times?
Darryl D’Monte was Resident Editor of The Times of India and the Indian Express in Mumbai and is now an independent journalist and author. Darryl was the Chairperson and founder of FEJI in Mumbai, and the founder President of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists.
Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika
Prof Hazarika holds the Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew Chair at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, where he also directs the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research. He has been a member of various academic organisations and official committees, including the Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee to Review AFSPA, the Society of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, and the North East India Studies Programme at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Sanjoy Hazarika is honorary research professor at CPR and has also worked as a newspaper correspondent, columnist, and documentary filmmaker.
An eminent film director, cinematographer and also a screenwriter and film producer, he was awarded the Padmashree, a prestigious award of the Republic of India for his contributions to Indian cinema. In the last 35 years, he has received several national and international awards for his work. Mr. Govind Nihalani is also Chair Emeritus and Goodwill Ambassador for Plan India.
Prof S. Parsuraman
Dr. S. Parasuraman has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, trainer, activist, administrator and development worker. He has held key positions in international organisations as Asia Regional Policy Coordinator, ActionAid Asia, Senior Advisor to the Commission and Team Leader of the Secretariat, World Commission on Dams and as Program Director, Oxfam GB, India Program. Currently, he is the Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Dr. Suman Sahai, has had a distinguished scientific career in the field of genetics and has been a research scientist at the universities of Alberta, Chicago and Heidelberg in Germany. She is a recipient of the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards, and among others, has received the Borlaug Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture and the Environment’, the FICCI Outstanding Woman Achiever Award for “Excellence in Science”, the Birbal Sahni Gold Medal for ‘Distinction in Science and Academics’. Dr. Sahai is founder Chairperson of the NGO Gene Campaign which is a leading research and advocacy organization, working on issues related to food, nutrition and rural livelihoods.