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I have more than 12 years of combined experience of working in volunteer and leadership roles in community service, social research, skills training, media & communication, teaching, policy analysis and consulting. My experience includes a wide spectrum of engagement with training and teaching at the school, college and university levels to analyze and advocate policy issues from the sociopolitical perspectives of human capacity development to conduct research in broad areas of social sciences; human rights, democracy, regional integration in South Asia, India's Foreign Affairs, political economy of mining, community policing, social inclusion, Muslims in India, counter-terrorism policy and practice, Indian Diaspora, South Asian and Indians in Australia, interfaith and global politics. My ongoing PhD (2008-2012/13) at Monash University, Australia is a critical analysis of the role of Minorities and Muslim communities' engagement in public policy making in Australia and India. In addition to this I have been an active member of the team that has designed, developed and launched an innovative Master Degree Programme in International Crisis Management (ICM) at Monash Asia Institute (MAI), Monash University. http://monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/courses/4051.html Specialties: CONSULTING: Public Policy, Homeland Security, Police Reforms, South Asia, India's Foreign Policy and Global Politics MEDIA: Ground Reporting, Interviews, Policy Analysis, Public Relations and Media Management SKILLS TRAINING: Life Skills, Social Skills, Study Skills, Theatre and Value Education. TEACHING & RESEARCH: Public Policy, Political Science & IR, Modern Indian History, Interfaith, Human Development,Diaspora, Social Exclusion, Human Rights, Social Science Research Methods
Director, Public Policy and Communications at South Asia Community Link Group Australasia December 2012 - Present (2 months) I will be responsible for driving, shaping and leading policy, research and community engagement initiatives in South Asian and Australian communities. Both in Australia and in the South Asian Sub-continent I will engage with the governments, media, civil society, universities, industry and communities to undertake research and advocate policy issues that are relevant and important for the respective two regions. I will prepare policy briefs, press releases and will be the spokesperson of the SACLG for 2012-13. About SACLG: South Asia Community Link Group-Australasia (SACLG-Australasia) is a policy, research and advocacy think tank representing the interest of the South Asian Communities in Australian continent. As a
non-political, not-for profit organization SACLG provides a strong platform to the South Asian and broader Australian communities to come and work together in collaboration for a peaceful, cohesive and harmonious Australia. Founding Member at Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT) March 2012 - Present (11 months) Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT) is a consortium of researchers and policy makers drawn from national and international universities, institutes and organizations. GRFDT is presently based in India and is shaping as the largest such group focusing specifically on the issues related to diaspora and transnationalism. The GRFDT works as an academic and policy think tank by engaging national and international experts from academics, practitioners and policy makers in a broad range of areas such as migration policies, transnational linkages of development, human rights, culture and gender etc to mention a few. In the changing global environment of academic research and policy making, the role of GRFDT will be of immense help to various stakeholders. The engagement of diaspora with various platform need to be reassessed in the present context to engage them in the best possible manner for the development human societies by providing policy input at the national and global levels. . Honorary Editor at BeyondHeadlines January 2012 - Present (1 year 1 month) Beyond Headlines has been a leading alternative news portal providing information and analysis that the mainstream media have chosen to ignore. BH's focus on local events, alternative analysis and RTI exposes have been great sources for national and international stories. BH has been cited by all leading publications in India. Ideologically BH has always believed in and has stood among others for inclusive growth, social & financial inclusion, capacity building, human rights, communal harmony, transparency & accountability in government and sustainable development. Moderator at Development Communication Orissa October 2011 - Present (1 year 4 months) Development Communication Orissa is an active yahoo group of more than 500 policy makers, academics and practitioners who critically engage on key policy debates of Odisha, a rising eastern state of India, on a monthly basis. Month Wise Policy Focus and Coordinators: January :Mining Policy-Dr.Natabar Rout,NRM Specialist, Bhubaneswar February :Health Policy-Ms.Priya Mohanty Das,UNDP,Baharin March :Education Policy-Mr.Anup Kumar Mohanty ,Academician,Koraput April :Forests Policy-Mr.Santakar Chepalia,Development Journalist, Koraput May : Urban Policy-Mr.Piyush Rout,Urban Planning Expert, Bhubaneswar June :Water Policy-Mr.Bimal Prasad,Journalist,Naxatra News, Bhubaneswar
July :Population Policy-Dr. Ramachandra Mishra,Medico,France August :Fisheries Policy-Dr.Pranay Parida,AFFRO,Bhubaneswar September : IT Policy- Ms.Chetana Samal,IT Professional,USA October :Disaster Management Policy- Dr.Pradip Parida,Executive Director, All India Institute of Local Self Government, Bhubaneswar November : Industral Policy-Kailash Nayak,Himalayan Institute of Management & Technology,Bhubaneswar December :Tribal Policy-Pradeep Mohapatra,Udayama, Bhubaneswar PhD in Public Policy and South Asian Studies at Monash University April 2008 - Present (4 years 10 months) Monash is a leading international University, established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958, and is Australia's largest university with 62,550 students (2010 data). The University has a total of eight campuses: six in Victoria, Australia (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Parkville, Peninsula and Gippsland), one in Sunway, Malaysia and one in Johannesburg, South Africa. The university also has centres in Prato, Italy and Mumbai, India. Monash University is a member of the prestigious "Group of Eight", a group composed of some of the most research-intensive universities in Australia. Offering a large number of courses across numerous disciplines, students can choose from many study options including double degrees, part-time study, off-campus learning and alternative pathways. (Source: Monash University) My ongoing PhD (2008-2013) at Political and Social Inquiry (PSI) and Monash Asia Institute (MAI) Monash University is a critical analysis of the role of community engagement in Australian and Indian public policy with a specific focus on the Criminal Justice System's engagement with Minorities and Muslim Communities in Melbourne and Delhi. Senior Editor at Orissa Diary.com 2005 - Present (8 years) OdishaDiary (OD) is the No-1 web-portal on Odisha. OD intends to provide a global platform for our readers to participate in informed discussions on critical issues of the state so as to inform and influence policy making in Odisha. The main focus is to promote Odisha's cause through development journalism. Notable Contributions: 1. Odisha Living Legend Award 2011 and 2012: Worked in close collaboration with the OD Team and played an important role in establishing the Odisha Living Legend Award in 2011. 2. Odisha Youth Inspiration Award 2012: This was my suggestion to the OD team to add the youth award to recognise the contribution of the youth and provide a single platform to the Living Legends and the Youth Inspirations. I developed the punchline for the youth award: To Prepare Future Legends 1 recommendation available upon request Consultant: Public Policy and Government Affairs at Orkash Servicces Pvt.Ltd. June 2011 - May 2012 (1 year)
Orkash is a high-end technology driven consulting firm that provides management, technology and policy solutions. These solutions are based on a unique Orkash Methodology that believes in holistic understanding of issues and challenges that policy makers, industry leaders and local communities face in India and emerging markets in the world. Orkash Public Policy and Government Affairs Initiative comprises of professionals trained in management practices, technological innovations, social science research and policy analysis. Position Description: 1. Policy Analysis in the areas of Homeland Security, Policing, Mining and Environment 2. Analysis of Community Perception of politics, economy and industry 3. Translation and Interpretation (Oriya-Hindi-English) 4. Contribute to the Establishment of a Full Fledged Policy Practice at Orkash 5. Develop Engagements with Policy Makers, Academia, Media, Civil Society and Industry Bodies 2 recommendations available upon request Visiting Fellow at Ravenshaw University January 2012 - February 2012 (2 months) As a Visiting Fellow under the UGC Merged Scheme at the Ravenshaw Department of Political Science I lectured and interacted with UG, PG and MPhil/PhD students. The subjects/topics covered during the interactions range from Social Science Research Methods and Political Thought to understanding International Relations. Position Description: 1. Teaching IR, Political Thought and Social Research Methods to UG, PG and HDR students 2. Participate in academic activities like seminars, workshops and conferences 3. Prepare proposals for starting new courses, new centers and research funding Research Assistant at Monash University April 2008 - February 2011 (2 years 11 months) I have worked at Monash as a Research Assistant on different projects related to South Asia with specific focus on India. Graduate Teaching Assistant/Tutor at Monash University 2008 - 2009 (1 year) Graduate Teaching Assistant/Tutor on Modern Indian History for the School of Historical Studies, Monash University. My classes on Modern Indian History among others included: 1-Brief Overview of Indian Freedom Movement (1857-1947) 2-Narratives of Partition and Impact on Communal Harmony 3-Making of the Indian Constitution- Key Constitutional Debates 4-Independent India- Planning, Politics and Policy
Associate Faculty and Trainer at Advait Life Education Pvt. Ltd 2007 - 2008 (1 year) Advait Life-Education is a movement towards an evolved, integral and sublime human being through meaningful life-education. Advait seeks to promote clarity, integrity and wisdom among students and professionals by addressing the way they are trained or taught. To this effect, Advait harnesses the power of literature and other works. Advait has been active in conducting Student Development Programs (SDP), Faculty Development Programs (FDP) and Management Development Programs (MDP). More than 35,000 individuals have so far benefited from Advait’s training and development programs. Source: http://www.advait.org.in/ My role as a Faculty at Advait was to conduct Sessions on Life Skills and Professional Aptitude Development of Students of B.C.A, B.B.A, B.Tech and MBA to develop their over all personality and hence develop them as professionals, good and responsible citizens. Trainer of Trainers (TOT) at The Prism-The Hindu NIE at New Delhi 2005 - 2008 (3 years) -I worked as a freelancer Trainer with Prism Softech for the 'The Hindu- Newspaper in Education Programme (NIE)'. at New Delhi. -In 2005, I joined as a Resource Person (RP) and after a year of committed work received training to become a Trainer of Trainers (ToT) -The NIE is designed for School Children from 4th to 12th standard. --I am trained to conduct workshops and train other RPs in Language Skills, Life Skills and Value Education. -Have Conducted more than 600 sessions(45 minutes to One hour each) in different schools in the National Capital Region; Delhi, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon. AIC Australian Studies Fellow at Australia-India Council 2006 - 2007 (1 year) Australia-India Council (AIC) Research Fellowship, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Government of Australia, 2006-2007 Research Proposal: "The State and Civil Society Interface in Fighting Terrorism: A study of Indian and Australian Approaches" Universities Visited: Curtin University of Technology, University of Western Australia (UWA), University of South Australia (UniSA), Monash University, Australian National University (ANU), University of New South Wales (UNSW) Research Assistant at Jawaharlal Nehru University August 2003 - July 2007 (4 years) I joined School of International Studies, JNU as an MPhil/PhD student in 2003. Along with my MPhil research I worked on a number social science projects (like India-Japan Relations and India's Look East
Policy) both for faculties within and outside JNU. 1 recommendation available upon request Orissa Higher Education Fellow at Department of Higher Education, Government of Odisha August 2003 - July 2005 (2 years) Orissa Higher Education Scholarship for M.Phil at School of International Studies, JNU (2003-2005). Research Assistant at Centre for Market Research and Social Development (CMSD) 2002 - 2003 (1 year) 1-Study of Community Perceptions on Political Developments 2-Fieldwork and Data Collection in West Bengal, Gujarat and Delhi 3-Public Policy Analysis Team Leader -Field Research at AMC Research Group 2001 - 2003 (2 years) AMC Research Group is an Evaluating and Consulting Agency for the National Literacy Mission, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Department of Science and Industrial Research all from the Government of India and some public enterprises notably the BPCL and IOCL. -I enjoyed the work in the projects of Total Literacy Campaign (TLC) of Faridabad-Haryana and Post Literacy Programmes (PLP) of Barmer -Rajasthan and Varanasi-UP. The Job included-Proposal Writing -Training Lead of the Field Research Team -Interviews and Report Writing 1 recommendation available upon request
Student Convenor at National Service Scheme, JNU August 2003 - December 2006 (3 years 5 months) National Service Scheme, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Govt. of India, popularly known as NSS was launched in Gandhiji's Birth Centenary Year 1969, in 37 Universities involving 40,000 students with primary focus on the development of personality of students through community service. Today, NSS has more than 3.2 million student volunteers on its roll spread over 298 Universities and 42 (+2) Senior Secondary Councils and Directorate of Vocational Education all over the country. From its inception, more than 3.75 crores students from Universities, Colleges and Institutions of higher learning have benefited from the NSS activities, as student volunteers.Source: http://www.nss.nic.in/
Monash University PhD, Public Policy and South Asian Studies, 2008 - 2013 Activities and Societies: Monash Students Association (MSA) Monash Association of Debaters (MAD) 1 recommendation available upon request Centre for Civil Society Certificate in Public Policy for Young Leaders, Public Policy, 2012 - 2012 Grade: Awarded Activities and Societies: 1. Field Visits (Researching Reality and Policy Solutions): Health and Hygiene in Delhi, Access to Quality Education, MCD Demolition and Governance, Livelihood of Rickshaw pullers and Auto-Rickshaw drivers. 2. Socratic Dialogue on "Justice without Government: The Merchant Courts of Medieval Europe and their Modern Counterparts" 3. Policy Debates: Right to Education, Livelihood, Environment Protection, Reservation,Suicide, Drugs, Immigration, Prostitution Centre for Civil Society Certificate in Public Policy for Journalists, Public Policy Analysis, 2012 - 2012 Grade: Awarded Activities and Societies: 1) Documentary Film Analysis, 2) Group Work and Presentation on Farmer Suicides, 3) Policy Presentation on Controlling Air Pollution, 4) Policy Debates on i) Censorship of Films and TV Programmes, ii) Food Security Bill, iii) FDI in Media, iv) Legalization of Drugs, v) 25% Reservation in Education Jawaharlal Nehru University Master of Philosophy (MPhil), International Relations, 2003 - 2005 Grade: First Division Activities and Societies: 1. Yoga Centre, Department of Physical Education 2. National Service Scheme, Office of the Dean of Students, 3. Campus Development Committee, Office of the Vice Chancellor 4.Odisha Sanskrutika Parishad (OSP) 5. India Japan Round Table (IJRT) 6. JNU Student Union Election Committee, JNUSU 7.Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), JNU Ravenshaw University MA, Political Science and International Relations, 1998 - 2000 Grade: First Division Activities and Societies: National Service Scheme (NSS) Awarded as the Best Volunteer NSS in 2000 Utkal University Bachelor of Arts (BA), Political Science and Philosophy, 1994 - 1997 Grade: Honours with Distinction
Activities and Societies: National Service Scheme (NSS), Community Development Camps, College Cricket Team, Taekwondo
Dialogue Across Divided Communities in Victoria Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University, Australia Healthy Relationship Ambassador Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre, Victoria, Australia Student Ambassador Monash Open Day License :Monash University December 2012
Trainer of Trainers (TOT) in Human Rights Education Amnesty International License :Amnesty International India
Trainer of Trainers (ToT) for The Hindu Newspaper in Education (NIE) Programme Prism Softech Pvt Ltd, India August 2005 Developing Volunteers for Disaster Preparedness National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) License :Department of Science and Technology, Government of India September 2004 Peer Educator HIV/AIDS All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi License :Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS September 2004 Certificate in Yoga Education Department of Physical Education, JNU License :Jawaharlal Nehru University, India Certificate of Appreciation-Election Committee Member JNU Students' Union Election Committee (JNUSU-EC) License :JNU, India
Honors and Awards
Best Volunteer Award- Community Service National Service Scheme, Ravenshaw, Cuttack, Odisha, India May 2000 Best Volunteer Award in National Service Scheme (NSS) Annual 10 Day Camp, Ravenshaw, Cuttack, Odisha, 2000. Note: The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India which was begun in 1969. Its primary aim is personality development through social (or community) service. The NSS motto is "Not me, but you". (http://nss.nic.in/index.asp) Gold Medal in Debate Competition School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi, India April 2006 First Prize (Gold Medal) for Best Performance in the Debate Competition of SIS Golden Jubilee Celebration, 2006: Topic: India in South Asia: A Benign Power or Big Brother Member, Campus Development Committee (CDC), JNU, New Delhi Vice Chancellor's Committee on Campus Development I was the (non-political) students' representative at the CDC (2005-2006). This is a voluntary yet prestigious responsibility. JNU Teachers' Association, JNU Staff Association and JNU Students' Association are represented to discuss and decide on the campus development issues. All Members are nominated by the Vice Chancellor. Special Citation-Script and Direction Amity International School, NCR Delhi 2006 Award: Special Citation Play: Great Sage Dhadhichi Category: Script and Direction Competition: NCR Inter-School Theatre Competition, 2006 School Team: Summer Fields School, Kailash Colony, New Delhi Venue: Amity International School Note: I was working with the school as part of the NIE Team. The school approached me to train the school team to participate in the 2006 inter-school theatre competition. I wrote the script and directed the play "Great Sage Dhadhichi" which won the overall third prize and a special citation for the script and direction.
The Youth Organiser Award for Community Service Odisha Sanskrutika Parishad (OSP or Odisha Cultural Council in JNU) April 2008 Odisha Sanskrutika Parishad (OSP) has a long tradition of being a platform for all Odia students on JNU campus. In JNU’s scheme of diversity, Odisha occupies a proud place. At present there are about 400 Odia students forming part of the most talented student community of JNU apart from a sizable Odia faculty. Odisha Sanskrutika Parishad (OSP), as a cultural organization was formed long back by Odia students and faculties of JNU to promote sociocultural, literary and other intellectual activities. Today, the OSP has travelled beyond cultural bonding and has done great services as during natural calamities in Odisha. Besides, it works to protect the common interests of Odias in JNU. Team Leader of JNU National Service Scheme National Integration Camp, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, India October 2004 Led the JNU National Service Scheme (NSS) Team to the National Integration Camp, Lucknow, organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, 14-20 October 2004. National Service Scheme: http://nss.nic.in/index.asp
IELTS (Academic) June 2007 Score:7.5 out of 9 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s proven English test. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). Over 1.7 million candidates take the test each year to start their journeys into international education and employment.IELTS is recognised by more than 6000 institutions in over 135 countries. Official Website: http://www.ielts.org/
My Dear Braveheart BeyondHeadlines December 29, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash This is a poem dedicated to the 23 year old girl "Damini" who was gang raped and brutally attacked in Delhi. She died in a Singapore Hospital after a week long struggle in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital. Her painful struggle for survival and death has come to epitomize the age-old struggle against violence/crime against women in India. She, as the "India's Daughter", has now become a symbol for the millions of women and men who have hit the streets demanding the Indian State to deliver justice and enact stricter laws to deal with violence against women and especially in the cases of rape.
BeyondHeadlines Congratulates Honorary Editor KKDash for Joining Australian Think Tank BeyondHeadlines December 23, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash Mr. Dash has been with BeyondHeadlines (BH) for more than a year and works as the Honorary Editor to guide us in the process. As a firm believer in the values of democracy and secularism, he has strong credentials in community service, media and policy analysis. We at BH have been happy to have his guidance and support. He played an important role in shaping Initiative for Nation’s Service and Affirmative Action Network (INSAAN), an India based International Foundation. The name INSAAN was his suggestion as he felt that we Indians have not been doing enough to promote Insaaniyat, “the intrinsic human quality that connects all of us.” Ideologically rooted in the ideas of social inclusion, communal harmony and interfaith he chose to work on the Muslim Community(ies) of Delhi for his PhD and wanted to understand Muslim Community Engagement in Public Policy with a specific focus on Police-Muslim Engagement. Indian Researcher Joins Australian Think Tank as Director Public Policy IndiaEducationDiary December 22, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash South Asia Community Link Group is a policy, research and advocacy think tank representing the interest of the South Asian Communities in Australian continent. As a non-political, not-for profit organization SACLG provides a strong platform to the South Asian and broader Australian communities to come and work together in collaboration for a peaceful, cohesive and harmonious Australia. Mr. Farrukh Hussain, the President of SACLG, recently was awarded the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in Community Service by Premier Ted Baillieu, Government of Victoria and its Secretary Mr. Deepak Vinayak, earlier in the year, was appointed as the People of Australia Ambassador by Ms. Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister of Australia. How to deal with Patriarchy and Crime Against Women? BeyondHeadlines December 21, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash, BeyondHeadlines INSAAN proposes to start Indian Men’s Alliance Against Patriarchy Dear Friends, We at INSAAN (Initiative for Nation's Service and Affirmative Action Network) and BeyondHeadlines are at severe pain to accept the horrible tragedy of the young girl who was gang raped and brutally attacked in Delhi. In the time of pain and anger we stand in solidarity with her, her family and everyone else who has felt the unspeakable pain. We thought we need to do something. Can we do something together that will have an impact on the wider society especially on our youth? We want your feedback. BeyondHeadlines Announces a Series on Young Leaders BeyondHeadlines December 12, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash, BeyondHeadlines BeyondHeadlines since its inception has strongly felt the need to acknowledge and promote the incredible work that young women and men are doing throughout India. In the coming days we are going to publish profile stories of brave and inspiring young minds who have contributed to their respective fields. Readers are
requested to nominate candidates from the following categories. Nominations are welcome from both Urban and Rural India. Nevertheless, we will be keen to know more about the works of young minds who come from a rural background and/or who are working in rural areas. Nominations from women and minority communities are especially welcome. BeyondHeadlines Special on Human Rights Day BeyondHeadlines November 17, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash, BeyondHeadlines World Human Rights Day is on 10th December. BeyondHeadlines is celebrating the Day to reflect on the recent developments, debates, policies and practices in Human Rights both in India and at the global level. You are requested to send your ideas, comments and/or contribute special articles on any theme related to Human Rights. Some of the guiding topics are mentioned below. BeyondHeadlines will publish a series of articles starting from the first week of December. Your opinions, comments and articles will be used in BeyondHeadlines‘ editorial analysis and feature stories. If you do not want your name to be mentioned in our publications please categorically inform us when you email your writings. OdishaDiary Senior Editor KK. Dash Featured on prestigious Monash Magazine in Australia OdishaDiary (www.orissadiary.com) October 30, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash Kamala Kanta has been working with OdishaDiary (OD) since its inception in 2005 and has been one of the core team members in shaping the journey of OD in last seven years. Last year he along with the innovative OD team played an important role in establishing Odisha Living Legend Award, a novel way of recognising great individual and community contributions to Odisha in different walks of life. This year in 2012 Mr. Dash along with our editor Mr. Rashmi r. Parida conceptualised and added a brand new idea "Odisha Youth Inspiration Awards" to the already famous Living Legend Awards. The Youth Inspiration Awards are targeted at the young achievers of the state of Odisha which aims at making them the future legends by providing a single platform to the Legends and the Youth Inspirations. Getting to know... Kamala Kanta Dash Monash University October 31, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash, Monash University A PhD degree at Monash trains a student in conducting cutting-edge research, developing innovative teaching methods, providing impactful policy and consulting service and I am proud to say that Monash makes you highly competitive and prepares you for a global role. Ravenshaw University launches Odisha's first ever MPhil programme in International Studies India Education Diary August 19, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash The curriculum has been designed by leading young scholars and senior experts in the subject and especially has kept in mind the latest national and global developments. An International Advisory Committee for International Studies comprising of researchers and experts from India, Australia and the United States has
been formed to guide and mentor the teaching learning process. Students will be able to have online interaction with the members of the committee on a regular basis. The University has planned lectures and workshops on critical national and global issues by young and distinguished scholars for the benefit of MPhil students.
What explains Muslim under-representation in UPSC? TwoCircles.net August 8, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash, Afroz Alam Sahil Muslims are 16% of the total population in 2011 but they only have 6-7% of the total employment. Only 3% are in the civil services. Last year, 31 Muslim candidates were successful in the UPSC examination out of 920 who qualified. In the entire country there were 108 Muslim IAS officers out of 4790 IAS officers in 2010 and 109 IPS out of 3209. This data speaks for itself and presents the dismal share of the Muslims in the country’s premier servic Protest through Reading… Beyond Headlines July 18, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash, Afroz Alam Sahil One Protest was going on outside the Jamia Nagar Police Station and the other was within the boundaries of the same police station. While the former was a Local Community Protest against Delhi Police’s arrest of a Muslim youth, the later has been a silent protest against community’s major problems of education, empowerment and confidence. Politics of Terror: Targeting Muslim Youths Beyond Headlines July 10, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash The public meeting attracted massive participation of people across communities and party lines. The session started with the family members of the victims of counter-terror policing sharing their life stories. This was followed by brief intervention and expression of solidarity by a galaxy of speakers. A captive, inquisitive and restless audience filled the Deputy Speaker Hall with a lot of emotions ranging from anger, frustration, disappointment and finally to encouragement and voluntary willingness to continue the struggle against social discrimination, unlawful detention and demand for adequate compensation. Nominations Invited for Kabir Puraskar for Communal Harmony Beyond Headlines June 5, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash Kabir Puraskar was established in 1990 to recognize and award acts of exceptional “physical/moral courage displayed under circumstances of danger to the life of the rescuer in saving the lives and properties of member(s) of another community, caste or ethnic group during communal riots, caste conflicts or ethnic clashes.” Delhi-based global diaspora think tank released newsletter 'Roots and Routes' India Education Diary May 18, 2012
Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash Roots and Routes, the monthly Newsletter of the Global Research Forum for Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT) was released by Dr. A. Didar Singh, former Secretary of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), Government of India and Guest of Honour Ambasador Paramjit Singh Sahai at a Seminar on "India's Diaspora Policy and Advocacy" held at the School of Social Sciences in JNU on 12 May 2012. The inaugural April issue has the welcome message from Mr. Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) Government of India. The Minister has lauded the efforts of the GRFDT and has wished the forum a great future. To quote him "I appreciate the efforts of the Forum, to connect, highlight and enlighten on various aspects of diaspora and transnationalism. I hope this initiative would yield to greater cooperation, understanding and benefit the society at large." Discrimination against Muslim Children in Delhi Private Schools Admissions Beyond Headlines May 14, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash A group of parents whose children have been denied admission to pre-primary classes in a number of private schools in Delhi through a Special Leave Petition (SLP) have approached the Supreme Court to intervene to ensure fair and inclusive practices in admissions. The petition has not only identified this practice as unfair and worrying in the context of children’s education, but in the context of a larger worry, that is leading to increasing ghettoization of Muslims in Delhi. The petitioners have gone further and have asserted that they now strongly believe that the attempts to marginalise students from the Muslim localities and from the Muslim Community in particular are nothing but deliberate. This is a dangerous situation of deliberate exclusion and the government and the Supreme Court need to take immediate steps to intervene and set it right. Odisha: BJD MP BJ Panda says coordinated policy approach needed to deal with Maoist Menace www.orissadiary.com April 28, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash, rashmi ranjan parida Biju Janata Dal Lok Sabha MP Baijyant 'Jay' Panda says a coordinated policy approach is the need of the hour to deal with the Maoist menace. In the backdrop of recent instances of Maoist abductions, the state and the centre have fallen short of a tactical response. Sand Mafia in Nitish Kumar’s Shining Bihar Beyond Headlines March 12, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash, Afroz Alam Sahil The media, both in Bihar and Delhi most often assert and want us to believe that Bihar is changing and in fact transforming to a developed state. No wonder, this media portrayal has attracted positive attention of global investors and researchers. But very few have looked at the impact of corruption and organized crime on Bihar’s environment, local community and overall human development. At a time when illegal mining in Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand etc has been part of a national political and policy debate on mining, the sand mining mafia in Bihar seems to have missed the critical eye of our national media. University of Pennsylvania Lecture on Sand Mafia in Bihar
Beyond Headlines February 9, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash, Afroz Alam Sahil The lecture “The Baloo Mafia: An Ethnographic Exploration of the Political Economy of Sand Mining in Bihar” by Dr. Witsoe, as the official CASI release mentions, will focus on the changing political and policy discourse in Bihar under the Nitish Kumar government and how there has been, if at all, a successful shift from the caste empowerment to economic development. Acknowledging the recent growth story of Bihar, Dr. Witsoe, is going to discuss the story of Baloo Mafia (Sand Mafia) in the backdrop of such changes leading to a construction boom and the increased demand for sand. Dr. Witose will focus on the district of Bhojpur in the northwestern part of Bihar. IGNOU’s ‘Beyond Classroom’ Model wins Award for Best Teaching Practices Beyond Headlines February 8, 2012 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash IGNOU’s ‘Beyond Classroom’ model has been globally recognised. For this approach IGNOU has recently won an award for the ‘Best Teaching Practices’ at the India Today Aspire Education Summit 2012, held in New Delhi. The Indira Gandhi National Open University popularly known as IGNOU is the world’s largest university having more than 4 million students worldwide. Internationally, the university operates in more than 35 countries of the world through its partner institutions. IGNOU materials are known for their conceptual clarity and higher quality of research. In India, these materials are extremely popular for students preparing for civil services and other competitive exams. US Consulate Hyderabad keen to deepen ties with Orissa ORISSA DIARY October 17, 2011 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash Officials of the United States Consulate General Hyderabad met Orissa Diary team members during a recent visit to Bhubaneswar to discuss issues of economic development, disaster relief and investment in Orissa. The Consulate team included Mr. Paul C. Mueller, Economic Affairs Associate and Mr. K. Srimali, Political and Economic Specialist. NIC Meeting: No Consensus on Challenges to Internal Security Beyond Headlines September 10, 2011 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash The 15th National Integration Council (NIC) discussed the pressing issues of terrorism, communalism, radicalisation of youth and possible steps to deal with these challenges to internal security but could not reach at any consensus. Anna Suspends Fast, To Continue His Struggle For Electoral Reforms Beyond Headlines August 28, 2011 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash Anna Hazare who has become a national icon in last few weeks, suspended his fast at Ramlila. Calling the support through the ‘Sense of the House’ in the Parliament a half-victory, he has declared to do fast again, if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the coming months. Expressing satisfaction, Mr Hazare thanked the Parliament to have reached a consensus on Team Anna’s three point demand. He has declared his plans to
continue the struggle to bring electoral reform where there will be provisions to stop people with criminal background to entre in to legislatures, both Parliament and state assemblies. ‘Recall’ and ‘Reject’ are going to be the focus of next phase of this movement. Experts appreciate Tata Steel's rehabilitation policy in Kalinganagar project of Orissa ORISSA DIARY June 13, 2011 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash Academicians, researchers and experts acknowledged the quality of work being done in rehabilitation at Tata Steel's Kalinganagar project. Key dignitaries and experts like Mr. Nila Madhab Mohanty (retd. IAS), Sarat Das, Ravi Pani and others said this at an evening seminar on Kalinganagar: Past and Present organized by Odisha Forum in New Delhi on Saturday, 11th June 2011. FEATURE ARTICLE: Policing the national capital: Commonwealth Games, community engagement and the threat of terrorism in Delhi South Asia Masala: Australian National University, Canberra August 5, 2010 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash The Delhi Police are prepared more than ever before to face any terrorist attack. However, to succeed in their initiative to police terrorism they need a sustained community engagement policy. Counter-terrorism at present is facing a twofold challenge; one is the structural challenge that includes appointments, salary, procurement of weapons and high technology based surveillance systems and the second is the ideological challenge that has trapped the police in a repressive colonial model of policing which, in turn, has not allowed the police to develop belongingness with the people. The new amendment in the Delhi Police Act 2010 must target both these institutional and ideological aspects of reform. Census and caste: debating caste enumeration in Census 2011 South Asia Masala: Australian National University, Canberra June 11, 2010 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash The caste census is long over due and its must be done so as to dissuade unhealthy caste politics based on rumours and fabricated statistics. The politics of caste has been played since independence and is gaining momentum over the last two decades. This development has mostly benefited a certain section within the lower castes, leaving a large number of them at the mercy of a hierarchical and casteist society. Shashi Tharoor’s ‘new India’: Foreign policy, citizen engagement and new media South Asia Masala: Australian National University, Canberra April 30, 2010 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash In India an informed citizen in their private capacity does not get any chance to contribute to public policy: the bureaucracy implements policy and the politicians approve it to be implemented. There is virtually no culture of public debate in any policymaking. The government is reluctant to consult the academicians for policy formulation and feedback. Academia and bureaucracy share a high level of mutual indifference and distrust. It is a gross failure on the part of the Indian state that it has been unable to engage its citizens in public policy discourse. Interestingly, the foreign ministry has a division of public diplomacy that hardly provides any opportunity for the Indian public to play a role in policy consultation. When apathy of the educated for the political system seems to have got deeper and wider, Shashi Tharoor’s frank opinion-sharing
on twitter attracted many to discuss their views on politics and foreign and security policy. The 2010 Commonwealth Games and crisis management in Delhi South Asia Masala: Australian National University, Canberra April 22, 2010 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash With a mission to deliver the ‘Best Ever Commonwealth Games’, the 19th Commonwealth Games (CWG) from 3rd to 14th October 2010 is set to transform many facets of public life in Delhi. The Indian government has prepared a budget outlay of more than Rs.10,000 crore (about US$2 billion) with the aim of turning Delhi into truly a ‘global city’. This makeover includes a massive overhaul of infrastructure, public transport and security services in Delhi. In addition, the Chief Minister Ms. Sheila Dixit has put strong emphasis on changing the public culture of Delhi and has urged Delhiites to behave and be exemplary hosts to all the dignitaries, visitors and guests. Fighting Terror: Politics, Police and Community Engagement in India The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) April 4, 2009 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash The national anti-terror fatwa of Deoband and Jamiat in Delhi in 2008 can be considered as the first major step in condemning and denouncing terrorism to be un-Islamic, in isolating fringe radical elements and declaring unquestioning loyalty to the Indian state. After this historic offer of engagement has the Indian state taken any initiative to engage the community? The answer is a resounding “No’. Counter Terror Policing and Community Engagement in the Indian Metropolis Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict August 8, 2008 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash The counter terror strategy of the government has been more towards response and recovery than to prevent the attack. Prevention of terrorism has been neglected in the counter-terror discourse at least in India which has been suffering from last two decades. More importantly the police force which is the key in managing law and order in the mega cities lacks a coordinated and sustained citizen engagement programme. It has not been possible on the part of the police leaders of the country to engage people and let the citizens feel police as the part of the community. SAARC: Towards Greater Connectivity The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) January 16, 2008 Authors: Kamala Kanta Dash, Aparajita Mazumdar, Sameer Suryakant Patil Connectivity is a vital imperative for South Asia’s future and its acceptance at the highest political levels will be an essential component in the region’s development
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