THIRD EDITION OF TWO DAY AFKAR-E-TAZA THINKFEST OPENS AT ALHAMRA TOMORROW
The Federal Minister for Education and National Heritage Mr. Shafqat Mahmood will open the third edition of two day Afkar-e-Taza Thinkfest at Alhamrah Lahore tomorrow on January 12 (Saturday) at 11 a.m. being held under the auspices of Information Technology University (ITU) the Punjab’s Cenrtre for Governance and Policy, which will include talks, speeches and discussions by international fame scholars, thinkers and opinion makers converging from around the globe world’s leading universities. On both days the event is open and free to the public. The event will continue of Sunday January 13.
Aleem Khan Senior Minister Local Government Punjab, former Foreign Ministers Hina Rabbani Khar, Khurshied Kasuri, ex-Senator Afrasiab Khattak and Salman Akram Raja lawyer will chair different sessions on opening day. Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary and Punjab’s Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht will address the concluding sessions on Sunday.
The proceedings of the first day will start with a plenary talk by Dr Christophe Jaffrelot from Paris who will speak on ‘Forms of Authoritarianism’. On day one the other panels will include a talk on Self-determination in Kashmir by Professor Dibyesh Anand from the UK and a talk on ‘Lahore, 1929: the Center of the Freedom Movement,’ by Dr Kama Maclean from Australia and Dr Chris Moffat from the UK. Local topics will be covered by a session on changes in the Punjab, from Kartarpur to South Punjab, local government issues led by MPA Jugnu Mohsin, and a panel on cinema and popular culture led by Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed from Sweden.
Foreign affairs will strongly feature with talks on US-Pakistan relations with former Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar and Ejaz Haider, and a panel on Pakistan and India relations with former Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri, Dr Happymon Jacob from India and journalist Mehr Tarar. Sir Tim Hitchens, a recently retired UK Diplomat, will further weigh in on Brexit and the future of the UK in the world.
The second day of the ThinkFest will start with a riveting discussion on the Manto film controversy by acclaimed scholar Ayesha Jalal in conversation with Raza Rumi. Professor Cemil Aydin will launch his book, ‘The idea of the Muslim World’ in conversation with Dr Tahir Kamran from GCU. Also launching her book on the Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will be Dr Nadhra Khan from LUMS with renowned Punjab scholar Jean-Marie Lafont from France. Dr Tariq Rahman will also launch his book on Jihad in South Asia. Other talks will cover topics like Afghanistan, urban planning in Lahore, fog and the environment, nuclear non-proliferation issues, and the Metoo phenomenon.
The Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest will also feature three other special plenary speakers, where Professor Gauri Viswanathan from Columbia University will speak on ‘Post colonialism and Globalisation,’ Professor Akeel Bilgrami, also from Columbia, will discuss his latest work on ‘Secularism and Identity,’ and Sir Richard Evans, a distinguished scholar of European history, will speak on ‘Conspiracy and Democracy.’