A history centre at the University of Leicester is hosting a lecture on Kashmir by an international expert on the area.
The Fifth Dr L M Singhvi Lecture in Pluralism is being delivered by Brian Cloughley on 29 November 2001.
He is an expert on the subject of Kashmir, having served there as deputy head of the UN mission in Kashmir (1980-82), and later as a defence attaché in Islamabad (1989-94).
The lecture, entitled ‘Creating a Climate of Confidence in Indo-Pakistan Relations’, will draw on Mr Cloughley’s years of experience as a statesman. He contends that ‘dialogue has never been more important in the sub-continent than it is at the end of the year 2001.’
Brian Cloughley is the author of A History of the Pakistan Army and detailed papers on ‘Nuclear Risk-Reduction Measures in Kashmir’ and ‘Violence in Kashmir’.
Professor Richard Bonney, Director of the Centre for the History of Religious and Political Pluralism, said: “The lecture series on the many forms of pluralism is concerned to investigate how the individual group and the larger whole can be related to each other without involving either oppression or anarchy.
“Many of the relationships between individual groups and the larger whole ("society", the state, the international community) have become the subject of debate and have assumed crucial practical importance. Examples of these include: associational pluralism, which considers the importance of associations in sustaining democracy; ethical pluralism, which examines conflicts among values; questions about social identity, such as those connected with gender; questions about the human race and its place within the world's ecosystem; questions about states and their role in international society; and questions about institutional relations between states and larger confederal or federal organizations.”
Lecture takes place on Thursday 29 November at 6 pm. in the Rattray Lecture Theatre.
NEWSDESK: Enquiries to Professor Richard Bonney, Director of the Centre for the History of Religious and Political Pluralism, University of Leicester 0116 252 2803.
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