IIAS to deliberate upon Khap Panchayats

Shimla: To deliberate the issue of caste conflicts, dalit politics and khap panchayats, starting on Monday, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) is organising a three day seminar.

The interdisciplinary seminar on ‘Modernity and Changing Social Fabric of Punjab and Haryana’ intends to initiate discussion and deliberation on pertinent contemporary issues related to society, economy and polity of the two neighbouring states, said IIAS spokesman Ashok Sharma.

About 40 scholars from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Kharagpur, Bhuvaneshwar, Delhi, Jodhpur and Germany are expected to take part in the deliberations.

Issues like, marriage, izzat (honour) and khap panchayats; female infanticide and foeticide; farmers’ suicides and agrarian distress; debates on migration and NRIs; modern diaspora; caste and dalit politics and identity; gender, region and religion; sexuality and queer articulations; modernity and urban space; media, popular music and cinematic representations; regional and diaspora literature; folk modernity and popular culture; Meos of Mewat and Punjabi Muslims of Malerkotla; against modernity; globalisation and changing notions of modernity; and paradoxical modernities would be debated upon at the seminar, the spokesman said.

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