The ethics and politics of animal rights are complicated throughout the world but especially so in India where vegetarianism and meat eating have caste and communal histories.
At the same time, there’s increasing recognition that meat and dairy animals as well as animals used in fights, races, rituals and sacrifices are conscious beings who suffer immensely during captivity and slaughter.
As progressives, how can we reconcile these perspectives? What political and constitutional possibilities do we have going forward?
We will be discussing these questions in the first Animaleft/thus. seminar on the 14th of December at 7:30 PM IST, on ‘Animal Possibilities: Solidarity across Species Boundaries.’
Kavita Krishnan, Dr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Varda Mehrotra and Clifton D’Rozario are our panelists and Rajesh Kasturirangan will be the moderator.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5305823957
Youtube – Thuslive Streaming https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4pPZMRq-aXepEOYkaVTsJg
Kavita Krishnan is Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA). Krishnan is also a member of the politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (CPI-ML), and the editor of its monthly publication, Liberation. She is a women’s rights activist who has publicised the problem of violence against women following the 2012 Delhi gang rape of Nirbhaya.
Varda Mehrotra leads India’s national federation of animal organisations, FIAPO as its Executive Director, to give form to her passion for wanting to create a world that recognises the rights of animals. Under her leadership, FIAPO has been recognised as one of the most effective animal charities in the world.
Sudhir Krishnaswamy is an Indian academic, administrator, and civil society activist who is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and is a co-founder of the not-for-profit research trust Centre for Law and Policy Research (CLPR).
Clifton D’Rozario is a practicing advocate fighting for economic and social justice, and works with Manthan Law, and is also the National Secretary, All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) and the State Secretary CPI (ML) Liberation, Karnataka. Clifton has worked with and is associated with the Narmada Bachao Andolan and Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore.
Moderator Rajesh Kasturirangan, Mathematician and Cognitive Scientist by training.
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