Friday, November 7, 2008

Understanding Globalization: Issues And Challenges

Philosophical Society of Dev Samaj College For Women, organized a seminar on the theme “Understanding Globalization: Issues and Challenges”. In the seminar Dawinderpreet, Sukhpreet, Sakshi and Kanwaljeet discussed the various debates on globalization with over 300 students of the campus.

In the first session, Dawinderpreet while defining the globalization said that “globalization is better understood in terms of internationalization. Right from television, washing machine, mobile phones or Mac Donald pizza the whole house hold stuff is full of the products of globalization. The important debate which comes up while discussing globalization is whether globalization poses any threat to the economy of a developing nation. Do globalization serves any interest to the needs of the entire section of the society.

Sakshi, in her presentation, said that “Globalization is both an active process of corporate expansion across borders and a structure of cross-border facilities and economic linkages that has been steadily growing and changing as the process gathers steam.”

Sukhpreet said that “globalization process has been engineered by corporate elites, and serves their interests, they have successfully conveyed the impression that globalization is not only inevitable but has been a great success. This is fallacious. She further said that in order to bring globalization in real sense one has to rethink the concept of “Development”. It should cater the interest of all the sections of the society.

Kanwaljeet expressed her dissatisfaction over the gap in incomes between the 20 percent of the world's population in the richest and poorest countries. She said that
“The globalization of recent decades was never a democratic choice by the peoples of the world--the process has been business driven, by business strategies and tactics, for business ends.”

In the second session, Paramjeet, Popsy, Poonam, Navdeep, Amarjeet, Impinder, Sandhya and Gurmeet raised important questions. The session was also addressed by Mr. Ambuj Sharma of the Department of Philosophy.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Debating Live in Relationship in India: Some reflections

“Debating Live in Relationship in India: Some Reflections”

Philosophical Society, A Students Discussion Forum of Dev Samaj College for Women organized a student’s seminar on the topic
“Debating Live in Relationship in India: Some Reflections”. In the seminar, Prabhdeep of B.A.Final year, Gurmeet, Navneet, Gurpreet, Ramandeep and Sharandeep of B.A. Second year and Manpreet of B.C.A. Second year discussed the debate of Live-in Relationship with over 300 students and faculty of the college.
In the first session, which was chaired by the college principal Dr. Madhu Prashar, Prabhdeep highlighted the very nature of live in relationship. She said “There is a certain section of youngsters which are getting attracted towards the concept, which seems to be more libertarian in nature, but the question is do such relations always carry a sense of responsibility towards each other”.
She further lamented on the condition of the children which are brought up by such couples. She said that “children brought up by these couples would certainly be much insecure than the children brought by the married couples”.
Gurmeet in her presentation said that in country like India, where the love marriages are still not largely accepted, what can be the fate of the Live in Relationship?
Manpreet in her address said that “the very essence of marriage is adjustment and understanding which cannot be expected from the Live-in Relationship.
Ramandeep and Sharandeep raised their concern on the sensitivity and emotions involved by an individual in a Live-in Relationship as compared to that of marriage. They agreed on the fact that ‘marriage’ provides more social, economic and legal securities than the live-in relationship.
In the second session college Principal Dr. Madhu Prashar outwardly rejected the very concept of Live-in-Relationship and said that in India there is a very strong base of the joint family culture which continues to strengthen the values of responsibility. Marriages would still be the first priority of young generation than the Live-in Relationship.
In the last session Sapanpreet, Rupinderjeet, Impinder, Popsy, Sheenam and Shikha raised significant questions.
Rupinderjeet while supporting the ‘Live in Relationship’ argued that, “If two persons wants to live their life through mutual consent than it is not necessary that they have to take permission from the society, follow any traditional norms or knock the door of courts. There should not be any moral policing on their relations. A person should exercise the right to life and to live with anyone of one’s choice. Taking a certificate from any authority does not guarantee the morality and security of a relation. Even there are many cases which are reported in the courts where people are not happy with their married life.” She further said that “so what is harm if somebody wants to go for live in relationship?”
Ambuj Sharma of the Department of philosophy gave the vote of thanks and highlighted on the forth coming events, to be organized by the Philosophical Society.

Friday, September 5, 2008

“Role of Journalism In Making And Unmaking Of Indian Democracy”

"Role of Journalism In Making And Unmaking Of Indian Democracy"
In order to understand the responsibility of journalism in social change Philosophical Society of Dev Samaj College for Women today organized a seminar on the theme "Role of Journalism in Making and Unmaking of Indian Democracy". In the seminar, Ferozepur media journalists shared their views with the students of the campus.
Among them Mr. Anirudh Gupta from The Tribune, Mr. Dinesh Sharma from Times of India Mr. Joginder Singh Kumar and Mrs. Paramjit Kaur Sodhi from Hind Samachar Group, Mr. Anil Malviya from Dainik Jagran, Mr. Tapinder Singh and Mr. Malkeet Singh from Ajit, Mr. Rakesh Sharma from Amar Ujala, Mr. Gurvinder Singh from Desh Sewak , Mr. Mahavir from Dainik Bhaskar, Mr. Vijay kakkar from Dainik Tribune, Mr. Madan lal Tewari from Chardi Kala and Mr. Parminder Singh from Nawan Zamana highlighted the issues and challenges journalism is facing in the contemporary times.
In the first session of the seminar Navdeep, Harpriya and Gurmeet appreciated the role of journalism in bringing the lay men problems to national arena. Giving an account of the Nanda BMW hit and run case and Jasicca lal Murder case, they said that it is only though the stories of media that a lay person can think of justice in the country.
In the second session Anirudh Gupta spoke on the role played by the print journalism in the national freedom struggle. He highlighted the role played by Mahatma Gandhi and other leaders in disseminating the nationalist struggle for freedom, by writing extensively in the newspapers. He said that India is a democratic secular nation and the duty of press is to safeguard these principles. Joginder Singh Kumar in his presentation said that journalism is not only a profession it is a dedicated service to society. He said that there are many pressures under which journalists work but it is the live enthusiasm in them, to change the society, which makes them go and work in every difficult situations.
Tapinder Singh and Anil Malviya highlighted the need of a vigilant press to ensure that human rights are not violated and shared their solidarity to human development. They said that any policy of the government for development should begin from below.
Principal Dr. Madhu Prashar appreciated the role being played by the journalist in the country. She said that print as well electronic media is working hard to check corruption in the country and it would certainly prove as a deterrent factor for such activities.
Many students raised significant questions in the seminar. Sakshi raised her dissatisfaction over news channels, which prolong news, which has not much national concern. Quoting an example she said that "few months back, for the whole day, the electronic media showed news associated with a wrestler, Khali. The whole day they telecast news on what Khali eats? What Khali drinks? How far is it justified is a matter of concern? Another student Jyoti and Gurmeet suggested mediapersons to bring more news related to women issues and rights. Among others who addressed the participants were Kuldeep Singh of Punjabi Department and Ambuj Sharma of Department of Philosophy. Amandeep and Prabhdeep, president, Philosophical Society gave the vote of thanks.

Friday, August 22, 2008

“Between Films and Real Life: Dilemmas of Human Relationship and Anxiety of Caste”

Philosophical Society of Dev Samaj College for Women organized a seminar on the theme “Between Films and Real Life: Dilemmas of Human Relationship and Anxiety of Caste”. In the Seminar Poonam Bhardwaj, Pushpinder, Rupinder, Sonam, kanika and Dawinderjeet of B.A. Ist year highlighted issues related to love marriages and focused on different issues like Honour Killings and Khap Panchayats, which are quite popular in the Haryana state. They outwardly criticized these practices and demanded severe punishment against the guilty.
The participants further discussed as to what is resulting into the young marriages aged between 18 to 21 years in the country. They also raised questions related to the concept of tradition as to what is tradition. Do traditional values are always in the interest of the society. What is modernity and how should questions related to human relationship be understood in light to tradition and modernity in the country like India.
Poonam said that there is a dichotomy between films and real life in India. She said that films to a larger extent influence the relationship of youths in the country. Focusing on the issue of love marriage she said that youngsters get influenced a lot by the kind of movies shown on the televisions screens.
Rupinder, while giving an account of Superstar Shahrukh Khan, said that the movies like Dil Wale Dhulania Le Jayainge and many others did affect the psyche of youngsters towards love marriage. But the significant question is how far love marriages are accepted in the country. She said that in the country, the love marriages are not appreciated and factors like caste and class always stand as a barrier in such relationships. Though exceptions are always there but still when it comes to marriage it is always seen in the purview of caste. Even the newspapers carrying matrimonial are full of caste preferences. Why is it so, there cannot be definite answers to it. Dawinderjeet said that when any body suffers from any illness, they go to a doctor without a caste difference. They don’t think that they would go to see only a doctor of their caste but when it comes to marriage than the concept of caste takes the big role. Time has come to come out of such conservatives and irrational thoughts.
Principal Dr. Madhu Prashar in her address raised her concern towards a mutual dialogue of parents and their children in context to marriages. She said that for marriages the acceptance of the parents must be taken into account. Parents are the well wishers of their children and it is not purely ideal, saying that at an age of 18 or 20 a girl or a boy can take decisions of marriage. She stressed on the economic factor as to most important for any marriage. She also suggested increasing the age of marriage for both the gender.
Mrs. Sudesh Sharma justified the inter-cast marriages and said that there is nothing harm in marrying any one of one’s own choice but there should be responsible and cordial relation between the couple.
Among others who addressed the participants were M. R. Manchanda, Mrs. Rajinder Kaur, Mrs Namrata Gupta, Mrs. Bhumida Sharma, Mr. Ambuj Sharma and Mr. Manish.
Certain important questions were also asked by the participants such as Is it wrong to love somebody in life? Whether the law relating to the age of marriage in India should be amended to which there was mixed response?

Friday, August 8, 2008

"Contemporary Debate On Moral Rights of Foetus: Some Reflections"

Philosophical Society of Dev Samaj College for Women Ferozepur City organized a Seminar on the Topic “Contemporary Debate On The Moral Rights Of Foetus: Some Reflections” In the seminar Impinderjeet, Popsy, Rajbir, Pawanpreet, Sakshi, Priyanka and Lovedeep of B.A. final Year raised their voice to support the Nikita and Harish Mehta plea to abort the foetus.
In the first round of the discussion the speakers while addressing the participants, highlighted the conservative, moderate and liberal view related to abortion. They said that the conservatives totally deny the right to abortion but the moderate and liberal consider abortion legitimate under special circumstances and conditions. They further said that the right to abort a child should be solely rests with the mother as after all it is she who conceives.
Addressing the Nikita case they said that the couple, approached the Bombay High Court, after discovering the foetus had a congenital heart block, they feard for the quality of the life of the child. But the decision of the Bombay High Court and the statements made by the health minister had disappointed all the students of the college, as they think that it will be an injustice to the couple. They urged the government to grant permission to Nikita to abort the child or assure the family to bear all the medical expenses on its part. They said the question today is to revise law relating the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971. so that, in future, the citizens of the country can trust for justice in such cases.
In the second round of the discussion Amandeep, Paramjeet, Pumpul, Kirandeep, Manpreet and Jyoti of the campus did raise important questions relating to the moral rights of the foetus. They condemned the female foeticide and emphasize the role of women in nation building. The session was chaired by Prabhdeep. Principal Dr. Madhu Prashar appreciated the efforts of the students. Among others who spoke on the theme were Mrs. Namrata Gupta, Mrs. Jiwan Jyoti, Mr Kuldeep Singh, Mr. Palwinder Singh, Mr. Ambuj Sharma and Mr. Manish.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

"Cricket: Nationalism and Commercialization"

“Cricket: Nationalism and Commercialization”

Philosophical society of Dev Samaj College For Women organized a students seminar on the topic “Cricket: Nationalism And Commercialization” in which Kanwaljeet Kaur of M.A.Ist Year, Aarti of P.G.D.C.A., Preeti of B.C.A.II nd year, Ramanpreet and Kamaljeet of B.A. Ist year discussed the role of sports in fostering the nationalism in the country and how especially cricket with its popularity in the Indian masses continues to strengthen the nationalism in the country.
In the first half of the seminar Kanwaljeet and Aarti raised their concern regarding the huge investment by the multi nationals and films stars in the cricket. They said the auction of the players in the different clubs will going to affect the feeling of the nationalism associated with the game. They said that cricket is a popular game in the country and the MNC for their hidden interests should not exploit the sentiments of the cricket lovers in the country.
They suggested the MNC and film stars not to spend huge money on individual cricket players, rather, the money should be invested in schools and colleges so that a good infrastructure should be set up to nourish budding players in different sports.
In the second part of the discussion Preeti, Kanwaljeet and Ramanpreet criticized the treatment being given to the Hockey players in comparison to the cricketers in the country. They said that hockey despite being the national game of the country fails to attract the attention of the electronic as well as print media. Even the state governments fail to felicitate the hockey players in comparison to the cricketers. Aarti quoting the example said that in 2007 India won the T-20 Cricket World Cup and also the Hockey Asia Cup but the treatment given to the players of both the teams were different. She suggested the government and the media to take appropriate measures to ensure equal treatment and felicitation to the players of the National game and the cricket. Principal Dr. Madhu Prashar praised the initiative taken by the Philosophy Department in organizing the seminar. The seminar was attended by more than three hundred students which was chaired by Ms Amandeep of B.A.III year. Among others who also addressed the participants were Ambuj Sharma of Philosophy Department and Kuldeep singh of Punjabi Department.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008