Raza Ahmad RumiRaza Ahmad Rumi to discuss The State of Democracy in South Asia

On Tuesday April 5th, the South Asia Center will host Raza Ahmad Rumi, Scholar-in-Residence from Ithaca College, Visiting Fellow from National Endowment for Democracy, and News and Features Editor of Pakistan’s The Friday Times. He will give a presentation titled "The State of Democracy in South Asia". The talk will take place in 341 Eggers at 12:30 PM.

India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are currently grappling with contests of national identity, religious extremism and increasingly irrelevant colonial state structures. The idea of democracy is challenged by rise of religious nationalism in India, one-party rule in Bangladesh and the security measures which have curtailed civil liberties in Pakistan. Rumi will discuss the current trends, the underlying structural issues and future possibilities. 

Raza is a policy analyst, journalist and an author from Pakistan. In recent years, he has been a leading voice in Pakistan's public arena against extremism and human rights violations. He has been affiliated with The Friday Times, Pakistan's foremost liberal weekly paper as a writer and an editor for a decade. Raza is also a commentator for several publications which include Foreign PolicyHuffington PostNew York TimesThe DiplomatFair Observer, CNN and Al JazeeraDaily OScroll IndiaThe Hindu and Indian ExpressThe NewsDAWN and Express Tribune, Pakistan.