South Asia having been the cradle of many religions and cultures today has the potential to become an impsrortant player in the world. This potential remains unrealized, as do the aspirations of its citizens, who make up almost a quarter of the population of the entire world.
Today even after a high-profile diplomatic effort to de-escalate the tension between India and Pakistan, over a million troops still remain massed along the Line of Control, ready to begin a fourth, and potentially a nuclear war.Religious Violence. In February this year over 2,000 people were killed in the Indian state of Gujarat, in one of the bloodiest religious riots in South Asia. .The Sex-Trade. UNICEF has labeled the exploitation of children as a form of terrorism. Conservative estimates indicate that 200,000 girls from Nepal, many under the age of 14 years are working in India as sex-slaves.
We invite you to attend a groundbreaking discussion of these and other topics at the Symposium on South Asia, at the Capitol Hill (Cannon Caucus Room) on July 18.
Other topics to be discussed include AIDS epidemic and the impact of nationalist politics on trade policies & foreign investment.
Each panel is to be chaired by a member of the US Congress
Distinguished panelists include:
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Pre-Registration is required. For registration (or to volunteer) via phone please call 202-547-4700