Dr Rosemary Dzuvichu delivers I G Khan Memorial Lecture in AMU
Aligarh, February 13: The 11th I G Khan Memorial Lecture was today delivered by Dr Rosemary Dzuvichu, advisor to the Naga Motherâ€™s Association (NMA) at the Cultural Education Centre (CEC), Aligarh Muslim University. The lecture was jointly organized by the I G Memroial Trust and the CEC, AMU.
In her powerful talk held in the open space of the courtyard of the CEC, Dr Rosemary addressed many important issues like the role of women in acting as peacekeepers to the dearth of medical facilities to those around borders and their seemingly organized marginalization.
Dr Rosemary said that as a teacher she likes to point out about the need for students and teachers in universities to come out of their ivory towers and work with common people on issues.
She spoke of the importance of women in having a voice for peace, and in being warriors for peace keeping in the region.
Dr Rosemary further talked of how women in the north east of the country really understand the value of the constitution of India, and the rights it guarantees to the every citizen of the state.
She said that for the past few years, the NMA has moved from the small towns of the region to the streets of Delhi and has taken up issues in the Supreme Court to talk of the rights of women.
Dr Rosemary added that women in the north east have moved from being victims of violence to being important voices in the peace process.
“Despite everything we have gone through, we women are not talking of anger and hatred. We are talking of peace. All of us irrespective of borders and boundaries must learn this language of peace,” she said in her powerful message.
Dr Rosemary also talked of the need to provide basic amenities to people living on the margins, including basic healthcare for women. Programmes that are flagged off with great pomp are being questioned now as they don’t exist at grassroots level, she said.
To talk of justice, Dr Rosemary said, we must talk of gender, as the rights of women are too often overlooked. â€œBoth men and women must walk together as equal partners. Women must not only get our rights as citizens of India, but also dignity and justice through changes in archaic laws,â€ she said.
Noted journalist Sreenivasan Jain who chaired the session drew his remarks from his career of reporting from borders, including the Turkey-Syria border in recent times. He remarked that the layers of civil society that organizations like NMA represent are missing in places with conflict. To understand the crisis of refugees that has been talked about extensively in the media in recent months, he said, we must talk of the reasons behind the crisis.
â€œThere is a need to take on the alarmism in the western media about the alleged waves of refugees,â€ he said adding that less than ten percent of the refugees have come to the gates of Europe, but media reports make it seem like it is over run.
Prof Parvez Talib of the Faculty of Management Studies delivered the vote of thanks, quoting very apt couplets for the occasion.
The event also saw a poetry performance by the Jan Natya Manch and testimonies of people displaced by war or economic need.
The lecture is held each year in memory of Dr I G Khan, who taught history at the Aligarh Muslim University and was well known for his love of social justice and for his compassion.