Nero’s Guests – Debate

Nero's Guests
Voertaal: English

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vrijdag 25 maart 2011 - 19:15

Debate with Indian journalist Palagummi Sainath, Jos Mooij (ISS), and Gerard Oonk. Led by Maarten Bavinck, professor from the University of Amsterdam.

The Indian Palagummi Sainath is the winner of the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts. Over decades of reporting, he has established himself as among the pre-eminent chroniclers of rural life in our times. His stories, photo-essays, and other work record an India seldom visible to many of us. Sainath received the A.H. Boerma Award in 2001 for his contributions. In July 2004, he was awarded the Prem Bhatia Award for excellence in political reporting and analysis for 2003-04 in recognition of his "outstanding, indeed exceptional, work on the problems of the poorest of the poor, especially in Andhra Pradesh." He is the Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu.

Jos Mooij is Deputy Rector Education and Associate Professor in Public Policy and Management at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. 


Gerard Oonk is tireless in his fight against child labour and other social injustices, especially in India. In 1980, Gerard was involved in founding the National India Working Group (Vereniging Landelijke India Werkgroep), which works to achieve better working conditions and fair trade with India. He regularly publishes op-ed pieces in national Dutch newspapers. A recent article criticised the idea that the caste system, which condemns millions of people to poverty, is an Indian tradition that cannot be denounced by the West. Gerard is also the chairman of the Dutch CSR Platform, a network of Dutch civil society organisations and trade unions working together to promote corporate social responsibility.

Maarten Bavinck is a human geographer working at the University of Amsterdam in the domain of Human Geography, Planning and International Development. He is also president of the Commission on Legal Pluralism. This international commission of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) is affiliated with the International Association of Legal Science (IALS), and builds a bridge between legal studies, social sciences and civil society organisations such as the movement to recognise the rights of indigenous peoples. Maarten's work includes research on fishing in South Asia and management of natural resources.