State Suppression and Identity Politics – India, China, and the Rise of Contemporary Segregationism

State Suppression and Identity Politics – India, China and the Rise of Contemporary Segregationism, was originally scheduled to take place, in-person, during the Spring 2020 semester, and was subsequently postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The panel discussion has since been recorded, and is now being made available for public viewing and sharing.  SGPIA wishes to thank recent Parsons School of Design graduates Aziza Rozi and Anamika Ananth, as well as recent SGPIA graduate Corby Johnson, for their leadership in planning this event.

China and India are economic powerhouses and home to a third of humanity. One would think, based on the official ideologies of both nations, that they would emphasize ethic harmony and protection of diversity. The reality, unfortunately, is starkly different; the rise of authoritarian and majoritarian policy in India mirrors that of China. Suppression of dissent, segregationist ideology and eliminating minorities- in particular, Muslims all run common within the neighboring countries today. China’s cleansing of Uyghur Muslims can be viewed alongside the de-radicalization and migrant camps of India. Given the significance and complexity of these countries, how do we as a community move forward from being global spectators to informed political participants?

David Ludden
Professor of History at NYU
Books: India and South Asia: A Short History (2002), India and South Asia: A Short History (2013), An Agrarian History of South Asia, Peasant History in South India

Anamika Annath
New School Parsons Student, Activist, Spokesperson for Inside Chapal

Aziza Rozi
New School Parsons Student, Activist, Spokesperson for Tailor Politics

Wei Fu
Ph.D Student of Politics, Spokesperson for Tailor Politics

Mustafa Aksu
Program Coordinator for Research and Advocacy at the Uyghur Human Rights Project. Research interests focus on language policy and surplus labor transfer in East Turkistan, Turkic languages, and the Uyghur diaspora in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Zumretay Arkin
Program and Advocacy Manager at World Uyghur Congress, Human Rights Advocate focused on Uyghur cause.