Social scientist Shiv Visvanathan at Manipal Conclave1 min read
Manipal: As a part of Techtatva 2014, Manipal Conclave invited social scientist Professor Shiv Visvanathan to interact with the students at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) on October 12. He also interacted with the students of School of Communication(SOC) on October 11.
A regular columnist for The Hindu, The Tribune, India Today and a faculty at Jindal Global University, Professor Visvanathan covered topics ranging from sociology and the philosophy of science, to culture,social movements,globalization,environmentalism and the sociology of corruption. He described himself as a nomadic social scientist, who has worked in Gujarat in the Centre for Studies and Development Societies, taught in Delhi School of Economics, Stanford Arizona, and Maastricht Universities, and authored a few books as well.
His talk on October 11, at the SOC auditorium, covered ‘Development Paradigm and Problems’, where he spoke about the modern era and how development has lost its meaning and now stands for displacing people. He strongly felt that modernization had taken over the generosity of emotions and conditions of people.
On October 12, he gave a social scientist’s view on ‘Technology and Innovation’. He said, “We need to understand the sociology behind every technology. Machines are used in Punjab to make lassi!” He takes pride in the Jugar Culture being classified as ‘everything Indian’ by Harvard. He also said that European countries were hounding India for its improvised technology, and chuckled about how nothing could get more innovative in India than corruption.” He concluded by advising the students that the next time there was an innovation, they should think about the democratic quotient and not just the market quotient.
Sub-edited by Sharanya Khosla