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Yadunandan Center For India Studies To Host Bhushan

Published: October 3, 2011

The Yadunandan Center for India Studies at CSULB will host a special presentation by Team Anna’s Prashant Bhushan on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 5-7 p.m. in the Karl Anatol Center on campus.

An eminent supreme court lawyer and social activist in India, Bhushan has fought more than 500 public interest litigation cases without charging any money. Representing the conscience of the Indian judiciary system, he has pledged to defend the rights of indigenous people and to fight rampant corruption in the government and the judiciary.

“Prashant Bhushan is one of India’s leading social activists in environmental and anti-corruption issues,” noted Arnold Kaminsky, CSULB professor of Asian, Asian American studies and founding director of the India Studies center. “This is his only Southern California appearance, and we are very fortunate to have him address faculty, students and community members on some of the most hotly contested issues in the Indian democracy today.”

Among the many cases he has litigated are the recent 2G Scam, appointment of P.J. Thomas as Chief Vigilance Officer for India, the Doon Valley case, the Bhopal gas tragedy litigation, the Narmada dam case and many others to protect the environment.

Bhushan has been defending democratic and people’s rights in India all his adult life, starting with fighting against the emergency declared in 1976, and in 1978 he authored a related book, Case That Shook India.” Subsequently in 1990, he focused on the issue of corruption in government and authored the book, Bofors: The Selling of a Nation.

Recently, he was appointed as a member of the committee constituted in April for drafting the Jan Lokpal bill.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by e-mail with numbers attending to akamin@csulb.edu. Parking is available in Lot 7, and there is a $5 parking permit fee. A CSULB campus map is available on the campus website.

–Rick Gloady