Ram Puniyani , a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, who took voluntary retirement in December 2004 to work full time for communal harmony, came to Okhla on Saturday to release his new book Indian nationalism Vs Hindu nationalism at an event held at Saiyidain Manzil in Okhla.
The author is involved with human rights activities from last two decades and is associated with various secular and democratic initiatives like All India Secular Forum, Center for Study of Society and Secularism and ANHAD.
He has written more than three dozen books. He is a well-known civil rights activist, writer and public speaker. The book release was followed by a panel discussion by Ram Puniyani, Om Thanvi and Shail Mayaram.
Several local residents turned up to be part of the event that was organised by Jamia Collective, an initiative started by a BBC Hindi journalist based in Jamia Nagar.
The event was jointly organised by Jamia Collective & Pharos Media.
Om Thanvi is a writer and a veteran journalist. He joined Hindi journalism in 1980 in Jaipur and retired in July 2015 as the editor of Jansatta, a reputed hindi daily of Indian Express Group published from Delhi. He had been Secretary General of Editors Guild of India for two terms as well as Vice President of the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA).