Virtual International Conference

  1. Virtual International Conference

    Revisiting Gandhi: Peace, Justice and Development

    October 30th-31st, 2020

    Call for Papers

    Association of Asia Fellows, New Delhi



    This year marks the 150th of Gandhis birth anniversary. This period has witnessed his life and teachings unfold themselves to reveal his true vision- his way of going beyond his title as the Father of the Indian nation. His main mission of attaining Indian independence from British colonial rule while validating non-violence as his most powerful tool made him an apostle of peace like no other. Leading this incredible liberation movement is his best-known legacy. But Gandhi’s ideology and experiments were driven by a much deeper and bigger purpose: the comprehensive emancipation of humankind from all interdictions to actualised, sovereign citizens. His vision of sovereign citizens living in village republics was inherently sustainable, as these communities would reside in harmony with their surroundings. He was driven by his revolutionary goal of peace and justice being an integral part of human development. As the 21st-century world debates the Sustainable and Millennium Development Goals, revisiting Gandhi only further reinforces his expanding contemporary relevance.

    Gandhi’s teachings and life continue to mentor visions of intellectuals and leaders around the world. In addition to being a part of curricula in many of the world’s leading teaching and research institutions, 2007 saw the United Nations- build to save future generations from the scourge of war- declare Gandhi’s birth date, 2nd October as the International Day of Non-Violence.” More recently, in 2015, when world leaders conceptualised the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development- prioritising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)- there was an explicit mention of the Gandhian goal of Sarvodaya (Rise of All Together), which then resulted in Leave No One Behind” as the SDGs guiding principle for the 2030 Agenda.  Gandhi’s thoughts around state policies and the necessity to build them to safeguard the poorest-of-the- poor in mind saw the fight against poverty being placed as the number one objective in the SDGs.

    At present, when the world is facing one of its greatest health crises impact millions across nations, leading to economic crises and political polarisation, revisiting Gandhi has become all the more important. His words are especially pertinent today: the “bold new world” has to do away with politics without principles” and commerce without morality.” With companies growing bigger than countries, and building consumerist cultures, the growth rate driven development has triggered the insatiable greed for resources. So, as the world seeks to re-write the rules of global order, Gandhis revolutionary economic model of trusteeship, politics are driven by morality or non-violence and fasting for self-purification can provide a new impetus for SDGs and MDGs that need to become locomotives for post-Covid-19 new normal global order.


    Conference will have these subthemes:

    1.    Gandhis Vision of Peace and the World Order

    2.    Gandhi’s Structural Violence and Equity 

    3.    Democracy and Human Development

    4.    SDGs: Experiences of Countries, Regions

    5.    Gender-Responsive Implementation of SDGs

    6.    Institutions, Peacebuilding and Human Security

    7.    Rural Development and Human Security

    8.    Multilateralism and World Powers

    9.    Environmental Justice in Market-based Development


    Important Dates:

    Conference Announcement: August 1st, 2020

    Last date for submission of abstracts: August 16th, 2020

    Last date for submission of papers: September 30th, 2020

    Conference Dates: October 30th – 31st, 2020

    Guidelines for Paper Submission

    1.     All submissions must be sent to

    2.     Provide an abstract of not more than 300 words with 3-4 keywords

    Abstract must define the objectives of the proposed research paper. Comparative research would be preferred.

    There are no fees payable to submit the abstract.

    The Abstracts will be screened to ensure proper scope, relevance and quality and the AAS Research Team will get in touch with the persons whose abstract has been shortlisted.

    3.     The authors of selected abstracts would be requested to deposit INR 1000 (for Indian Participants) or USD 15 (for International participants), to confirm their participation, and enrol in the international conference.

    4.     Research papers must be between 5,000-7,000 words in length but no longer than 8,500 words, including tables, charts, diagrams, graphs and references.

    5.     The Authors of selected papers would present their papers in an International forum.

    6.     The preferred format for the abstract manuscript is Word file. Please state the author name(s), affiliation and contact details clearly in the document itself.

    7.     We welcome co-authored papers, but please state the authorship credits distinctly.

    8.     The call for papers is open to the graduating class of 2020 and above.

    For Participants:

    Registration Fee after Abstract is accepted: Rs.1000/-

    Three top awards for best papers:

    1st prize Rs.5,000/- and Letter of Appreciation.

    2nd prize Rs. 3,500/- and Letter of Appreciation.

    3rd prize Rs. 2,500/- and Letter of Appreciation.

    A select number of papers will be published with International/ National Publishers of repute in a Book/Journal

    All participants will receive Certificates.

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    The Organising Committee

    AAS Governing Body

    Prof. Swaran Singh


    Dr. Reena Marwah


    Prof. Sanjay Sharma


    Prof. Sangeeta Thapliyal

    Vice President

    Prof. B. R. Deepak

    Vice President

    Prof. Lakhwinder Singh

    Chief Editor

    Prof. Sukhpal Singh

    Chief Editor

    Prof. Sharad Kumar Soni

    Joint Secretary

    Prof. Sanjay Kumar Bhardwaj

    Joint Secretary

    Research Team

            Dr. Silky Kaur       Dr. Suvalal Jangu

    Shreya Sharma

    Edha Garg

    Soumya Singhal

    Neha Dadke

    Chudamani Iyer Akshara

    Barkha Dubey