Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Great Bengal Famine of 1943
(Event Date 12 September, 2015)

An analysis of one of the most overlooked episodes of mass starvation in history and what we can learn from it today.


DR. JANAM MUKHERJEE is an Assistant Professor of History at Ryerson University in Toronto and author of ‘Hungry Bengal: War, Famine and the End of Empire’, an account of the impacts of hunger and economic violence on the people of undivided Bengal. Incorporating extensive archival and oral history research, Mukherjee draws structural links between war, famine, social upheaval and civil violence in mid-twentieth century Bengal.

Dr. Mukherjee will focus on the famine of 1943 and, additionally, will address hunger, famine and dislocation more broadly and draw links between the famine in 1943, that in 1974, and the “culture” of hunger that remains in Bengal today.

Ms. SUMANA GANGULY, the well-known and melodious singer, has kindly offered to perform a couple of songs for the occasion.

Admission Free

Saturday, 12 September, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3079 Danforth Avenue,
Toronto, ON M1L 1A8
(near Victoria Park subway)

Karamat Ali – Face 2 Face

Karamat Ali's Talks

Karamat Ali – Face 2 Face

You are invited to 2 events with Karamar Ali, a veteran trade unionist who played an important role in the Pakistani labour movement in the 1970s. He is the Executive Director of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), which he helped found in the early 1980s.

Mr. Ali is equally known for his contributions to promote beneficial relations between Pakistan and India at both the grassroots and governmental levels.

A graduate of the University of Karachi and the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, Mr. Ali has written extensively on labour and peace issues in academic journalsand the national media. He is one of the founding members of the Pakistan Peace Colaition, Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peaceand Democracy, and Convenor of the South Asian Labour Forum, Pakistan Chapter.

Please join us for 2 events with Karamat Ali:

Pakistan’s India Policy – Ending Hostility; Building Friendship
Saturday, 26 September, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Rogers Theatre, Living Arts Centre,
4141 Living Arts Road, Mississauga

Working People in Pakistan: Conditions and Standards of Living – an overview
Sunday, 27 September, 2015
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Room 5-150, OISE
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
(St. George subway, Bedford exit. Paid parking under building)