Yvette Rosser

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Yvette Claire Rosser (born January 31, 1952), also known as Ram Rani,[1] is an American writer and scholar. She identifies as a Hindu and teaches Hinduism to Westerners.[1]

Rosser first visited India in 1970, where she met her guru, Neem Karoli Baba,[2] who advised her to go to graduate school.[3] She subsequently attended the University of Texas at Austin, where her Master's thesis in the Department of Asian Studies examined the treatment of India in the social studies curriculum and how India and Hinduism are described in academic treatments. Her Ph.D. dissertation (2003) is a study of the politics of history in South Asia.

Rosser is a co-creator of the International Day Without Violence held on April 4.[4] She is co-founder of the G. M. Syed Memorial Committee.[5] Its objectives are to educate the international community about G. M. Syed's message of non-violence, democracy, secularism, and the right to self-determination for Sindhis and other oppressed nations, and to advocate and support other organizations promoting human rights, religious tolerance, environmental responsibility, equal rights for women and religious minorities, as well as conflict resolution and peaceful initiatives in Sindh.

She is also on the advisory board of the Baacha Khan Research Centre in Baacha Khan Markaz, Peshawar; and founder of the Badshah Khan Peace Initiative (BKPI), a worldwide movement to promote the life's teachings of Abdul Ghaffar Khan.[citation needed]

Publications[edit]

  • Curriculum as Destiny: Forging National Identity in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh (2003) University of Texas at Austin. Unpublished dissertation.[1]
  • Indoctrinating Minds: Politics of Education in Bangladesh, RUPA, New Delhi, 2004. [2]
  • Islamization of Pakistani Social Studies Textbooks, RUPA, New Delhi, 2003.
  • "The Clandestine Curriculum: The Temple of Doom in the Classroom", Education About Asia, Volume 6, Number 3, Winter 2001 (Association of Asian Studies). [3]
  • "Sindh Memories," translated into Sindhi, published in Daily Sindh, Hyderabad, Pakistan, Oct. 1997
  • “Mukti Bahini to Jihad: The Evolution of Historiography in Bangladesh”, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India (forthcoming).
  • “Contesting Historiographies in South Asia: The Islamization of Pakistani Social Studies”, Textbooks Religious Fundamentalism in the Contemporary World: Critical Social and Political Issues, ed. Santosh Saha, Lexington Books, 2003.
  • “Internationalizing Teacher Education: Preparedness to Teach About India,” Teaching South Asia, editor Karl J. Schmidt, Project South Asia, Missouri Southern State College, premier edition, Fall 2001.
  • “Pakistani Perspectives of India”, MANUSHI: A Journal About Women and Society, New Delhi, July 2001.
  • “Are the Taliban Coming?” The Friday Times, March 13, 2001, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • "Hegemony and Historiography: Politics of Pedagogy" Asian Review, Dhaka, Bangladesh,1999.
  • "Pervasive Pedagogical Paradigms," SAGAR (South Asian Graduate Research Journal), Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 1996.
  • "Stereotypes in Schooling: Negative Pressures in the American Educational System on Hindu Identity Formation" in Hindu Diaspora: Global Perspectives, ed. T. S. Rukmani, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 1999. / Teaching South Asia, vol 1 no.1, 2001. [4]
  • “Globalization Through the Kalpas”, The Hindu, October 1, 2000. [5]
  • "Troubled Times: Sustainable Development and Governance in the Age of Extremes". Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, 2004 [6]
  • Cognitive Dissonance in Pakistan Studies Textbooks: Educational Practices of an Islamic State. Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law, Vol. 1, Issue 2, June 2005, ISSN 1742-4941 .[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Melwani, Lavina (Apr/May/June, 2004). "Oh, For a Fair View of Hinduism...". Hinduism Today. pp. 18–20. 
  2. ^ Rao, Ramesh N. (2003). IDRF, let the facts speak. Friends of India. p. 30. 
  3. ^ Rosser, Yvette Claire (2003). "Curriculum as Destiny: Forging National Identity in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh". p. iv. 
  4. ^ "Mahatma Gandhi Peace Walk in Texas: "The International Week Without Violence", April 2 - 7, 2001". InfinityFoundation.com. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ "G M Syed Memorial Committee". Sindhudesh.com. World Sindhi Congress. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 

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