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Oral history interview with Virendra Dayal, 2002

Creator: Dayal, Virendra
Project: United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP).
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 75 pages Sound recording: 2 digital audio tapes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

United Nations -- Director, Office of Special Political Affairs

Scope and Contents

Early life, family background, youth and activism in Indian institutions; born in India, educated during the time of Independence 1945-47 (St. Stephens Dehli, Oxford University-University College, Indian Rhodes Scholar); impact of the Second World War and the end of the Depression in India, independence; moved by displacement stories when he was young, later involved in Refuge settlement for UN during Bangledeshi Independence 1971; diplomatic stance on development, Independence struggling, picturesque Metrople description, Indian partition imageries; part of the Indian delegation to the World Conference on Human Rights, member of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflicts, currently the executive director of India's National Human Rights Commission, always a dedicated civil servant of the government of India; focuses on raising questions on democratization of education, poverty and marginalization


Access Conditions

Copyright by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2003

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