On Thursday, April 5th, 2023, Youth Council Pakistan (YCP) and Culture Society, Department of Political Science, University of Peshawar, collaborated to host a webinar on “Culture Diversity: Impacts on National Politics of Pakistan”. The virtual event attracted an audience of almost 100 young university students from all over Pakistan, who engaged in an insightful and thought-provoking discussion on the subject.
The Campus Heads of YCP from the University of Peshawar, Muhammad Amin, and Vaseya Azam, hosted the webinar, which featured a keynote speech by Mr. Shehzad Ali, a respected lecturer at Government College Swabi and visiting faculty member at the University of Peshawar. The event focused on exploring the complex relationship between cultural diversity and politics in Pakistan, and how the country’s various cultural groups have influenced political decisions over time.
During the webinar, Mr. Ali delved into the critical aspects of cultural diversity, highlighting the need for a nuanced and sensitive approach to promoting cultural diversity in Pakistan. He spoke about the concept of Critical Multiculturalism, emphasizing the importance of public reasoning and alternative epistemological tools to achieve this ideal. Mr. Ali also discussed the problems that hinder cultural diversity, including trends towards homogenization and uniformity, and cultural-based reactionary. Mr. Ali suggested that public reasoning with indigenous spirit is the way to incorporate cultural diversity in politics positively.
The webinar also featured a lively panel discussion, which explored the role of cultural identity in political mobilization, the impact of cultural diversity on policy-making, and the challenges of promoting diversity in politics. Ayub Jaan, Associate Professor at the University of Peshawar, joined the discussion, providing valuable insights and perspectives. Ayub Jaan, Associate Professor at the University of Peshawar, also joined the session, contributing to an intellectual and informative discussion among the speakers.
The hour-long question and answer session that followed allowed participants to engage in a stimulating debate and express their opinions on the topic. The attendees, who were predominantly political science students from various universities across Pakistan, expressed their appreciation for the event, which they found to be informative and thought-provoking
YCP is dedicated to building a better world for the youth of today and tomorrow by harnessing their collective potential and channeling their energies towards positive changes through holding such incredible sessions and discussions and allowing them to get productively involved in national politics.YCP is committed to empowering young people in Pakistan by creating opportunities for them to engage in meaningful conversations and debates.