Can academics change the world..?

Professor Yash Tandon

Professor Yash Tandon

Professor Yash Tandon believes that they can. Professor Tandon, former Director of the South Centre, member of the interim Uganda Parliament (1979-1980) and political activist has given an exclusive interview to LACUNA in which he discusses his experiences as both an academic and a revolutionary. Professor Tandon was involved in orchestrating the overthrow of Idi Amin’s brutal regime in the late 1970’s, and has spent large periods of his life in exile from the country of his birth. The feature, which will be published in LACUNA’s first edition in February, explores questions including:

  • What does it take to overthrow a despotic regime? What costs do those involved have to bear?
  • Can the ends ever justify the means in the context of protest?
  • How do you judge the right time to act?
  • What can academics achieve in the “real world”?
  • How do you stick to your principles in the face of enormous brutality?
  • What can Syria and Egypt learn from the experiences of Uganda?

For Yash’s fascinating responses to these questions and more please subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter. This is a feature not to be missed.


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