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06/09/2009: Part 1

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 September 2009

THE FORUM, the ideas programme presented by BRIDGET KENDALL.

Political thinker MARTIN JACQUES explores how China’s growing dominance could shake the foundations of Western assumptions. He says we have underestimated the power China will have on the way we view culture, race and democracy in the future.

Award winning writer HANIF KUREISHI throws the spotlight on our unconscious world – our dreams, fantasies and inhibitions. He shows how exploring and expressing our unconscious side can be the key to unlocking new insights about ourselves.

Comparative religions professor ARVIND SHARMA offers a new sort of philosophical challenge – a Hindu world view that sees time not as linear but a never ending cycle. He shows how this cyclical concept of time affects perceptions of the present both spiritually and politically.

  • IN STUDIO

    IN STUDIO

    From left to right: Bridget Kendall, Hanif Kureishi and Martin Jacques

  • RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM

    RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM

    Photos by Ursula Smyth

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  • 60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    In our 60 Second Idea To Change The World, ARVIND SHARMA suggests the World’s Religions adopt a Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document would harness religion as a positive resource for human rights, helping to bridge the secular-religious divide as well as the differences among the world’s religions, enabling them to work together. After all, he says, one does not have to see eye to eye to walk hand in hand.

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  • THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION

    THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION

    Unconscious ideas of China's supremacy within a cyclical idea of time. By Emily Kasriel

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