Yash Tandon is from Uganda and has worked at many different levels as an academic, a teacher, a political thinker, a rural development worker, a civil society activist, and an institution builder. He was involved in the democratic struggles in Uganda and was member of the interim Uganda Parliament (1979-80). In 1997 he founded the Southern and Eastern Trade information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) of which he is still the Chairman. It is an NGO which seeks to build African capacity to negotiate, among others, on trade, investment and intellectual property issues. From 2005 to 2009, he was the Executive Director of the Geneva-based South Centre which is an inter-governmental think-tank of the South. He and his wife now live in Oxford, UK.
A student of liberal economics at the London School of Economics (1958-61), Yash discovered during the course of his teaching and political activism that economics is not a “science” as claimed by its practitioners. Economics is ideology.
This is what he said about the aim of this website: “This website is to help connect with people who are pro-active in developing alternative thoughts from the prevailing dominant thinking, and to help build a better, non-violent, and just world. The present generation is leaving behind a Global Society at war among each other and with Nature. The burden and responsibility of creating a new world now falls on the younger generations. By their street protests against oppression and injustice in the South, by their “occupation movements” against the dominant system in the North and worldwide, and, on the positive side, by projecting new visions, among others, of “buen vivir” and “Ubuntu”, they have shown that a new world is possible, although it will be a long struggle. The best the people of my generation can do is to warn about the pitfalls and the dangers ahead, and, on a positive note, to repeat what the wise man Pascal said long ago: ‘The heart has its reasons that the reason ignores’. There is no contradiction between reason and passion. Without passion the struggle is cold; without reason it is catastrophic”.