Tryaksh International Journal of Humanities

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Volume-1 Issue-1, 2020

Social Work’s Post-Pandemic Challenges

Atul Pratap Singh, Senior Assistant Professor, B.R. Ambedkar College, New Delhi, India.

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Citation: Atul Pratap Singh. Social Work’s Post-Pandemic Challenges, Tryaksh International Journal of Humanities (TIJH), Volume 1 Issue 1: Tryaksh. 1(1): 1-6.


Professor Brij Mohan, a Social Work Pioneer (NASW 1995), Dean Emeritus, Louisiana State University, was invited to speak to us in a series of Conversations organized by the NAPSWI. Dr. Atul Pratap Singh curated and moderated this session. Dr. Mohan’s reflections on the state of Social Work as a profession and his answers to our twelve questions are published here for continued future discourse on the culture and context of professional issues that merit dispassionate analysis during the post-pandemic crisis that bedevils the world.

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The National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI) organized a series of “conversation” with eminent social work educators in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic that shook the world at the outset of 2020. The theme of this series What After Covid 19: A Futuristic Perspective was decided by Professor Sanjay Bhatt, President NAPSWI.

Professor Brij Mohan, a Social Work Pioneer (NASW 1995) was invited to speak to us in this series as one of the leading social work philosophers in the world. “Social Work’s Habermas,” an epitaph that defines his uniqueness, his observations and takeaways were considered crucial for The Future of Social Work, a timely title of one of recent books (published by Sage, 2018).

This brief commentary is mainly a reproduction of questions and answers that occurred online with a worldwide audience on June 10, 2020. Minor edits have been made to publish this conversation for the benefit of both the profession and posterity. Dr. Mohan is known for his intellectual integrity and professional convictions. One may and may not agree with him, it is hard to ignore his viewpoints. As our readers would see, as this conversation unfolds, his eloquence and incisive imagination is marked by brutal honesty and riveting thoughtfulness. There are a plethora of social work educators of Indian origin serving their calling in numerous countries. Dr. Mohan has distinguished himself as a proud graduate of Lucknow University, Lucknow (India) who earned the first PhD in Social Work under the guidance of Dr. S. Zafar Hasan in 1964. He has served both academia and professional arena with uncanny courage and talents. It is, therefore, crucial to share his views and perspective on many crucial issues that Social Work confronts at this difficult juncture of time.

I was honored to curate and moderate this Conversation. A few hours before we exchanged our thoughts, I prepared and emailed him twelve questions in consultation with Dr. Sanjay Bhatt. It is with great pleasure, that this journal presents the essence and substance of those twelve questions. All my questions, italicized, sequentially preceded his answers with minor edits and updates.


NAPSWI Conversation on Social Work Profession in Post-Covid 19 Catastrophe, June 10, 2020 (4.00PM IST; 5.30AM Chicago Central Time with Brij Mohan, Dean Emeritus, School of Social Work, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70808-5752, USA (e:; 225 226 8060).

Dr Mohan was requested to preface our Q & A session with his musings and reflections on the state of the culture that bedevils his adopted and native countries.

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