Upcoming Talk

Usha Ramanathan, Dr
Title : Citizen & The Number: Of Leakage, Security & Disruption
Venue : Vidyaranya School
Date : May 26,2017, 6 pm

Usha Ramanathan, Dr


One solution to the many problems of India: leakage, corruption, fakes, duplicates, ghosts, inefficiency, exclusion, tax evasion, black money, crime,  money laundering, terror, illegal migration (hmmm, may be not that, but never mind), unemployment, hunger, credit, subsidy reduction or removal, bank accounts as financial inclusion, cashless transactions. And identification. (Not identity.)


Sadly, the solution seems loaded with problems. Coercion, illegality, digital footprints and personal data as the new property, private enterprise with personal data, function creep, biometric failures, national security risks, leaks, and the Attorney General for India asserting that people of this country do not have a right to privacy, and asking what makes us think we have absolute rights over our bodies.


Usha Ramanathan

Usha Ramanathan works on the jurisprudence of law and poverty.  She has a PhD in law from Delhi University.

She has been investigating the UID/Aadhar project since November 2009, and has written extensively on it. She is the foremost campaigner against Aadhar.


She was a member of

  • ·         Expert Group on Privacy set up in the Planning Commission of India which gave in its report in October 2012.
  • ·         Committee set up in the Department of Biotechnology (2013-14) to review the Draft Human DNA Profiling Bill 2012.
  • ·         Committee set up by the Prime Minister's Office (2013-14) to study the socio-economic status of tribal communities which gave its report to the government in 2014.
  • ·         A series of committees working to revise the vagrancy law.


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Arun Shourie
Title : Two Saints
Venue : Vidyaranya School
Date : June 17,2017, 6 pm

Arun Shourie

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharshi have been among the greatest spiritual figures of our country. Their lives and teaching have been a solace to millions.


Arun Shourie explores their profound experiences in the light of advances in neuroscience, psychology and sociology. The result is a book of remarkable rigour: an examination - and ultimately, a reconciliation of science and faith as also of seemingly antagonistic, irreconcilable worldviews.


The Talk is based on this new book by Dr Arun Shourie, published by HarperCollins.


Dr YV Reddy, former Governor, Reserve Bank of India, will release the book at Hyderabad.



Scholar, author, former editor and minister, Arun Shourie is one of the foremost and influential public intellectuals and thinkers of the country.


Dr YV Reddy, former Governor of Reserve Bank of India, is one of the most respected and influential voices in the country.


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