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“WHY LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IS NECESSARY FOR INDIAN DEVELOPMENT” :- RAGHURAM RAJAN

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Why Liberal Democracy is necessary for Indian Development Raghuram Rajan Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School. He...

“THE SECULAR COURT AND THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION” :- SUHRITH PARTHASARATHY

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The Secular Court and the Freedom of Religion How far must courts in India go in interpreting matters of religious faith? Should judges at all be concerned with religion? These...

“WEAPONIZATION OF GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY”:- CV SYED AKBARUDDIN

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WEAPONISATION OF GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY The talk will draw attention to issues that are new; have no established global frameworks for states to work with; and are posing challenges that States...

“COMMISSIONER FOR LOST CAUSES“ :- CONVERSATION WITH ARUN SHOURIE

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The Commissioner for Lost Causes The new book by Arun Shourie, The Commissioner for Lost Causes, discusses his innings at The Indian Express. A comprehensive account of dramatic incidents like...

“INDIA’S SEAFOOD INDUSTRY: BOON OR BANE“:- SIDDHARTH CHAKRAVARTY

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India’s Seafood Industry: Boon or Bane ? Until India’s independence, unlike the forest regions that came under colonial extraction mechanisms, the coasts remained largely neglected. But soon after independence, India...

“WHY ARE INDIAN WOMEN NOT EMPLOYED ? “ :- ASHWINI DESHPANDE

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Dropping out, Being pushed out, or Can't get in? - Why women in the Indian labour force are few and declining Women's labour force participation rate has been stubbornly low...

“THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE CRISIS” :- B. VENKATESH VARMA

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B Venkatesh Varma B. Venkatesh Varma was a student of Vidyaranya, Hyderabad Public School, Nizam College and Jawaharlal Nehru University; He served in the Indian Foreign Service between 1988 and...

“REBELS AGAINST THE RAJ” :- RAMACHANDRA GUHA IN CONVERSATION WITH RUKMINI BANERJI

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Rebels against the Raj Rebels against the Raj tells the little-known story of seven people who chose to struggle for a country other than their own. Foreigners to India who,...

“HATE SPEECH IN INDIA” :- JUSTICE MADAN LOKUR

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Hate Speech in India The presentation will dwell on hate speech in general and how the courts have reacted or failed to react to complaints; the response or lack of...

“PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO INFORMATION IN INDIA”:- ANJALI BHARADWAJ

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Peoples' Right to Information in India The Right to Information Act, passed in 2005, guarantees the citizens of India the right to question their government, and ensures that people no...

“INDIA’S WAR ON TERRORISM”:- N. C. ASTHANA

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India’s War on Terrorism Acts of terror need to be distinguished clearly from purely criminal activities, however heinous they be. In criminal activities, the targets are individuals or the society....

“CULTURAL HETEROGENEITY AND HISTORY: REFLECTIONS FROM TELANGANA”:- BHANGYA BHUKYA

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Cultural Heterogeneity and History: Reflections from Telangana Telangana is known for its cultural heterogeneity from the early historical period. Being a gateway to south India, it witnessed many political and...

“INDIA’S NGOS: WHAT’S IN STORE?”:- MS SRIRAM

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INDIA’S NGOS: WHAT’S IN STORE Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) or NGOs as they are more commonly referred to are in the news due to the renewed screening process for registration...

“THE CHALLENGE OF WATER CONVERSATION”:- KALPANA RAMESH

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THE CHALLENGE OF WATER CONSERVATION The challenge for water conservation is complex and urgent. It is imperative to believe in the ability to get tangible quickly, to hold both the...

“BANGLADESH AT 50: CAUGHT IN THE DEMOCRACY-DEVELOPMENT DILEMMA”:- MAHFUZ ANAM

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BANGLADESH AT 50: CAUGHT IN THE DEMOCRACY-DEVELOPMENT DILEMMA Bangladesh has made significant economic progress in the last decade and half. The recent UN resolution marking Bangladesh’s graduation from Least Developed...

“BANGLADESH AT 50: FROM BASKET-CASE TO A BASKET OF INNOVATIONS”:- MUSHTAQUE CHOWDHURY

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Bangladesh at 50: From basket-case to a basket of innovations When Bangladesh became independent in 1971, skeptics were unsure about its future as a nation. Now fifty years on, the...

“THE CUMULATIVE BRUTALISATION OF A NATION”:- AVAY SHUKLA

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THE CUMULATIVE BRUTALISATION OF A NATION In any political dispensation, an ideology based on religious discrimination and majoritarianism is an abomination. When such an ideology is sought to be implemented...

“CANCER: THE LITTLE YOU NEED TO KNOW”:- SENTHIL J RAJAPPA

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CANCER: THE LITTLE YOU NEED TO KNOW Why does one get cancer? Is it just bad luck or do we know the exact reasons? What should we do to detect...

“REDESIGN THE WORLD”:- SAM PITRODA

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REDESIGN THE WORLD “Redesign the World” outlines the new world’s vision with a clear focus on the planet and its people. It is based on the unyielding recognition that we...

“FUELLING INDIA: DISCOVERING THE LIVES OF INDIAN TRUCK DRIVERS FIRST-HAND”:- RAJAT UBHAYKAR

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Fuelling India: Discovering the lives of Indian truck drivers first-hand Truck drivers... We've never really given them much thought. In many ways, they exemplify the marginalized wheels that keep India...

“TELLING COLOUR BY SMELL, MEMORY & SONG”:- ANNAPURNA MAMIDIPUDI

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REFLECTIONS ON CRAFTS IN INDIA Craft producers in India stand in the shadow of deep divisions–rich/poor, urban/rural, modern/traditional, Brahmin/Dalit, educated scientist/illiterate labour, and so on. These divisions become further entrenched...

“PRESERVING PAKISTANI MUSIC HISTORY”:- NATASHA NOORANI

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Preserving & Researching Pakistani Music History The talk will discuss Natasha Noorani's research as an ethnomusicologist and practitioner of Pakistani popular music. Themes explored will include socio-political impact on music...

“HOW INFORMATION WARFARE SHAPES YOUR WORLD”:- SHIVAM SHANKAR & ANAND VENKATANARAYANAN

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How Information Warfare Shapes Your World How do politicians in today’s world attain power? How do nations become powerful? Why do human beings follow others unquestioningly, even if it is...

“ABILITY IN DISABILITY”:- MEERA SHENOY

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Ability in Disability In times like Covid, vulnerable sections of society like persons with disability are doubly discriminated and invisible. Meera Shenoy talks of her challenging journey in transforming lives...

“THE STATE OF CIVIL SERVICES IN INDIA”:- JAWHAR SIRCAR

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The State of Civil Services in India Surely disappointing, but small mercy is that the frame remains in position. It's battered a lot, yet largely functional. It remains resilient and...

“AFGHANISTAN TODAY AND IMPLICATIONS FOR INDIA”:- TALMIZ AHMAD

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Afghanistan Today and Implications for India Mr Talmiz Ahmad, a seasoned diplomat, will talk about the recent developments in Afghanistan and its implications on India. TALMIZ AHMAD Talmiz Ahmad is...

“TO KILL A DEMOCRACY: INDIA’S PASSAGE TO DESPOTISM”:- DEBASISH ROY CHOWDHURY & JOHN KEANE

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To Kill a Democracy: India’s Passage to Despotism With a unique narrative combining moving life stories and scholarly insight, a journalist and a political theorist have teamed up to offer...

“INDIA’S EDUCATION: ISSUES THAT MATTER”:- PRAVEEN JHA

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INDIA’S EDUCATION: ISSUES THAT MATTER It goes without saying that we must educate our entire population and at the earliest. The big question is how to achieve that. What should...

“RELIGION IN INDIA: TOLERANCE & SEGREGATION”:- DR. NEHA SAHGAL

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Religion in India How do Indians feel about living in such a religiously diverse society? What are the dynamics among India’s various religious groups in both public and private life?...

“HOW INDIAN AMERICANS LIVE”:- MILAN VAISHNAV

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THE INDIAN AMERICANS Indian Americans are now the second-largest immigrant group in the United States, as the number of Indian-origin residents in the United States has swelled north of four...

“PEGASUS: THREAT TO DEMOCRACY”:- SEEMA CHISHTI & PRASANNA S

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PEGASUS: THE THREAT TO DEMOCRACY The Pegasus expose has revealed much more than what is apparent. It has critical ramifications for the society and the nation. This issue is beyond...

“USING BRAIN SCIENCE TO DESIGN EPIC BRANDS”:- SANDEEP DAYAL

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Using Brain Science to Design Epic Brands Why some brands succeed so amazingly well, and others are a dismal failure has been a mystery that has fascinated managers. However, now,...

“NAYI DISHA: THE ROAD TO PROSPERITY”:- RAJESH JAIN

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Nayi Disha: The Road to Prosperity We have two choices for the future of India – one in which we are caged and poor, and another in which we are...

“INDIA’S PUBLIC POLICY RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC”:- K SUJATHA RAO

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THE TALK In the past 16 months, India experienced a devastating pandemic, the type witnessed once in a hundred years. Compared to the influenza pandemic of 1918 that is said...

“THE LIGHT OF ASIA: THE POEM THAT DEFINED THE BUDDHA”:- JAIRAM RAMESH

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THE TALK The Light of Asia is an epic poem by Sir Edwin Arnold that was first published in 1879. It is a narrative of the life and message of...

“THE NATION STATE & MODERN SPORT ”:- MUKUL KESAVAN

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THE TALK This talk looks at the symbiotic relationship between organized sport and nationalism. It takes a quick historical look at the institutionalisation of this connection at the turn of...

“VACCINES & VACCINATION IN INDIA ”:- GAGANDEEP KANG

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THE TALK India is a vaccine powerhouse in terms of its manufacturing capacity. India’s vaccine companies began engaging with global biomedical research groups and small and large companies for partnerships...

“LESSONS OF THE EMERGENCY FOR TODAY’S INDIA ”:- CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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THE TALK What are the lessons of the Emergency for today’s India? In the dominant imaginaire, Indira Gandhi is often portrayed as an absolutist dictator who eliminated free speech, dissent,...

“THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE OF COVID -19 ”:- Prof. Gautam I Menon

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The Talk: Covid 19 has impacted the world unimaginably. Even as we live through it, thinking about the COVID-19 pandemic, where it came from, what it has done to us...

“ARE EVMS & VVPATS VULNERABLE ?”:- KANNAN GOPINATHAN

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How reliable is the current voting system? If EVM-VVPATs are stand-alone machines not connected to any external device, as repeatedly claimed by the Election Commission of India, how does the...