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  • Date: March 9,2018

    Time: 06:00PM

    Venue: C. D. Deshmukh Auditorium

    Title: Chameli Devi Jain Award 2017


    For an Outstanding Woman Journalist


    Followed by

    B.G. Verghese Memorial Lecture


    Chief Justice: First Among Equals

    Speaker: Justice Shri Ajit Prakash Shah, former Chairman, 20th Law Commission of India and former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court


    Free Speech in India

    Presentation by Steven Butler, Asia Programme Coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists


    (Organised by The Media Foundation)

  • Date: February 19,2018

    Time: 06:30PM

    Venue: Conference Room II

    Title: Civil Society and Nuclear Disarmament Why 2017s Nobel Prize is Yours


    Chair: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Speaker: Dr. Vidya Shankar Aiyar, Nuclear Disarmament activist based in Delhi and news media professional


    The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN and against all odds, and in the teeth of opposition from nuclear armed states of the world, 122 of the total UN membership of 193 states succeeded in adopting a UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons on 7 July 2017. What does the treaty mean? What does it do and what does it not do? If nuclear armed states are unwilling to get on board, is there any hope for this treaty to rid the world of nuclear weapons? The rising fears of conflict such as one involving North Korea and the US or several other scenarios, now demand an urgent understanding of these issues. Does civil society have a constructive role in this?

  • Date: January 14,2018

    Time: 06:30 PM

    Venue: C. D. Deshmukh Auditorium

    Title: Dr. C.D. Deshmukh Memorial Lecture 2018


    Great" Contemporaries: Akbar, Suleiman I and Elizabeth I

    Speaker: Justice Rohinton F. Nariman, Judge of the Supreme Court of India


    Chair: Shri N.N. Vohra, President, IIC


    The ‘Philosopher Monarch’ was an ideal of Plato’s. The age of the Antonines in Rome produced five of them in quick succession. Thereafter, these three contemporaries more or less fulfilled the same ideal of Kingship. Their attitude to their subjects, and particularly to their minority subjects, is a lesson in the modern Constitutional Ideal of Fraternity, assuring the dignity of the individual, and the unity and integrity of the Nation

  • Date: November 21,2017

    Time: 6:30 pm

    Venue: Seminar Halls I,II & III

    Title: The State of the Nation


    Speaker: Dr. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India

     (Collaboration: Pai Panandikar Trust)

  • Date: October 26,2017

    Time: 6:30 PM

    Venue: Seminar Halls I,II & III

    Title: Gandhi, Hinduism and Humanity



    Speaker: Dr. Faisal Devji, Reader in indian History, University of Oxford
    Chair & Discussion: Dr. Avijit Pathak, Professor in Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University,
    As a critic of modern civilisation gandhi was deeply suspicious of its desire for university.While universal ideas like Freedom, therefore , were enthusiastically taken up by many anti-colonial thinkers,the mahatma focused instead of their darker aspect and linked with imperialism.And yet the refused to become a partisan for the particular either, recognising its as a category belonging to the universal as well.Hinduism provided Gandhi with an important example of a phenomenon  that he thought might avoid the voilence of the universal while at the same time denying relegation to a mere particularity. This lecture will explore how Gandhi posed Hinduism against what he saw as the voilent appeal to humanity as a universal idea, looking in particular at his understanding of three contentious issues: caste,conversion and cow protection
    (Collarboration: South Asian University and Society and Culture in South Asia)