Press Invite: Liberalism in India | Past, Present and Future (A tribute to S V Raju)

Centre for Civil Society

Social Change Through Public Policy

Press Invite

S V Raju Memorial

Dr Shashi Tharoor to address the conference ‘Liberalism in India’ and pay tribute to the liberal giant, SV Raju.

Surjit Bhalla, R Jagannathan, J P Narayan, Jaithirth Rao to present papers on reservations, religious freedom, decentralization.

Centre for Civil Society is glad to extend this invitation to you for the conference on ‘Liberalism in India: Past, Present and Future’ – A tribute to S V Raju, on 20 November 2015 at Mantra, The Park Hotel, 15, Parliament Street, Connaught Place, New Delhi.

Raju was one of India’s liberal giants, and his passing earlier this year was a huge loss for the liberty movement in India. To honour his memory, and celebrate his commitment to creating a freer India, Centre for Civil Society and Friedrich Naumann Foundation is organising an academic conference where key liberal voices in India will present papers on the past, present and future of Indian Liberalism. These essays will be published in the form a Festschrift on Raju’s anniversary next year. This is a part of CCS’ initiative, our effort to help preserve often unknown but a very rich Indian liberal tradition and understand the relevance of the writings in today’s context.

Speakers presenting papers include Surjit Bhalla, R Jagannathan, Parth J Shah, J P Narayan, Nitin Pai, Jaithirth Rao, Seetha and Barun Mitra.

Gurcharan Das, Swaminathan Aiyar, Arvind Virmani, Geeta Gouri, Sadanand Dhume, Subir Gokarn and Sushant Singh will be discussing and critiquing the above papers.

Your presence at this important event will be very encouraging and it will be great if you can join us for the conference.

Please RSVP to Manasi Bose [ | 9810772964]

Schedule of the Conference

Time Session / Topics / Speaker
09:00am – 09:30am Registration and Tea
09:30am – 09:50am Introduction and Welcome
Luis Miranda, Chairman of Board, Centre for Civil Society
Ronald Meinardus
, Friedrich Naumann Foundation
09:50am – 10:30am Tribute to SV Raju

[09:50am - 10:00am] A Tribute by Vivek Raju
[10:00am – 10:15am] Address by Mr Shashi Tharoor
[10:15am – 10:30am] Last Man Standing | Author: Seetha

10:30am – 01:00pm

Panel 1 | Chair: Amir Ullah Khan

Towards a Liberal India: Rethinking Reservations
Author: Surjit Bhalla | Discussant: Geeta Gouri

Religious and cultural freedom in India: Both too little and too much
Author: R Jagannathan | Discussant: Sadanand Dhume

Welfare State vs Welfare Society: Rights, Entitlements & Empathy
Author: Parth J Shah | Discussant: Arvind Virmani

01:00pm - 02:00pm Lunch
02:00pm - 04:00pm

Panel 2 | Chair: M R Madhavan

Democracy – Locus of Authority and Accountability
Author: J P Narayan | Discussant: Subir Gokarn

Liberalism for Whom?
Author: Barun Mitra | Discussant: Gurcharan Das

04:00pm - 04:30pm Break
04:30pm - 06:30pm

Panel 3 | Chair: Arghya Sengupta

Liberty & Security in Radically Networked Societies: A Challenge for Every Generation
Author: Nitin Pai | Discussant: Sushant Singh

Why Liberal Parties Fail?
Author: Jaithirth Rao | Discussant: Swaminathan Aiyar

06:30pm - 06:45pm Vote of Thanks