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The PeaceWorks Human Rights Defenders Programme at Akshar : Day 5

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The classes during which the students presented their propaganda assignments, shared the rationale of their choices and engaged with the responses the works elicited, were some of the most intensive and fun we’ve had in my time with this programme in Akshar so far.  In my last report (presentations by group 1 and 2), I’d…

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A report on The Idea of the Indian Constitution

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The task of setting out to attempt an overview of a conference such as The Idea of the Indian Constitution, is at the very outset a somewhat impossible one. Is X talk not described justifiably, is Y talk not represented enough—is that reflective of my biases, has the elusive ‘essence’ of the event made any…

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The Idea of the Indian Constitution: Day 1

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Naveen Kishore, Publisher at Seagull Books and Managing Trustee of The Seagull Foundation for the Arts ‘set the scene’, in his own words an irresistible urge as a theatrician, with a piece on the need for teaching our young the art of resistance in times where repeating falsehoods equals Truth.   ‘When does a constitution…

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The Idea of the Indian Constitution: Day 2

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Slightly dazed 9 AM start on a Saturday after a long, full and invigorating day 1: I was almost confident day 2 wouldn’t be able to keep up. Until Gautam Bhatia began his talk.  ccccSpeaking on the transformative nature of the Indian Constitution, lawyer and researcher Bhatia’s arguments encouraged a fresh look at this text.…

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