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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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The Idea of the Indian Constitution: Day 3

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The third day of the conference began with a session around Public Interest Litigations with Prof.Thapar and lawyer and human rights activist Vrinda Grover consecutively sharing their respective experiences as petitioner and lawyer in the Bhima Koregaon Petition, offering a window into Public Interest Litigations and the role they play in practice in the functioning…

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The PeaceWorks Human Rights Defenders Programme at Akshar: Day 4

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The propaganda assignment I mentioned in my last report took two and a half sessions to cover. Each group presented their samples of positive and negative propaganda, sharing their rationale before opening to questions/observations from the rest of the students and (minimally, from) me. Each group was also asked to send in a written note…

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