Category Archives: History for Peace

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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Like the unravelling of a detective plot backwards, this year, for our fifth annual history conference, it seems only logical that the Idea of Nationalism, the Idea of India and the Idea of Culture should pave the way for a conference around the Indian Constitution. We live in times when critical thinking and questioning have…

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