Conversations of the Constitution

22nd – 23rd January 2019 | Tuesday and Wednesday

Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru

In striving to shape public discourse, Samruddha Bharat curated the two day long Conversations of the Constitution (CoC) organised by the Government of Karnataka in collaboration with NDTV. The CoC was inaugurated by Hamid Ansari, the former Vice President of India.

Participants:

Sl.No. Panel Name Panellists
1 Origins of the Constitution & Challenges Prof. Ashutosh Varshney, Brinda Karat, Prof. Mridula Mukherjee, Seshadri Chari, Rakesh Sinha, Prof. Aakash Rathore.
2 Reimagining Federalism in India Jayant Chaudhary, Manish Tewari, Raghav Chada, Seshadri Chari.
3 Are India’s Courts Under Threat? Justice Santosh Hegde, KTS Tulsi, Vivek Reddy, Indira Jaising, Harsih Narasappa.
4 My Freedoms MK Venu, Kanhaiya Kumar, Gurmehar Kaur, Venkatesh Nayak, Vikram Sampath.
5 Affirmative Action: Constitutional Promise Vs Political Expediency Prof. Sukhdeo Thorat, Asaduddin Owaisi, Prof. Aakash Rathore, Dr. Vaman Acharya, G. Madhusudhan.
6 Transcending Casteism & Fulfilling India’s Constitutional Promise Jignesh Mevani, Kalpana Saroj, Vivek Reddy, Pushparaj Deshpande.
7 Empowering Women Farah Naqvi, Dr. Nagalakshmi, Yami Gautam, Lalita Kumaramangalam, Shaina NC, Tara Krishnaswamy.
8 Adivasiyat vs Development Madhu Sarin, Subhranshu Chaudhary, Medha Patkar, Danish Ali.
9 The Idea of India Supriya Sule, Prof. Neera Chandoke, Prof. Aditya Mukherjee, N. Ram, Priyanka Chaturvedi, Dr. Ganesh Devy.

Outcomes: Consisting of panels on themes relevant to the current socio-political milieu, the discussions sought to explore and discuss issues of contemporary significance relating to social, political and economic justice in India. The aim was to foster a constructive dialogue on pressing policy challenges and further a constructive discourse in the national interest.