Liberalism in India: Past, Present and Future: Program Flow

Time Session / Topics / Speaker
10:00am – 10:30am Registration and Tea
10:30am – 11:00am Opening Remarks & Introduction to the Book
11:00am – 01:00pm

Panel 1 | Evolution: History of Indian Liberal Thought

The Mind of the Indian Liberal
Hindol Sengupta

Gandhi's Dharma vs Nehru's Vikas
Laveesh Bhandari

The Problem with Liberal Parties
Jaithirth Rao

Liberty & Locus of Power
J P Narayan

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

Panel 2 | Execution: From Ideas to Practice

Caste Reservations: Half Pregnant Constitution, Half Pregnant State
Surjit Bhalla

Worry about Opportunity, Not about Inequality
Gurcharan Das

Welfare State vs Welfare Society: Rights, Entitlements & Empathy
Parth J Shah

Liberalism for Whom? Confessions of an incorrigible liberal
Barun Mitra

04:00pm - 04:30pm Tea
04:30pm - 06:30pm

Panel 3 | Revolution: The Way Forward for Indian Liberalism

Why India Needs a New Constitution
Atanu Dey

Religious & Cultural Freedom in India: Both too little and too much
R Jagannathan

Liberty & Security in Radically Networked Societies: A Challenge for Every Generation
Nitin Pai

06:30pm - 06:45pm Break
06:45pm - 07:00pm Launch of Book
07:00pm - 07.45pm Panel Discussion by Chief Guests
07:45pm - 08:00pm Vote of Thanks
08:00pm - 09.30pm Dinner