11th Edition of the ‘Dialogue to Develop a Vision for the Environment of Delhi – 2025’

05 June 2024, 06:00 pm
11th Edition of the ‘Dialogue to Develop a Vision for the Environment of Delhi – 2025’
Programme Type
Discussions, Webcasts
Venue
Conference Room I, IIC main building

Restoring the Yamuna Flood Plains and Drainage Systems

Speakers: Shri P. K. Tripathi, former Chief Secretary of Delhi; Shri Ashok Lavasa, former Union Environment Secretary;
Dr. Faiyaz Khudsar, Senior Secretary, Biodiversity Parks Programme, Centre of Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems, University of Delhi; Shri Ashok Mandal,  Chartered Engineer; Shri Rajendra Ravi, Co-ordinator, People's Resource Centre; Prof. Yamini Gupt, Professor, Department of Finance and Business Economics, University of Delhi; and Shri Vinay Kumar, former Associate Editor, The Hindu

Chair: Suhas Borker, Founder Member, Green Circle of Delhi and Trustee, IIC

This series is dedicated to the memory of Shri Mahesh. N. Buch, civil servant and environmentalist, who passed away on 6 June in 2015 and who had given the key-note address at the inaugural edition of the Dialogue in 2013.

(Collaboration: Green Circle of Delhi)

Workshop ■ Conference Room I from 10:00 to 14:00 Workshop: Issues in the Indian Economy: The Way Forward

29 May 2024, 10:00 am
Workshop ■ Conference Room I from 10:00 to 14:00 Workshop: Issues in the Indian Economy: The Way Forward
Programme Type
Discussions
Venue
Conference Room I, IIC main building

29 May 2024_CR I-Workshop on Indian Economy (1).pdf

Context and Introduction: Dr. Charan Singh, CEO and Founder Director, Egrow Foundation

Inaugural Address: Dr. Arvind Virmani, Member NITI Aayog and former Chief Economic Advisor to the Govt. of India

 

Panel discussions on The Issues in the Indian Economy

10:30 to 11:15 - The Growth Triangle: Infrastructure, Urbanization, and Insurance

11:15 to 12:00 – Exploring Climate Dynamics

12:15 to 13:15 – Macroeconomic Policy for India’s Evolving Economy

13:15 to 14:00 – Indian in the Geopolitical Crossroads

 

(Collaboration: EGROW Foundation; and Primus Partners)

The Disastrous Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

17 May 2024, 06:30 pm
The Disastrous Humanitarian Situation in Gaza
Programme Type
Talks
Venue
Conference Room I, IIC main building

Speaker: Amb. Talmiz Ahmad, author and former Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE. He holds the Ram Sathe Chair for International Studies, Symbiosis International University, Pune

Chair: Amb. K.P. Fabian, Professor, Symbiosis University and Indian Society of International Law

The grim toll of the war in Gaza has exceeded 30,000 and a deal for releasing a part of the hostages is still hanging fire. Washington is pressing Israel hard for permitting entry of more humanitarian assistance. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reiterated his plans for an assault on Gaza that most likely will cause thousands of civilian deaths. Amb. Ahmad will address these concerns as well as the strategic and political implications on the conflict for West Asia and world order

 

Writing the Self: Women’s Questions in South India, Early Twentieth Century

21 May 2024, 06:30 pm
Writing the Self: Women’s Questions in South India, Early Twentieth Century
Programme Type
Talks
Venue
Conference Room I, IIC main building

Speaker: Prof. Shanta Sinha, formerly Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad. Prof. Sinha is a recipient of the Padma Shri Award in 1998 by the Government of India, Albert Shanker International Educational Award, presented by Educational International in recognition of outstanding personal contribution for education in 1998; and Ramon Magsaysay Award, 2003 for community leadership

Chair: Prof. Sucheta Mahajan, formerly Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

An intergenerational narrative on the social transformation of women across a century. Constructed from the forgotten memories about the lives of three generations of women in the speaker’s own family from the early twentieth century, and taking it beyond.

The lecture is based on the paper prepared by Prof. Shanta Sinha as part of the IIC Sectoral Policy Group on History

MOUNTAIN DIALOGUES

16 May 2024, 06:30 pm
MOUNTAIN DIALOGUES
Programme Type
Talks
Venue
Conference Room I, IIC main building

Surviving Annapurna – The Dangerous 8000 meter Mountain of the World

Illustrated lecture by Anurag Maloo, young Indian mountaineer who has successfully participated in mountaineering Expeditions to Mt. Nun (7135 m) in India and Mt. Ama Dablam (6812 m) in Nepal. An economic development consultant, startup mentor, social activist, engineer, and a global advocate for UN Sustainable Development Goals

Chair: Brig. Ashok Abbey (retd.)

An intriguing talk which recounts Anurag Maloo’s fall into a deep crevasse, during his Expedition to Mount Annapurna (8091 m). His experience of being in a frozen tomb for three days and three nights, his difficult rescue by his saviours especially by the two strong Polish climbers after a tedious and demanding rescue operation…

Talking Architecture 13

11 May 2024, 06:30 pm
Talking Architecture 13
Programme Type
Discussions
Venue
Conference Room I, IIC main building

Ways of Renewing Designs with Communities, Another Way of Building

Discussants: Prof. Savyasaachi, Anthropologist, Professor and former Head, Dept. of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia; Prof. Snehanshu Mukherjee, Head of Interior Architecture and Design, Indian Institute of Art & Design, New Delhi; Anisha Shekhar Mukherji, Conservation Architect, author and Visiting Faculty, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi; Kanchan Joneja, architect, design researcher and visual designer; and Dr. Prabir Das, architect and Consultant on Sustainable Architecture

A continuation of the IIC series of dialogues on architecture, Talking Architecture 13 will discuss ways of ‘Renewing Designs with Communities, Another Way of Building’, through examples of alternative design practices in the 2023 Routledge publication of the same name. The session is dedicated to the memory of Professor Ashish Ganju (1942-May 2021) and his enduring belief in ‘the ability to create well-being in our habitat, a promise inherent in the knowledge-base architecture’
 

India’s Wildlife Crisis and Why it Matters

10 May 2024, 06:30 pm
India’s Wildlife Crisis and Why it Matters
Programme Type
Talks
Venue
Conference Room I, IIC main building

Speaker: Prerna Singh Bindra, author, wildlife conservationist and was formerly a member of India’s National Board for Wildlife. Prerna has authored The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis published by Penguin Random House and co-edited Wild Treasures, an anthology on Natural World Heritage Sites of Asia. A board member of Hathi- Sathi Foundation which works to enable safe shared spaces for people and elephants in north-east India. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Chair: Ms Prakriti Srivastava, formerly Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Kerala and DIG (Wildlife), Min. of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

India has 42 of the world’s 50 most polluted cities; our rivers are sewers and is ranked second in deforestation after Brazil between 2015-2020. While these figures might be contested, there is no denying that India is an environment basket case, and our wildlife is in a crisis with even some endemic species ie. The Great Indian Bustard and the hangul facing extinction. While India has shown remarkable achievements in conserving endangered megafauna like tigers and Asian elephants, they stand threatened with India’s development juggernaut and consequent demand for energy, power and infrastructure. Troublingly, the legal, policy and institutional framework is being restructured to weaken safeguards protecting forests and wildlife. This lecture will dwell on the issues, explain why conservation matters and why it needs to be a mainstream electoral issue.


 

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

08 May 2024, 06:00 pm
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Programme Type
Discussions
Venue
Conference Room I, IIC main building

India and the Global South: Prospects & Challenges
Edited by Amb. Surendra Kumar (Wisdom Tree: 2024)
 
Discussants: Dr. Rajiv Kumar, economist and former Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog; Amb. Lakshmi M. Puri, former Ambassador and Founding Deputy Executive Director, UNWOMEN; Shri T.K. Arun, former Resident Editor, The Economic Times; and Amb. Surendra Kumar, Founder President, Indo-American Friendship Association and Editor of the book

Chair: Amb. Shyam Saran, President, IIC

The Struggle of Dalits and Adivasis: Hegemony of social elites and Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Legacy

01 May 2024, 06:00 pm
The Struggle of Dalits and Adivasis: Hegemony of social elites and Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Legacy
Programme Type
Discussions, Webcasts
Venue
Conference Room I, IIC main building

Speakers: Prof. N. Sukumar, Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Delhi; Prof. Sanghamitra Sheel Acharya, Professor, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Prof. Sumeet Mhaskar, Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O.P. Jindal Global University; Prof. Y. S. Alone, Professor, Visual Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University; and Dr. Harish S. Wankhede, Assistant Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
 
Moderator: Suhas Borker, Convener, Working Group on Alternative Strategies and Trustee, IIC
 
This discussion is part of the series on Social Justice and Empowerment  started in 2010 and held every year on 1 May to commemorate the life and work of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
 
(Collaboration: Maharashtra Sanskritik ani Rannaniti Adhyayan Samiti; and Working Group on Alternative Strategies)
 

Four Consequential Elections in Southeast Asia and their Impact on the domestic politics, the region, major power relations and on India’s engagement with the region

15 April 2024, 06:30 pm
Four Consequential Elections in Southeast Asia and their Impact on the domestic politics, the region, major power relations and on India’s engagement with the region
Programme Type
Talks
Venue
Conference Room I, IIC main building

Speaker: Prof. Baladas Ghoshal, former Professor of Southeast Asia and South-West Pacific Studies, and Chairman, Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was ICCR Chair in Indian Studies, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow 2013; Honorary Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies; and Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Chair: Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Studies Programme, Gateway House

Over the course of the last year and a half, four national elections were held in countries of Southeast Asia, namely in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and in Indonesia. Each one of them were consequential bringing about regime and policy changes. While the priorities in each of these countries were distinct, the common focus was political stability, economic development in the post Covid-period and foreign policy directed towards preservation of national sovereignty and balancing the major relations that were in turmoil due to the breakdown of understanding between the United States and China. The change in the political developments of these countries will have a major impact not only in the domestic politics of these countries, but also on regional developments as well as their approaches to the United States and China. More importantly, new challenges will emerge in India’s engagement with the region and will require calibrating and fine-tuning of strategies to deal with them.