Thursday, March 22, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Truth and justice suffer greatly in an intolerant and corrupt society that feeds on lawlessness and muscle power. The culture of corruption has roots so deep, human lives, let alone constitutional principles, lose all value. Freedom is an illusion sustained by the elite, when a large majority of people live under conditions of threat and duress.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Every once in a while we have a talk that pulls the crowd. Once every couple of months or so we here at IDG decide to host a different kind of session. This time around the theme was sure to be a hit. Food. Italian Food.
It started with Sadanand Menon and Kalaripayattu, an ancient Indian martial arts now reborn as an experimental dance form. Chiki Sarkar was candid, comfortable and, well there’s really no other word to use: spunky, as she spoke to us about the world of publishing. Tensions ran high, walkouts ensued and Apoorv literally tapped out when Prof. S. N. Balagangadhara decided to assert his predilection of legend over history. Vinod Raina joined us to “dig deep into the roots of education”. We were also witness, through a documentary, to the troubling tale of a community of professional courtesans, called Tawaifs, and the unfair perception of their culture as immoral due to its association with prostitution. Ashley Tellis was his usual, expressive, forceful self while we discussed the language of protest. Udayan Vajpayee gave us a little insight into how to appreciate art, and poetry in particular. Anjali Gopalan demonstrated how to make condom use more fun. Karan Thapar came back, two years post his last IDG visit, and with unfailing wit told us about his ‘fantastic’ interview in which the normally stoic Kapil Dev couldn't hold his tears back. Alam Khan, a 29 year old Sarod player and son of the late Ali Akhbar Khan spoke to us through the language of music. He wasn’t the only musician to grace the Staff Room; Sumangala Damodaran’s beautiful voice impressed us with the power of music and exposed us to the protest songs of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA).
It wasn’t all other people talking and us nodding along. The students’ discussion forum gave us ample space to argue amongst ourselves. Our discussion ranged from themes such as Secession and the Nation State to The Idea of Intelligence.
So here we are one on- a lot of work group reshuffling, journal talking, poster pasting and weird password setting later... we’re still going strong.
Friday, March 18, 2011
The Informal Discussion Group invites you to an interactive session with:
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty
on the topic
Healthcare as the Industry of the 21st Century
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is the chairman of Narayna Hrudayalaya, Banglore and Asia Heart Foundation, Kolkata. He received his MBBS from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and he was the first heart surgeon in India to perform heart surgeries on newborn babies and used Micro chip camera to close holes in the Heart. He was part of the first team in the world to coin the term Micro Health Insurance and has helped Karnataka state Government to launch Yeshashwini Micro Health Insurance considered as the largest Micro Health Insurance Programme in the world. He has been honoured by several awards like the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award– 2003, Padmashree – 2003 and the Social Entrepreneurship Award – World Economic Forum – 2005.
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 15th
Venue: Staff Room
The Informal Discussion Group invites you to an interactive Q and A session with
(The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi)
Sheila Dikshit is the Chief Minister of Delhi. She is from the Indian National Congress. She was sworn in as the Chief Minister for a third consecutive term of the Government of Delhi state in January 2009 after pulling a victory in the November 2008 state elections.
She first came into the limelight when she was nominated by Indira Gandhi to the Indian delegation of the UN Commission on Status of Women. She thus began her journey into active politics and has not looked back. The developmental work that has gone into shaping Delhi, including the metro rail network, improved supply of water and electricity and better roads, is largely credited to her.
Time: 8 P.M.
Date: 14th March, 2011
Venue: Staff Room