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Invitation: P.D. Devanandan & M.M. Thomas Memorial Lecture

The 6th P.D. Devanandan & M.M. Thomas Memorial Lecture
Peoples Voice on August 10, 2015 - 4:32 pm in Reforms



The 6th P.D. Devanandan & M.M. Thomas Memorial Lecture

Yoga, Mann Ki Baat and the Emergency of Our Times’

Make in India, Yoga, Mann Ki Baat, Beti Bachao, Swachh Bharat, Selfie with Daughter – governance seems to be taking new and creative forms under the new regime of Prime Minister Narendrabhai Damodardas Modi. While governance itself has become a confusing and ambiguous theme – with a flagship PM smiling to his subjects from television and newspapers, these forms also cleverly underplay the more serious issues at stake such as amendments to the  land and labour laws, dilution of  environmental regulations, a growing affinity between corporates and the State, the saffronisation of cultural and academic institutions and others . . Adding to the direction that policy and legislative changes are taking, is the clear message that dissent will not be tolerated. While NGO’s are now coerced into adopting a more sanitized vision of development, communal and caste attacks are only increasing in frequency, coinciding with upcoming state elections.

What is becoming evident is that what we face now is a different beast from the days of the Emergency. 

In an attempt to understand, analyse, dissect and discuss, the 6th Memorial Lecture presents a section of ideas on the current cultural and political discourse on the changing nature of the state, citizen, democracy and sovereignty today.

Jointly delivered by,

Mary E John

Nivedita Menon

AK Ramakrishnan

Usha Ramanathan

Arundhati Roy (TBC)


Date: 11th August, Tuesday

Time: 4.30 pm to 7.00 pm

Venue: YMCA, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi


Organized by

Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society

In collaboration with

National YMCA

Delhi Forum

National Council of Churches in India (NCCI)

Henry Martyn Institute, Dharamjyoti



Programme for Social Action (PSA)


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