5.45 pm – 6 pm – Tea
6 pm to 7 pm – Talks
7 pm onward – manthan (discussion)
P. Chidambaram, one of India’s best-known politicians, offers a keen economic and political analysis of India@2015—the tumult of the 2015 Bihar election, the debates surrounding the Land Acquisition Amendment ordinances and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, and the alarming rise of intolerance.
Shri Chidambaram does not to shy away from any subject, no matter how contentious. He will examine issues as varied as the true mandate of the Reserve Bank of India, the implications of the Union Budgets, the successes and failures of the United Progressive Alliance Government, and the formidable challenges that lie ahead of the Modi regime.
Equally, he would present a compass for the future—underscoring the need for humility while administering a complex nation and for accommodating Opposition voices for the greater common good.
His talk will play out the true meaning of a vibrant democracy—a system of governance in which the Opposition stands guard and remains as responsible as the government of the day.
His talk, based on his compilation of essays, ‘Standing Guard’ is evidence why P. Chidambaram is considered not just an accomplished economist and administrator, but also a statesman of the finest calibre.
Dr Y V Reddy, former Governor, Reserve Bank of India, will give an introductory talk and be part of the conversation with Shri Chidambaram.
P. Chidambaram is a former Union Minister of Finance and has also served as the Union Minister for Home in the Government of India. He is an eminent lawyer practising in the Supreme Court. A public intellectual and author, his first collection of essays was published in 2006 under the title A View from the Outside: Why Good Economics Works for Everyone. He writes a weekly column on the economy, politics, social issues, foreign policy and contemporary affairs. He is a member of the Indian National Congress, the country’s oldest political party, and was elected to Parliament seven times from the Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu.
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