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1. Talk by Sri S. Suryaprakash Pandit on Chief Sub Editor, Vijayavani Newspaper, Bangalore on Friday, 20th February, 2015
Title : 'What has India contributed to human welfare?' based on Sri Ananda Coomaraswamy's

2. Led by Sri Shankar Jagannathan on 16th January, 2015
Title : Screening of the documentary 'Inside Job'

3. Talk by Prof. M. V. Nadkarni on 19th December, 2014
Title : Deepening Democracy in India through a Gandhian Perspective

4. Led by Prof. Jakob De Roover, Ghent University & Prof. Prakash Shah, Queen Mary University of London, UK on 14th November, 2014
Title : Symposium on Why secularism has failed in India: On the harmful impact of Western misunderstandings on political and legal thinking in India

5. Talk by Dr. Y. Lingaraju on 19th January 2013
Title :Traditional Knowledge on Water and the Importance of Rejuvenation of Rivers

Dr. Y. Lingaraju, Former Director, Geomatics Center, WRDO., & KSRSAC, Govt. of Karnataka, was also Former Director Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre Govt.of Karnataka. In his latest appointment he worked as Professor and Research Lead at Global Academy of Technology, Bangalore. He has delivered lecture on Traditional Knowledge on Water and the importance of Rejuvenation of Rivers. He has explained us the formation of rivers, surface flow, sub-surface flow and underground water. He also briefed us about the river basin, drainage mapping, using RS and GIS. He opined that there is an urge to protect our water bodies for the better future. In his leadership, one team of school children and villagers are actively involved in Rejuvenation of River stream from Shivagange, Tumkur District, Karnataka. He also shared his experience with Rajendra Prasad, Tarun Bharath team Leader.

6. One Day Symposium on Indic Economic Thought in Pursuit of Happiness and Sustainable Development: Its Relevance and Applications on 9th November 2012, at ISEC, Bangalore

This symposium was an attempt to comprehend the spatial dynamics and mutual interactions between certain essential domains of human enterprise involving economics, development and human happiness.
Themes of the symposium covered,
1. Salient Features of Ancient Indian Economic Thought
2. Indic Concept of Happiness
3. Indic Approach to Development and its Sustainability
4. Mutual Exclusivity/ Inclusivity of Developmental Economics, Sustainability and Pursuit of Happiness in Indic and Present Paradigm
5. Applications of Indic Economic Thought in the Crisis-ridden World
Authors presented their draft papers and received feedback and review from the discussants and audience. It was a successful event. Nine papers were presented on above mentioned themes. Seventy five delegates were participated in the symposium. The proceedings of the workshop are available in the download section.

7. Talk by Dr. Jeevan Kumar on 20th October 2012
Title: "The Gandhian Vision of Sustainable Development”

Dr. D. Jeevan Kumar is currently working as Professor of Political Science, Bangalore University, Bangalore and also the Director, Center for Gandhian Studies, Bangalore University, Bangalore. He has obtained his Ph.D. degree (Political Science) from the Department of Political Science, Bangalore University, Bangalore. Dr. D. Jeevan Kumar is the Chief Editor, Gandhians in our Midst, Booklet series being published in Kannada/ English by the Centre for Gandhian Studies, Bangalore University, Bangalore. He has published more than 75 articles in edited books, journals and newspapers. Dr. Kumar is on the editorial board of several international journals. He delivered a lecture on Gandhian Vision of Sustainable Development. He highlighted that, Gandhism and the Gandhian vision of sustainable development emerged as a critique of the Western-centric dominant model of development with its misplaced emphasis on the promotion of individual growth and self-advancement, the harnessing of Nature, the achievement of technological sophistication, the spurring of urbanization and the increased use of markets for the distribution of economic goods and services. Gandhism challenges the basic assumptions that the Western model of development makes about the use of Nature and natural resources, the meaning of progress, the ways in which society is governed and also about how public policy is made and implemented.

8. Talk by Dr. T. N. Prakash Kammardi, on 22nd September 2012
Title: "Agriculture in India: A Historical Perspective”

Dr. T. N. Prakash Kammardi, is renowned Agricultural Economist and writer in Kannada. He is currently serving as Professor & Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, and also Honorary Director, Cost of Cultivation Scheme, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. He delivered a lecture on Agriculture in India: A historical perspective. He briefed us about the agricultural history in India. He also brought out the different scenario of the agricultural changes in India from pre-colonial to present day agricultural practices. Dr. Kammardi has opined that today we (Indian farmers) have lost traditional varieties of seeds. He also mentioned that there were more than three thousands of rice varieties were in India during 18th century. He mentioned that there is an urge to bring policies in order to protect our traditional varieties and also there is need to create awareness about the importance of cereals.

9. Talk by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, on 25th August 2012
Title: "India and the Indian Constitution as envisioned by Vasishta Ganapathi Muni”

Dr. Sampadananda Mishrais passionate about Sanskrit. He strongly believes that Sanskrit has immense potentiality to elevate the human consciousness to sublime heights. Dr. Mishra, who has presented papers and spoken at various conferences and seminars, both nationally and internationally, conducts workshops, teacher training programmes and orientation courses, both in India and abroad, as part of his work. He also conducts special workshops to introduce Sanskrit to beginners. In addition Dr. Mishra writes articles related to India and Sanskrit in English and Sanskrit, and has composed verses and songs in Sanskrit. He delivered a lecture on “India and the Indian Constitution as envisioned by Vasishta Ganapathi Muni”. He highlighted the aims of Vasishtha Ganapati Muni in his life and the passionate for the freedom of India. He also opined that Muni did intense tapas and goal was not confined to the freedom of India, he was also much worried about India after her freedom. Keeping this in mind Muni prepared a constitution for India under the title ‘samrajyanibandhanam’. In this unique text the Muni has proposed a constitution for India based on the svabhava and swadharma of India. The text has been prepared in the form of Sutras or pithy sentences and in 560 and sixty such sutras the Muni has dealt in with almost every aspect of constitutional system that is in harmony with the spirit of the Nation. The text is published in the fifth volume of the collected works of the Muni edited by K. Natesan and Dr. Sampadananda Mishra. He also mentioned in his talk, indeed, this most valuable text of the Muni can play a very important role in the National Development of India.

10. Talk by Sri. M. S. Chaitra, on 29th June 2012
Title: "Orientalism and Post-colonialism: Some reflections”

M. S. Chaitra is currently working as Director and Fellow at Aarohi, A Bangalore based non-profit organization working in the area of Comparative Science of Cultures and Environment. He is an ecologist by Profession and is a post graduate in Zoology; he has worked with Wildlife Institute of India (WII) - Dehradun, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, specifically on genetics, behavior and ecology of different organisms in India with special focus on Western Ghats. Currently his research focus is in the domain of Philosophy of Science and Comparative Science of Cultures. He delivered a lecture on Orientalism and Post-colonialism: Some reflections. He gave an overview about the concepts of Orientalism and post-colonialism. He opined that, theories in different domains of the human sciences share a number of limitations upon their conceptualizations of human beings and societies. These limitations are those of the western cultural experience. They also constrain the current descriptions of non-western cultures like India. He also mentioned that, studying Indian society definitely warrants us to understand Western society first. The process of building such new description of Indian society is not easy. Following steps might be necessary to engage in such activities which involve first, the understanding of western descriptions, second, liberating Indian descriptions from the available western descriptions and finally provide a framework for studying Indian society.

11. Talk by Dr. Sraddalu Ranade, on 15th May 2012
Title: "Indian Worldview and the concept of Development”

Dr. Sraddhalu Ranade is a scientist, educator and scholar at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram where he grew up in the care of the late Sri M. P. Pandit. He is presently involved in the production of video programs based on India's cultural roots, and conducts teacher-training programs based on a soul-centered approach to education. He has conducted numerous intensive teacher-training workshops on Integral and value-based education all over India. Over 4,500 teachers from more than 200 schools and colleges have benefited from these programs. He has been involved in various research projects including artificial intelligence based on neural networks, multimedia search and retrieval, and educational tools. He delivered a lecture on "Indian Worldview and the concept of Development”, wherein he highlighted the salient features of Indian worldview and the concept of development. He also was of the opinion that there was a strong urge to create awareness about the Indian concept of Development which supports sustainability, nature friendly, living in harmony with nature.

12. Talk by Sri. Shivananda Kalave, on 7th May 2012
Title: Social Changes in two hundred years in “A Journey from Madras through the countries of Mysore, Canara and Malabar”

Sri. Shivananda Kalave is a naturalist, environmentalist, feature writer, researcher. He has many books to his credit. Kaadunelada Kaalamaana, Odalanovina Thottilahaadu, Monoculture Mahaayaana, Kaaludaariya Daakhale, Kaanchitte, Manadajagulige Kaanana, Aranya, Tadroopi Kaadu, Hasuru Pustakada Haleya putagalu, Malemaneya Maathukathe, Computer Oota, Halli Maaraata and others. He shared his experiences faced during the study of Uttara Kannada district in the year 2001 in comparison with the study done by Dr Francis Buchanan in the year 1801. Shivananda Kalave, after studying the report written by Dr Francis Buchanan, travelled along the same route in Uttara Kannada district exactly 200 years later. He started his journey from the same point and on the same day and ended the journey at the same point and date where Dr Buchanan entered and ended his journey in present day Uttara Kannada district 200 years ago. Shivananda Kalave published his experiences in his book “Kaadunelada Kaalamaana”. He found that there may be superficial changes in the life in Uttara Kannada over the last 200 years. But the basic essence of life and style has not changed, he observed.

13. Talk by Dr. Rajaram Hegde, on 31st March 2012
Title: “Dr. S. N. Balagangadhara’s works and thoughts on Indian Culture”

Dr. Rajaram Hegde is a Scholar in History and Cultural Studies. He has published various research articles and books in the field of cultural studies and History. He also has translated the book entitled “Heathen in His blindness” by Dr. S. N. Balagangadhara, which is one of the reputed books for cultural studies and decolonization of Indian history. Currently he is working as the Director for the Center for the Study of Local Cultures (CSLC), Kuvempu University, Shankaraghatta, Shimoga. He delivered a lecture on "Dr. S.N.Balagangadhara’s works and Thoughts”, wherein he highlighted the significance of Dr. Balagangadhara’s works pertaining to Indian Culture and tradition. He also was of the opinion that there was a strong urge to have Indian research methodology to study Indian sociology.

14. Talk by Dr. S. Sundara Rajan, on 18th February 2012
Title: “Science and Technology in Ancient India”

Dr. Sundara Rajan is a Scholar in Botany and Ayurveda. He has published various research articles and text books in the field of Botany. Currently working as Director at the Center for Vriskhyurveda, Bangalore. He delivered a lecture on "Science and Technology in Ancient India." wherein he highlighted the contribution of Indians towards Science and Technology. He also was of the opinion that there was a need to study science and technology in ancient India.

15. Second One Day workshop on 25th January 2012
Title: “Identifying the Elements of Heritage of Development Thinking in India”

Sri. Rajiv Malohtra delivered the keynote speech on the importance of the workshop. All the authors presented their revised paper and received the comments from the expert’s panel. Revised papers would be ready for copy editing by end of February 2012 and publication by April 2012.

16. Talk by Sri. Shankar Jaganathan, on 19th January 2012
Title: “Rajiv Malhotra’s book Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism”

Sri. Shankar Janganathan, is an Economic Historian and Independent Researcher. He delivered a lecture on Rajiv Malhotra’s book Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism. Rajiv Malhotra is an Indian American researcher and public intellectual on current affairs, world religions, cross-cultural encounters and science. This is the first book of its kind looking at the West from India’s dharmic standpoint. In this book, he forcefully challenges what he terms the West’s “self-serving universalism” which has been superimposed as a “template” for all nations and peoples.

17. Talk by Dr. G. Sivaram Krishnan on 23rd December 2011
Title: “Understanding of Dharampal’s Work”

Dr. Sivaram Krishnan is Rtd. Professor of Sociology, Bangalore University, Bangalore. He delivered a lecture on Understanding Dharampal’s work. Dharampal put in several years of hard work in unravelling the position of Indian science and industry before the British came. And the beauty was, to prove his case, Dharampal used the writings of the British themselves. Dr. GSR shared his experiences which he had with Late. Dharampal, his view towards Indian society and the efforts taken by him to bring out the books on Ancient India.

18. Talk by Sri. Shankar Jaganathan on 16th December 2011
Title: “Occupy Wall Street: A Blaze or a Dying Ember. Evaluation & Implications for India”

Sri. Shankar Janganathan, is an Economic Historian and Independent Researcher. He spoke on the topic entitled- “Occupy Wall Street: A Blaze or a Dying Ember. Evaluation & Implications for India”. He highlighted the background and the status of the movement. He also brought out similar movements that had occurred all over the world.

19. Talk by Dr. G. Shivaram Krishnan on 5th December 2011
Title: “Comparative Understanding of Indian and Western Social thoughts and Principles”

Dr. G. Shivaram Krishnan is a Scholar in Sociology. He worked as a Professor of Sociology at the Bangalore University, Bangalore. Currently, he is working as Visiting Faculty at National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He is one of the renowned sociologist in Karnataka and also was associated with Sri. Dharampal for more than thirty years. He delivered a lecture on “Comparative Understanding of Indian and Western Social thoughts and Principles. He opined that there was no social theory in India which dealt the Indian social system and that there is a need to write Indian social theory.

20. First One Day workshop on 29th October 2011
Title: “Identifying the Elements of Heritage of Development Thinking in India”

Authors presented their draft papers and received feedback and review from the discussants and audience. It was a successful event. Seven papers were presented on various themes. The proceedings of the workshop are available in the download section.

21. Talk by Sri. Shankar Jaganathan on 1st July 2011
Title: A Place under the Sun: Economics Comes of Age, From 1300 AD to 1776 AD

Sri.Shankar Jaganathan is passionate about economic history, sustainability practices and corporate governance. A chartered accountant and a law graduate by qualification, he has varied experience in corporate, academic and social sectors in a career spanning twenty five years. A select list of the entities and institutions he was/is associated with includes Wipro Limited, Azim Premji Foundation, Indian Institute of Science, Union Bank of India and Oxfam India. He currently divides his time between corporate consulting, teaching, research and writing. He consults for select corporates and is an independent director on the Boards of Indian Corporates and a large NGO, teaches at leading management schools and is the author of the book Corporate Disclosures: 1553-2007, The Origin of Financial and Business Reports, published by Routledge in 2008. This book was selected by the Indian Society of Training and Development, New Delhi for commendation in 2010 and was awarded a cash prize. His second book The Wisdom of Ants, A Short History of Economics, is scheduled for release in September 2011.

22. Talk by Prof. R. L. M. Patil on 1st Wednesday, June 2011
Title: Contemporary reflections on the book “Political Development – A Critical Perspective” (1979) by Late. Prof. Daya Krishna

Dr. R L M Patil is scholar in Political Science, specializing in International Polity. He worked as a Professor in Political Science at Delhi and Bangalore University. He has many articles and books to his credit. He gave a lecture on Contemporary reflections on the book “Political Development – A Critical Perspective” (1979) by Late. Prof. Daya Krishna, a major Philosopher of the 20th century. Prof Patil gave a background of the book and introduced how Prof. Daya Krishna in a gentle demeanor protested against Eurocentric and American models of Development will not suit the needs of newly born independent India.

23. Talk by Dr. Vikas Kumaron 11th Friday, March 2011
Title: Strategy in the Kautiliya Arthasastra.

Dr. Vikas Kumar is an engineer (Metallurgy) from IIT, Kanpur and has a Ph.D. in Economics. His research deals with the Economics of Religion, Political Economy, Law and Economics, Indian History, and Sociolinguistics. He has published extensively the important ones are The Economics of Religion, Separatism in North East India; Role of Religion, Language and Script. He gave a lecture on Koutilya’s Arthashastra, its various interpretations and contemporaneity of this scholarly ancient work.

24. Talk by Dr. Narendar Pani on 26th Friday, November 2010
Title: Gandhian Economics an introduction.

Dr. Narendar Pani is an economist by training, a journalist of repute turned academician, he has, over the last thirty years, written extensively on a variety of subjects. He is the author of Inclusive Economics: Gandhian Method and Contemporary Policy, Redefining Conservatism: An Essay on the Bias of India's Economic Reform, and Reforms to Pre-empt Change: Land Legislation in Karnataka. He has made a pioneering attempt in reformulating the Gandhian method to make it an effective tool to understand contemporary policy making. He delivered a talk on using the methods of Gandhian Economics which does not depend upon universal phenomena rather on the intrinsic values of the land to develop holistic diverse models of development.