The Takshashila Institution in collaboration with Bangalore International Centre and Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, are hosting a conversation on “Gokhale and Liberal Nationalism” with Niranjan Rajadhyaksha, Sunil Gokhale and Nitin Pai. This event marks GK Gokhale’s death centenary.
About GK Gokhale
Gopal Krishna Gokhale was among the founding social and political leaders during the Indian Independence Movement in India. Gokhale was a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and founder of the Servants of India Society. Through the Society as well as the Congress and other legislative bodies he served in, Gokhale promoted not only independence from the British Empire but also social reform. To achieve his goals, Gokhale followed two overarching principles: non-violence and reform within the existing government institutions.
???India right now is on the cusp of political change. A young, urban and prosperous class has emerged after three decades of rapid economic growth. It could provide a base for a new liberal politics. There are important differences between contemporary India and the country that Gokhale served with such dedication. But his core beliefs about the importance of political liberty, social reform and economic progress for all Indians are still relevant to our times. So is his insistence that means are as important as ends in politics, and that politics should have strong intellectual foundations. Liberal constitutionalism had its high noon when Gokhale personified its lofty hopes. It was swept away by the rising tide of populism after the Gandhian takeover of the Congress in 1920. A hundred years later, the main concerns that Gokhale articulated are still relevant. They can offer fresh direction to a country that is once again at the crossroads.?? ??” Mint, February 18th. 2014
About the speakers
Niranjan Rajadhyaksha is the executive editor of Mint. He writes the award winning Caf?? Economics column. Niranjan is an economist by training who moved to financial journalism after a short stint in academia. His book The Rise of India was published worldwide by John Wiley (Singapore) in 2007. Niranjan is a trustee of the Takshashila Institution. He is also a member of the academic board of the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics.
Sunil holds a doctorate in Physics and a degree in law. He has worked in the IT industry for more than 12 years before shifting to a career in law. Sunil practices in the area of family and
succession, company and business laws and other civil areas. Sunil has contributed to the print, audio and audio-visual media with several books and films to his credit. He is the great grandson of Gopal Krishna Gokhale.
Nitin Pai is the co-founder and the Director of the Takshashila Institution and editor of Pragati ??” The Indian National Interest Review, a well-regarded publication on strategic affairs, public policy and governance. Prior to setting up Takshashila, Nitin spent more than a decade with the Singapore government. His policy research areas are geopolitics, national security and social capital.
The conversation will be held on 10th April, at 6:00 pm at the Auditorium, Bangalore International Centre, TERI Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Domlur II Stage, Bangalore ??” 560 071 Cross.
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