On 16th August 2016, Takshashila Institution hosted a talk by Mr. Vikram Raghavan at their office in Ulsoor, Bangalore. Mr. Raghavan provided a detailed narrative account on how India became a constitutional republic in 1950.

Vikram Raghavan is the Lead Counsel to the World Bank and the principal legal advisor on conflict and fragility and macroeconomic issues. Mr. Raghavan graduated from National Law School of India University, Bengaluru with a Gold Medal in Constitutional Law. He was also the Hauser Global Graduate Editor at New York University School of Law where he obtained LL.M. in International and Constitutional Law.

The discussion examined the work of Granville Austin; the American historian and a leading authority on the Indian Constitution. Mr. Raghavan, through his vast experience and the use of photographs and archival documents, explored Granville Austin’s work and his influence on the Indian Constitution.