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Debate on Religion and Modern State, November 2, 2015

Speakers: Vishnu Pad, Vikas Kumar, Kaustuv Roy, Aparna Sundar
Moderator: Atreyee Majumder
Organized by: Debating Development Initiatives
Venue: Activity Room, 1st Floor, Pixel B, Azim Premji University
Time: 03.30pm – 05.30pm

The debate on religion and the role of the modern state, is one that has been invoked numerous times in the past. In the light of the recent events, such as the Dadri lynching, beef ban, and the attacks on rationalists, this debate has resurfaced. Now we see an increased awareness around terms such as secularism, communalism, fundamentalism which are being debated in public discussions and forums. Thus,there is an urgent need to revisit these ideas and concepts that are otherwise used so easily, by understanding its implications and the different perspectives involved. Our objective, within this limited time is to grasp the broad tenets of this debate by discussing these issues in the open and bringing out the complexities behind them to the fore.

The format of the debate would be as such that the speakers will give an opening commentary of 5 to 7 minutes on the topic, followed by an open debate between them, and the last 30 minutes will be a Q & A session with the audience.

Debating Development Initiative began earlier this year to discuss and debate current affairs from a development perspective. It has evolved into an open, judgment-free space that is co-created by students and faculty to enable a deeper and sustained engagement with contemporary development issues.

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