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RK Hegde Chair Professor, Institute for Social and Economic Change

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Friday Fri, 5 May 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

In less than 10 days, Karnataka will vote for a new Assembly. It has been a hard and tight campaign, with an outcome which is tricky to predict. In the last of its series of talks – Karnataka Votes 2023 – BIC presents a panel discussion with  some of journalism’s well-known names, Sugata Srinivasraju, Chandan Gowda and Asha Krishnaswamy, moderated by Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed.


Sugata Srinivasaraju


Sugata Srinivasaraju is a bilingual journalist, author and columnist. He has editorially led some of the leading print, television and digital news organisations in the last decade. His most recent book is Furrows in a Field: The Unexplored Life of HD Deve Gowda (Vintage, Penguin).

Chandan Gowda

RK Hegde Chair Professor, Institute for Social and Economic Change

Chandan Gowda is Ramakrishna Hegde Chair Professor of Decentralization and Development at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru. His areas of research include Indian political thought and modern Kannada literature and cinema. Besides academic publications, he has translated Kannada fiction and non-fiction into English. He has compiled and edited The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader and A Life in the World, a book of autobiographical interviews he did with UR Ananthamurthy. At present, he is completing a book on the cultural politics of development in the old Mysore and co-translating and editing Daredevil Mustafa, a book of short stories by the Kannada writer, Purnachandra Tejasvi. He is also a columnist with Deccan Herald.

Asha Krishnaswamy


Asha Krishnaswamy is a media veteran, an academic and the former head of political reporting at Deccan Herald. She has been covering Karnataka politics for several decades.

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed


Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed is an award-winning journalist with Frontline newsmagazine and is based in Bengaluru. His article on Syed Ahmed Esar published in Frontline magazine is available here.