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Speakers

Entrepreneur & Author
Author, Diplomat and Former Governor, WB
ACS Panchayat Raj, GoK
Opinion Editor, Deccan Herald
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Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 3 Sep 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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Contact

+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

A discussion based around Captain Gopinath’s book Our India.

India, the world’s largest democracy, the land of yoga, spirituality and a rich civilizational past, has one of the youngest demographics and is without a doubt an exciting place to be in the twenty-first century. Our nation, at the same time, struggles with the rising gap between the rich and the poor, ignorance, social unrest and strained communal harmony. One is always overwhelmed and bewildered by its contradictions, wondering at the many Indias that coexist as an effervescent mix despite such unique diversity. As the country navigates its way into the new millennium, a question often asked is, ‘Are we moving in the right
direction?’ Even more important is the question of who is qualified to comment?

In Our India, the eclectic range of Captain Gopinath’s views on business, politics, governance, aviation and society portrays a comprehensive picture of an India which is reshaping every minute.

Speakers

Captain Gopinath

Entrepreneur & Author

GR Gopinath is the founder of Air Deccan, which revolutionised air travel India by enabling common people to take to the skies, a retired army man, an award-winning farmer, an activist and the author of Simply Fly: A Deccan Odyssey and You Cannot Miss This Flight: Essays on Emerging India.

The film Sorarai Potru, a biopic inspired by his life, in Tamil and dubbed in other South Indian languages released on Amazon Prime last year was a box office hit and also won critical acclaim dominated this year’s National Film Awards including the Best Feature Film, Best Actor and Best Actress

Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Author, Diplomat and Former Governor, WB

Gopalkrishna Gandhi read English Literature and History at Delhi University. He has been in administrative positions in Tamil Nadu and in Delhi, as a member of the Indian Administrative Service. He was secretary to the Vice President of India (1985-1987), Joint Secretary to the President of India (1987-1992) and Secretary to the President of India (1997-2000). He was High Commissioner for India in South Africa, Lesotho, Sri Lanka, and Ambassador of India in Norway and Iceland. He was Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009.

The University of Natal, South Africa, conferred a Doctorate of Laws honoris causa on him in 1999, and the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, a Doctorate of Letters honoris causa in 2001. The University of North Orissa conferred on him a Doctorate of Literature honoris causa in 2012. The University of Calcutta conferred on him a Doctorate of Literature, honoris causa in 2019.

He received the Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Award of the University of Mysore in 2016, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Award in 2016 and the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award in 2018. A monthly columnist for The Hindustan Times (New Delhi) and The Telegraph (Kolkata) , he writes from time to time for The Hindu (Chennai) as well.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi is Distinguished Professor of History and Politics at Ashoka University, Sonepat.

Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta

ACS Panchayat Raj, GoK

Uma Mahadevan is a 1992 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre. She has served in multiple capacities in the state, most recently in the women & child development and planning sectors; as well as in the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. She was a member of the working group that produced Karnataka’s first Human Development Report.

She holds a postgraduate degree in English Literature and writes regularly in national publications on art, culture and development issues.

S. Raghotham

Opinion Editor, Deccan Herald

S. Raghotham is a journalist, strategic analyst and editorial manager, with 20+ years of experience in newspapers, online media and think-tanks. He has written, edited and managed editorial teams at newspapers (Times of India, Indian Express, Vijay Times, Deccan Chronicle), online news sites (Rediff.com, ITspace.com); think-tanks (CDISS, UK; IDSA, New Delhi). H is also an occasional contributor to Oxford Analytica, UK.

He is a 2012 Chevening Scholarship at Oxford University and Distinction M.A. in Defence & Security Analysis from Lancaster University.