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Columnist, Frontline
Editor-in-Chief, Frontline magazine

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 12 Jun 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

In The Great Nicobar Betrayal, Pankaj Sekhsaria, one of the best known chroniclers of contemporary issues in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has compiled a set of articles written by various experts across publications that examine the proposed project from every angle—environmental, geological, impact on local communities, law, due process, and ecology.

These pieces together shed light on the magnitude of the disaster that will be unleashed on this pristine place if the project comes through. The book is a warning and a catalogue of the manmade catastrophe that lurks on the horizon, one that will destroy more than the tsunami of December 2004 ever did.

In this session, Pankaj Sekhsaria is in conversation with Prof. Lawrence Surendra and Vaishna Roy. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

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Pankaj Sekhsaria


Pankaj Sekhsaria is the author/editor of six books on the Andaman & Nicobar islands including Islands in Flux – the Andaman and Nicobar Story (Harper Litmus 2023), which is a collection of 20 years of his journalism about the islands and most recently The Great Nicobar Betrayal (Frontline, 2024).

He has a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, a master’s degree in Mass Communication and a recent PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He is a long time member of the environmental action group, Kalpavriksh and currently, Associate Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Bombay. His new books in the broad field of Sociology of Technology include Instrumental Lives – an intimate biography of an Indian laboratory (Routledge 2019) and Nanoscale – Society’s deep impact on science, technology and innovation in India (Authors Upfront, 2020)

Lawrence Surendra

Columnist, Frontline

Prof. Lawrence Surendra has been writing for Frontline for a little over three decades. He is a Science and Technology Policy Specialist and an Environmental and Development Economist. Graduated as a Chemical Engineer from Madras University, studied Economic History at the University of Lund and worked in the area of Science and Technology Policy at the Research Policy Institute, University of Lund, Sweden. He has written and published widely in academia, media and UN publications.

He has been Visiting Professor at several institutions of eminence in India. He held the Planning Commission of India Chair Professorship at the Faculty of Economics, University of Mysore, served as Member of the Karnataka State Environment Appellate Authority and the Karnataka State Knowledge Commission. On the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of the AC College of Technology, he was one among the 12 Alumni chosen to be awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Anna University, India’s oldest and prestigious university for Engineering and Technology.

Vaishna Roy

Editor-in-Chief, Frontline magazine

With more than 30 years in journalism, Vaishna Roy began her journey with Business Standard in Kolkata and has over the years done some extremely fulfilling stints with the Hindu group, the Outlook group, and the India Today group, before returning to The Hindu fold some 10 years ago as the editor of the newspaper’s Sunday Magazine. In 2022, she took over as Editor of Frontline, the fortnightly news magazine from The Hindu group’s stable. While in The Hindu, Vaishna wrote a popular fortnightly column that ran for eight years until she left to take over Frontline. The column was a feminist take on society, culture and politics. Vaishna also wrote regularly on arts, culture, society, and politics, with features, interviews, reviews, and op-ed pieces. She won the prestigious Red Ink award in 2019.