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Book Discussion of “Secularism : India at a Crossroads”

December 20, 2016

Book Discussion of “Secularism : India at a Crossroads”
Authored by
Dr. Madhav Godbole
Former Home Secretary, Govt. of India

In conversation with
Prof. Sandeep Shastri
Pro Vice Chancellor, Jain University and
Director, Centre for Research in Social Science and Education.

Organized by Bangalore International Centre
(A TERI Initiative)

About the Topic
book-discussion-of-secularism-india-at-a-crossroads-authored-by-dr-madhav-godbole-in-conversation-with-prof-sandeep-shastri-at-bangalore-international-centreUpon attaining Independence, India had the option of anointing itself as a Hindu nation but it consciously chose to be secular. This, notwithstanding several compromises, perhaps unavoidable at the time, that had to be made to accommodate demands of both the majority and the minority communities.

For a country as multi-religious, multi-lingual, multi-racial and multi-cultural as India, in which minorities account for nearly 20 per cent, there is no real option to being secular. And yet, today’s India stands at the crossroads of secularism and Hindu Rashtra ideologies.

Secularism as a fundamental right entrenched in the Constitution, appears not easily enforceable. Therefore, Dr Godbole’s book suggests setting up a constitutional commission on secularism to provide a credible and transparent mechanism for enforcement of secularism. The book advocates several constitutional amendments to re-establish the credibility of secularism, and highlights statutory changes required to reassert the rule of law.

About Dr. Madhav Godbole
Madhav Godbole (born on August 15, 1936) took voluntary retirement from the Indian Administrative Service in March 1993, when he was Union Home Secretary & Secretary, Justice. Earlier, he was Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas, and Secretary, Urban Development, Government of India, and Principal Finance Secretary, Government of Maharashtra. He worked in the Asian Development Bank, Manila, for five years.

Dr. Godbole has written 20 books on public policy issues of which 12 are in English. His last two books are: The God Who Failed: An Assessment of Jawaharlal Nehru’s Leadership, and Secularism: India At A Crossroads. He is currently researching on his next book on Indira Gandhi which is expected to be published in 2017, her birth centenary year.

His essays have been published in several English and Marathi compilations. He has written over 400 articles in English and Marathi in leading newspapers, journals and periodicals. He wrote a weekly column for two years in Marathi daily Loksatta.

His 8 books in Marathi have been awarded six prizes for non-fiction, intellectual writing.

Dr. Godbole was chairman of several government committees including Enron power project, good governance, and management of India’s international borders.

He has an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Bombay University and an M.A. in development economics from Williams College, Mass., USA.

Dr. Godbole and his wife Sujata live in Pune.
About Prof. Sandeep Shastri
Dr Shastri is the Pro Vice Chancellor, Jain University and Director, Centre for Research in Social Science and Education. He has been a visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of California and at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Dr Shastri has to his credit several books and articles, besides popular writings in newspapers and magazines.

He has participated in several international and national conferences and seminars in several countries and has presented papers at Conferences in prestigious Universities both in India and abroad.

Book Discussion on Friday | 23rd December 2016 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage, Bengaluru – 560 071

RSVP: 98865 99675

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