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Updated: January 26, 2013 19:18 IST

President to inaugurate The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy

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President Pranab Mukherjee.
President Pranab Mukherjee.

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, will inaugurate The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on January 31 in New Delhi.

Mr. Mukherjee will inaugurate the Centre, based in Chennai. It will be a virtual inauguration, effective through video conferencing, at a function to be held in Rasthrapati Bhavan.

A major goal for The Hindu Centre is to look at India’s governing vision over the last several decades since Independence and to revisit the fundamental formulations of the Indian Constitution, be it on pluralism, federalism, linguistic states, or regional autonomy and to see whether parts of this governing vision need to be updated to address the intense challenges facing the country today.

The Hindu Centre will be guided by an Advisory Board comprising eminent scholars and public intellectuals: Zoya Hasan, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and CEO, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi; Yogendra Yadav, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi; Gurcharan Das, management expert, author, and commentator on public affairs; Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago; Navin Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner of India; and Sunil Khilnani, Director, King’s India Institute, London.

The Centre’s Board of Management comprises the former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu group of publications, N. Ram, the former Editor of The Hindu, N. Ravi, and the former Executive Editor of The Hindu, Malini Parthasarathy. Dr. Malini Parthasarathy will be the Director of the Centre.

The Centre, which aims to increase public awareness of their political and social choices, will undertake research on current topics, promote dialogue and debate, and hold Track II type round tables on internal conflicts.

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Hindu has always been a part of such initiatives and once again it has come up with a new one showing its commitment to bring the renaissance in social realm for better causes. I appreciate the idea of TRACK TWO which helps in bringing most of the unsolved issues to the fore and can change the course of actions for its solution which "we as a system failed" to do so in many cases following the main track. Good Luck..!!

from:  Shiva Kumar Adama
Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 at 18:05 IST

Dear Sir,
This type of centre is long due. I am happy that the Hindu has taken such an initiative and hope that the discussions may lead to advocacy and lobbying leading to relevant policies in our country.

from:  George Chacko
Posted on: Jan 28, 2013 at 20:36 IST

another great initiative by the hindu.

from:  deepak shankar
Posted on: Jan 28, 2013 at 19:20 IST

I welcomed the idea, the day it was announced. Now I welcome the forthcoming
deed. I have great hopes on the The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy.
Public Purpose, as I envisage it, can be best served by kindling Walter Lippmann's
Public Opinion.

from:  Soundararajan Srinivasa
Posted on: Jan 28, 2013 at 05:24 IST

happy to know this, nice initiative !! and i studied subject called "social policy & planning" from Tata Institute Of Social Science,Mumbai.

from:  Boopathy Nanjappan
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 23:37 IST

It is commendable that the Hindu is peeking into the past, research and
revise for future all aspects of Indian Politics, Culture and
Development

from:  Prof Rajaram Pagadala
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 22:26 IST

A 'Conference or discussion' based organisation would not help. Such an Institution should help train future politicians. It should be a regular and continuous education and converge all political thought. Most importantly, The Hindu's role should be limited to providing infrastructure and broad guidelines. Present Board of Management consists of the Hindu family. Otherwise it will just become an annual feature where you will find high level discussions and low level follow-up action, with coverage both in the own paper and otherwise.

from:  TS Rao
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 21:46 IST

What is the website address of "The Hindu Center for Politics and Public Policy" ?

from:  Venugopal Reddy
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 18:27 IST

The New Ray of Hope
I am very delighted to know that The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy is being inaugurated by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on January 31 in New Delhi. Really it was the need of hour to establish such a common platform to discuss the serious challenges facing the country.
I hope this centre will play a crucial role for the Union and State Governments to show visionary path on democratic lines. Issues like, foreign policy, social security and Internal security are Important, but Governments didn’t take them seriously and their approach was limited to ‘Vote Bank’.
It is also worth mentioning that Indian Constitution gives equal rights to all its citizens, but in these days it is a matter of shame that Union Govt. has developed two categories of Citizens. On the one hand is common people “Aam Adami” and on the other is “Khas Adami” who earns large amount of Rupees with in some months. But “Aam Adami” could not make both ends meet.
Before leaving to India to New Zealand (a least corrupt country) I was fed up with the corrupt system of India. But now, The Hindu group has shown the new ray of hope. I hope the initiative taken by the Hindu Group; will amend the tarnished image of India by serious debates. I also hope this centre will also be proved as a unique intellectual body at International level too.
Best wishes.

from:  Avtar Singh Tehna
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 06:14 IST

What is the criteria for admission? I hold a post graduate degree in applied economics and
am currently preparing for civil services.

from:  Jaya Swain
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 00:41 IST

Nice initiative !!!!!!!

from:  Vineet Kumar Singh
Posted on: Jan 26, 2013 at 23:29 IST

its a nice feeling that sombody somewhere is thinking and acting in right direction to create good leaders. Also the dignitories selected are masters in their respective fields so outcome will definitely strong,rigid and genuine ...............best wishes for your genuine efforts

from:  nitin patil
Posted on: Jan 26, 2013 at 19:36 IST

This is a very welcome initiative and a long awaited one. At a time, when politicians are trying their best to split our society in all possible manner by promoting divisions among people on the basis of caste, religion and region; it is essential to educate our large population of under educated and uneducated masses on the one hand and also increase awareness among the law makers and policy initiators to take a long term view for progress and development of our society where every one can look forward with hope for integration of our society into a caring and progressive one and reducing the gulf between the rich and the poor. While individual actions are generally dictated by selfish interests, at least the government policies need to benefit all impartially. We should create systems that will make it more and more difficult for individuals to benefit by dividing people and fooling them for selfish interests. I wish your initiative all success.

from:  B.Ramachandran
Posted on: Jan 26, 2013 at 19:21 IST

A welcome initiative from The Hindu. All good wishes! May we hope the Centre will evolve into a prestigious non-partisan institution.

from:  R Raghavan
Posted on: Jan 26, 2013 at 18:02 IST
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