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President to open The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy

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President Pranab Mukherjee. Photo: V.V.Krishnan
President Pranab Mukherjee. Photo: V.V.Krishnan

President Pranab Mukherjee will on Thursday inaugurate The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, to be located in Chennai. The event will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

“The founding spirit of The Hindu Centre is the firm conviction that the publishers of The Hindu, a major force for public good and which has had a stellar role in building India’s democratic life, can help revive ebbing public confidence in parliamentary democracy,” a statement said.

“Public confidence in India’s democratic institutions and political processes are at an all-time low and there is a rising danger of the Indian public becoming alienated from the electoral process, angered by the failure of politicians to deliver on basic expectations.”

The Centre will function as an independent platform to explore ideas and public policies. It will contribute to rebuilding public faith in India’s democratic process.

It will seek to establish stronger and credible roots for parliamentary democracy, pluralism and economic betterment, and seek to increase understanding of the challenges of the day. It will be involved in research that will revisit key constitutional concepts and examine the validity of the post-Independence set of political values to assess their relevance and utility in terms of the crisis of confidence besetting the system.

Malini Parthasarathy, the former Executive Editor of The Hindu, will be the Director of the Centre. Dr. Parthasarathy, along with N. Ram and N. Ravi, will comprise the Centre’s board of management. Mr. Ram is former Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The Hindu, Frontline, Business Line, and Sportstar, all group publications. Mr. Ravi is a former Editor of The Hindu.

The advisory board will comprise 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; Sunil Khilnani, Director, King’s India Institute, London; and Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago.

Other members will be Yogendra Yadav, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi; Navin Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner and Gurcharan Das, management expert, author, and commentator.

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Congratulations to The Hindu for the Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy. Even though the name The Hindu may be construed as a religiously biased newspaper, Hindu is the most reliable and repected newspaper in India. My hats off to The Hindu.

from:  Davis K. Thanjan
Posted on: Jan 31, 2013 at 04:46 IST

The only purpose of existence of govt must be to protect life and
freedom of citizens of India from external and domestic threats. So
govt should only involved in national defense, conducting foreign
policy, enforcing law of the land(i.e, constitution) and enforcing
contracts(judicial system). Govt is not needed in any other fields, if
it does get involved it will produce opposite results just like in
soviet union and north korea. We should work together to eliminate
socialism from India which has caused so much poverty , hunger, mal-
nutrition etc., We should support the free markets which brings so
much prosperity. I would request The Hindu to work towards eliminating
Socialism from India rather than promoting Socialism in India

from:  Satish
Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 at 20:50 IST

Wish the centre all the success. Hope politicians & people of the
country pay heed to the advice offered by the centre to strenghten the
democratic values.

from:  jawahar
Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 at 17:30 IST

Public governance is a complex task which requires inputs from many
subject areas like law, politics, public administration, economics etc.
But no worthwhile course exists in India to bring up professionals for
the task of governance both in political and executive fronts. This Centre, hopefully, can bring out high–end professionals who can make our
democracy better. It is a right and farsighted move in capability
building in an area where our universities failed to notice.Wish the
Centre every success.

from:  K Rajasekharan
Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 at 10:49 IST
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