NLS Public Lecture Series

Cities of Indus Civilization: New Perspectives

January 17, 2020

The session was chaired by Historian, Archaeologist, and Professor of History, Nayanjot Lahiri. This edition of the public lecture series looks to the nuances of the Indus Valley Civilization, and how the study of our past informs our understanding of contemporary sociopolitical circumstances.

Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity: Development in International Law 

December 13, 2019

The session was chaired by UN Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz. This edition of the public lecture series explores and addresses issues related to the legal recognition of sexual orientation and gender identity associated rights, within the realms of municipal and international law.

The Supreme Court Today: Mostly Final but Rarely Infallible

November 28, 2019 

This session was chaired by Suhrith Parthasarathy, who  practices as an advocate at the Madras High Court in Chennai, India. In the last few weeks, the Supreme Court delivered several judgments on issues of immense national importance, like the Ayodhya and the Sabarimala Review cases. At this juncture, it is important to understand these constitutional developments and also the evolution of the Supreme Court.

Sectarian Secularism: Limits of Subaltern Politics

November 21, 2019

Critiquing earlier formulations of democracy and secularism, JNU Professor Ajay Gudavarathy spoke about his new edited volume Sectarian Secularism: Limits of Subaltern Politics. The book argues that secular politics in India has not been able to challenge sectarianism in India because it lacks a political imagination that resonates on the ground. His talk therefore, provoked the audience to think about challenging the rise of the Right, not through current articulations of secularism, minority-ism and Left politics but instead to reinvent the language and practice of an alternate politics of fraternity.