The NLS Public Lecture Series

The Modi Script, Writing, and the Marathi Language in History

July 13, 2023 | 5 PM

Speaker: Prof. Prachi Deshpande is Associate Professor of History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Her interests are in historiography, memory studies, language historiography, and regional politics.

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On the Book: Caste Pride: Battles for Equality in Hindu India (Westland 2023)

May 18, 2023 | 5 PM

Speaker: Manoj Mitta, Delhi based journalist focusing on law, human rights and social justice, a law graduate from Hyderabad.

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On the Book: “The News Event: Popular Sovereignty in the Age of Deep Mediatization”

April 6, 2023 | 5 PM

Speaker: Dr. Francis Cody, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto.

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Between Hope and Despair: 100 Ethial Reflections on contemporary India 

March 23, 2023 | 5 PM

Speaker: Prof. (Dr.) Rajeev Bhargava, Honorary fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi (CSDS) and Director of Parekh Institute of Indian Thought, CSDS.

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Epistemic Discrimination by Prof. Craig Konnoth | QAMRA Archival Project

March 15, 2023 | 5 PM

Speaker: Prof. Craig Konnoth, Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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The Unearned Privileges of Meritorious Castes

December 9, 2022 | 4 PM

Speaker: Dr Suraj Yengde,  DPhil candidate at the Faculty of History, Oxford University

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Of Untold Stories and Unlikely Migrations: Partition Refugees in Bangalore

November 18, 2022 | 5.00 PM

Speaker: Mr. Chiranjiv Singh, former Ambassador of India to UNESCO in Paris,  former Development Commissioner of Karnataka and former Additional Chief Secretary to Govt. of Karnataka

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The Challenges and opportunities of a rules-based order: India and the WTO

July 22, 2022 | 5.00 PM

Speaker: Mr. Asoke Mukerji, Ambassador (Retd.), Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations.

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The Good Jobs Challenge in Developing Countries: What Can Be Done About It?

July 08, 2022 | 5.00 PM

Speaker: Prof. Kunal Sen, Director, UNU-WIDER and Professor. Global Development Institute, University of Manchester.

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Social Reproduction and Pandemic Neoliberalism

May 26, 2022 | 5.00 PM

Speaker: Alessandra Mezzadri, Senior Lecturer, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London





Genetically Modified Democracy Transgenic Crops in Contemporary India

May 19, 2022 | 5.00 PM

Speaker: Aniket Aga, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Ashoka University





The Indian Jail Committee 1919-20 and International Penology

April 28, 2022 | 5.30 PM

Speaker: Radhika Singha, Professor (Retired), Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University





The EU Data Producer’s Right – An Instructive Obituary

April 20, 2022 | 5.00 PM

Speaker: Dev Gangjee, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Oxford





All that you want to know about politics and elections

April 6, 2022 | 5.30 PM

Speaker: Prashant Kishor





Swami Vivekananda’s Defense of Religion as a Science

March 29, 2022 | 4 PM

Speaker: Swami Medhananda, Senior Research Fellow, Ramakrishna Institute of Moral and Spiritual Education

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Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War

March 23, 2022 | 5 PM

Speaker: Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History, Yale Law School

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Whole Numbers and Half Truths: What Data Can and Cannot Tell us About Modern India

March 17, 2022 | 5 PM

Speaker: Rukmini S, Independent Journalist

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Every Vote Counts: The Story of Indian Elections

January 13, 2022 | 5 PM

Speaker: Navin Chawla, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India

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Double Feminist Book Salon

December 17, 2021 | 5 PM – 6.30 PM


  • Dr. Srila Roy, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Witswatersrand, and author of Changing the Subject: Feminist and Queer Politics in Neoliberal India by Duke University Press (Forthcoming).
  • Dr. Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, Assistant Professor, Law, University of California, Irvine, and author of Accidental Feminism: Gender Parity and Selective Mobility Among India’s Professional Elite by Princeton University Press, 2021.

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The Politics of Expendability: State Suppression of Police Workers in India

December 8, 2021 | 6 PM

Speaker: Prof. Beatrice Jauregui,  Associate Professor, Centre for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, University of Toronto

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Dimapur Matters

November 24, 2021 | 3 PM

Speakers: Dolly Kikon is an anthropologist. She teaches at the University of Melbourne.
Duncan McDuie-Ra is professor of urban studies at the University of Newcastle with an interest in urban cultures.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of Legal Personality

November 18, 2021

Speaker: Prof. Simon Chesterman, Dean and Provost’s Chair Professor of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and Senior Director of AI Governance at AI Singapore

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Coding Nature’s Code

November 11, 2021

Speaker: Prof. Katharina Pistor, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law at Columbia Law School & Director of the Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation

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The ‘Economy’ in Indian Politics: Some Inter-disciplinary Reflections’

November 10, 2021

Speaker: Prathama Banerjee, historian at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi

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India Justice Report 2020

September 15, 2021

Speaker: Maja Daruwala, Chief Editor of the India Justice Report and Senior Advisor with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

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Gender and the “Faith” in Law: Equality, Secularism, and the Rise of the Hindu Nation

April 21, 2021

Speaker: Prof. Ratna Kapur, International Law, Queen Mary University of London

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Cities of Indus Civilization: New Perspectives

January 17, 2020

Speaker: Nayanjot Lahiri, Historian, Archaeologist, and Professor of History at Ashoka University

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Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity: Development in International Law

December 13, 2019

Speaker: Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Senior Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School

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The Supreme Court Today: Mostly Final but Rarely Infallible

November 28, 2019 

Speaker: Suhrith Parthasarathy, Advocate at the Madras High Court in Chennai, India

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Sectarian Secularism: Limits of Subaltern Politics

November 21, 2019

Speaker: Ajay Gudavarathy, Professor in political science at Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

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State of Indian Economy: Emerging Challenges 

Speaker: Shri Shaktikanta Das IAS, Member of 15th Finance Commission

March 29, 2018