The NLS Public Lecture Series

Book Discussion: ‘A Thousand Tiny Cuts – Mobility and Security across the Bangladesh-India Borderlands’

May 06, 2024 | 5 PM

Speaker: Sahana Ghosh uses ethnography and feminist research methods to study the forms and experiences of inequality produced through the intersection of mobility, militarism, and gender in our contemporary world.

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Book Discussion – “Being Hindu, Being Indian: Lala Lajpat Rai’s Ideas of Nationhood”

May 02, 2024 | 5 PM

Speaker: Vanya Vaidehi Bhargav is an intellectual historian of modern South Asia with a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford. Her research has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, Global Intellectual History, Studies in Indian Politics, and Religions.

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Human Dignity as a Legal Concept – Vacuous, Redundant, and Stupid?

April 12, 2024 | 5 PM

Speaker: Prof. Mathias Mahlmann is University Professor, and Chair of Philosophy and Theory of Law, Legal Sociology and International Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich, Switzerland. He will be a Visiting Professor with the V R Krishna Iyer Chair on Public Law and Policy Choice at NLSIU.

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Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives

March 01, 2024 | 4 PM

Speaker: Dr. Betsy Rajasingh is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director at the Centre for IP Research and Advocacy at NLSIU, Bengaluru. She teaches intellectual property and property law and offers electives relating to copyright and geographical indications.

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Funding Democracy: A Radical Alternative

December 19, 2023 | 5 PM

Speaker: Udit Bhatia is a political theorist whose research focuses on normative democratic theory, constitutionalism, and political epistemology.

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Legislating democracy: Ambedkar and the future of India

December 14, 2023 | 5 PM

Speaker: Shruti Kapila is Professor of History and Politics at the University of Cambridge, Director of Studies at Corpus Christi College and Co-Director of Global Humanities Initiative.

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Discussion on the Book ‘Toward a Free Economy: Swatantra and Opposition Politics in Democratic India’

November 30, 2023 | 5 PM

Speaker: Dr. Aditya Balasubramanian is a Senior Lecturer in History at ANU’s College of Arts and Social Sciences. His research focuses on various aspects of the history of modern South Asia.

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Screening of the Film ‘From the Shadows’ & Interaction with its Director Miriam Chandy Menacherry

September 21, 2023 | 5 PM

Director and Film: As part of the NLS Public Lecture Series, the University screened the documentary film ‘From the Shadows’ followed by an interaction with the film’s Director Miriam Chandy Menacherry, at the NLS campus on Thursday, September 21, 2023. Miriam makes films that celebrate everyday heroes, approaching every story through the lens of popular culture to find the intersection of social cause and the arts.

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Contested Terrain – Lawyering for Forest Rights

September 15, 2023 | 6 PM

Speaker: Shomona Khanna is an Advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court, and has been associated with numerous civil and democratic rights issues since 1991, both as a lawyer and as a writer.

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Translating Gender and Sexuality

August 3, 2023 | 5 PM

Speaker: Prof. Ruth Vanita is the author, most recently, of two novels, Memory of Light (Penguin 2022) and A Slight Angle (forthcoming Penguin 2024) and The Broken Rainbow: Poems and Translations (Copper Coin 2023).

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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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Nature in Balance? State, Society, and Ecology in Independent India

January 12, 2023 | 5 PM

Speaker: Mahesh Rangarajan is Professor of Environmental Studies and History at Ashoka University, Sonipat, Haryana. Prior to this, he was Professor of Modern Indian History at the University of Delhi.

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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