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Sat 11 Feb 2023

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Governing Principles of Democracy in Ancient Sanskrit Scriptures

INDICA’s Center for Indic Studies in Law and Justice presents a conversation with Dr Neerja A Gupta, the Vice Chancellor of Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, on the 11th of February 2023 at IST 1600 hrs. The title of this conversation—Governing Principles of Democracy in Ancient Sanskrit Scriptures—is a part of the title of Dr Gupta’s paper in the book India: The Mother of Democracy (2022) announced by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) in November 2022. In this conversation, Dr Gupta will present some key points from the abovementioned paper. Join us on the 11th of February at IST 1600 hrs to listen to Dr Gupta’s perspective on how she views governing principles of Democracy in ancient Sanskrit Scriptures.


Dr Neerja A Gupta

Vice Chancellor, Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies

Dr Neerja A Gupta is the Vice Chancellor of Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, the Chief Coordinator of Bharat Shodh Sansthan, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and the International Academic Chair at GOPIO, New York. An author of 22 books, she knows 12 languages (9 Indian and 3 non-Indian) and has supervised 27 Ph.D. and 24 M.Phil. candidates during her about three dozen years in service in Academia. Some of her other noteworthy appointments include being a Member of the Inter-Religious Dialogue Committee (as a representative of Hindu Dharma) formed by Rev. Pope in Vatican City, the Principal Director of the Government of India Ministry of Home Affairs committee on Article 370 and an Expert in the Advisory Committee for Research and Art Installations in the new Parliament Building in New Delhi.


Megh Kalyanasundaram

Host, Director – Special Projects, INDICA

Megh Kalyanasundaram is an Indian citizen with close to nine years of lived experience in China, an alumnus of ISB and is currently Director Special Projects at INDICA. His post-graduate specialization in Strategy, Leadership and Marketing included a study of research methods. His professional experience includes stints as a Market Leader at a Global Fortune 50 firm, as Head of Business Development at a leading Indian talent development multinational and he has served a term on the Board of a Shanghai-based not-for-profit. His academic research interests and 20+ papers span some aspects of ancient Indian chronology, Indian Knowledge Systems, Landscape in Indic texts, Ancient Indian Jurisprudence, Ideas of India and Philosophy. For his creative contribution to the first edition of the International Day of Yoga, he was invited by the Permanent Mission of India in the United Nations to attend the inaugural event at the UN. Other professional and pro-bono pursuits have included building differentiated digital platforms for Indic texts targeted at specific learning and research needs and music. His research-based compositional Sanskrit album 'Bhārata and her Kāśmīra' has been listed by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) while his subsequent album 'Indian Knowledge Systems and Yāskācārya's Nirukta' has recently been accepted for listing by the Vedic Heritage Portal. In 2022, Megh was invited by the National Museum Institute (NMI) to contribute content for multiple projects currently underway at NMI, including ones on Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh and Kedarnath.