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Sun 22 Jan 2023

9:30 PM - 10:30 PM (UTC+5.5)

Hindu Narratives on Human Rights

INDICA’s Center for Indic Studies in Law and Justice presents a  conversation on the 22nd of January 2023 at IST 2130 hrs with Dr. Arvind Sharma on the topic of Hindu Narratives on Human Rights, which is also the title of one of his books. Join us to listen to his selection from his insight-filled book which contains the following sixteen chapters:
1) Right to Justice
2) Does Hinduism Possess a Concept of Rights
3) Freedom of Religion
4) Hinduism and the Right to Property
5) Hinduism and the Right to Livelihood
6) Hinduism and the Right of Children
7) Marriage and the Rights of Women: Śakuntalā
8) Marriage and the Rights of Women: Sāvitrī
9) Marriage and the Right of a  Woman to Choose Her Husband
10) Animal Rights and Hinduism
11) Do Hindu Women Possess the Rights to study the Vedas?
12)  The Rights of the Child and the Right to Parenthood: A Case Study
13) A Discussion of Law and Morality from Ancient India
14) Hinduism and Egalitarianism
15) Hinduism and the Rights of the Dead
16) Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Alexander’s Invasion of India.


Dr. Arvind Sharma

Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University

Arvind Sharma, formerly of the I.A.S., is currently the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montréal Canada, where he has taught for over thirty years. He has also taught in Australia ( University of Queensland, Sydney), the U.S.A. ( Northeastern, Boston, Temple, Harvard), and India ( Nalanda). He has published extensively in the fields of comparative religion and Indian religions and was instrumental in the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World’s Religions through three global conferences on World’s Religions After September 11, held in Montréal in 2006, 2011, and 2016.


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.