INDIA: The Mother of Democracy

INDICA’s Center for Indic Studies in Law and Justice presents a conversation titled ‘INDIA: The Mother of Democracy’ with Dr Raghuvendra Tanwar on Jan 15 (Sun) 2023 at IST 1800 hrs. The title of the conversation is the title of a book Professor Tanwar {Professor Emeritus, Kurukshetra University and the current Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)} recently edited. The book was released on the 24th of November 2022. Join us on the 15th of January 2023 (a Sunday) at IST 1800 hrs to listen to some of Professor Raghuvendra Tanwar’s perspectives on this topic.

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.

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.

Judicial Process in Ancient India (Exploring Yājñavalkya, Nārada & Kātyāyana)

The INDICA Center for Indic Studies in Law and Justice presents a conversation with Brunda Karanam titled Judicial Process in Ancient India on the 17th of December 2022 at IST 1000 hrs. The Smṛti-s are of great significance in ancient Indian jurisprudence. They deal, inter alia, with judicial administration, which is essential to access to justice.This conversation seeks to explore the judicial process in ancient India, relying primarily on the Smṛti-s of Yājñavalkya, Nārada, and Kātyāyana, and their commentaries thereof, while referring to a few others when contextually relevant.The discussion will draw parallels with India’s modern legal system and judicial administration. This conversation shall also briefly touch upon the independence of thought in the Smṛti-s, the dynamic nature of ancient Indian jurisprudence, and its adaptation and evolution with the times.

The Contemporary Relevance of Systems of Evidence in Smrti-s

The INDICA Center for Indic Studies in Law & Justice (CISLJ) presents a conversation with Dr Divya Bharti on the 5th of November (Sat) 2022 at IST 1000 hrs. Following from the title of the talk, The contemporary relevance of systems of evidence in Smrti-s, Dr Bharti will present her analysis of how systems of evidence found in Smrti texts can be seen to be relevant in contemporary times. According to Dr Bharti, while one can read some similarities between systems of evidence in Smrti texts and a contemporary system such as the Indian Evidence Act, there are also some points of divergence, the reasons for which are multiple. Divergences notwithstanding though, the fact that ‘evidence’ forms a basic and an important basis of a judicial decision or judgement in both systems allows for the possibility of a comparative analysis of the two systems and exploring ways in which some facets of the Smrti texts vis-a-vis evidence and its treatment could be relevant in contemporary times. This conversation will be primarily in Hindi.

Duties and Rights in the Dharmasūtra-s (Hindi)

The INDICA Center for Indic Studies in Law & Justice (CISLJ) presents a conversation with Dr Pratibha Shastri on the 28th of October 2022 at IST 1800 hrs. This conversation intends to put the spotlight on some aspects of her book धर्मसूत्रों में नागरिकों के कर्तव्य और अधिकार (roughly, Duties and Rights in Dharmasūtra-s) published in 2016 by Vidyanidhi Prakashan (New Delhi). Amongst other things, Dr Shastri, in her book, engages with the scope of the term nāgarika. Was nāgarika (loosely, citizen) a status limited only to human beings or is there evidence that attest to a broader and a more inclusive scope of that term? What can one learn about what was considered duties and rights in the Dharmasūtra-s? Join us to understand her textual-evidence based perspective in response to these questions and more. This conversation will be primarily in Hindi.

The Contemporary Relevance of the Dharmaśāstra Literature

The INDICA Center for Indic Studies in Law and Justice presents a conversation with Dr Madhusudhan Penna on the 26th of November 2022 (Sat) at IST 1100 hours. This conversation will look to foreground some of Dr Penna’s views on the contemporary relevance of the gargantuan Dharmaśāstra literature. Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, the university that Dr Penna helms as its Vice Chancellor, recently organised an international conference Dharma, Dharmaśāstra and Culture. Amongst the foci of that conference were topics such as २१वी सदी में धर्मशास्त्र की प्रासंगिकता (Relevance of Dharmaśāstra-s in the 21st century) and धर्मशास्त्र एवं आधुनिक न्यायव्यवस्था (loosely translatable as Dharmaśāstra and Modern Jurisprudence). Join us to take a dip into the Dharmaśāstra literature with the view to understanding Dr Penna’s perspective on how aspects of this vast corpus are relevant to our times.

Rule of Law and Enforcement of Contracts in the Arthaśāstra

This conversation seeks to primarily foreground insights presented by author and economist Sriram Balasubramanian in the chapter Rule of Law and Enforcements of Contracts of his book Kautilyanomics for Modern Times published in 2022 by Bloomsbury. This book, according to its author, seeks to do three things: first, to provide a structure and a context for Kautilya’s economic thoughts; second, to examine his work’s relevance today, and third to do it in a way that a lay reader can follow and grasp easily. This talk will focus on Kautilya’s philosophy behind rule of law and enforcement of contracts, some of the key trends in enforcement of contracts in the current scenario and how Kautilya’s ideas are relevant to these trends.