January 22,  7 pm

Literati Annual Lecture

Literati Annual Lecture celebrates the intelligentsia in the field of literature, arts and polity. We believe in learning by listening, thinking and implying the necessary. Every year, we shall bring forth honorary personalities from across the spectrum, providing our audience (you) with a memorable and insightful experience to take away. Literati 2020 marks the first edition of the lecture.


Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is Contributing Editor at the Indian Express. He has been vice-chancellor of Ashoka University and president, Centre Policy Research, New Delhi, one of India's top think tanks. Before he started engaging with contemporary affairs, he taught political theory at Harvard, and briefly at JNU.  He has written extensively on intellectual history, political theory, law,  India's social transformation and world affairs. He is the recipient of the Infosys Prize, the Adisheshiah Prize and the Amartya Sen Prize.

January 23,  6 pm

Keynote Speaker

Freedom & Flourishing: New Year in Law and Rights


Karuna Nundy

Karuna Nundy is an Indian lawyer at the Supreme Court of India and the focus of her work is on constitutional law, commercial litigation and arbitration, media law and legal policy. She received a degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University. After a short stint as a TV journalist, she studied law at Cambridge University, and later pursued LL.M. from Columbia University, New York. Known more for her work in the field of constitutional law and human rights, Karuna Nundy is the leading voice of change behind laws achieving gender justice and freedom of speech and is someone who fiercely goes after corporations and governments without a shred of doubt or fear. Nundy is renowned for her work in human rights, contributing to India’s anti-rape bill, which followed the infamous Delhi gangrape case of 2012. She also represented the Bhopal Gas survivors in the Supreme Court and got them better healthcare systems.

January 23,  7 pm

Casteism in Education and Urban Areas

A Panel Discussion

The aim of this discussion is to explore the various ways in which caste shapes the experiences of Dalit and Adivasi individuals in the field of education. From its effect on the availability of educational opportunities to the prevalence of casteism within institutional boundaries, we seek to understand in ways that it impacts the lives of individuals and how the student community can do better.

Cynthia Stephen

Cynthia Stephen is a writer, poet, social policy researcher and independent journalist. She is the president of the Training, Editorial and Development Services Trust (TEDS) and works in the areas of Dalit studies, affirmative action and educational policy. Cynthia has over 20 years of experience working as a consultant in gender training and evaluation in the NGO sector along with a long standing background in microfinance and development. She has authored several articles and has been published extensively in the form of news features, journal articles, opinion pieces along with book reviews and poetry.

Beena Pallical

Beena Pallical is the General Secretary of Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan, co ordinating the National Coalition of SCP TSP Legislation and Executive Director, South Asia Dalit Women’s Economic Empowerment Program of Asia Dalit Rights Forum. She has been working on Dalit economic rights, with a special focus on Dalit women’s economic rights and policy changes within Central and State governments for the development of the Adivasi community. She has participated in several national and international seminars representing the voices of Dalit and Adivasi community.

Divya Malhari

Divya Malhari is a writer and an assistant professor, St Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore. In her blog, The Dalit Writer, she breaks down experiences that Dalit individuals have, emphasising their nuances and importance. The blog spans topics of Brahmanism and aesthetics, annihilating patronising language, a kinship she feels towards the Hathras victim and much more.

January 24,  6 pm

Tête-à-Tête with Raj Kamal Jha


Raj Kamal Jha

Raj Kamal Jha is the chief editor of The Indian Express. The newspaper has won the International Press Institute’s India award for Excellence in Journalism four times. He is the author of five novels. His latest The City and The Sea, explores the afterlife of a rape in New Delhi. His fiction has been translated in over a dozen languages including German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Turkish and Italian. He has taught in the international journalism program at the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded IIT’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for telling stories of a changing India with “courage and compassion.” For leading the newspaper’s investigative journalism – in a range of areas from politics and business to health and education – he was awarded Journalist of the Year at the National Red Ink Awards by the Mumbai Press Club.

Keynote Speaker

January 24,  7 pm

Manisha Pande

Manisha Pande is the Executive Editor at Newslaundry where she reports, edits and gets her kicks from watching television news. She hosts a weekly media critique cum satire show titled ‘Newsance’, unravelling the many nuisances of Indian journalism. Previously with Business Standard and DNA, she’s interested in the media and would like to tell stories that acquaint you with different aspects of the news industry.