Monday, May 26, 2014

Nehru and the Supreme Court

The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library organised a Workshop titled ‘Nehru’s India’ on 1st May, 2014. This was the second of the three events being organized in commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru. The first workshop on ‘Nehru’s World’ was held on 19th April, 2014 and the third on ‘Rethinking the Nehru Legacy: The Long Twentieth century’ will be held on 17-18th November, 2014.

As Mr. Narendra Modi begins his innings as the Prime Minister this evening, in an interesting coincidence, tomorrow happens to be the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru's death anniversary.   Many observers are tempted to compare the two, for the difference in their world-views. 

Nehru ceaselessly reflected upon how the particular was related to an universal and how they shaped each other. Perhaps India itself provided a model of it, of how the immense multiplicity within India could constitute the larger entity, which he summed up in the formula, “unity in diversity.”  All the three events have a distinct focus and thematic coherence and aim to provide a platform for original and creative scholars to share their approaches.

Six papers were presented in the ‘Nehru’s India’ workshop and the audios of all papers are available here.   Our readers will find audio No.10 carrying Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy's paper, 'Nehru and the Supreme Court: A plea for institutional comity' interesting. 

(The above post partly draws from the email on the event sent by  NMML to the author)
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