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Spotlight - ‘Hum Bharatiya’, a global dialogue series

In the spirit of our nation’s preamble, ‘We, the people of India,’ the World Intellectual Foundation presented ‘Hum Bhartiya’, a global dialogue series on March 17, 2024, at the India International Centre in New Delhi. This significant initiative aimed to foster a sense of national pride among Bharatiya citizens and position Bharat as a Vishwaguru on the global stage. Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir was our Chief Guest and the esteemed Padma Shri awardee from Bali, Indonesia, Hon’ble Shri Agus Indra Udayana, was our Guest of Honour. The series featured two impactful sessions –

Session 1 - How Does The Historical Narative Contribute To Our National Pride

Panelists

Shri Swapan Dasgupta , Padma Bhushan , Former MP , Rajya Sabha
Dr Meenakshi Jain , Padma Shri , Historian
Prof Anand Ranganathan , Special Centre for molecular medicine , JNU
Shri J Sai Deepak , Advocate , Supreme Court of India

Moderator

Prof Heeraman Tiwari , Centre for historical Studies , JNU

Key takeaways The first session featured a spectrum of perspectives on the legacy of India and how it has endured mutilation, nullification, or negation since colonial times. While scholars didn’t reach a unanimous consensus on the deterministic factors behind this distortion, one clear outcome emerged: the history of the past two to three centuries has inflicted profound psychological wounds on the perception of Bharat and Bharatiyata regarding their own identity and culture.

Session 2 - Kashmir : Kalhan Se Klantar Tak

Panelists

Prof Amitabh Mattoo , Padma Shri , School of International Studies , JNU
Shri Ashutosh Bhatnagar , Director , Jammu & Kashmir Study Centre
Shri Vivek Agnihotri , Filmmaker
Ms Yana Mir , Journalist

Moderator

Dr Shuchi Yadav , Centre for Media Studies , JNU

Key takeaways The second session dealt not just with the history of Kashmir through the ages but also tried to figure out the space of Kashmir in the geo-politics of the Indian subcontinent and how the abrogation of Article 370 and recent political developments have ignited the hope of an awakening in the region, through which Kashmir can find its list glory.

Hemangi Sinha, Project Head, WIF – “Hum Bharatiya” is a noble initiative aimed at sparking curiosity among the youth about our history of sacrifices and valour. We strive to transform it into a platform for discussing issues of significant public interest, setting a new standard for showcasing India as an intellectual powerhouse.”

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