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    India needs to provide bold new leadership to global climate change talks, says Member of Parliament Jairam Ramesh, speaking about the need for concerted policy interventions in managing the impact of climate change on India, at a public lecture in Chennai on October 24, 2014, as part of a series of lectures organised by The Hindu Centre.

With the concept of opinion polls being dissected in political circles, Prof. Rajeeva L. Karandikar, Director, Chennai Mathematical Institute, demystified the science behind it, in a lecture-discussion at The Hindu Centre. Having illustrated it with experiences and anecdotes, he stated the factors behind the creation of a genuine effort in gauging the mood of the voters: the methodology, the maths behind votes to seats, the consideration of errors, and the credibility of a survey if taken scientifically.

India at the Crossroads


N. Ravi, The Hindu Editor-in-Chief, introduces the session to the audience
The political landscape of India is changing and the urge for a new dawn is much more now than ever before. This passion for change emerged as the central theme of discussion among a prestigious panel of authors and speakers at the 7th Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) sponsored by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on January 18.

A two-hour panel discussion, 'Making RTE Effective: Strategies, Constraints, Outcomes', organised by The Hindu Centre, highlighted the impediments that have prevented the fulfilling of RTE Act in letter and spirit. Some of these are deep-rooted problems like hierarchy, privatisation of primary education, exclusion based on the language of English, poor implementation, and the absence of quality teaching professionals.

A two-hour panel discussion organised by The Hindu Centre and the U.S. Consulate, Chennai, turned the spotlight on a range of issues relating to gender based violence. From the U.S. Rape Shield Laws, the need to include marital rape as a punishable office in India, to making the workplace healthy for all, a group of panellists discussed the challenges faced and the institutional responses to avert violence against women.

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy organised on November 22, a public discussion, "Do Opinion Polls Inform or Mislead Voters?" at The Hindu’s headquarters in Chennai. The discussion was held against the backdrop of a proposal by the Election Commission of India (EC) to the Government of India for a provision in the law to prohibit publishing and dissemination of results of opinion polls from the date of notification of an election.

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, Member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and founder president, Lok Satta Party, made a strong case for moving towards an electoral system based on proportional representation, in a lecture discussion at The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on August 24.

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on Thursday, December 5, 2013, hosted a lively interactive session with Mr. Giles Thomson, Director, South Asia and India Coordinator, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, UK. He was accompanied(...)

The Governor of West Bengal, M.K. Narayanan, urged think tanks to come out with recommendations that could be used by the Government to solve existing problems faced by the country and to prevent their recurrence. Mr. Narayanan made his observations during a 90-minute interaction at the Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy.

Dr. Frederic Grare, Senior Associate and Director, South Asia Programme, of the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, visited The Hindu Centre on June 17. In the presence of other distinguished guests from the diplomatic and academic community, he spoke of the potential of think tanks in developing perspectives and clarity in the policies of governments.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, inaugurated The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy at Rashtrapati Bhavan Auditorium on January 31st, 2013. The President unveiled the plaque and inaugurated the Centre, based in Ch(...)