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President to inaugurate The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy

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The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, will inaugurate The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on January 31 in New Delhi.

Mr. Mukherjee will inaugurate the Centre, based in Chennai. It will be a virtual inauguration, effective through video conferencing, at a function to be held in Rasthrapati Bhavan.

A major goal for The Hindu Centre is to look at India’s governing vision over the last several decades since Independence and to revisit the fundamental formulations of the Indian Constitution, be it on pluralism, federalism, linguistic states, or regional autonomy and to see whether parts of this governing vision need to be updated to address the intense challenges facing the country today.

The Hindu Centre will be guided by an Advisory Board comprising eminent scholars and public intellectuals: Zoya Hasan, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and CEO, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi; Yogendra Yadav, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi; Gurcharan Das, management expert, author, and commentator on public affairs; Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago; Navin Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner of India; and Sunil Khilnani, Director, King’s India Institute, London.

The Centre’s Board of Management comprises the former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu group of publications, N. Ram, the former Editor of The Hindu, N. Ravi, and the former Executive Editor of The Hindu, Malini Parthasarathy. Dr. Malini Parthasarathy will be the Director of the Centre.

The Centre, which aims to increase public awareness of their political and social choices, will undertake research on current topics, promote dialogue and debate, and hold Track II type round tables on internal conflicts.