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The IDG is one of the oldest and most respected societies of St. Stephen's College, Delhi. It looks to broaden perspectives by discussing a variety of issues with eminent personalities.

Our talks often throw up some very unexpected answers and, even more often, some very unexpected questions.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Do you like voicing your opinion?
Feel passionately about issues?
Tired with humdrum didactic approaches?
Like learning from your colleagues?
Frustrated with the hegemony of the supposed high-strung keepers of knowledge?
Feel exasperated under the yoke of pedantic formalism?
Believe that any learning process should be a merry enterprise?
Join the IDG in our new initiative –
An all-student discussion forum
Free flowing and uncomplicated
Our first theme:
Revolution: What It Means To You
Date: 30th July, 2009
Time: 2.15 pm
Venue: Staff room

The Informal Discussion Group invites you to an interactive session with:
Arun Shourie
(Journalist, Author, Politician)
on the topic:
Rethinking Our Religions

Time: 8 PM

Date: 27th July, 2009

Venue: Staff Room

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Informal Discussion Group invites you to an Interactive Session with:
Shiv Shankar Menon
(Foreign Secretary of India)

on the topic:
Sri Lanka : The War is Far From Over

Time: 8 PM

Date: 22nd July, 2009

Venue: Staff Room

Some of Our Previous Interactive Sessions

Mark Sofer (Israeli Ambassador to India) - The Middle East Crisis

Mark Sofer, the Israeli Ambassador to India, was born in London and holds a B. Sc in economics and international relations from the London School of Economics, and an MA in international relations from the Hebrew University. He joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1981 and has held diplomatic positions in Peru, Norway, and New York. His previous posting was as ambassador to Ireland from 1999-2002. In the early 1990s he was policy adviser to Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.

From: www.theisraelproject.org

Achin Vanaik - Myths About Israel
Professor Achin Vanaik is a Professor of International Relations and Global Politics in the Political Science Department of Delhi University. He is an independent scholar and journalist, and was an assistant editor of the Times of India. He was a visiting professor of Political Science at the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University. His areas of study and involvement include matters of religion, secularism, communalism, foreign policy and nuclear disarmament, as well as globalization and international politics. In Britain he was active in the anti-racist and anti-imperialist movements of the 1960s and 1970s. In India he has been involved in anti-communal and civil liberties issues, and nuclear disarmament. He was on the Board of Directors of Greenpeace, India and was a co-recipient of the Sean MacBride International Peace Prize for the year 2000.
From: http://www.blackwell-compass.com/

A.K. Antony, the current Defence Minister of India, has often been described as the ‘Mr. Clean’ of Indian Politics. He is the former Chief Minister of Kerala, and won popular support in 1996 for his decision to impose a ban on arrack. As a student, he gained public attention as a prominent, leading activist of the Kerala Student’s Union.

From: http://www.news.outlookindia.com/, www.en.wikipedia.org

Indian Ocean on their Musicology

Indian Ocean is a band that combines Indian classical music and cathartic rock to create a sound that is intense, spontaneous and passionate. Its members, Asheem Chakravarty, Rahul Ram and Amit Kilam spoke of their lives so far, before plunging into beautiful, energetic renditions of some of their most well known songs. Their music expresses ‘the very soul of their milieu, urban and rural’ since they are, as they describe themselves, ‘at home, in the world’. They dwell on individual journeys and collective struggles, and the quest for change and liberation.

From: http://www.indianoceanmusic.com/