A brief report of Institute on Politics, 2016.

Institute on Politics 2016 (May 2-6, 2016)

The programme department of Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC), Bangalore and Inter-Church Service Association (ICSA), Chennai jointly organized Institute on Politics, 2016 during May, 2-6, 2016, with the theme “Analysis of the Contemporary Political Challenges in India.” About 44 participants from different parts of the country participated the Institute. A brief introduction about the Institute on Politics was given by Dr. Reji Samuel, Dean of ISET, ECC, followed by the key note address by Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas, the Director of ECC.

Dr. A. J. Anandan, IPS (Rtd.) took the first session, Analysis of Contemporary Political Challenges in India. He stressed on the political challenges that India is now facing. The next session was on Understanding Politics by Dr. Moses P. Manohar, the Executive Director of ICSA. Dr. Moses dealt with the very basic question, “what is Politics and its importance and need in our society.” Shri. N. B. Bhat, IPS (Rtd.) took  a session on RTI & Fixing Accountability. Bhat threw light on various aspects of RTI, why it was enacted, its features and relevance. Dr. Moses P. Manohar took another session on Introduction to constitution of India. He briefed the history and development of the Indian constitution and its principles. Dr. Moses continued his talk in the next session on the need of the state and the ideas of the Welfare State. Another eminent scholar Dr. Sapna Mohan took two sessions, Women and Law and Recent Legislations in Central and State/budget allocation. Dr. Sapna discussed elaborately on the laws and legislation in India that dealt particularly with the rights and protection of women. Great personalities like Justice Santhosh Hedge, the former Supreme Court Judge also took a session on Lokpal Bill/Lokayuktha. He discussed in details about the role of Lokayuktha and challenged the young people to bring change in the society by keeping themselves aloof from the Greed and to promote the values of Humanism. Mr. Tarak Goradia, an IIT graduate and a worker of AAP also took an interesting session on New Political Experimenting, where he discussed the primary objectives of AAP and its function, and their aim of establishing a new kind of democratic structure and principles. The session was followed by Human Rights Issues by Mr. Mathew Philip. He alleged that Human Rights is the integral part of Politics and protection of the Human Rights is the primary objective of politics. The final session was on Spirituality and Politics by Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas, the Director of ECC. Dr. Cherian gave a wider meaning of spirituality and invited the delegates to protect and preserve the human rights which are sacred. He strongly urged the delegates to be a part of nation building which is the true sign of spirituality. The session ended with the brief report of the program.

Thangminlun Vaiphei
Programme Executive, ECC.

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