Centre for Study of Society and Secularism cordially invites you to the 16th Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lecture on “Does Indian Secularism have a Future?” to be delivered by Prof. Rajeev Bhargava on 25th September 2020 at 6 pm. The lecture will be chaired by Prof. Faizan Mustafa.

Please join us over Zoom.https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83608433947?pwd=M1YwQ0tPY3VBVFZ3QmR0M0RrZTZ4Zz09

Meeting ID: 836 0843 3947
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Brief Profile:


Prof. Rajeev Bhargava is currently the director at Parekh Institute of Indian Thought, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). Prior to that he was the Director at CSDS from 2007-2014. He has also been a Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1980-2005), and between 2001 and 2005 was Head, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. He did his BA in economics from the University of Delhi, and MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University. Bhargava’s publications include Individualism in Social Science (1992), What is Political Theory and Why Do We Need It? (2010) and The Promise of India’s Secular Democracy (2010). His edited works are Secularism and Its Critics (1998) and Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution (2008).


Prof. Faizan Mustafa is the Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. He was also the founder Vice-Chancellor of National Law University, Orissa and has served as Dean, Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University and Registrar of AMU.  He did his graduation in History and Law and later LL.M and Ph.D. in Copyright Law from Aligarh Muslim University. He has written eight books and contributed more than 250 articles. The Supreme Court of India has also quoted him a number of times including in the recent Sabarimala Judgement. He regularly writes in the leading newspapers and magazines on the current legal issues.

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