Kashish Forward: Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

“The panel-discussion that followed mainly focused on the activities of Vannam and the manner in which the institute bureaucracy could help foster a conducive setting for LGBTQIA groups and the converse. There was a comment on the planning of buildings on campus that seems to buy into the gender binary quite easily, with exclusive hostel spaces meant exclusively for one gender. One of the students, questioned the sustainability of same-sex relationships, for example. Coming back to Vannam, the discussion steered towards the status of the group as a non-recognized body within campus and the pressing to need to increase its outreach, either through becoming a recognized body or otherwise to promote a sense of tolerance for the other.”

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Pre-Shaastra Spotlight Lecture: Balaji Viswanathan

“The Indian startup scenario is highly competitive with more than one startup working on a similar idea. A few are destined to fail. However, this is no way an indicator of the startup ecosystem in India.” From startup culture to the Maker revolution and its potential for India, Balaji Viswanathan talked about a gamut of things. His enthusiasm and passion are sure to leave a lasting impression on the students who attended his talk. The Shaastra pre-lecture series could not have gotten a better start!

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EML by Retd. Maj. Gen. (Dr.) GD Bakshi

“Though such events and speakers inevitably fall prey to controversies, the only way forward is to engage in a two-way conversation, and this involves both respecting and listening to the other person seriously and emphatically. Ultimately, freedom of thought and expression is the key to a healthy discussion during lectures and events, as long as they don’t turn violent or abusive. We hope that events that involve a strong clash of ideologies and opinions can still foster an atmosphere of dialogue, discussion and respect.”

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