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Hyderabad: NALSAR succussfully organizes Colloquium on “Cooperation Contentment and Care to Enable Justice for All”

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NALSAR University is organising Colloquium on “Cooperation Contentment and Care to Enable Justice for All” at the University Campus from November 2-5, 2023.

The Chief Guest for the Inaugural of the Colloquium, Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Former Governor of West Bengal and the grandson of Late Mahatma Gandhi delivered the Inaugural Address at 4:00 p.m. today. In his address, Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, tied together the values of Buddhism and Stoicism — as drawn from the works of emperors Ashoka and Marcus Aurelius — as a meditation on how we may cultivate consciousness to the pain of another. He emphasised, recalling Tilak Maharaj, that we strive for freedom – as our birthright – everyday, as individuals. In his words, “independence is a destination, but freedom is a state of being.”

Guest of Honour, Prof. (Dr.) Upendra Baxi, Professor Emeritus at University of Warwick and Delhi, in his presidential address, reflected on the words of Mr. Gandhi by recalling Mohandas Gandhi’s timeless words that Indians were not just seeking freedom, they were seeking “just freedom.”

Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR welcomed the gathering with his opening remarks locating the values of care, cooperation and contentment in our everyday interactions with the law.  

Prof. Amita Dhanda, Professor Emeritus introduced the Colloquium’s vision as an effort to interrogate the values such as competition and consumerism that drive modern day thinking. The Colloquium’s emphasis on care, contentment and cooperation was oriented at exploring alternate values that could drive discourse and philosophical thinking that recognises humanity’s interconnectedness and interdependence.

The Colloquium was attended by Vice-Chancellors of other NLUs and distinguished scholars from across disciplines.

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