Bharat Shakti

"India is the Bharat Shakti, the living energy of a great spiritual conception, and fidelity to it is the very principle of her existence."

It is with these words of Sri Aurobindo that the Pondy Lit Fest was conceived. From the beginning, we sought to create a platform that brought together people who wished to see India attain her full potential, and who did not shy away from expressing as much through their words and actions. In a sense, our lit fest changed the definition of literature festivals in India. No longer were they a gathering where the pessimistic elite pondered about the country’s backwardness and poverty. Here, we discussed the growth of India’s economic and military might, her increasingly important geopolitical role, and how we could reconcile her vibrant past with her bright future. Neither did we shy away from proclaiming that ours is the greatest civilization in the world, nor did we shy away from enunciating clearly what it is that makes it thus: Bharat Shakti, the living energy of a great spiritual conception.

The first edition of our festival was a roaring success. The foremost thinkers of the country were present, shedding light on various issues. What set our speakers apart was that they weren’t hollow have-beens, but men and women who were experts in their fields and had the clout to bring about large-scale change in India. Lawmakers, policymakers, historians, economists, journalists, filmmakers, scientists - most of them didn‹t even need an introduction- that’s the quality of discourse that the Pondy Lit Fest brought about.

As we begin working towards a grander second edition, the signs that India is finally leaving behind the non-assertive mentality and the narrative of victimhood that had become synonymous with her, are all around us. But the challenges are starker than ever. As new India breaks one shackle after another and begins her inevitable rise, the second edition of the Pondy Lit Fest will attempt to serve as a platform for the architects of new India to share their thoughts about the challenges we face and how new India will overcome them.

Curators


 
Kanchan Gupta

Senior Columnist
Distinguished Fellow at ORF

Anand Ranganathan

Professor JNU
 

 

Organizers

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Partha Hariharan
managing director
Alo Sud
director
Ajit Datta
director
Gayatri Iyer
director

 
 

 
 
 
 

INAUGURATION


27, September 2019. All are welcome.

Dr. Kiran Bedi
Honourable Lt Governor of Puducherry
V.Narayanasamy
Honourable Chief Minister of Puducherry

Keynote Speakers


 
ARIF MOHAMMED KHAN

Honourable Governor of Kerala

HIMANTA BISWA SARMA

Minister of Finance, Health and P.W.D., Assam

 
 
RAM MADHAV

BJP General Secretary

Governor India Foundation

KANCHAN GUPTA

Senior Columnist
Distinguished Fellow at ORF

 

In Conversation


 
ANIRBAN GANGULY

Director at SPMRF, author of Amit Shah And The March Of BJP

PRASOON JOSHI

Poet, Writer

 

Speakers

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AARTI SINGH TIKOO

Senior Journalist

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AASHISH CHANDORKAR

Public Policy Analyst, author of The Fadnavis Years

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ABHIJIT CHAVDA

Theoretical Physicist, Researcher of History

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ABHIJIT IYER MITRA

Senior Fellow at the Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies

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ABHIJIT MAJUMDER

Senior Journalist And Political Commentator

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ABHINAV PRAKASH

Assistant Professor at Delhi University, Columnist

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ADITYA RAJ KAUL

Journalist Covering Internal Security, Conflict And Foreign Affairs

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ALOKE KUMAR

Assistant Professor at IISC Bengaluru

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AMRITA BHINDER

Columnist

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ANKUR SINGH

Social Media Activist

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ANURAAG SAXENA

Co-Founder of India Pride Project

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Aravindan Neelakandan

Columnist, co-author of Breaking India

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ASHISH DHAR

Founder of UpWord and Pragyata

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ASHUTOSH MUGLIKAR

Columnist

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BAIJAYANT PANDA

BJP Vice-President, author of Lutyens Maverick

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DEEP HALDAR

Executive Editor at India Today, author of Blood Island

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Ganesh Lakshminarayanan

Author of Vaakaiadith Thedal and Thaamiraparani Ennum Sinehithi

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GAUTAM CHIKERMANE

VP at ORF, author of 70 Policies That Shaped India

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GAUTAM CHINTAMANI

Film Historian, author of Rajneeti

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HARAN PRASANNA

Editor at Valam Magazine

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HARINI SRINIVASAN

Author of The Curse of Anuganga

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HARSH GUPTA

Columnist, Public Policy Expert

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JATAAYU

Editor at Valam Magazine, author of Kaalam Thorum Narasingham

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JUSTICE JAICHANDREN

Former Judge at the Madras High Court

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KHALID B SHAH

Associate Fellow at ORF And Kashmir Expert

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MALINI AWASTHI

Renowned Folk Singer

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MEENAKSHI JAIN

Noted Historian, author of Flight of Deities

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NAGARAJAN

Temple Rights Activist

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NANDINI SENGUPTA

Journalist, author of The King Within and The Poisoned Heart

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NAVDEEP SINGH

Former Military Reservist And Lawyer, author of Maimed By The System

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NIKHIL SINGH RAJPUTT

Co-founder, VideoBanao

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NIRAJ RAI

Scientist

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NUPUR J SHARMA

Editor of OpIndia.com

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PRADEEP BHANDARI

Psephologist

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PRAFULLA KETKAR

Editor at Organiser Magazine

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PRASANNA VISHWANATHAN

CEO of Swarajya Magazine

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PRASENJIT BASU

Economist, Author of Asia Reborn

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RAGHAVAN JAGANNATHAN

Editorial Director at Swarajya Magazine, author of Jobs Crisis In India

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RAHUL PANDITA

Senior Journalist, author of Our Moon Has Blood Clots

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RAHUL ROUSHAN

Founder of OpIndia.com

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RAJAT SETHI

Political commentator, author of The Last Battle of Saraighat

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RAJEEV SRINIVASAN

Columnist, Blogger and Public Affairs Commentator

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RAMACHANDRAN NAGASWAMY

Distinguished archaeologist, historian and epigraphist

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J SAI DEEPAK

Senior Lawyer And Constitutional Expert

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Sai Swaroopa Aiyar

Author of Draupadi

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SAMPADANANANDA MISHRA

Director at SAFIC, author of Sri Aurobindo and Sanskrit

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SANDHYA JAIN

Senior Journalist and Columnist, author of J&K: Invisible Faultlines

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SANDIP GHOSE

Corporate Leader, Columnist

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SANJEEV SANYAL

Principle Economic Advisor, Historian, author of Land Of The Seven Rivers

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SANKRANT SANU

Author of The English Medium Myth

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LT. GEN. SATISH DUA

Retired Chief of Integrated Defense Staff, Planned & Executed the Surgical Strikes

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SHEFALI VAIDYA

Columnist, author of Ghar Hindate Aakashi

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SHUBHRASTHA

Columnist, co-author of The Last Battle of Saraighat

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Somdutta Singh

Serial Entrepreneur

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SREEMOY TALUKDAR

Senior Editor at Firstpost.com

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SUNIL AMBEKAR

National Organising Secretary, ABVP

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SG SURYAH

Founder of Kathir News and author of Yogi Orr Aanmiga Arasiyal

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SUSHIL PANDIT

Advertising Guru

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SWAPAN DASGUPTA

Member of Parliament, author of Awakening Bharat Mata

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SWATI GOEL SHARMA

Journalist at Swarajya Magazine

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TAVLEEN SINGH

Senior Journalist and Columnist, author of Durbar and India’s Broken Tryst

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Toine Van Megen

Founding Member, Auroville Renewable Energy Group

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TUHIN SINHA

Political commentator, author of Let the Reason Be Love

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MA VENKATESAN

Author of Hindutva Ambedkar

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M R VENKATESH

Columnist and Political Commentator, author of Dr.Manmohan Singh- A Decade of Decay

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S VENKATESH

Author of Kalkoot

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VIKRAM SAMPATH

Founder of BLF, author of Savarkar- Echoes Of A Forgotten Past

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VIKRAM SOOD

Former R&AW Chief, Advisor at ORF, author of The Unending Game

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S VISHWANATHAN

Writer, Water And Sanitation Expert

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VIVA KERMANI

Writer And Environmentalist

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Yogini Deshpande

Chief Editor at Indic Today

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