Neo-Liberalism, Secularism, and the Future of the Left in India—a day-long conference

Thursday, April 1, 2010  10:00am The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

No registration required

First come, first seated

Photo ID required for entry


Heyman Center for the Humanities

The Columbia University Seminar in Studies in Political and Social Thought

Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion

Committee on Global Thought


Additional Speakers: Prabhat Patnaik, Jayati Ghosh, C.P. Chandrahekar, Javeed Alam

Discussants: Sanjay Reddy, Arjun Jayadev, Anush Kapadia, Anwar Shaikh, Vijay Prasad, Akeel Bilgrami

The Heyman Center will host a day-long conference on secularism, liberalism, and its relation to left politics in India today. Participating will be prominent Indian politicians and intellectuals including 

Keynote speaker: Sitaram Yechury

Additional Speakers: Prabhat Patnaik, Jayati Ghosh, C.P. Chandrahekar, Javeed Alam

Discussants: Sanjay Reddy, Arjun Jayadev, Anush Kapadia, Anwar Shaikh, Vijay Prasad, Akeel Bilgrami

Note: the keynote will take place in Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center.


  • Keynote Speaker

    Sitaram Yechury

    Parliamentary Group Leader

    Communist Party of India

  • Featured Speakers

    Prabhat Patnaik

    Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning

    Jawaharlal Nehru University

  • Jayati Ghosh

    Professor of Economics

    Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

  • CP Chandrasekhar

    Professor of Economics

    Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

  • Javeed Alam


    Indian Council of Social Science Research

  • Discussants

    Sanjay Reddy

    Associate Professor of Economics

    The New School for Social Research

  • Arjun Jayadev

    Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts

    University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Anush Kapadia

    Lecturer on Social Studies

    Harvard University

  • Anwar Shaikh

    Professor of Economics

    The New School

  • Akeel Bilgrami

    Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy

    Columbia University


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