Odisha Dialogues forum’s annual lecture series tomorrow on occasion of Utkala Gaurab’s birth anniversary

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Dialogues, aka Odisha Alochana Chakra, will launch an annual lecture series and a research fellowship on April 28 on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Utkala Gaurab Madhusudan Das.

Former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur will deliver the maiden annual lecture, ‘Can India’s Judiciary Rescue Her Democracy?’. Former professor of Delhi School of Economics Dr Pulin B Nayak will chair the lecture session to be held virtually.

In a statement, Odisha Dialogues stated the virtual lecture series will be organized at 6:30 PM on April 28, 2021. The event will also be telecast live at www.youtube.com/OdishaDialogues.

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The forum will also release a video on Utkala Gaurab Madhusudan’s life and times tomorrow.

Today, the Odisha Dialogues is reckoned as a credible, trusted and dynamic thought leadership platform with immense potential for making a visible difference to the state’s intellectual discourse, said Rajesh Mahapatra, the founder-director of the Odisha Dialogues.

There couldn’t be a day more befitting than the birth anniversary of Utkala Gaurab Madhusudan Das, the 28th of April, to observe as our Annual Day, said Mahapatra. In Madhu Babu’s notions of modernity, cosmopolitanism, the embrace of science, the critique of caste, women’s empowerment and advocacy of the secular, the Odisha Dialogues sees a ‘living legacy’ with which we can reimagine Odisha for making a better world, he added.

Last year, the Odisha Dialogues hosted its first webinar, kicking off a series of discussions on how to rebuild Odisha post Corona.

The forum has so far organised close to 30 high-quality webinars and seminars, hosted nearly 100 speakers of national and international recognition, produced half dozen policy notes and conducted four research projects.

The speakers at the webinars included experts from diverse fields, from former World Bank Chief Economist Prof Kaushik Basu, former Chief Statistician of India Dr Pronab Sen and eminent political commentator Dr Ramachandra Guha to Odisha-based policy leaders such as the chairman of the Odisha Skill Development Authority Subroto Bagchi and former chief secretary Jugal Mohapatra.

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