In-house discussions

MAKAIAS has organised a lecture delivered by Dr. Govinda Bhattacharya (Professor of Applied Economics, Indian Institute of Public Administration), on "Asymmetric Federalism in India and other Federations" on 30th January, 2019 at 03.00 p.m at Azad Bhavan, Kolkata.
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MAKAIAS has organised a lecture on "The Relevance of 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's Chicago Address on Peace and Harmony" by Dr. SK. Maqbul Islam, Associate Professor of Department of Bengali, St. Paul's, Cathedral Mission College, Kolkata on January 15, 2019 at Azad Bhavan. Session Chaired by Dr. Mahua Das, Chairman of the West Bengal Council of Higher Education.
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Chairman of MAKAIAS Prof. S. K. Ghosh welcoming Research Fellows and Research Associates of MAKAIAS on January 4, 2019, at Azad Bhavan, Salt Lake
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Subject - 'Gandhi and The Vegetarian' by Dr. Anindita Bandyopadhyay December 10, 2018 Azad Bhavan
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MAKAIAS has organized a Panel Discussion on “The Futures of the Past: Cultures, Traditions and the Question of Reflective Integrity of Indian Thought” on 6th August 2018, at Azad Bhavan, Salt Lake.
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• December 18, 2017: MAKAIAS in collaboration with Asia in Global Affairs and the American Jewish Committee organized a Panel Discussion on Revisiting Calcutta’s Diasporic Communities.

On 5th October 2017, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata, organised a talk on “Historical Knowledge and the Indian Perspective” , an initiative of Professor Sujit K Ghosh, Chairman of MAKAIAS, under eminent scholars at MAKAIAS.“ Professor Kailash Chandra Baral, Professor of India Studies and former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the English and Foreign Languages University,Hyderabad delivered the first lecture under the series, first of its kind in this Institute. Prof. Baral dwelt on various aspects of Indian concept of History discussing genres such as Itihas-Puran, the Charita and the Samhitaas records of history thereby discounting Hegelian imputation of India as a culture lacking in historical consciousness. He also discussed the problem of ideologically constructed historiography to demonstrate that as a civilisation India has a great sense of values that have endured over time and space.
Following his hour long talk interesting and serious interventions were made by participants to which Professor Baral offered very illuminating and insightful answers. Finally, in summing up the discussion,Professor Sujit K Ghosh, Chairman of MAKAIAS drew attention to diverse oral traditions of India in particular of communities in the Northeast that need to be focused for having an inclusive understanding of Indian past(s) in discussing the historical discourse.
The programme ended with a vote of thanks from Prof. V.K. Srivastava, the Director I/C.