Prem Bhatia Memorial Lectures

On August 11, each year, in addition to felicication of award winners, the Trust hosts a lecture by an eminent personality on a topical subject.

The nineteen lectures to date have included distinguished speakers such as Dr Karan Singh, Dr M S Swaminathan, the late Prof A M Khusro, Justice Venkatachalliah, Mr Soli Sorabji, Prof Deepak Nayyar, Prof Dipankar Gupta, the late Mr Lakshman Kadirgamar, Prof Zoya Hasan, Mr Ashok H Desai, Mr K S Bajpai, Prof Gowher Rizvi, Prof Ashok Mitra, Ms Ayesha Siddiqa, Mr Chandrashekar Das Gupta, Mr Shiv Shankar Menon, Dr Y V Reddy, Mr Shyam Saran, Mr T N Ninan and Mr Pratap Bhanu Mehta, all of whom have enlightened the audience on various political, economic and social events in the country.


India’s Aborted Transitions

Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta
President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research
August 11, 2015

It is truly humbling and, dare I say, intimidating being here. Humbled by several things: first and foremost, the memory of the person we have gathered to honour, Prem Bhatia. I did not have the…

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How to Get India Going Again

T N Ninan
August 11, 2014

Mrs Prem Bhatia, Mr Bajpai, Dr Debroy, Mr Malhotra, trustees of the Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust, and friends: I entered the world of journalists when Prem Bhatia was already a grey eminence. But, unlike what…

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Global Economic Developments and India

DR. Y.V. Reddy
August 11, 2012

Chairman Ninan, distinguished Trustees, and friends, I am greatly honoured by the invitation to deliver the 17th Prem Bhatia Memorial Lecture. I thank the organizers, in particular, Mr. Anand Bhatia, and my batch mate and…

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India and the Global Scene

Shivshankar Menon
August 11, 2011

Mrs. Bhatia, Anand, Shyam and other members of the Bhatia family, Shri Rasgotra and members of the Prem Bhatia Trust, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for giving me the honour of delivering the Prem Bhatia…

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Growth For Whom: Choice or Dilemma?

Dr. Ashok Mitra
August 11, 2008

I was a bumpkin from the backwoods of mofussil Bengal at about the time of independence. Mr. Prem Bhatia was then Special Representative with the Statesman, and we youngsters would eagerly wait for his regular…

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