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 Engages with the World

K Shankar Bajpai
August 11, 2006

The honour of being invited to deliver the Prem Bhatia Memorial Lecture is both flattering and humbling. It makes one proud to be asked to join the galaxy of truly eminent speakers who have preceded…

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Dangers to Indian Democracy

Ashok H Desai
August 11, 2005

It is a special honour to be called upon to deliver the Tenth Prem Bhatia Memorial Lecture. 1.1 It is a double honour. Firstly, we have an opportunity to recall the remarkable person after whom…

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The Indian Polity Today and the Road Ahead

August 11, 2004

It’s a great honour to have been asked to deliver the 9th Prem Bhatia Memorial lecture. Prem Bhatia’s reputation as an upright journalist, editor and commentator should serve as an inspiration for us all. I,…

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The World Order After Iraq

Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar
August 11, 2003

LL.B (Hons) (Ceylon); B. Litt(Oxon); D. Litt (hc) (Univ. Sri Lanka at Sabaragamuwa); Attorney, Barrister; President’s Counsel; Member of Parliament; Hony. Master of the Inner Temple; Member. Policy Advisory Commission, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO);…

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Press Freedom: Problems, Perils & Paradoxes

Soli J Sorabjee
August 11, 2000

In my talk this evening I would like to address the problems, paradoxes and perils concerning the Freedom of the Press. I shall do so frankly and bluntly attempting to follow the example of our…

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Indian Economy : Present State, Future Prospects

Prof. A. M. Khusro
Chairman, 11th Planning Commission
August 11, 1998

Delivering the third Prem Bhatia Memorial Lecture, Prof. Khusro held that the Government should not worry about the fiscal deficit but increase its expenditure on infrastructure projects in power, telecom, roads, railways and housing by…

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On faith of the Journalist

Mr. Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah
Former Chief Justice of India and Chairperson National Human Rights Commission
August 11, 1997

The great institution of the ‘Press’ which has been and still is the largest single influence on the civil and political society does not seem to inspire the same respect for its legitimacy as it…

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