23.02.2015 – Panel discussion on ‘Freedom of Expression’ organized by the French department of Ruia College

In the wake of recent happenings around the world, it is important to put in perspective the notion of freedom of expression, vital to a democracy. It is equally important that academic bodies, intellectuals, professionals and artistes reflect upon this question and its implications.

It is in this context, that the French Department of Ruia college headed by Dr. Vasumahti Badrinathan, organized an international round table seminar on this subject.

M. Christophe LEGRIS - JPEG

The first round table examined the role of academics, researchers, professors and institutions in freedom of expression. What role do academics play in cultivating freedom of expression? Do educational systems adequately encourage and motivate expression?

Panelists:

- Mr. Christophe Legris, Linguistic Attaché, Consulate General of France
- Prof Fabienne Leconte
- Prof K. Deb, sociologist, IIT Bombay
- Prof Sathe, Chemistry, Ruia College

The discussion was followed by an interaction with the audience composed of students and professionals from various fields.

(de g à d) M. Christophe LEGIRS, Prof. Fabienne LECOMPE, Prof. DEB and Prof SATHE. Moderator: Dr. BADRINATHAN - JPEG

The second round table questions freedom of expression from the perspective of media, artistes, and writers. What do we define as freedom of expression? Do cultures dictate freedom of expression? Do democracies truly encourage freedom of expression?

Panelists:

- Mr. Kumar Ketkar, eminent journalist & media person
- Mr. Manjul, Cartoonist, DNA
- Mr. Tushar Gandhi (great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi), Activist, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation
- Ms. Snehal Agrawal Sharma, Deputy Press Attache, Consulate General of France
- Ms. Vidyottama Sharma, Media person & Business Head, Percept Profile
- Ms. Nandini Menon, Legal Counsel & Advisor

Followed by interaction

Moderator: Dr. Vasumathi Badrinathan

(de g à d) Ms. MENON, Ms. T. SHARMA, Mr. KETKAR, Ms. Snehal AGRAWAL SHARMA, Mr. Tushar GANDHI, Mr. MANJUL and Dr. BADRINATHAN - JPEG

To sum it up, both the round tables threw light on the complexities of the term ‘freedom of expression’. They also succeeded in making the audience more receptive and tolerant to ‘right of opinion’ of others.

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