Title : “Why Do Our Constitutional Debates Matter?”
Speaker : Mr. Vikram Raghavan, Lead Counsel and Senior Legal Advisor, World Bank in Washington, DC.
Abstract: In this talk it is argued that Indians must take their Constitutional debates seriously. Using rare archival material and photographs, the talk explores the initial neglect of the Constituent Assembly's work in the 1950s. The turning point came with the use of the Debates in the 1960s and 1970s as a tool to interpret key provisions of the Constitution by judges and lawyers. The talk then discusses the need to read Constituent Assembly Debates, and how such engagement can assist in the resolution of the various constitutional predicaments and anxieties of our times.