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IG Khan Memorial Lecture

Aligarh: Noted journalist and rural development expert, P. Sainath, delivered the Eighth IG Khan Memorial Lecture on 9 March at the Kennedy Auditorium of AMU. Sainath, Rural Correspondent of The Hindu, spoke on "India in the Age of Inequality" and focused on urban poverty. He drew attention to the rising inequality in the country terming it as India's fastest growing 'industry'. He spoke about distorted priorities within Government and the inadequate nature of programmes aimed at poverty alleviation. Citing the examples of Posco and Vedanta in Orissa, he highlighted the absence of a social democracy in the state. He, however, expressed hope that the enduring nature of India's diversity, which is it's greatest strength, would not fail the people.
Sainath delivering AG khan lecture
Sainath delivering AG khan lecture

The lecture was followed by an interactive session with students. The students presented an audio-visual presentation exploring various aspects of the lives of rickshaw-pullers. Noted theatre group from Delhi, Jan Natya Manch, performed a street play on the Dignity of Labour, titled "Hum Kyun Sahein".

The events concluded with a screening of the classic film 'Do Beegha Zameen' by Bimal Roy. Ms Rinki Roy Bhattacharya, daughter of the director, presented an introduction of the film.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2013 on page no. 13

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