The Aditi Institute Talks

A Talk by Dr. Moyukh Chatterjee,

Dr. Moyukh Chatterjee is an assistant professor at the School of Policy and Governance at Azim Premji University. He holds a PhD and an MA in Anthropology from Emory University, USA; MPhil and MA in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, and a BA in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

As a social anthropologist, Dr. Chatterjee focuses on the ethnography of law, violence, state and politics. His book manuscript, The Impunity Effect: Spectacular Violence and Democracy in India is based on ethnographic research conducted in Gujarat between 2011and 2013, and is part of a decade-long project to understand the relationship between collective violence, public legitimacy and political power in India. Dr. Chatterjee talked to us about his experience of working with Bajrang Dal activists in Ahmedabad. He talked about the everyday lives of the Bajrang Dal boys, especially in the context of increased reportage on right-wing vigilante groups and their attacks on minorities across India. In certain parts of India like Gujarat, these groups and activists are embedded in the everyday life of the neighbourhood, where they often act as problem solvers and intermediaries.

His talk was very engaging, and students asked plenty of questions, especially trying to investigate motivations of the activists and their uneasy relationship with violence.

This talk was held on 24th September 2018

A Talk by Dr. Pankaj Sekhsaria

The High School and Plus Two students of Aditi attended a talk about the effects of human development on isolated island ecosystems by Dr Pankaj Sekhsaria on September 26th, 2018.

This was a very well-received discussion that highlighted the delicate balance that nature maintains, but man tries to disrupt in the name of economic progress. Dr. Sekhsaria is a scientist, an environmentalist and an author. He focuses mainly on environmental problems, involving research, networking, legal intervention etc., relating to issues in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He has also written two books titled, The Last Wave and Islands in Flux centred on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He recently spoke at the Ooty Literature Festival that a group of our students also attended. His talk was described as very informative as well as exceedingly interesting by many of the students who were in attendance.