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.
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?
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.
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?
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
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.