Tuesday 26 September 2017

Speaker Series on ''India’s Economy Rewired''

The Economics Department of Christ University Bannerghatta Road Campus conducted its second event in the Speaker Series on Tuesday 26th September 2017. The guest for the day was Shri.Feroze Varun Gandhi, who spoke on the topic “India’s Economy Rewired”. Shri. Varun Gandhi is an Indian politician, a poet and a columnist. As a member of Lok Sabha, he represents the Sultanpur constituency. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and was inducted into Rajnath Singh's team in March 2012 as National General Secretary, becoming the youngest General Secretary in the history of the party.

The program commenced at 11:45am with the welcome address being delivered by the Associate Dean, Dr. Jyoti Kumar.Shri Varun Gandhi was later presented with a sapling by the Academics Coordinator, Ms. Gaana J.Shri Gandhi began to address the gathering by painting a contrasting picture of India in the 1960s and the India of today. In due course of his oration, he identified three sectors of India that are in need of immediate reformation- education, healthcare, and agriculture. He elaborated upon the poor state of public education, public healthcare, and the precarious volatility of the agricultural sector. 

Overall, his deliverance drew attention to two major changes that must be discussed at higher levels of political influence - the need for income and economic equality, and bridging the ever-increasing
demographic dividend, both of which he declared needs to be tackled through political reform. He also pointed out a multitude of problems in the folds of Indian politics, some of which were the hiking of salaries by representative themselves, the lack of women’s reservation, and uniform voting in the Parliament.

Inspired by the progressive systems in place in countries such as Italy and Jordan, Shri Varun Gandhi suggests the facilitation of this reformation through methods such as transparent petitioning and encouragement of social entrepreneurship and youth movements.
Shri. Varun Gandhi’s speech was followed by a brief question and answer session with the audience, wherein important issues such as the requirement for controlling the rising co-operative consolidation and the grey area of the politics of criminalisation was brought to light in fruitful discussion. 
The session concluded at 1:15pm with the Vote of Thanks being presented by the Assistant Professor of the Economics Department, Dr. Pious Thomas.

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