The seventh Oberoi-Lecture Series in association with Ritinjali - A conversation with Dr. Shashi Tharoor

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We were honoured to have Dr. Shashi Tharoor as the speaker at the seventh Oberoi-Ritinjali Lecture Series on 28 March, at The Oberoi, Gurgaon. It was a thoroughly inspirational evening where Dr. Tharoor engaged an audience of over 100 people in conversation on 'Building the Indian Nation'. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Saloni Roy.

Dr. Tharoor began the evening with poignant narratives and anecdotes on pluralism in our country, with emphasis on India as envisioned by our founding fathers. A country that is home to people of every background who feel empowered to be several things. He emphasised how the singular truth about our country is that one can only speak of it in the plural.

The audience interactions that followed covered a wide range of issues such as questioning set ideas of religion, notions on whether Indians are inherently corrupt, the seeming failure of liberal politics, or if India truly is governable, among other things.

In response to an audience member who asked what we can do as citizens to build the nation, Dr. Tharoor spoke of how it was imperative to contribute one's time and talents towards endeavours that create awareness and opportunity. He also spoke of the proverbial drop in the bucket and emphasised going the Ritinjali way in creating a cascade effect towards nation-building. The key to effectively changing the course of the country's future is a well-informed and empowered populace; since the core of nation-building is not its policies and governments, but its people.