A Panel Discussion on "Governance and Role of Citizenry"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

As part of the year-long 10th anniversary celebrations of the Indian School of Business (ISB), a panel discussion was hosted in New Delhi on “Governance and Role of Citizenry.”

The notable panelists included Sanjaya Baru, Editor, The Business Standard; Urvashi Butalia, Co-founder of Kali for Women; Professor Dipankar Gupta, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Arun Kapur, Director, Vasant Valley School; and Suhel Seth, Managing Partner of Counselage India. The keynote address for the evening was delivered by Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

One of the key ideas that emerged was the need for citizens to participate actively in the governance of their neighbourhoods. “The fundamental principle of good citizenship starts in your neighbourhood,” stressed Sanjaya Baru to the audience which included ISB alumna, and members from the industry and government.

The panelists spoke of the need to remain engaged citizens at all times. “The worst kind of citizenry is when you are indifferent and that is, by and large, the enduring facet of our citizenry,” opined Suhel Seth.

The discussion was followed by an interactive question-and-answer session, and an address by ISB Dean Ajit Rangnekar.