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‘Manthan’ the forum of Intelligent Conversations

Program held at Banjara Academy, R T Nagar, Bengaluru

Banjara Academy hosted the Bangalore Chapter of ‘Manthan’ the forum of Intelligent Conversations at Banjara Academy, R T Nagar, Bengaluru.
Banjara Academy hosted the Bangalore Chapter of ‘Manthan’ the forum of Intelligent Conversations at Banjara Academy, R T Nagar, Bengaluru.

Banjara Academy hosted and inaugurated the Bangalore Chapter of ‘Manthan’ the forum of Intelligent Conversations, which has seen over 238 talks in Hyderabad since 2005, with some of the most eminent and learned celebrities from the country and abroad giving free sessions, open to all, and free of cost.

On 15th of March 2018, we hosted Mr. Aakar Patel, Executive Director of Amnesty International, and well- known columnist, who spoke on “State of Human Rights in India.’ It was a deeply insightful talk based on his years of practical experience in dealing with the different types of human rights violations, the role of the judiciary, police and media. He listed out in simple words what the common citizen has as Rights under the Constitution and how one can use it for oneself, or to help others who are not so educated. His talk led to some deep probing questions which he answered in a candid manner, and left the audience spell-bound.

The next talk will be on Friday, 13th April at Banjara Academy, RT Nagar at 6:00 pm, and it is on “Clean Elections – With Citizens’ Help’ by Prof Trilochan Sastry of IIM-B, who is the Chairman and Founder of Association for Democratic Reforms, the organization that has been instrumental in bringing about innumerable reforms and transparency in our electoral process.

All are welcome to the talk. More details are available at www.manthanindia.com or you can contact Banjara Academy on 80-23330200 or 23535787, or write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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