Workshop and Seminars

RGICS organized a meeting on 'Climate Change and People's Voice' on October 5th, 2015. The meeting saw an interaction between eminent climate change activists and political leaders of the country, to deliberate the formulation of a potential political agenda in climate change policy in India, in keeping with the liberal-democratic framework of the Republic. The major outcomes highlighted the weak institutional infrastructure in climate policy, the need to focus on national and state-level action plans on climate change and strategies for phasing out coal mining.

RGICS organised a policy briefing on the proposed amendment to the land acquisition bill on 7th August, 2014. The briefing was attended by over ten Members of Parliament including senior Members such as Shri. Jairam Ramesh. The legislators were briefed by farmer organisations such as Deli Grameen Samaj, Bharatiya Kisan Union and Ekta Parishad on the shortcomings of the proposed amendments and how they will be detrimental to the Farmer community in India. The Members and farmer groups came to a consensus that a continuous nation-wide awareness campaign to mobilise support against the amendments was required. 

On August 6th, 2104 a meeting on the Draft Juvenile Justice Bill (JJ Bill) was held at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies (RGICS). The meeting was attended by Child Rights Activists from various institutes and organisations such as Centre for Child and Law, Child Rights and You, Butterflies and Pro-child; Parliamentarians including Mani Shankar, Rajiv Shukla and Rajiv Satav; besides the RGICS team. The objective of the meeting was to come up with the best argument a Parliamentarian can make against the current draft.

The members raised issues that it was an illusion that the society was unsafe due to the current JJ Act. Kalpana Purushothaman (NLSIU) gave a psychological perspective that minds attain maturity only at the age of 25 years, till that age the person is susceptible to external influences and can be rehabilitated to act as a productive member of the society. Swagat Raha raised the point that the current bill violates the Right to Equality guaranteed by the Constitution; while Arlene Manoharan added that the current bill would regress and violate the UN Convention on Rights of Child regarding the age of Juveniles to be tried in adult courts. An activist from Butterflies narrated her experiences with Juveniles who were eager to be reformed. MP Mani Shankar questioned the logic behind using 7 years imprisonment as a measure to categorise a crime as heinous.


The meeting came to the conclusion that the draft bill in its current form should be referred to a Standing committee for review and discussion that includes experts of Child Rights from various organisations.

A one day conference was held on 30th October, 2013.
Five papers presented were:
1.The Gulabi Gang’s Struggle for Justice: Vigilante Group or a Social Movement? by Dr. Jens Rudbeck
2.The Changing Contours of the Politics in Kashmiri Movement: Ideas, Practices & Responses by Ms. Sharbani Sharma
3.RTI Movement: A Sociological Analysis by Dr. Sushree Panigrahi
4.Resistance, Articulation and Politics: Social Movement among the Musahar Community by Dr. Shilp Shikha Singh
5.Politicizing Nature: Role of Scientists in Environment Movements by Dr. Shoma Choudhary Lahiri

One Day Seminar on the Rights Based Approach to Human Development: Issues and challenges of policy-making was organised on 5th September 2013.
This seminar was a culmination of a year  long project where authors were identified to write on several aspects of the RBA and post their submission of the first draft, the conference was held.

The one day briefing on The National Food Security Bill was attended by political leadersmainly MPs and academicians.
Videos of the event are available on the Video Gallery.

The seminar had two main sessions : session on academic/issue based  and  session on political issues. The academic session was attended by Prof. Sheila Bora, Prof R.C. Borpatragohain and Ms. Hasina Kharbhih. The political leaders who attended were Rockybul Hussain and Rani Narah.

As migration becomes more dynamic and complex, it requires a new set of policies which can better represent and protect the migrant population so that they can contribute something in return. There is a need for a more coherent migration policy which can be beneficial to trade, labour market and development matters. National norms and regulations need to be created along with an institutional framework for a better social dialogue and a conducive environment for economic migrants.


Given RGICS’s vision which stresses on the values of justice, equality of status, equal opportunity and welfare of mankind, this research project aimed at upholding these values while examining this issue. Also given RGICS’s focal interest in the meta journey of India, the main objective of the research project was to focus on identifying and eliminating the barriers to voluntary migration and causes of involuntary migration and draft a national policy framework on migration after examining all the relevant issues and challenges relating to migration.


Areas covered under the Research Project:-
1. A broad overview - the All-India and state variations, migration and economic development, migration and urbanisation

2. Issues:-
- Migration and Social transformation - Migration and Agriculture - Migration and Identity - Migration and Gender

3) Policies: - Under this, the current economic rights of the migrants, social protection policies, inter-state migrants act have been looked into.

A day long brainstorming was organised to focus on identifying and addressing the democratic deficit in the current framework for decision making on forests.  The session  explored the feasibility of developing a new architecture for an institutional framework that would reduce this democratic deficit.
Focus was on two themes (1) Use of forests for coal mining and thermal power; and (2) Use of forest commons – issues of conservation, wildlife protection, rights of forest dwellers and the role of tourism.
The brainstorming was held on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 in Jawahar Bhawan, New Delhi. Participants invited to attend this were people who approached forests from diverse perspectives, so that all key view points were represented.

A public conversation between Prof. Ashis Nandy and Prof. Hamid Dabashi was organised on 7th August, 2012 in Jawahar Bhawan.  This well -attended dialogue was also telecast online.