The Department of Political Science at Kamala Nehru College organised its annual departmental fest, Politik 2016, on the theme- ‘Politics of Dissent in Contemporary India’ on 12th of January. With political cartoons, facts, and information about world events adorning the whole college, the posters and banners by the department highlighted the events that have proved to be significant markers in the political history of India and the world.
With a number of events and hustle bustle of the crowd, the main highlight of the fest was an enlightening session with Professor Neera Chandokhe, a political scientist with more than 44 years of experience in teaching at the University of Delhi and a fellow of Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her session engrossed the students as she emphasised on the importance of establishing a dialogue within ourselves to make an informed opinion.
She described the feminist movements in detail and the importance of ‘live and let live’ in a society like India. She talked about education, revolting for change and most importantly, the grave situation that India is currently in. The main focus of her address was that, it is high time that India comes out of its intolerant issues and embraces its culture yet again, to boast of its ‘unity in diversity.’
Apart from the stimulating interaction with the esteemed academician, the fest also had various competitions like cartoon making, rangoli making, quiz, poster making competition and online photography competition. To give a glimpse of the cultural ethos of the Indian state, especially in this phase of intolerance, included a play called- Soch Soch Ki Baat Hai, directed and scripted by Tessa Toms and Urvashi Singhal. It projected that the real judge of an intolerant nation are its people. We must be the change we wish to see in the world, be tolerant to live in a tolerant world, we are the reflection of tolerance, it doesn’t come from outside of you, it comes from within!