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The following Republic@70 events took place:
Constitution Day Lecture
DAKSH’s eighth annual Constitution Day lecture was given by Trilochan Sastry. Professor at IIM Bangalore and Chairman of Association for Democratic Reforms, an organisation doing pioneering work on electoral and political reform. He spoke about the Constitution, democracy and the Indian citizen.
DAKSH will be ran a week-long campaign in collaboration with Radio Indigo (FM 91.9) to explain why the Constitution is important to ordinary Indians. This included a quiz to test people’s knowledge of the Indian Constitution, and an interview and interactive sessions on air with Leah and Siddharth from DAKSH, who discussed interesting trivia about the Indian Constitution.
DAKSH commissioned a mural by artist Anpu Varkey in Bengaluru on themes surrounding the Constitution and the ‘Republic@70’ campaign.
Constitution Day Quiz
DAKSH collaborated with the Karnataka Quiz Association to host an open quiz on Constitution and politics.
Constitution pe charcha – Interactive sessions with children
As part of the Constitution pe charcha initiative, DAKSH will be engaged with high school students in numerous schools including Parikrama Centre for Learning, Koramangala and Inventure Academy, on the topic of the Indian Constitution. Through interactive sessions with the students we aimed to understand what the Constitution means to them and create more awareness about the values embodied in the Constitution.
DAKSH organised street plays as a part of Republic@70. They emphasised the relevance of the Constitution in the daily lives of Indian citizens, and also illustrated the constitutional values of Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity in the context of citizens’ daily lives. The performances were a celebration of the rights enshrined in the Constitution.
DAKSH, in collaboration with INTACH, conducted a heritage walk through Bangalore, with pit stops at significant locations within the city. As a part of this walk, participants were able to learn interesting facts about the city’s association with India’s freedom struggle and viewed an original copy of the Indian Constitution at the Bangalore Library.
DAKSH screened the critically acclaimed and award-winning film ‘Newton’, starring Rajkummar Rao and directed by Amit V. Masurkar, a dark comedy film on the Indian elections and the role of government servants in the political system.