Dialogue on Democracy: The future of Politics

Indian Council for Cultural Relations with Associazione Sākshi and  Fondazione Luigi Einaudi


The Dialogue on Democracy: Politics of the future


on the 14th April 2022 at 1300 UK time/1400 Italian time/ 1730 India time

Webinar Memo

Democracy has grown from Abraham Lincoln’s description of a government “of the people, for the people and by the people” at Gettysburg. Over time this has evolved from selective suffrage to universal suffrage. Today in the digital age, democracy has become a constant rapport between governments and their constituents with flash plebiscites or referendums or polls conducted by political parties to measure the reaction of their proposals and actions within their electoral pool.

While digital democracy has in one way, made governance more accountable, more transparent, and more inclusive, it has handicapped modern political decision making. While digital platforms today allow more information flow from the government bodies to the constituents and allow governments to measure the perception of the electorate, similarly fake news and “trial by social media” amputates the ability of the decision makers to take strategic decisions which may be unpopular in the short term however may be of great benefit to the country in the long term. Above all this also calls into the question the role of the platform and messenger which is usually a US based multinational which responds to US sensitivities and shareholders. Much like governance was corporatized in the 1600’s to private companies like the East India company, is democracy now being corporatized in the name of free speech and expression?

European countries have had their challenges with social media and democracy and India, the world’s largest democracy is always in election mode, given the vastness of positions, governments to be elected. India conducts elections every year, to state legislatures or local governments. The panel “The future of democracy: Politics of the future”, aims to reinforce the motto of the Indian republic “Satya Meva Jayate (Truth always conquers)” celebrating the anniversary of the architect of the Indian constitution Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, to discuss key issues facing India’s democracy and democracy in general.

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Draft Agenda and Guest Speakers

Welcome, Vas Shenoy, President, Associazione Sākshi

Introduction, S. Narendran, Public Policy Expert

Inaugural Address

Dr. Vinay Shahasrabuddhe, President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations & Member of Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India.

Keynote Address

Ambassador Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs & former Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel.

Plenary address

H.E Rajiv Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India

His Excellency Arif Mohamed Khan, Governor of Kerala, Republic of India (8-10 min)

Special address

Baron Jonathan Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council

Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agatha, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Italy

Sasmit Patra, Member of the Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India

Nirj Deva, former Member of the European Parliament

Pandit Satish Sharma, British-Indian leader


Ravi Kumar, Senior Historian

Moderator: Vas Shenoy, President, Associazione Sākshi

Women and Power: A discussion on the public participation of women the growth of Modern India.




8th March 2022 at 2.00pm CET / 6.30pm IST,

on the occasion of International Women’s Day

The webinar aims to highlight women in power and their fundamental importance in the creation and growth of modern India. We aim to specially focus on women in the public sphere who have led by example. The focus of this webinar is to project the progress made by Indian women in public aspects of society and governance by repeatedly breaking the glass ceiling. While challenges abound, the webinar aims to learn from the experience of the participants. We hope to be able to celebrate these achievements while discussing how to mitigate challenges for the future generations.



Welcome, Vas Shenoy President, Associazione Sākshi

“Citto jetha bhayśunyo” (where the mind is without fear) by Rabindranath Tagore, recited in Bengali by Daniela Cappello, University of Naples “l’Orientale” (4min)

Welcome remarks, HE Dr. Neena Malhotra, Ambassador of India to Italy


Hon.Mrs. Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, Nation Commission for Women, Republic of India.


HE Emanuela Del Re, former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Italy and currently EU Special Representative for the SAHEL


Hon. Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations-ICCR and Member of the Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India


Dr. Brinda Jagirdar, former Chief Economist, State Bank of India

Nityashree Mahadevan, artiste and classical singer

Prof. Dr. Santishree Pandit, Vice Chancellor Jawaharlal Nehru University

Concluding remarks and vote of thanks, Prof. Dr. Florinda De Simini, University of Naples “l’Orientale”


Webinar: 06.04.2021 DesignINDIA

Associazione Sākshi, in collaboration with the Indian Embassy in Rome, on the 6th of April 2021 organised DesignIndia, the first webinar dedicated to young designers and fashion schools in India as well as Italy. The objective of this initiative was to encourage and start a new dialogue in the fashion and design sector

Registrazione del evento DesignINDIA

Article on IlGiornale.it

Partners: European Institute of Design, La Sapienza, Università degli Studi di Napoli “l’Orientale”, CSSEAS, Ambasciata Indiana a Roma.

Speakers: Troy Costa, Narendra Kumar, Celeste Pisenti, Prof.ssa Anna Filigenzi, Prof.ssa Cinzia Capalbo, Prof.ssa Romana Andò, Prof.ssa Dr. Vandana Narang, Prof.ssa Olivia Spinelli, S.E. Neeharika Singh-Vice Capo Missione, Ambasciata dell’India.

Moderators: Marc Robinson and Vas Shenoy

Compere: Maria Casadei. Simultaneous Translation Mita Shenoy e Vincenzo Vassallo.

26.02.2021 Webinar: Musicology, Ed Feldman: A Tabla workshop

The CSSEAS dell’Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” , India in Italy (L’Ambasciata dell’India a Romaand Associazione Sākshi, in the ambit of SRIJAN- the Festival of India in Italy, are happy to present

Ed Feldman, A workshop on Tabla“.

Ed Feldman- A workshop on tabla

20.02.2021 Webinar Musicology: Drums of South India

The CSSEAS dell’Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” , India in Italy (L’Ambasciata dell’India a Romaand Associazione Sākshi, in the ambit of SRIJAN- the Festival of India in Italy, are happy to present Vidwān Rajesh Srinivasan (mridangam) e Vidwān Eashwaran (kanjira),

“Flavours of Musicology, Drums of South India”.

Drums of South Asia

28.01.2021: Tiffin’21-Film Festival

The CSSEAS dell’Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” , India in Italy (L’Ambasciata dell’India a RomaAssociazione Sākshi, in the ambit of SRIJAN- the Festival of India in Italy, are happy to present TIFFIN ‘21, Film festival : a bouquet of Bollywood historical movies

The CSSEAS at the Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, India in Italy (Embassy of India, Rome)and Associazione Sakshi, in the framework of SRIJAN- the Festival of India in Italy of the Embassy of India, Rome, are glad to present Tiffin ‘21, a bouquet of Bollywood historical movies

12.01.21: Webinar Indian Musicology

Flavours of Indian Musicology

This seminar "Theory of Indian Classical Music" was presided over by Maestro P.S.Krishnamurthy was organised on 12.01.2021 to inaugurate the new year. The seminar was a first step in on the path to a better understanding of the theory of indian classical music

La Locandina del evento di musicologia il 12 di gennaio 2021

20.11.20: Ramayana 3.0

This project was the fruit of the collaboration in between l’Università degli studi di Napoli “l’Orientale” and Associazione Sākshi, we wanted to narrate the story of the Ramayana - An ancient yet popular story in Indian traditions - through the voices and faces of the students of the University l'Orientale

This Ramayana 3.0 is a multimedia reinterpretation of the classical Ramayana that creates ancient atmospheres in a postmodern structure and scenario, and that focusses on the expressiveness of the faces brought to life by classical dance makeup. its also elucidates the multilingualism of indian theater and tries to recreate the ambience by using dialects of Italian (Roman and Neapolitan) . The chorus element which appears throughout the various sections of the Ramayana involve recitation in Avadhi of Tulsidas's Ramcharitmanas and Sanskrit maintaining the devotional Aspect of the Ramayana

23.10.20: Gandhi: A Global philosophy

Palazzo Ferrajoli, Piazza Colonna Roma
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WHEN? 23 Ottobre 2020

WHERE? Roma, Palazzo Ferrajoli, Piazza Colonna 355, 00186 Roma(RM).

WHAT? In order to inaugurate our first season of events, Sākshī had organised a commemorative symposium for the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. As a part of the programme well known academic scholars and institutional heads were scheduled to participate in a conference sheding light on gandhian philosophies and their relevance, after more than a century on todays's Italian, European and Global politics Gandhi values of self sufficiency and sustainable development, with reference to the non-cooperation and Ahimsa becoming more and more important each day in the post covid-19 world