CPR : Invites of Panel Discussions


CPR is pleased to invite you for the inaugural panel discussion on’Informational Privacy in India: Aadhaar and Beyond’, as part of our new series Talking Rights Seriously

Moderator: Ananth Padmanabhan, Fellow, Technology & Society Initiative, Centre for Policy Research 

Meenakshi Arora, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India 
Dr Arghya Sengupta, Research Director, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
Zoheb Hossain, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Vrinda Bhandari, Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Friday, 26 October 2018, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Lecture Room – II, India International Centre – Annexe Building


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The discussion will be streamed through Facebook live on CPR’s Facebook page

About the Series

The Indian Supreme Court has been actively engaged of late with recognising the right to privacy including informational privacy as part of fundamental rights, laying down the contours of free speech and expression in the internet era while revisiting the law of sedition, adjudicating the constitutional validity of criminal laws that are vestiges of a long-gone Victorian era, sensitizing personal laws and religious customs to the idea of gender equality and personal freedoms, and framing the scope and meaning of the right to life and personal dignity within the broader context of socio-economic rights that make life meaningful. Similarly, Parliament has begun playing a more active role in this rights discourse by cementing the position of socio-economic rights, hitherto considered part of the non-justiciable directive principles of state policy, within the firmament of statutorily enforceable rights.

With this background, the Centre for Policy Research is starting a new series, Talking Rights Seriously, conceptualised as a discussion platform to critically examine important judicial verdicts and legislative interventions addressing the theme of rights in India.

About the Inaugural Panel

The first such discussion is on the recent Supreme Court verdict on the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act and the scheme in general, and its implications for the right to informational privacy. The Aadhaar scheme, formally rolled out from 2011 to enrol citizens for the world’s largest digital identities project yet, has attracted considerable public debate and attention. The scheme’s journey through the past seven years places spotlight on various challenges faced when attempting to overcome governance chokepoints through technological means. Of these, the biggest challenge by far has been the rights challenge as no State initiative can bypass constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights to achieve any social goal howsoever desirable. While upholding the fundamental character of the right to privacy in this regard and acknowledging the inherent tension between a datafied society and this all-important facet of human dignity, the Supreme Court in Puttaswamy (2017) also articulated a broad framework to think through and arrive at constitutionally permissible and impermissible tradeoffs. The Aadhaar verdict (2018) is the first real application of this framework and hence critical to India’s rights jurisprudence.

In this inaugural panel, we bring together senior lawyers and experts who have contested and defended the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act before the Supreme Court, to share their insights on various aspects of this verdict pertaining to informational privacy. In particular, this panel shall explore how the majority and dissenting opinions have appreciated the permissibility of biometric information for identification and authentication purposes and its implications, applied the proportionality test when assessing whether the scheme constituted a reasonable inroad into the right to privacy, addressed the surveillance risks arising from seeding Aadhaar numbers in multiple databases, and weighed the various welfare benefits of the scheme against its privacy concerns.

Tea will be served from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the panel discussion.

Please RSVP at president.cpr@cprindia.org


Centre for Policy Research, JustJobs Network and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion onBuilding Jobs Ground Up: Forging Place-based Solution to the Job Crisis
Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Hotel Andaz (Studio IV),1,Northern Access Road, Aerocity, New Delhi, India

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About a decade ago, Thomas Friedman pointed toward a ‘flattening world’ with increased global connectivity, making places irrelevant. But this argument is now turning around. Regional inequalities are on the rise in both developed and developing economies, and workers in left-behind places are reasserting local and national identities. Major global transformations – urbanisation, climate change, and technological change – carry remarkably different consequences across different communities and labor markets.

Yet governments’ approach to job creation is still ‘business as usual’. Top-down sector-based growth strategies are implemented by national governments with little attention to the specific needs, assets and problems of individual places. As a result, job creation policies rarely translate effectively on the ground. While more and more policymakers understand that the place-blind approach to job creation is broken, a new model is yet to take its place.

Forging a place-based approach to job creation begins with learning from local experiences, sharing ideas across a transnational network of local leaders, and workshopping specific labor market challenges in real places.

The 2018 JustJobs Network annual event, in partnership with the Centre for Policy Research and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, is dedicated to co-creating this model with local leaders from around the world who are seeking to build inclusive, job-rich economies as they confront new realities that are at once local and global.


  • Dr KP KrishnanSecretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GOI
  • Dr Ekkerhard Ernst, Chief, Macroeconomic Policy, International Labour Organisation
  • Mr Fuad Cassim, Economist, Banking Association South Africa, Former Senior Advisor, Ministry of Finance, South Africa
  • Mr Manish Sabharwal, Chairman and Co-founder, TeamLease
  • Mr Patrick Ruether, Country Representative, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung India
  • Dr Ruth Manorama, Social Activist and Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award
  • Ms Sabina Dewan, President and Executive Director, JustJobs Network
  • Ms Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research 

Documentary ScreeningSmall City Dreaming, a short documentary about the working lives of young people in small cities in India and Indonesia. A JJN-CPR film, supported by TTI & IDRC. Directed by Amit Mahanti.

The event will be followed by a reception and dinner.

To RSVP, please write to irasengupta@justjobsnetwork.org (Limited seating, first come first serve basis)

1st November – (Invite only)

Concurrent Workshops

  • Creating jobs for migrants amidst rapid urbanization
  • Developing a place-based approach to job creation
  • Adapting labour market to a digital world
  • Unleashing the economic potential of women

Chief Guest

Shri Heeralal Samariya – Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India (TBC)

Tweet to @JJNglobal – Just Jobs Network’s twitter handle. Tweet to @FESnewsbrief – Friedrich Ebert Stiftung India’s twitter handle.

CPR is pleased to invite you for a talk onPakistan’s 2018 elections: Islamic parties and the invention of the ‘moderate’ voter
By Farzana Shaikh
Friday, 02 November 2018, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research

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About the Talk

The historically capricious relationship between Pakistan’s Islamic parties and the country’s voters conceals a complex political reality that has obscured the importance of religion as a factor in voter calculations and sowed confusion about claims of a ‘moderate’ voter who is deaf to the appeal of religious radicalism. The 2018 general elections in Pakistan, which confirmed the enduring power of religion to determine mainstream political discourse, has forced a reconsideration of these questions and cast doubt on the ‘moderate’ voter as a distinct, if not dominant, voice which has also served to lend credence to Pakistan’s self-image as a beacon of Muslim moderation.

About Speaker

Farzana Shaikh is an Associate Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. A specialist on Pakistan, she has lectured and held senior research positions at universities in the UK, Europe and the United States.  She has written widely on the history, politics and foreign policy of Pakistan and is the author of Community and Consensus in Islam: Muslim Representation in Colonial India, 1860-1947 and, most recently, Making Sense of Pakistan (2009, 2018).  Shaikh is a well-known commentator on Pakistan for the international media and is a regular speaker at conferences and meetings on Pakistan in the UK and abroad. She has been called to testify before the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and the Commons All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir.  She holds a PhD from Columbia University in New York.

Please RSVP at president.cpr@cprindia.org



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