[IN]Debate – Mahatma Gandhi : ‘Our Contemporary’

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

– Mahatma Gandhi


Alliance Françise de Delhi cordially invites you to join our celebrated series of InDebate which is a platform for intellectual exchange . Our next discussion will be  Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Our Contemporary’, to mark the anniversary of his birth. 

The online discussion will have eminent panelists which include

Prof. Ramin Jahanbegloo (Philosopher, Director – Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace),

Dr. Bindu Puri (Chairperson – Centre for Philosophy, JNU),

Dr. Pooja Tyagi Sharma (Economist, Professor at Delhi University),

and Prof. Shama Banoo Abbasi  (Assistant Director, Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace) as the moderator.

Date & Time 28th October 2021 | 6:00 PM
Venue Zoom Webinar

Zoom Id: 892 2180 0071
Passcode: AFD2021

Bio of our panelist:


  • Ramin Jahanbegloo (Philosopher, Director – Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace) He is a political philosopher. He is presently the Executive Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Nonviolence and Peace Studies and the Vice-Dean of the School of Law at Jindal Global University- Delhi-India. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, History, and Political Science and later his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University. In 1993 he taught at the Academy of Philosophy in Tehran. He has been a researcher at the French Institute for Iranian Studies and a fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.  He is also a member of the advisory board of PEN Canada. He is the winner of the Peace Prize from the United Nations Association in Spain (2009) for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence and more recently the winner of the Joseph Palau i Fabre International Essay Prize. Ramin Jahanbegloo is also the founder of a peace movement called Students for Peace, which has active members in India, Canada, and Colombia.


  • Dr. Bindu Puri (Chairperson – Centre for Philosophy, JNU)  Bindu Puri, the enigmatic & multi-faceted Professor and Chairperson in the center for Philosophy at the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her main interests in philosophy are in the areas of political philosophy, moral philosophy, and contemporary Indian philosophy. She loves to cook and to entertain in her old-world home in the heart of the green campus of JNU. She has written 8 books lectured all over the world and is the happiest in the cozy comfort of her home!


  • Dr. Pooja Tyagi Sharma (Economist, Professor at Delhi University)  is an alumnus of Miranda House, University of Delhi, and completed her Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics in 1999. She has more than twenty years of experience teaching and research. Her Mphil and Ph.D. is from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Her thesis titled: “Role of renewables in Energy transitions: A Comparative Study of India and Norway”, is from the Energy studies program, School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University at Delhi India. She has been a Ph.D. Research Fellow Full Scholarship (exchange student program) to the University of Agder, Norway, School of Business and Law, Norway. She has contributed three crucial research papers to the 13th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems – SDEWES, 30th September – 4th October 2018, receiving the funding from Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). She secured a full scholarship for the Educator Programme and ASEAN Investment Law Specialisation from ASEAN Law Academy Conference, CIS, Singapore, 2 – 25 February 2021. 


Program open to all | No registration required