Talk in Leuven on Sept 29th

picmws014 The time has come for me to head back home to California. On the way there, I plan to take two short breaks: one in Belgium and the other in the New York-New Jersey area. I will be visiting my friend Yogananda Saripalli in Leuven Belgium.

Leuven is a town of about 100,000 residents. The wiki tells us that it “is home to Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer group and one of the top-five largest consumer-goods companies in the world; and to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the largest and oldest university of the Low Countries and the oldest Catholic university still in existence.”

I am scheduled to give a talk in Leuven on Sunday September 29th. Here’s a brief description


Comprehensive Freedom as the Key to India’s Development

Freedom is valued by every individual. At the level of the collective, freedom is a necessary condition for the advancement of society. Only a society of free individuals can hope to progress. Lack of freedom is a barrier to growth and development. How do societies guarantee freedom to its members is a matter that deserves attention. The preferred means to it is a set of rules that provide the foundation of a society. This is usually the constitution of the state. A rationally constructed set of rules is therefore a necessary prerequisite for all development, including (but not limited to) economic development.

In this talk, we will explore the relationship between the foundational rules, freedom of individuals, and economic growth and development. The primary object of attention will be India and path to India becoming a prosperous society will be outlined. The basic provocative claim made and defended will be that India’s lack of development is because India lacks comprehensive freedom in general and economic freedom in particular.

Venue: Pangaea, Vesaliusstraat 34, Leuven.
Date and Time: September 29th, 3 pm to 4 pm


Author: Atanu Dey


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  2. Dear Atanu,

    First of all, what a coincidence, one visits a blog one follows to realize the author is around. Furthermore, that the author is about to speak publicly is just brilliant. Looking forward to hearing you speak in Leuven.

    Dr. Subramanian Swamy gave an interesting perspective today on a similar subject in Chicago at the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swamiji:

    I may be rather naive, but for freedom one needs to know truth (metaphysically or physically). Metaphysically, it is usually a personal pursuit. Physically (materially), truth in India as with media in any capitalist society is beaten to the bones until even a post-mortem cannot identify the causes. All instruments of public welfare are in a state of collapse, so much that one may ask which? where?
    In such a backdrop anticipating physical/material freedom is a challenge for an Indian.
    Your talk tomorrow is very welcome.


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