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Theme: Contemplating Pangaeanism

This event occurred on
April 7, 2013
2:00pm - 6:00pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)

The theme of the event is 'Contemplating Pangaeanism’ - A futuristic idea of envisaging the prospects of a unified world with a single political, defense, law, economic & education system'. In other words, a world without borders.

The inception of this hypothetical idea lies in the realization that if India can be a unity in diversity despite being a cluster of mutually fighting states just 200 years ago, is it possible for the world to morph into such a system, given that gigantic leaps in technology is shrinking the global village each day?

We first therefore open a debate on the prospects of existence of such a system in the future. If yes, will the establishment of such a system gleefully lead to world peace where each nation cooperates with each other instead of competing OR is this common existence a highly unstable ecosystem ?

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Swatantrata Bhavan
Swatantrata Bhavan
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi, 221005
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Kalikesh Singh Deo

Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo is the Member of Parliament from Bolangir in Orissa and a leader of the Biju Janata Dal. He hails from the royal family of Bolangir. He spent his initial career working in investment banking and with the energy giant, Enron before being elected to the state legislative assembly in 2004. He won the election from the Saintala Assembly Constituency and was the youngest member of the House at the time of his election. He initiated the LAMP (Legislative Assistance to MPs) programme where young graduates assist MPs in legislative research work and is currently its convener.

Arun Anant

A top notch corporate with a passion for entrepreneurship and a modest personality, Arun has had a comprehensive global exposure in leading corporations. He built strong brands for Hindustan Unilever, Cadbury, J&J, Britannia, among others in various roles in account servicing, account planning and market research. Post that, he has worked with UTV News (now Bloomberg UTV) as its CEO and Bennett Coleman & Company Limited (BCCL) as vice-president. He has also worked with IRIS, Lintas Worldwide (Lowe & Partners), and Hindustan Petroleum

S. Madhulika

Madhulika has over 10 years of experience in program design, development, and implementation in the area of teacher, faculty, and student development in the United States and India. Her innovation in English learning using local language, culture and way of life has been listed among top 10 innovations in Asia and Africa in Secondary Education (Results for Development Institute, Washington D.C., supported by Rockefeller Foundation).

Dr. Manu Vora

Dr. Manu Vora is Chairman and President of Business Excellence, Inc. a global quality management consulting firm. He has over 38 years of leadership experience guiding Fortune 500 companies with Baldrige Performance Excellence assessment. As an Adjunct Professor, he teaches operations management courses at Chicago area business schools since 1993. He is also is the Founder Director and President of the Blind Foundation for India (BFI) since 1989. The BFI Charter is to prevent and cure blindness and educate and rehabilitate incurably blind people in India. He has B.S. (IIT BHU), M.S. & Ph.D. (IIT Chicago) in Chemical Engineering and an MBA with Marketing Management. He is a Past Vice President of American Society for Quality (ASQ), an ASQ Fellow, and Certified Quality Engineer. ASQ has bestowed him with Grant Medal, Lancaster Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, and Hutchens Medal. He is a recipient of 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor & 2012 IIT Chicago Alumni medal.

Nirali Kartik

Nirali & Kartik have performed at music festivals across the country, including the Parks New Festival and Sandstorm Festival. They have collaborated with artists across genres: jazz, folk, electro, street musicians. Coming from drastically different musical backgrounds, Nirali and Kartik found a common ground in Maati Baani to explore how differences blur, dissolve and ultimately create Beauty! Nirali has received many prestigious awards, including the ‘Shrestha Sadhak’ award by Gujrat Rajya Sangeet Natak.

Pankaj Bhadouria

Pankaj had a 16 years long career as a school teacher, when she got her opportunity towards acclaim from the show – ‘Amul’s Master Chef of India’. The show helped her in exploring herself as a professional chef, besides her teaching career. She is now idolized as a working woman with a passion for her hobby. She is trying to propagate the feeling by encouraging all to have a little more passion in routine, but entertaining, activities of cooking and serving. Today, she is a celebrity and the epitome of self-belief and passion for smallest routine works.

S.P. Shukla

A pioneering technologist, he has over 31 years of rich & varied experience in managing large projects & operations. He is a top professional in the field of automotive tyres and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sectors in India. Also, he is widely credited with taking mobile telephony to the masses by setting-up telecom infrastructure in the remotest parts of India. He serves on the boards of several Mahindra Group companies in different sectors such as Bristlecone (USA), Mahindra Retail, Mahindra First Choice Services Ltd. Additionally, he is a member of the Investment Committee of Mahindra Partners which oversees the Group’s foray into new ventures such as Solar Energy, Retail, Logistics and our Yacht business.

Anubhav Sinha

Anubhav Sinha is renowned director and producer and is know for his works like R One and Dus. He worked as an assistant director to Pankaj Parashar until 1994 before branching out as an independent director for television for Zee TV. He received notice for his work on Shikasht, the flagship show of the TV Network "In Mumbai".His multi-starrer Dus, had the biggest opening weekend for the year 2005.This was followed by Tathastu (2006) and his last release Cash (2007). Ra.One a 150-crore INR movie, released on diwali of 2011, was considered a much awaited film of 2011. He is also founder and owner of "Benaras Media Works", the production company he established in 2012 to produce his film and television projects.

Organizing team


Varanasi, Benaras, India


  • Udayan Banerjee
    Associate Organizer
  • Saurabh Lal Saxena
    Corporate Communications
  • Kriti Pandey
    Public Relations