Capital Foundation Annual Lectures
Capital Foundation Annual Lecture, 05 December 2011, Delhi
“Empowering 3 Billion”

“Before you do anything, stop and recall the face of
the poorest most helpless destitute person
you have seen and ask yourself,
“Is what I am about to do going to help him?”
…Mahatma Gandhi”

I am delighted to give the capital foundation annual lecture and participate in the capital foundation award ceremony in this beautiful environment, particularly on the occasion of the 97th birthday of Justice Shri VR Krishna Iyer. I have great respect for Justice Krishna Iyer for his unique services in multiple fields judiciary, political system, social system and above all – human upliftment actions. I congratulate General J.J. Singh for getting the capital foundation national award, Shri Kapil Sibal and Shri Salman Khurshid for getting the Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer Award, Shri Navin Jindal, and Dr. Arun Mohan for getting the Justice P.N. Bhagwati award and the other award winners. The Capital Foundation Society has a mission of bringing together personalities of thought and learning to deliberate and articulate public opinion on vital issues. It promotes free flow of information and ideas from diverse sources leading to decision making. My greetings to all the participants of this function. Let me share few thoughts in the Capital Foundation annual lecture with the title “Empowering 3 Billion”. The focus of my discussion will be towards, how to empower nearly half the population of the world who need capacity building to perform and lead a good life. In India itself we have 400 million people who need be lifted up towards a better life. I suggest that this important audience may carefully study the suggestions and transform into action in whatever role you are performing. Click here for more..

In 1996 the Capital Foundation Society introduced an Annual Lecture Series with a view to increase publications and report research findings by experts on areas of contemporary importance. The Lecture series has been a great success. The First Annual Lecture was delivered by Prof Upendra Bakshi, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University on Judicial Activism Legal Education & Research in a Globalising India. Mr Justice Kuldip Singh sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India [at present the Chairman of the Delimitation Commission of India] presided over the function.Second Lecture was a Special Lecture by United Nations Coordinator and Resident Representative in India Mr Hans C graf Sponeck on United Nations in India : Is There Value Added ?. Union Minister of Power Prof Y.K.Alagh presided over the function.Third Lecture was by Mr Justice P.B. Sawant Chairman of the Press Council of India on Media and the Constitution. Minister of External Affairs Mr Inder Kumar Gujral presided over the function.Fourth Lecture was by Prof N. R. Madhava Menon, Director of the National Law School, Bangalore on Crisis in Criminal Justice : Reform or Perish. Chief Justice of India Mr Justice J.S. Verma presided over the function and Chairman of the Law Commission of India Mr Justice K. J. Reddy was the Guest of Honour.

President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Mr K.K.Venugopal delivered the Fifth Annual Lecture on Contempt Jurisdiction : Exploring its Limits. Mr Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer Patron of the Society, presided over the function.

Sixth Annual Lecture was delivered by Dr Abhisheikh Manu Singhvi on Scourge of Custodial Torture and Deaths – Problems and Perspectives -. Chief Justice of India Dr A. S. Anand presided over the function and Union Law Minister Mr Arun Jaitley was the Chief Guest. Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission

Mr P.C. Hota delivered the next annual lecture on Civil Services Today. Former Chief Justice of Indian Supreme Court Mr Justice G. B. Patnaik presided and Dr Steven William Lawry the Acting Representative of the Ford Foundation in India was the Guest of Honour.

The Annual Lecture of 2003 was delivered by the former Prime Minister Mr I. K. Gujral on India and Its Eastern NeighboursMr P. C. Hota Chairman of U P S C presided over the function. This also marked the grand finale of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Ford Foundation in India and on this occasion Dr Steven Lawry Acting Representative of the Ford Foundation was the Guest of Honour.

Prof Vina Mazumdar Director of the Centre For Women Development Studies delivered the first Ford Foundation Golden Jubilee Lecture on Women Studies : An Instrument of Gender Equity, Educational Reforms, Women Power? An Analysis of the Role of Ford Foundation. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mrs Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the function and Dr Gowher Rizvi Representative of the Ford Foundation and Mrs Jayshree Panwar Mayor of Delhi were the Guests of Honour.

Lt General Surender Nath ( Retd. ) Former Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission delivered the next Special Lecture on Performance Appraisal, Promotion & Empanelment System in Civil Servcies. Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Delhi Mr Vijai Kapoor presided over the function.

Mr Somnath Chatterjee Hon’ble Speaker Lok Sabha delivered Capital Foundation Annual Lecture on Six Decades of Democracy : The Way Forward, Chief Justice Of India Mr K.G. Balakrishnan presided over the function Dr Steven L. Solnick was the Special Guest of Honour.

Media Coverage
The media coverage, Capital Foundation functions gets, is unprecedented compared to any other NGO operating in India.
Apart from research Papers Capital Foundation has published the following books:-
Mass Media in Contemporary Society by Justice P.B.Sawant { Released By the Vice- President of India on April 2, 1998 at his residence }
Essays on Press Freedom by Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer & Dr Vinod Sethi
Human Development : Is There An Alternative by H.C.Graf Sponeck
Law on Employment of Children by Dr Jose P.Verghese { Released by Union Labour Minister Mr M. Arunachalam}
Parliamentary Privileges An Indian Odyssey by Justice V.R. K. Iyer & Dr Vinod Sethi { Relesed by Mr Shiv Raj Patil then the Speaker of Lok Sabha}
Judicial Activism, Legal Education and Research in a Globalising India by Professor Upendra Baxi
Current Pathological Problems A Commentary on Ayyodhya Dispute by Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer
Structural Change in Indian Industiries by Dr Rajan Kohli
Afghan Dawn By Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer & Dr Vinod Sethi { Released by the President of Afghanistan Dr Najibullah }
India’s Role in Globalisation by T.N.Sindhwani
All Capital Foundation Lectures are published as monographs.
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