Colloquium of 'Nation First' Thinkers and Practitioners

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Bharat (India) has a heritage of knowledge sharing, public discourse, and intellectual brainstorming. For last few centuries, India was in a state of insularity facing political and social precariousness which not only had an impact on its social and religious values but also on knowledge and economic prosperity. However, the essence of our Rashtriyata lay not in religious, political or administrative apparatus but on an immutable culture binding masses across the subcontinent. In the present time, Indian thinkers and leaders have invested to ready ourselves as a great nation exuding with confidence.

Lokmanthan, a Colloquium of 'Nation First' Thinkers and Practitioners is a public discourse platform to share, brainstorm and perorate on contemporary issues of the country that not only influences home but also the world. 'Confluence of evolving nationalism, aspirations, social justice and harmony through empathy and sensitization culminating into social mobility using development as an instrument' is the moving Mantra of the national convention.

Art, Literature, Media and Films have lead in shaping the society opinion about a country. Academic and economic prosperity and global footprint reflect credentials in the opinion. The new and young thinkers' and practitioners' generation has built the modern India with deep philosophy and national context. This conclave unites the common wisdom of these national ambassadors and present the national character of its very own, with its very own heritage of past and confidence of present for Future of Bharat.

Concave Planery Theme

  • Rashtriyata ki Sankalpna aur Avdharna
  • Decolonizing Indian Minds
  • Rashtriyata (Nationality) in Neo-liberalism and Globalization
  • Identity, Aspirations and National Integration
  • Role of Art, Culture, History and Media in Nation Building


  • To provide a platform for young thinkers, researchers, activists, and artists to exchange notes on the discourse on contemporary issues, informed assessment of recent past and ideas for the future.
  • To evolve to a commonality of approach towards all fissiparous tendencies raising voice through arts, academics, and media to ensure rejection of diplomacy and dominance theory of perverting national character.
  • To explore the evolution of new discourse around democratization of aspirations, social justice and harmony, and cultural and economic prosperity for a new great nation Bharat.

Who Can Participate

  • Academicians
  • Intellectuals and writers
  • Political leaders
  • Policy makers
  • Media professionals
  • Artists and film movers
  • Activists and social reforms
  • Professionals and industry experts
  • Students and women

Relevance of Participation

Lokmanthan provides a platform for the participants to perceive, engage, engross and deliberate with eminent international and national thinkers, activists, researchers and artists.

The tentative Speakers and Visitors expected in the Conclave are listed on the website. This Conclave will act as a podium for sharing new ideas, meeting new people and involving the participants in active discussions. Participation in the Conclave will inspire questions and provide direction in understanding the contemporary issues of our country.

Participants will also get an opportunity to showcase their talent and perform during the Conclave on select date, time and venue. This can include music, dance, drama, theatre, folk lore, poem recital and all types of performing arts.

Concave Plenary Themes

Concave Parallel Sessions


Time Topic
10:00 - 11:45 Inauguration
Theme Address
Concept of Nationality
Plenary Session : Decolonizing Indian Minds
12:15 - 01:30 Decolonizing Indian Minds
Parallel Sessions : Impact and Influence of Colonization
02:30 - 04:00 Influence of Colonization on Literature
02:30 - 04:00 Impact of Colonization on Social Sciences
02:30 - 04:00 Impressions of Colonization on Political Discourse
02:30 - 04:00 Imprints of Art and Culture Attributable to Colonization
02:30 - 04:00 Influence of Colonization on Science and Technology
02:30 - 04:00 Influence of Colonization in Society
Panel Discussion
02:30 - 04:00 Healthy and Holistic Lifestyle
04:30 - 06:00 Open Stage Forum for Performance
06:30 - 08:00 Samoohik Shastra Sabha
08:00 - 09:00 Dinner
09:00 - 10:30 Cultural Programe- Group


Plenary Session
09:30 - 11:00 Rashtriyata (Nationality) in Neo-liberalism and Globalization Era
Parallel Sessions
11:30 - 01:00 Nationality - is not Anti Modernity
11:30 - 01:00 Concept of Modernity and Life Style
11:30 - 01:00 India, Geo-politics and Global Scenario
11:30 - 01:00 Indian Indigenous Economics, Industrialization and Sustainability
11:30 - 01:00 Culture, Tradition and Religion in Nationality
Plenary Session : Identity, Aspirations and National Integration
Parallel Sessions
04:00 - 05:30 Exploitation of Identity- Like Cast, Language, Religion, Geogrphay and Class
04:00 - 05:30 Women Power- Indian and the West (Past to present, western discourse on women- family system)
04:00 - 05:30 Dalit or Underprivileged- Change of Narrative (Dalit Identity, literature, Journalism and business, Indian dalit movements and western racism)
04:00 - 05:30 North East- The Retrospect and Prospect
04:00 - 05:30 Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh - Impact of Foreign Intervention
Panel Discussion
04:00 - 05:30 Vox Populi- People in Democracy : Role & Status- Experience of Participation & Decentralization
07:00 - 08:30 Samoohik- Astavadhani
09:00 - 10:30 Dinner


Time Topic
09:00 - 10:30 Group Cultural Play (Kathakkali / Kalari /Teyrjyam)
Plenary Session
09:30 - 11:00 Role of Art, Culture, History and Media in Nation Building
Parallel Sessions
11:30 - 01:00 Culture, Art and Literature - Present and Expectations
11:30 - 01:00 Art, Folk art and Traditions changing Trend
11:30 - 01:00 Analyzing Current Trends in Media- Need of Constructive & Positive Journalism
11:30 - 01:00 Academia, Intellectual Universe of India and Global Links
11:30 - 01:00 History Writing- Future Prospective
11:30 - 01:00 Changing Trends in Film and Folk Art
11:30 - 01:00 Social Media and New Society
Valedictory Function
02:00 - 03:30 Report of Lokmanthan-2016
02:00 - 03:30 Declaration Statement
02:00 - 03:30 Chief Guest


  • Acharya David Frawley
  • Shri Rajiv Malhotra
  • Shri Tarek Fateh
  • Shri Ram Madhav
  • Sh. Tufail Ahmad
  • Prof. Rakesh Sinha
  • Smt. Smriti Irani
  • Sh. Anupam Kher
  • Shri S. Gurumurthy
  • Sh. Bibek Debroy
  • Prof. Makarand Paranjape
  • Sh. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi
  • Sh. D.D.Pathak
  • Sh. Madhur Bhandarkar
  • Smt. Malini Awasthi
  • Mr. Richard Hay
  • Smt. Zakia Soman
  • Ms. Shefali Vaidya
  • Sh. Hindol Sengupta
  • Swami Mitranand Ji
  • Moulana Syed Athar Hussain Dehlvi
  • Ms. Advaita Kala
  • Prof. Gautam Sen
  • Ms. C.K.Janu
  • Dr. Kaushal Panwar
  • Shri Mukesh Bharadwaj
  • Dr. Nani Gopal Mahanta
  • Shri C Issac
  • Shri Sanjay Paswan
  • Smt. Sonal Mansingh
  • Smt. Pragya Tiwari
  • Shri Ashok Modak
  • Prof. Kapil Tiwary
  • Sh. Sudipto Sen
  • Sh. Shahid Sidiqi


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Contact Info


Colloquium of 'Nation First' Thinkers and Practitioners.

Venue: Vidhan Sabha Bhavan, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) INDIA.
Conclave Date: 12-13-14 November, 2016.
Email: lokmanthan2016@gmail.com