India’s Vulnerable Labor Force – Way Forward – by Amitabh Kundu

India’s Vulnerable Labor Force – Way Forward – by Amitabh Kundu

Discussion – Saturday, July 4, 2020, at 7 pm

This is an ONLINE event.

Please join the event using the link below.

India’s Vulnerable Labor Force – Way Forward – A Discussion led by Prof Amitabh Kundu. He will be joined by Prof Amir Ullah Khan

In this discussion, the focus will be on India’s large unorganized sector, the labor laws and reforms, and the post COVID impact on labor markets.

About Prof Amitabh Kundu:

Dr. Amitabh Kundu is currently Distinguished Fellow at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi. He was a Regional Advisor on Poverty at UNESCWA, Beirut during 2017 and Consultant to the Government of Sri Lanka during 2016. He has been chairperson of the post-Sachar Evaluation Committee, set up by the Ministry of Minority Affairs. He has been the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and has served as a member of National Statistical Commission during 2006-08. Currently, he is chairing a Committee for Swacch Bharat Mission at the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. He is also the chairperson of Samarthan, a large grass root level institution working for the poor and vulnerable.

About Amir Ullah Khan:

Amir Ullah Khan is a Development economist and Professor at the MCRHRDI of the Government of Telangana. He is a Visiting Professor at TISS, Indian School of Business, and at NALSAR in Hyderabad. Amir is a business columnist for the LiveMint. Dr. Khan has been Senior Advisor at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Director at the India Development Foundation and Executive Director at Encyclopaedia Britannica.



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3-day Night School on The Planetary Web of Life by Radha Gopalan

3-day Night School on The Planetary Web of Life by Radha Gopalan

9-11 July, 2020, 7pm

This is an ONLINE EVENT.

The event will be conducted at

If you are feeling bored and exhausted after binge-watching scores of videos and films on YouTube and other OTT platforms, then here’s is an interesting event to indulge in. Lamakaan invites you to its much talked about Night School.

Night School is a concept developed by Lamakaan right from its inception to offer the audience an in-depth understanding of the issues. It has organized several Night schools on Caste in India, Marxist Ideology, Urdu Poetry, Feminism, etc.

Now it brings a 3-day Night School on The Planetary Web of Life facilitated by Dr. Radha Gopalan as part of the Lamakaan’s ECOLOGY IN COVID TIMES Series.

About the Planetary Web of Life Night School:

The Planetary Web of Life by  Dr. Radha Gopalan

The modern human appears to be on a constant treadmill of seeking ‘solutions’ to ‘problems’: air pollution, ozone layer depletion, climate change, new and emerging diseases, malnutrition, obesity, food scarcity and so on. Armed with innovation, creativity and technology there is a sense of invincibility as we react, fire-fight and ‘conquer’ one problem only to be confronted with another. Doesn’t it seem like there should be a smarter and more balanced way to live rather than constantly ‘battle’ or ‘fight’ in response to any challenge? Are there discrete ‘solutions’ to these ‘problems’; are these ‘problems’ distinct from one another? For instance, can climate change be categorized as an ecological or a social or an economic problem? What about COVID-19: is it a public health issue, does it have any relationship to the way we produce food? What if we were to think in terms of responses to changing situations rather than ‘solutions’ to ‘problems’? One way to do this might be to view planetary life as a network of interwoven and interlinked relationships, rather like a socio-ecological web. In this 3 – part night school we will collectively explore some of these questions.

Part 1: Web of Life – A Systems View
Part 2: Our Food Web
Part 3: Building Resilience

The three lectures will begin with suggesting a systems framework and move us through a concrete discussion of Food Systems to finally learning from experiences of various communities and societies to see if we can find ways of building resilience in the face of uncertainty.

About Dr. Radha Gopalan:
Radha Gopalan views the world as a web of relationships, that need to be understood and maintained to sustain life on the planet. She believes that this must be at the heart of all our learning. Radha is trained as an Environmental Scientist with a Ph.D. from IIT Bombay.
After close to 20 years as an environmental consultant, Radha decided to pursue her long-standing and abiding passion for education. For over 8 years, she lived at the Rishi Valley
Education Centre, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh where her focus was to make Sustainability and Natural History learning more practical and meaningful for high school students. She has also been deeply engaged in the concept and practice of food
sovereignty working with small and marginal farmers in the semi-arid region of Rayalseema in Andhra Pradesh. Radha is a Member of the Kudali Intergenerational Learning Centre, Telangana and the Food Sovereignty Alliance, India both of which focus
on using popular education to engender social and ecological justice.
Radha is a senior mentor and course designer with GenWise and works with school children to strengthen the understanding of the interconnectedness of life on Earth. She is a visiting faculty at Azim Premji University (APU), Bengaluru with the School of
Development and a lead faculty on an online course on Sustainability in an Indian Context developed by APU. Radha is on the Editorial Board of the science magazine IWonder, an
APU publication, aimed as a resource for middle and high school teachers.
Radha has been a yoga student, practitioner, and teacher in the tradition of BKS Iyengar
for close to 20 years.


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Condolence Meeting for Mujtaba Hussain

Condolence meeting for Mujtaba Hussain
Fri, May 29, 2020

08:30 pm,  1.5 hrs

This is an ONLINE event.

Use the following Zoom Meeting link to join.

Meeting ID: 919 772 9046
Password: 1xXHz7

Mujtaba Hussain, the noted Urdu Humourist, passed away on May 27, 2020. A towering figure of Urdu Humour, he wrote scathingly on Indian politics and society. In this online eulogy to him, his friends, colleagues, writers, will gather to talk and celebrate his work.

Among the speakers will be Dr. Shameem Hanfi (Jamia Millia Islamia), Zahid Ali Khan(Editor in Chief of the Daily Siasat), Mir Ayoob Ali Khan (Senior Journalist).

You can listen to Mutaba Hussain reading his own work at


All are welcome!!!

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COVID Numbers in India: Do they add up?

COVID In India: Do they add up?
2.0 hrs

May 16, 2020 8:00 pm Saturday

This is an ONLINE event:
Use one of the following links to join us on this Saturday evening.
Google Meet:
Facebook Live Streaming
Event Description:
In early March, the world looked towards India with obvious panic. What would a country of 1.3 billion with a weak health infrastructure do as the pandemic spreads? The New Yorker anticipated that covid19 would “rip through” the country while others predicted devastation. One epidemiologist went as far as to warm of 200 million or more people being infected. But after 5 weeks of the lockdown, none of this has come to pass. This has resulted in some commentators declaring that the lockdown has been successful. Has it? Because even as the PM announced an eased lockdown the first 4 days of May have seen a steady increase in new cases and COVID related deaths. Then there has been the testing mantra – that the numbers are vastly under-reported because testing rates are abysmally low. But others challenge this outlook by pointing to the fact that neither have hospitals been overwhelmed nor is there an inexplicable spike in the death rate. How then does one explain the low numbers and what is being reported from hospitals? And what does the future hold? How complicated will the story of testing and vaccines be as we move forward? What has happened in India over the last 6 weeks Has produced answers for very few questions and opened up several new ones. These will be the subject of the Lamakaan / ICWI panel discussion where three of the most distinguished experts come together to help us think this through.
Our Panelists:
Prof. Jayaprakash Muliyil, Professor of Community Health, Former Principal CMC Vellore.
Dr. Prabir Chatterjee – Director of State Health System Resource Centre of Chhattisgarh govt in Raipur.
Dr. Radha Rangarajan, Chief Scientific Officer, HealthCubed
Dr.Saleema Razvi (Moderator), Researcher Economist
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Kerala story

Kerala Fight : Corona pandemic
2.0 hrs

May 02, 2020 8:30 pm Saturday


Lamakaan-an open cultural space has been organising variety of events for its audiences. Post lockdown, Lamakaan has decided to do some online events as well.

In coming days, we have planned a series of panel discussions pertaining to the Covid19 pandemic. The first of the series of panel discussion that we are planning to organise online will be held on 2nd of May at 8:30 PM. The topic of this panel discussion will be ” Kerala : Fight with Corona pandemic ”

Kerala was one of the early hubs of India’s Covid19 crisis. As far back in Feb, Kerala Minister for Health ordered screening at all four of the States airports and a few days later the Chief Minister announced a lockdown — one that was seemingly more effective than the national lockdown – in some part because it was more humane. How did Kerala fund the capacity to respond to an emergent pandemic even before the WHO had declared it as one. What marks the states health infrastructure that allowed for such agility? What about the interface between government, medical teams and citizens which allowed for such a response.

These and other important questions will be taken up by three doctors / scientists speaking in this panel. This online panel discussion will be co hosted by Lamakaan, Hyderabad and ICW, USA.

This panel discussion will be relayed through Google conference link. This event is for Hyderabad, National and International audience.

I would request you to join us on this panel discussion. After the discussion, speakers will take a few questions as well.

The four esteemed speakers for this event on 2nd May 2020 at 8:30PM are as follows :

Ekbal B, He chairs the epidemic response committee, and past president of the KSSP

Dr. Antony Kollannur  Former Director, State Health Resource Centre, Chhattisgarh

Dr.Jayakrishnan, Prof of Community Medicine in Kozhikode Medical Collage.

Dr. Amar Fettle, State Nodal Officer for Covid-19.

The discussion will be moderated by: Dr Saleema Razvi works with the Copenhagen Consensus Centre on economic evaluation of health interventions. She did her PhD from IIFT.

Joining info: Lamakaan FB live, Lamakaan YouTube live.

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Parenting Tips by Shanti Swaroop

Parenting Tips by Shanti Swaroop
1.0 hrs

April 22, 2020 5:30 pm Wednesday


A workshop on how to deal with your kids patiently and not yell on them. Shanti Swaroop will share parenting tools for mothers on how to manage children without yelling, blaming and shouting. Join the Zoom session on April 22, 2020 at 05:30 PM

The event details are as below. Topic: Parenting Tips – Don’t yell on your children Time: Apr 22, 2020 05:30 PM India

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 744 2112 7233

Please feel free to contact me at 9971268729 in case of any queries.

Healthcare Reporting : Covid-19


Healthcare Reporting : Covid-19
2.5 hrs

April 17, 2020 8:00 pm Friday


Anoo Bhuyan and Srinivas Kodali discuss healthcare reporting, data mystery, surveillance, misinformation and disinformation and all else. Join this interactive session and stay informed! Anoo Bhuyan is a healthcare reporter at IndiaSpend

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Parenting Workshop

Parenting Workshop
1.0 hrs

April 15, 2020 4:30 pm Wednesday


Are you going crazy managing your kids during this lockdown? Sammy Sahni, founder, Social Dragonfly and Womenfolk of Hyderabad gives expert advice on how to constructively engage your kids during these tough times.

Date: 15 April 2020 Time: 04:30 PM(IST)

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Meeting ID: 759 0586 0429

14 April Remembering Ambedkar

14 April Remembering Ambedkar
2.5 hrs

April 14, 2020 5:00 pm Tuesday


Remembering Ambedkar: It has been sixty four years since Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’s demise. Considering our current socio-political society, where discrimination against marginalized groups is rampant, it becomes even more important to understand and grasp Ambedkar’s ideas of equality and justice: the two values through which Ambedkar viewed democracy. Taking that into consideration, Lamakaan invites everybody to a zoom conversation with three experts who will deliver their respective discourses on Ambedkar and the current climate in the country. The speakers are as follows: 1. Aishwary Kumar: Dr. Aishwary Kumar is a professor at University of California and an intellectual historian of the Global South. His work engages a wide spectrum of issues in moral and political philosophy, history of political thought and inequality, political freedom and justice, and global lineages of self-determination, citizenship, and rights.

Professor Kumar will be speaking on the notion of segregation/quarantine and how Ambedkar employs them in his arguments on democratic crises.

  1. Leonard Dickens: Dr. Leonard Dickens is a professor at the Center for Comparative Literature at the University of Hyderabad. His research has focused heavily on Anti Caste thought and debate. He has published on anti-caste intellectual thought, print culture, and also on contemporary Tamil films in internationally renowned journals. Professor Dickens will be discussing three critical moments in Ambedkar’s journey.
  2. Jyothsna Siddharth: Jyotsna Siddharth is an actor, anti-caste activist and writer based in Delhi. She is a founder of Project Anti-Caste, Love and Co-founder of Sive. She has conducted workshops with colleges in Delhi University on Questions of Social Identities in Romantic Relationships. She has a Masters in Development and Social Anthropology and a recipient of Chevening Scholarship (2014).

Ms. Siddharth will be speaking on Ambedkar’s views on inter-caste marriages.

The zoom conversation will take place on the 14th of April from 5 pm to 7:30 pm.

Author Devika is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Understanding Ambedkar in the times of Corona Time: Apr 14, 2020 05:00 PM India

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