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**The Talk** Indian history has for long been politicised. But beyond hackneyed narratives and mainstream tales lies a wealth of information, packed with fascinating stories that have sadly been forgotten. In his book The Courtesan, the Mahatma, and the Italian Brahmin, Manu S Pillai covers many such tales--of a goddess with three breasts, and a woman with none; of a courtesan who became a warrior, and another who sang for the gramaphone--while in Rebel Sultans he introduces us to the remarkable, eclectic universe that was the early modern Deccan. We learn of Hindu Sultans here, as we do of Muslim rulers who worshiped Hindu gods. We hear of cow-headed angels, just as we do of tantric goddesses in Islamic texts. A free-flowing discussion on these forgotten aspects of our rich heritage, this evening will be all about Deccan history and gems from India's larger past, reminding us that the story of India has many layers and exquisite diversity, and is not a matter of black and white. Schedule: • 6 – 630 pm – Tea • 6.30 pm – Talk • 7.15 pm – manthan **Manu S Pillai** Manu S Pillai is the author of the critically acclaimed The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore (2015) and Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji (2018). Formerly chief of staff to Shashi Tharoor MP, he is also a winner of the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (2017). His other essays and writings have appeared in Mint Lounge, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Open Magazine, The New Statesman, and other publications. The Courtesan, the Mahatma & the Italian Brahmin is Manu's third book, and a collection of essays on Indian history.
**The Talk** Harold Furchtgott-Roth will discuss concerns about China’s 5G wireless technology development. Over the next decade, wireless carriers around the world will invest tens of billions dollars in new 5G network equipment. Does the inclusion of wireless network equipment from Chinese providers such as Huawei and ZTE create a security risk in other countries such as India? Dr. Furchtgott-Roth will explore different types of security risks posed by equipment from China including espionage, sabotage, and supply-chain dependency. Schedule: • 6 – 630 pm – Tea • 6.30 pm – Talk • 7.15 pm – manthan **Harold Furchtgott-Roth** Harold Furchtgott-Roth founded Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises in 2003. He frequently comments on issues related to the communications sector of the economy. From[masked], Mr. Furchtgott-Roth was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he completed the writing of A Tough Act to Follow, a book about the difficulties implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. From 1997 through 2001, Mr. Furchtgott-Roth served as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. In that capacity, he served on the Joint Board on Universal Service. He is one of the few economists to have served as a federal regulatory commissioner, and the only one to have served on the Federal Communications Commission. Before his appointment to the FCC, he was chief economist for the House Committee on Commerce and a principal staff member on the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Earlier in his career, he was a senior economist with Economists Incorporated and a research analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses. Mr. Furchtgott-Roth is a member of the Washington Legal Foundation’s Legal Policy Advisory Board. He is the coauthor of three books: Cable TV: Regulation or Competition, with R.W. Crandall, The Brookings Institution, 1996; Economics of A Disaster: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, with B.M. Owen et al, Quorum Books, 1995; and International Trade in Computer Software, with S.E. Siwek, Quorum Books, 1993.
**The Talk** Bateshwar group of temples located fifty kilometres from Gwalior is deep in the Chambal Valley. The surrounding area is infested with dreaded dacoits who controlled all activity. Here more than two hundred temples of 8th-11th century were lying in a highly ruinous condition. After protracted negotiations with the dacoits by K K Muhammed, then the Chief of Archaeological Survey of India in MP, out of two hundred temples, devastated beyond recognition, eighty temples have been pieced together with meticulous care and precision. Here like the proverbial phoenix, a temple town came to life from its own ashes and debris. There still remains buried, the remains of hundred and twenty temples waiting to be excavated and restored. Mr Muhammed shares the anguish and agony of fighting with the powerful mining mafia and joy and pleasures of reconstructing eighty temples from bits and pieces. This is a thrilling story of one of the most outstanding archeology projects in India. This Talk is in association with P M BHARGAVA FOUNDATION and held to commemorate the memory of Dr P M BHARGAVA, an outstanding public intellectual, scientist and institution builder. **K K Muhammed** K K Muhammed, a renowned Archaeologist, excavated Ibadat Khana, the hall of interreligious discussions, where Emperor Akbar promulgated the composite religion known as Din I Ilahi at Fatehpur Sikri. Here he also discovered the first Christian Chapel of North India and various other significant historical structures. Of the five transplantations of monuments carried out in the country, Mr Muhammed has the distinction of successfully heading the two, namely Kurdi Mahadev temple in Goa and Chaubis Avatar temple at Omkareshwar in Madhyapradesh. In Bihar he discovered a Buddhist stupa at Rajgir built by King Ajatasatu over the mortal remains of Lord Buddha and excavated Kesariya Stupa, one of the tallest excavated Stupas. While his conservation strategy of Sanchi Stupa won him National Award[masked], at Satdhara he was able to piece together a huge stupa by painstakingly assembling its scattered fragments. In his official career he has conserved more than hundred temples in various parts of the country, of which eighty, in Chambal valley were with active co operation of the dreaded dacoits of the area. After the dacoits were shot dead he had to wage another war against the mining mafia who were destroying the conserved temples by their illegal mining. Similarly he conserved a number of temples at Dantewda area of Barsoor and Samlur, the breeding grounds of Naxalites of Chattisgarh, by ensuring their co operation. While conserving and showcasing the monuments of Delhi for Common Wealth 2010, he set up five Slum schools for the children of migrant labourers and these children had the privilege of meeting Mr Barrack Obama and Michell Obama. An original thinker, Mr Muhammed set up a Replica Museum in the National capital where Replicas of the Masterpieces of Indian Art are exhibited. He also floated “Adopt A Heritage Scheme” using the students as “Non Conventional Energy” and “Grey revolution” a movement to save the unprotected historical structures through public participation. Mr Muhammed is a recipient of three International Awards, five National Awards, one State Award and three public Awards. He is also the recipient of Padma Shri.