Republic@70

To celebrate 70 years of the Constitution and our Republic, DAKSH will be organising several events between Constitution Day (November 26, 2019) and Republic Day (January 26, 2020). The campaign, called ‘REPUBLIC@70’ seeks to deepen our engagement with the Constitution and make it more relatable to ordinary Indians.

As part of this campaign, DAKSH will be organising the following events:

Constitution Day Lecture

DAKSH’s eighth annual Constitution Day lecture will be given by Trilochan Sastry. Professor at IIM Bangalore and Chairman of Association for Democratic Reforms, an organisation doing pioneering work on electoral and political reform. He will speak about the Constitution, democracy and the Indian citizen.

Venue: Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), No. 197/36, 2nd Main Road, 16th Cross Rd, Sadashiva Nagar, Bengaluru 560080

Date: 30 November, 2019

Radio campaign

DAKSH will be running a week-long campaign in collaboration with Radio Indigo (FM 91.9) to explain why the Constitution is important to ordinary Indians. There will be a quiz to test people’s knowledge of the Indian Constitution. Contestants also stand to win exciting prices. In addition to the quiz, there will be an interview and interactive sessions on air with Leah and Siddharth from DAKSH, who will be providing listeners with some interesting trivia about the Indian Constitution.

Dates: 25 November 2019 to 29 November 2019

Public Mural

DAKSH will commission a mural on a prominent wall in Bengaluru on themes surrounding the Constitution and the ‘Republic@70’ campaign

Constitution Day Quiz

DAKSH, in association with the Karnataka Quiz Association, will be hosting a quiz on Constitution and politics. Contestants will be required to form teams of 2. The quiz will comprise a preliminary round consisting of 25 questions followed by a final round consisting 2 oral rounds of 12 questions each along with 2 written rounds. Only 8 teams will proceed to the final. The quiz will be open to all and there are also exciting cash prices to be won.

Venue: Institution of Agricultural Technologists, 15, Queens Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru 560051

Date: 3 p.m., 7 December 2019

Constitution pe charcha – Interactive sessions with children

As part of the Constitution pe charcha initiative, DAKSH will be engaging with high school students around Bengaluru on the topic of the Indian Constitution. Through interactive sessions with the students, DAKSH will seek to understand what the Constitution means to them and seek to create more awareness among young children about the values embodied in the Constitution.

Date: 26 November, 2019- 26 January 2019

Street play

DAKSH will be organising street plays as a part of Republic@70. The objective of these street plays is to emphasise the relevance of the Constitution in the daily lives of Indian citizens and also help citizens understand better the constitutional values of Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. The plays will be a celebration of the rights enshrined in the Constitution.

Venue: Majestic Bus Stand and City Market

Date: TBD

Heritage Walk

DAKSH, in collaboration with INTACH, will be organising a heritage walk through Bangalore, with pit stops at significant locations within the city. Learn interesting facts about the city’s association with India’s freedom struggle and end the walk at the Bangalore Library, where an original copy of the Indian Constitution is on display.

Dates: 19 January 2020

Movie Screening

DAKSH will be screening the critically acclaimed and award-winning film ‘Newton’, starring Rajkummar Rao and directed by Amit V. Masurkar. The dark comedy film on the Indian elections and the role of government servants in the political system is a must watch!

Venue: Champaca Bookstore, 7/1, Edward Road, Off, Queens Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, 560052

Dates: 6:30 p.m., 3 January 2020

Come and be a part of the Republic@70 celebrations! For any further information please contact Leah Verghese at leah@dakshindia.org and Siddharth Mandrekar Rao at siddharth@dakshindia.org