Aug 2021

Of Bridges and Breaks: The Constitution at a Crossroads — Discussion on Electoral Democracy in India

Friday, 13 Aug 2021, 4:00 pm-Friday, 13 Aug 2021, 5:30 pm

Charkha, Vidhi’s research centre dedicated to constitutional law, in collaboration with the India International Centre, is launching a year-long series of nuanced digital conversations on the Constitution of India titled “Of Bridges and Breaks: The Constitution at a Crossroads”.

Recent developments in India indicate it is of utmost importance that we pay attention to the acceleration of constitutional change, as well as the widespread reliance on the document’s language and ethos. As part of this series, we will facilitate conversations between academicians, legal practitioners, and social workers, to underscore how different constitutional structures play out in practice.

The first conversation in the year-long series will be focused on ‘Electoral Democracy in India: From Spectacle to Substance’ on 13 August, 2021 (Friday), at 4:00 p.m. This conversation seeks to navigate compelling issues such as electoral financing, criminalisation of electoral politics, and the challenges in ensuring free and fair elections.


  • R. VENKATARAMANI, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of India and former Member, Law Commission of India
  • NEELANJAN SIRCAR, Assistant Professor, Ashoka University and Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Ritwika Sharma, Lead, Charkha and Senior Resident Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy will moderate the conversation. 

We look forward to having you with us at this event.