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Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's Centennial Conference

Columbia Business School

Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:45 AM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's Centennial Conference

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Morning and Afternoon Session: Jerome Greene Hall 133 Tickets Ended Free  
Evening Session: Low Rotunda 138 Tickets Ended Free  

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We cordially invite you to join us in celebrating Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’s centennial at Columbia University on October 26th. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was the principal architect of the Constitution of India and the foremost voice on the abolishment of the caste system. He received an M.A. from Columbia University in 1915, and a Ph.D. from Columbia in 1927.

Speakers include the Hon. Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India to the U.S, the Hon. Asoke Kumar Mukerji, Permanent Representative of India to the U.N, Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor and Sudhir Krishnaswamy, B.R. Ambedkar Visiting Professor of Indian Constitutional Law.

Please find below the scheudle for the day - 


Morning and afternoon sessions

Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106

9:45–10 a.m. Inaugural


Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Visiting Professor of Indian Constitutional Law, Columbia Law School


Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji, Permanent Representative of India to the U.N.


10 a.m.–12 p.m. Panel 1: Dr. Ambedkar and the Constitution of India



Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University


Christophe Jaffrelot, Research Director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Rohit De, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge;

Assistant Professor of History, Yale University (2014)

Sudhir Krishnaswamy


Sandipto Dasgupta, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Social Studies, Harvard University


12–1:15 p.m. Lunch


1:15–3:15 p.m. Panel 2: Dr. Ambedkar: Political and Philosophical Foundations



Christophe Jaffrelot


Valerian Rodrigues, Professor of Politics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Gauri Viswanathan, Class of 1933 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Shruti Kapila, Lecturer in History, University of Cambridge


Nirvikar Jassal, Research Associate, Council on Foreign Relations


3:15–5:30 p.m. Panel 3: Dr. Ambedkar and Social Transformation



Alfred Stepan , Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government, Columbia University


                Pravin Krishna , Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International

Economics and Business, John Hopkins University

Amartya Lahiri , Royal Bank Faculty Research Professor,Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia

Arvind Panagariya , Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy, Columbia University

Sukhadeo Thorat , Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research


Shruti Rajagopalan , Assistant Professor in Economics, Purchase College, State University of New York

Evening session


Rotunda, Low Memorial Library


6–7:30 p.m. Celebrating Dr. Ambedkar’s Arrival at Columbia University in 1913


Welcome remarks

David M. Schizer , Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law; Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics


Ambassador Nirupama Rao , Ambassador of India to the United States



Jagdish Bhagwati


Christophe Jaffrelot

Sudhir Krishnaswamy


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When & Where

Low Memorial Library and Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:45 AM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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