The Internal Quality Assurance Cell at KISS-DU hosted its First Distinguished Invited Lecture Series on April 13, 2024, titled “Distinctiveness of Indian Democracy” under the banner of Viksit Bharat@2047. Professor Ashok Acharya from the Department of Political Science at the University of Delhi was the honoured guest speaker.

Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, the Vice Chancellor of KISS-DU, delivered the Welcome Address, emphasizing the significance of the event. Dr. Disha Bhatt, the Deputy Director of IQAC at KISS-DU, introduced the esteemed invited speaker to the audience.

Professor Acharya delved into the concept of the “Lincon Democracy” and drew upon references from Robert Dhal’s work “On Democracy.” He highlighted key points such as participation, contestation (party politics), and the role of civil society as a buffer zone. He also drew parallels between Plato and Aristotle’s interpretations of Democracy, mentioning Aristotle’s study of 148 Constitutions and his views on ruling and being ruled. Professor Acharya stressed that diversity strengthens democracy and citizens can maintain political friendships despite differences.

In the context of India, Professor Acharya discussed the evolution of democracy and compared the Indian model with ancient forms of democracy. He emphasized the Indian model’s focus on plurality of values, values conflict, community, and friendship.

Following the lecture, there was an engaging Q&A session facilitated by Professor Jugal Kishore Mishra, the Director of IQAC at KISS-DU. Professors Emeriti and Research Chair Professors shared their reflections on the speaker’s insights.

Dr. Snigdharani Panda, the Chairperson of the Council of Deans, extended a Word of Thanks to the distinguished guest, senior university officials, Professors Emeriti, Research Chair Professors, and the organizing team.