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The second India Ideas Conclave was held last week in Goa across three days from November 15 to November 17. It was organised by the India Foundation. The aim of the conclave was to bring like-minded individuals in one place to nurture the development of an independent Indic intellectual ecosystem.
The key speakers at this year's conclave were the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Dr David Frawley, commentator and author Tarek Fatah and others.
"The Indian Right lacks talent and is incapable of rigorous scholarship", "The Indian Right equates pamphleteering with scholarship", "Ideologues are not intellectuals", "Whataboutery is the Indian Right's definition of a narrative", "The Indian Right does not have a credible narrative to tell", "The Indian Right is illiberal and fascist"- how often do we hear such allegations and lamentations? Every other day.
And yet precious little has been done to shatter these stereotypes despite the Indian Right not lacking in talent which was evident from the brilliant minds that had congregated in Goa between November 15th and 17th for the second edition of the India Ideas Conclave.