Lokmanthan, a wing of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), will hold a three-day colloquium on the theme ‘Nation First’ at the state legislative assembly in Bhopal from November 12.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated an exhibition ahead of the event on Friday.
He said the Indian culture and public life had multiplicity of joy and emotional attachments to our traditions. “Due to blind westernisation and the modern way of life, happiness and liveliness have been alienated,” he said.
Eminent thinkers and practitioners are expected to participate in the national-level conclave. “It is a public discourse platform to share, brainstorm and perorate on contemporary issues of the country. Nationalism, aspirations, social justice and harmony through empathy and sensitisation which will culminate into social mobility through development is the moving mantra of the convention,” said Deepak Sharma, coordinator of the Manthan.
J Nandkumar, prachar pramukh of RSS, said, “The objective of the conclave is to give clarity and vision through an intellectual churning by the people. Another important aim is to decolonise Indian minds, especially the young ones.”
Some of the thinkers expected to be present at the event include author Acharya David Frawley, Indian-American author and Hindu activist Rajiv Malhotra, Canadian writer, secularist and activist Tarek Fateh, politician, writer and journalist Ram Madhav, British journalist and political commentator Tufail Ahmad, political leader Smriti Irani, actor Anupam Kher, film director Madhur Bhandarkar, member of Rajya Sabha Shahid Siddiqui among others.