Mr. Justice N. Santosh Hegde
Former Judge of Supreme Court of India
Lecture on : Corruption Free-India : Is It A Mirage?
Mr Justice N Santosh Hegde was born on June 16, 1940. He graduated in law in 1965 and after completing apprenticeship training got enrolled as an Advocate in January, 1966 and designated as senior Advocate in May, 1984.
He was appointed as the Advocate General for the State of Karnataka in February, 1984 and held that position till August, 1988. He worked as Additional Solicitor General of the Union of India from December, 1989 to November, 1990. He was re-appointed as the Solicitor General of India on April 25, 1998. Appointed as a Judge of Supreme Court of India on 8.1.1999 and retired on 16.6.2005. He was appointed as Lokayukta of Karnataka state on 3 August 2006 for a term of five years. The Lok Ayukta had exposed major irregularities in mines in Bellary, including those owned by Obulapuram Mining Company and by G. Karunakara Reddy, G. Janardhana Reddyand G. Somashekara Reddy who are ministers in the Government of Karnataka. A report constituted by the Lok Ayukta uncovered major violations and systemic corruption in iron-ore mining in Bellary.
The damage to public interest was so serious that he recommended banning all exports of iron ore and limiting iron ore production for captive production of iron and steel. . Justice Hegde’s report led to resignation of the then Chief Minister of Karnataka Mr B S Yedyurappa. Mr Hegde resigned from the Lokayukta position on 23 June 2010 after an officer (Deputy Conservator of Forests R Gokul) was suspended by order of the then Minister J. Krishna Palemar and he felt powerless to help.
He retired as Lokayukta of Karnataka on 2 August 2011. Subsequently, he joined the anti-corruption movement launched by Anna Hazare in 2011 as a core member of Team Anna. In August 2012, he left Team Anna and refused to be part of it after the team decided to go political.
Gupta, Founder Director, GOONJ
Ramon Magsaysay Award Recipient 2015
Lecture on : Look Beyond, See Invisible
Popularly known as the Clothing Man and recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Award, Anshu Gupta has studied Mass communication and has a masters in Economics. Starting as a freelance journalist, Anshu left a corporate job in 1998 and founded Goonj with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects to work on, for the development sector.
Under his leadership Goonj has taken the menacing growth of urban waste and used it efficiently as a tool to trigger large scale rural development work.By creating a barter between two new currencies; labor of the beneficiaries and old material of cities, Anshu has built the genesis of a parallel economy which is not cash based but trash based.
Anshu is an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow apart from being a member of the Humanitarian Crisis Council of the World Economic Forum and has been listed by the Forbes magazine as one of India’s most powerful rural entrepreneurs.
Anshu brings to the table an instinctive empathy and connect with people by dignifying the act of giving. In the macro picture Anshu has identified some basic needs outside the radar screen of the development sector and the civil society, that too by structuring imaginative solutions using urban waste.
Ramon Magsaysay Acceptance Speech
In a nutshell about Goonj
Discard to Dignity
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The play on October 3rd (Saturday)
Play “Court Martial’ By Asmita Theatre
Written by Swadesh Deepak and Directed by Shri Arvind Gaur
The Play on 4th October (Sunday)
Play “Chakravyuh” (Featuring Nitish Bhardwaj) Krishna from Serial Mahabharta
Written and directed by Shri Atul Satya Koushik