The 10th Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lecture was organized by CSSS in collaboration with India Arab Cultural Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi on 8th December 2017. The Lecture titled “Some Reflections on the Limits of Liberalism” was delivered by Prof. Akeel Bilgrami from Columbia University. The Lecture was chaired by the honourable Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Prof. Talat Ahmad. The Lecture was attended by over 60 persons. Those who attended the Lecture included prominent academics, professors, activists and students.
Before the Lecture commenced, Prof. Akeel Bilgrami released a book called Babri Masjid, 25 Years On…….. This book is published by Gyan Publisher and edited by Sameena Dalwai, Irfan Engineer and Ramu Ramnathan.
After the release of the book, the Chair expressed pleasure of organizing the Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lectures at Jamia. Prof. Bilgrami began the Lecture by reminiscing his interaction with Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer. The Lecture centred around the freedom of speech and liberty by citing theories and ideas of John Raul’s and Rousseau. With elaboration and examples, Prof. Bilgrami presented a comprehensive framework to understand the relationship between free speech and liberalism. He also explained the ideas of populism which helped to understand the socio political context in India today. The lecture was well appreciated which reflected in the responses and questions posed by the audience.