Thinkers from around the world to converge in Patna for international conference on Karl Marx

Renowned thinkers, from various streams and more than a dozen countries across the world, will converge in Patna later this week to take part in a five-day international conference on the life, ideas and influence of Karl Marx, its organizers said Wednesday.

Prominent among those who would be attending the function is economist Lord Meghnad Desai, who would be delivering the keynote address on June 16 and present the summary of the conference at its valedictory session on June 20, Neeraj Kumar, Convenor of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Conference, told reporters.

Kumar, who is also the Managing Editor of the Centre for Economic Policy and Public Finance (CEPPF), which functions under the aegis of city-based think tank Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), said other prominent speakers would include noted sociologist and columnist Dipankar Gupta, former Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Deepak Nayyar and Samuel Hollander, one of the foremost historians of economic thought.

Addressing the same news conference, Shashwat Gautam, one of the Directors of CEPPF, said they had made a conscious decision to retain the academic character of the five-day event. Hence, although a number of political figures like Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and leader of opposition in the assembly Tejashwi Yadav have been invited, they have not been assigned a place among the speakers, he s...

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