Policing is, at the best of times, deeply complex, dangerous and wildly underappreciated.
In a high-burn megapolis like Delhi, it’s like being minder of a fireworks factory: one step away from conflagrations, big and small, every minute of day or night.
Yet Maxwell Pereira didn’t just police Delhi for 35 years, he went on to be one of the handful of men in Indian police lore to have earned the title of supercop.
And at Algebra, Pereira offered behind-the-scenes insights and perspective about law enforcement, crime and the criminal psyche through the lens of one of Delhi’s most gruesome crimes ever: the 1995 murder of Naina Sahni by Sushil Sharma in what went on to be called the ‘Tandoor Murder’ case.
Algebra, the Arts & Ideas Club brings together a fellowship of people who believe great cities are built not just on infrastructure but a life of the mind; who understand robust and liberal societies need the oxygen of great conversation and nuanced thinking.
At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by rage and noise, Algebra is a live and continuous space for people to come together for a genuine exchange of ideas and exposure to issues; where new seeds could be sparked, fresh perspectives formed, and intelligent connections made.
Algebra – the Arts and Ideas Club is designed to host almost 35 engagements over the year with topline thinkers and practitioners from almost every discipline that impacts human affairs: politics, economy, environment, spirituality, cinema, medicine, science, technology, music, media, literature, the arts, sports, people’s movements, et al.