To those who know Yashwant Sinha well, his Algebra conversation was not a surprise.
To those who don’t, it was a revelation.
“I am infamous for speaking my mind,” the former Union Finance Minister and Union Foreign Minister had said in an earlier conversation with Algebra’s Shoma Chaudhury – and he proceeded to live up to his reputation this time too.
Mr Sinha took on overarching issues of governance and economy, Hinduism and identity politics, and was vocal in his defence of democracy, consensus and public will.
It was a riveting hour, and while we’d love to share more, this conversation is best heard firsthand as the quiet firestarter takes on some of the most urgent issues of our democracy and leadership.
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.