AN INDIA OF IDEAS

A digital taste of our programming

Through over 400+ events, we’ve celebrated the art of ideas, explored the essence of trending issues and sparked conversations with some of the most fascinating people.

Our stellar programming calendar ensures that our members have front row seats to incredible events & conversations throughout the year. From business to tech to current affairs & creative arts, we curate the best in the field to converse at The Q.

Since it’s inception, The Quorum has been a seedbed for inspiration. Through over 400+ events, we’ve celebrated the art of ideas, explored
the essence of trending issues and sparked conversations with some of
the most fascinating people.

#anINDIAofIDEAS is a video series by The Quorum to give you a glimpse at our in-depth encounters with inspirational names in the fields of art, music, politics, theatre, literature, film and business. Browse for some intellectual and cultural nourishment!

Freedom of Expression & Secularism in India: Prof. Pratap Bhanu Mehta & Rajdeep Sardesai

“We live in complicated times. India is bursting with creativity. But the dark shadows of authoritarianism are also hovering over us, putting us all in often uncomfortable and sometimes dishonourable positions. We will have to find principled and intelligent ways of overcoming this condition.” Ex-Vice Chancellor & Professor, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, in his farewell letter to his students at ...

Decode the 2020 U.S. Election with Rakesh Sood & Sarah Jacob

While the world was waiting for the results of the US Presidential election with bated breath, we sat down to dissect what is to come after the election of the 46th President of the United States of A ...

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sudhir Mishra & Manu Joseph discuss “Serious Men” with Shoma Chaudhury

"These city folk, these Serious Men, they're easy to make fools out of..." says Nawazuddin Siddiqui, when discussing how his character feels about the "Serious Men" that seemingly have all the power. ...

“Its a market worth 200 billion dollars” – Parmesh Shahani on Queeristan’s market potential and more

As we cross the two year mark since the landmark judgement to abolish section 377 of the IPC, comes a book that serves as a mirror to India's current stand on the LGBTQ community. A memoir cum mani ...

Analysing the impact of a $9 trillion dollar industry coming to a halt

Taking an in-depth look at the state of the Travel & Tourism industry in light of the current pandemic as we return with Reboot Volume 2. In a panel consisting entirely of Q Members, we sit down ...

“We are no longer a functioning, growing and aspirational India” – Dr. Rathin Roy

While the pandemic has certainly added a whole new roster of words to our vocabulary, there is still a lot to be understood about the impending economic fallout. We welcomed Dr.Rathin Roy, former D ...

Asia. India. China – India’s place in the new post pandemic world order

As the rising tensions in Galwan Valley lead to a thorough re-evaluation of the Indo-China relationship, we sat down with geopolitical expert Parag Khanna, in conversation with Jyoti Malhotra streamed ...

Domestic Violence | Addiction | Fear – How COVID-19 has impacted life at home

The first of many to come, Reboot: Volume 1, was an important conversation centered around issues surrounding mental health in these extraordinary times. In a panel comprised entirely of members fr ...

Into the unknown – Is the COVID-19 pandemic the catalyst for a new world order?

Discussing ground realities of the COVID-19 pandemic as we learn how to future-proof organizations from the impact of a pandemic. Expert in digital transformation, Jaspreet Bindra, along with the f ...

India-China standoff- Analyzing the role of government within the Armed Forces with Lt.Gen H.S Panag

Keeping up with the spirit of Independence for the month, Lieutenant General H.S. Panag, former General Officer commanding-in-chief of the Northern and Central Command, Indian Army is in conversation ...

The musings of the scenic life of Rohit Chawla

Having spent over two decades in advertising, Rohit Chawla is recognized as one of India's leading contemporary photographers, with over 350 magazine covers, multiple exhibitions across the globe and ...

Building Headspace into a billion-dollar business and the power of mindfulness and meditation

In the past ten years, mindfulness has become a billion-dollar industry. There are over 4,000 apps designed to help us focus, sleep, switch off or reclaim a sense of calm. But if there is one brand th ...

The extraordinary life of Montek Singh Ahluwalia

From humble beginnings in Secunderabad to the corridors of power in New Delhi, Ahluwalia played a key role in the transformation of India from a state-run to a market-based economy, and remained a con ...

Messiah Modi? – A foregone reality or an optimistic prophecy

'Messiah Modi?' follows the thoughts & journey of one of India's most forthright journalists, Tavleen Singh. Having gone from enthusiastic supporter to disillusioned observer, Tavleen has followed ...

From being exiled to Asia’s top investor – Weijian Shan on traversing the thorny route to success

Exiled to the Gobi Desert at the young age of 15 and denied schooling for 10 years, Weijian Shan endured untold hardships without ever giving up his dream for an education. His journey from a hard lab ...

Exposing the Bottle of Lies of the Pharmaceutical industry

A modern life story: you feel pain, you pop a pill. But do we truly know what we are consuming? Katherine Eban’s Bottle of Lies exposes the deceit behind generic-drug manufacturing. Drawing on ...

How has HUL produced more CEOs than any other company in India?

Described as an MBA in the form of a book, The CEO Factory uncovers the management secrets of one of India's most iconic companies. For six decades Hindustan Unilever has remained among India’s ...

The stories from Tihar that can shock you, in the words of Jailer- Sunil Gupta

Have you ever wondered what goes on within the walls of India's largest prison complex? Sunil Gupta recounts his experiences of 30 years spent as a prison officer along with award-winning journali ...

The 2. 0 of newsman, Rajdeep Sardesai on Modi, Congress & Journalism

Criticism, questions & admiration - the current PM is being bombarded with all that and more from both pro and anti-BJP groups, given his decisive yet morally questionable style of politics in rec ...

The then and now of electoral processes in India

It's not often that we have the opportunity to sit down with political representatives of different generations sharing their views in a lighthearted and amicable manner. Our conversation with the dyn ...

A deep-dive into the functioning of the East India Company

In The Anarchy, William Dalrymple tells the story of how one of the world’s most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company - also known a ...

The past, present and future of Indian politics

From the blame-game style of politics in the '90s to the trend of right-wing heavy governance of today, Yashwant Sinha has seen it all.

Having played an active role as a Parliamentarian a ...

The power of conventional economic strategies by Bimal Jalan

In this video series, a clear-headed Bimal Jalan tells us why he roots his beliefs in people and the traditional theories of economics. Ex-parliamentarian and former governor of the RBI, Jalan has ...

Salman Khurshid on the modern-day interpretation of Islam

A man of Islamic faith, brought up amongst the elite and the intellectual, having walked some of the highest corridors of power- author, advocate, diplomat and politician, Salman Khurshid takes the sp ...

The retrospective effects of Indian governance through the eyes of Pavan K. Varma

Drawing the fine line between baseless political statements and realistic viewpoints of governance is celebrated author, diplomat and politician Pavan K. Verma, who has most recently served as ex-advi ...

Construing the Tata vs Mistry battles with Deepali Gupta and Fatima Mahdi

There's nothing quite like a corporate scandal to set the rumour mill going, and when that supposed scandal involves a battle for one of India's greatest business empires - you can be sure that it'll ...

Josy and Abhinandan in a fireside chat during curtain raiser of Media Rumble at The Quorum

What happens when a senior investigative journalist starts scratching the surface on the operations of some of corporate India's biggest ringleaders only to expose more deep-seated issues in their han ...

Sanjoy Roy and Akash Banerjee on political satire in India

As a nation that prefers politics sans a side of humour, Akash Banerjee is trying to create a platform to sensitize the Indian audience towards the need of political satire. The former VP of Radio ...

Author Amish Tripathi shares his metaphysical musings while he talks about his new book – Raavan

Author of the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history - Amish Tripathi has been described as 'India's first literary popstar.' His unique combination of crackling story-telling, relig ...

Funny, charming & gut-wrenchingly honest: Lisa Ray on a life well-lived

Having entered the Indian entertainment industry at the tender age of 16, Lisa Ray has braved it all - from battling an eating disorder to encountering the life-altering struggle of surviving cancer - ...

Matthew Raggett on how your child can win in life

A two decade long experience of working with children has led Matthew Raggett around to the philosophy that “You don’t have children, you build them.” Originally from the UK, Raggett succeeded P ...

Ruchir Sharma on how democracy looks like from the road

As Head of Emerging Markets and Global Macro at Morgan Stanley, Ruchir Sharma is one of the most nuanced observers of India's political landscape. What better time than the eve of a landmark genera ...

Big Data & AI – Technology Changing the Electoral Game

Technology is opening a new front in the battle for our data. Although social media enables peer-to-peer dialogue, public discourse and political messaging; it also provides access to our data allowin ...

All things religion and socialism with Sanjeev Sanyal

India's glorious past has created a graph of ups and downs and our country needs to come to peace with it in order to live happily with where the journey of the last 500 years has led us. That peace w ...

The rise, fall & redemption: Rajat Gupta

Before Sundar Pichai, Indra Nooyi, or Satya Nadella, there was Rajat Gupta; arguably the first Indian to have reached the notoriously exclusive top echelons of America’s corporate world. Against the ...

Of Travel, Literature and Foreign Policy

What happens when writing is as important to you as cricket is to some and chess to others… but your day job takes up most of your life (as it will if you’re India’s Ambassador to the US). Watch ...

Atishi on Restructuring Education in a Country of 1.37 Billion

Rhodes scholar to Oxford, grassroots level teacher, the architect of Delhi’s education revolution and the woman instrumental in transforming Delhi's government schools: Atishi Marlena Singh makes yo ...

Life, Philosophy & Structural Biology

Nobel Prize-winning structural biologist, Knight Bachelor, President of the Royal Society, brilliant structural biologist and enthralling author Venki Ramakrishnan tells the story of his race to disco ...

Aatish Taseer on Fractured Identities, Culture & Politics

Watch acclaimed writer and captivating storyteller, Aatish Taseer and award-winning journalist and political commentator, Shoma Chaudhury in a conversation that explores India's socio-political landsc ...

Sagarika Ghose on Liberalism & the ‘Big State’

Liberalism is at the centre of public debate these days: is the ‘Big State’ stamping out our individual freedom? Are liberal traditions intrinsic in the founding tradition of our nation, or have t ...

Mr. Modi – The Paradoxical Prime Minister

Award winning author, former international diplomat & member of parliament, Shashi Tharoor in conversation with the ‘Devils’ Advocate’ Karan Thapar about ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister’, th ...

Changemakers in Conversation – Shattering the Glass Ceiling

This fierce series features inspiring women who have cut through the ranks of a traditionally male-dominated field to establish themselves as leaders of their craft through sheer strength and determin ...

The Newsman, Rajdeep Sardesai on Modi, Congress & Journalism

Rajdeep Sardesai in conversation with Manu Joseph on his latest book, The Newsman; making sense of the ‘fine lines between facts and propaganda’; distinguishing ‘fake’ from ‘real’ news, tr ...

Ground Realities, Hard Choices & Tomorrow’s India with Jay Panda

Ground Realities, Hard Choices and Tomorrow’s India is the theme of this collections of videos featuring four-time Member of Parliament from the State of Odisha, Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda in convers ...