The 65th session of the Informal Discussion Group (IDG) witnessed a talk by Mr. Yashwant Sinha, former Minister of Finance and External Affairs on the topic 'Constitutional institutions and democracy' followed by an interactive session. Mr.Yashwant Sinha is a prominent Indian administrator, politician and has served in the ministry of Finance and ministry of External Affairs. Mr. Sinha has donned many roles as a civil servant in his 24 years. He was awarded the highest french civilian distinction of the Officier de la Legion d' Honneur which was bestowed upon him in recognition of his work as the Union minister of Finance and External Affairs and his invaluable contribution to the international community. He also recently co authored a book titled 'The Future of Indian Economy: Past Reforms and Challenges Ahead'.
Mr. Sinha spoke on the significance of the independence of government institutions like the Central Bureau of investigation, Reserve Bank of India, among others ,the seperation of power between the three organs of the government- Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary and the need for a free press in a democracy. He was also vocal about policy decisions that were taken by the government which according to him did not act in the best interest of its citizens. We thank Mr.Yashwant Sinha for taking time out of his busy schedule to engage with us and it was indeed an honour for the university to play host.