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Taking the Constitution to the People – Call for Student Podcasts

Student Podcast Competition

  • Unlike research papers or essays, a podcast has the unique ability to present serious research in a more conversational and engaging format.
  • The response that Vidhi has received to its podcasts has been extremely encouraging, and we will continue to churn out episodes with expert analysis on a range of issues by our in-house experts and guest pundits. But the true essence of accessible research lies in engagement, and so we now wish to turn the microphone around and listen to what our audience has to say.
  • Seeking to explore ways of making the Constitution more relevant in the lives of everyday Indians, we are inviting podcast submissions from students that explore the idea of ‘Taking the Constitution to the People’.
  • The end product should be accessible to and be able to pique the interest of persons with no formal training in law/political theory, while retaining conceptual thickness.

The detailed submission guidelines are available here.

Topic & Content

While limiting themselves to the broad theme of ‘Taking the Constitution to the People’, participants are free to explore the multiple contours of the theme. For instance, a podcast submission can focus exclusively on the question of if (and why) the Constitution has remained inaccessible to a larger audience, or the question of how it can be made more relevant in our everyday lives, or both.

Needless to say, a submission can answer just one or more of such questions. As has been explained below, the judging criteria are not based on the breadth of the topic covered, but on the quality of the analysis.

Eligibility

All students pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate studies in any field as of the date of the final submission, i.e., December 21, 2021.

Prize

The top three podcast submissions:

  • Will be felicitated;
  • Will receive book vouchers;
  • Will have an opportunity to work with Vidhi’s podcasts teams to suitably circulate the podcast (either in its existing or in an edited form) to a wide audience.

Contact Information

If you have any queries, please feel free to reach out to us at submissions@vidhilegalpolicy.in at any time before 11:59 PM on December 20, 2021.

For full details, click here: https://lawc.to/N4P07

About the organizer

The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy (‘Vidhi’) is an independent think-tank doing legal research to make better laws and improve governance for the public good. Vidhi & the Constitution Over the last 70 years that our republic has been in existence, the Constitution has shaped our country in more ways than one. Yet, constitutional vocabulary has largely remained limited to courts of law, and has failed to percolate downwards. Like many other legal instruments, the length and complexity of our Constitution has meant that it is largely inaccessible to the majority. But being the grundnorm of our polity, it is necessary that constitutional culture forms part of our everyday lives. This is especially true for the Indian Constitution, given its transformative and emancipatory capacity. The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy is dedicated to conducting research to ensure a more nuanced understanding of the Constitution among the citizens and build a robust constitutional culture.

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Taking the Constitution to the People – Call for Student Podcasts

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