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Democracy Festival

As India marks its 76th Independence year and ISD completes 5 years of serving democracy, we invite you to our first Democracy Festival, on 

2nd & 3rd of September 2023 in New Delhi.

Through dialogue, debates, discussions, exhibitions, music, showcases and various conversations we explore where we are on the path of realizing the dream of democracy that our founding mothers and fathers imagined as India gained its freedom.


We will have senior politicians across the political spectrum, and important stakeholders from the political and social ecosystem all on one platform to talk about what Democracy is and what it needs to be. 

Come join us and contribute to building our vision 2047 of how we imagine the Indian democracy shaping


Dates: 2nd & 3rd September 2023

Venue: India Habitat Center, New Delhi

Number of Seats: 350



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Palanivel Thiaga Rajan Minister of IT

Tamil Nadu, DMK


Harjot Singh Bains

Minister of School Edu.  Punjab,  AAP

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Aparajita Sarangi

Member of Parliament


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Gaurav Gogoi

Member of Parliament



Dr Fouzia Khan

Member of Parliament


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Saket Gokhale

Member of Parliament



Manoj Kumar Jha

Member of Parliament


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Sushmita Dev

Member of Parliament TMC

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Vanathi Srinivasan

MLA Tamil Nadu


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Jignesh Mevani

MLA Gujarat


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Jeevan Jyot Kaur
MLA Punjab


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Shehzad Poonawalla

National Spokesperson 


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Yogendra Yadav

Swaraj India 

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Amitabh Behar

Interim Executive Director of Oxfam International


Yamini Iyer


Centre for Policy Research

 ... and many more

Why Attend this Event?

Attend If:

You care about how India evolves as a democracy over the next 25 years

You are a politician of the future and want to engage with the politics of the future

You care, about equal representation and want to build an inclusive political platform

You believe that politics is an avenue of service and you want to be a part of principled politics


Event Schedule


Who is this event for ?

The Democracy Festival welcomes individuals who are passionate about politics, governance, and democracy. This will be a 2-day closed event with limited entries, so please register soon! The event offers a platform for learning, networking, and exchanging ideas on principled politics and shaping India's future.


Apply to participate if you are:

  • Elected representatives (local, state,  national)

  • Party position holders and public leaders

  • Student Politicians and youth leaders.

  • Media Professionals

  • Judicial or legal activists

  • Civil Society Organizations

  • Movement Leaders

  • Academics and Researchers of Politics

  • Political Consultants


Applications and Tickets

Only 350 selected participants would be invited to attend this two-day event. The contribution required for attending the event is as follows and covers 2-day attendance and meals (except breakfasts) during the 2 days. However, accommodation or travel expenses are NOT included. Certificate of Participation will also be awarded to participants who attend events on both days.

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Fees - 1500 INR

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15th July

Fees - 1000 INR

Applications in Group of 3

Early Bird

15 July- INR 800/person


Regular Application

INR 1000/person

No fees 
Women and
Transgender persons 

Please note that the actual cost per participant for ISD is ₹ 7142, it has been reduced significantly to make it accessible for everyone.

Free entry for all women and transgender persons, who apply.


Financial Support 

We are able to offer financial support to Women participants only. Women, who cannot afford to attend the event otherwise can apply for financial assistance. 50 participants would be granted financial support, and the results of this aid will be announced on a rolling basis. This assistance would include stay, food and a small travel allowance

Partners & Sponsors

Democracy Festival welcomes partnerships and sponsorships from like-minded organizations

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