Mr. Raj Chengappa on “India and the Bomb: Myths and Reality”

Mr. Raj Chengappa’s lecture explores the topic
India and the Bomb: Myths and Reality.

Why did a nation born on the principle of non-violence, decide to build the most destructive weapon that humankind has invented? Why did India carry out its first nuclear explosion in 1974 and not soon after the 1964 Chinese test or before the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? Why did India wait another 24 years before it carried a second round of tests in 1998? Did India and Pakistan come close to using nuclear weapons during the 1999 Kargil War? Is India’s Hydrogen Bomb a Dud? Will the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal compromise India’s strategic weapons? Will the Global Nuclear Zero movement succeed? These are some of the questions that shall be answered during the lecture.

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2011: Dr.Dayalan Devanesen on Traditional Aboriginal Medicine and the use of Traditional Healers and Herbal Medicine

Dr. Dayalan Devanesen, Order of Australia [AM]

Dr Devanesen’s lecture will take us on an extraordinary journey that covers not only Aboriginal Health / Medicine but also Aboriginal Art. He will talk us through the development of values at Bishop Cottons to creative cross cultural health programs for tribal Aboriginal people in remote parts of the Northern Territory of Australia. He will discuss Traditional Aboriginal Medicine and the use of Traditional Healers and Herbal Medicine, share his experience in establishing Aboriginal Health Workers as well innovative culturally appropriate health programs such as the ‘Strong Women, Strong Babies, Strong Culture program, and the use of traditional art for health education.

Lecture Transcript

Cottonians Old and Present, Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel deeply honoured to be speaking here today. Continue reading “2011: Dr.Dayalan Devanesen on Traditional Aboriginal Medicine and the use of Traditional Healers and Herbal Medicine”

2010: Dr. Ajit Varki on “Adventures in Anthropogeny: What Makes us Human?”

Dr. Ajit Varki, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, UC, San Diego

15th of January

The 6th General K.S. Thimayya Memorial Lecture was held on Saturday, the 15th of January, 2011 at the Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton Auditorium, Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, St. Mark’s Road, Bangalore – 560 001 at 11:00 am
The Keynote address was delivered to a packed audience by Dr. Ajit Varki, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego on “Adventures in Anthropogeny: What Makes us Human?” and Old Cottonian (1967, Pope) The Lecture was preceded by Tea at the school premises.
The Introductory Address was delivered by Mr. John Zachariah, Principal, Bishop Cotton Boys’ School. The Commandant’s Address was to be delivered by Lt. Gen. N. C. Marwah, AVSM, Colonel of the Kumaon & Naga, Regiments and Kumaon Scouts, who was unable to be present owing to his new posting to the Andaman Islands. His address was read out to the audience.
The audience comprised of eminent citizens of Bangalore, distinguished old Cottonians, former bureaucrats, senior officers from the armed forces – both serving and retired, students and faculty of the School and family members of General K.S. Thimayya and family members of Dr. Ajit Varki.
The Lecture saw the participation of several distinguished guests, like Dr. Dayalan Devanesan, Old Cottonian and Order of Australia, Mrs. Vatsala Watsa, Addl. Chief Secretary to the Government, Mrs. Jija Hari Singh, Former DGP, Karnataka, former key note speaker Mr. Philip Wollen, Old Cottonian and Order of Australia, patron of the Gen, Thimayya Trust, General Jetley and Mrs. Jetley and the Sub-Area Commander, Karnataka and Kerala, Major General Pradhan.

Lecture Transcript

While theories abound concerning the origin of humans, none has yet scientifically explained our emergence as the dominant species on the planet. Continue reading “2010: Dr. Ajit Varki on “Adventures in Anthropogeny: What Makes us Human?””

2009: G.K.Pillai on “India’s Internal Security: Challenges & Responses”

SHRI GOPAL K. PILLAI,
UNION HOME SECRETARY AND SECRETARY (JUSTICE)

31 OCTOBER 2009

The 5th General K. S. Thimayya Memorial Lecture was held on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton Auditorium, Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore at 11:00 a.m. and was delivered by Gopal K. Pillai, IAS, Union Home Secretary on “India’s Internal Security: Challenges & Responses”.
G. K. Pillai is a 1972-batch Kerala cadre IAS officer, who concurrently serves as the Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, has earlier held plum postings as the Commerce Secretary, the Director General for Foreign Trade, Chairman of the Board of Approval for SEZs & EOUs and India’s Chief Negotiator at the WTO. He was appointed Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India in June 2009. One of three brothers to have studied at BCBS, Mr. Pillai passed out from Cottons in 1964 and went to Pope House.
A packed audience of senior officers from the Services, IAS, IFS, IPS and other walks of public life, Old and present Cottonians, Principals and staff were privy to an extraordinary and exhaustive presentation on unknown facets of India’s internal security and its underlying dynamics. The first-hand account of Mr Pillai’s experiences in the North-East, particularly in Manipur, made for an anthropologist’s delight! The wide canvas of information that was on offer was fully churned during the interactive session that followed, with a wide array of comments and questions that were masterfully (and candidly) fielded by the speaker. Fellowship followed over lunch at the Bangalore Club.
Earlier, Mr. S. M. Acharya, IAS (Retd.) formerly Secretary, Department of ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence and Old Cottonian, introduced Mr Pillai with vignettes of his memories of the speaker, having known him not only in School but indeed through the Service. Colonel John Ellis (Retd.), Principal of BCBS delivered a warm and uplifting Welcome Address. Lt. Gen. Avadhesh Prakash, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Military Secretary and Colonel of the Kumaon and Naga Regiments was meant to deliver the Introductory Remarks, but was sadly constrained to cancel his visit at the eleventh hour owing to his brother’s severe illness. However, the text of his finely-crafted speech was read out to the guests and is available here.

Colonel John Ellis, Principal of Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore, Family members of late General K.S. Thimayya, Patrons, former Speakers, Trustees, Cottonians, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen. Continue reading “2009: G.K.Pillai on “India’s Internal Security: Challenges & Responses””

2008: Philip Wollen on “Peace, Ethics, Occam’s Razor and India’s Gift of Ahimsa”

Philip Wollen

December 13th, 2008

The 4th General K. S. Thimayya Memorial Lecture was held on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at the Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton Auditorium, Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, St. Mark’s Road, Bangalore 560 001 at 11:00 a.m. for an address by Philip Wollen, OAM on “Peace, Ethics, Occam’s Razor* – and India’s Gift of Ahimsa”.
Phil is a global animal-rights crusader, humanitarian activist, philanthropist and motivational speaker, all in one. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 ‘For service to international humanitarian relief and to animal welfare, particularly through the establishment of the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust’. He is the winner of The Australian Humanitarian Award 2006 and was Australian of the Year (Victoria), 2007. Phil passed out from Cotton’s in 1967 (Pope House) as a third-generation Cottonian.
Phil’s extraordinary and emotional plea for Ahimsa left many teary-eyed and the standing ovation that he received from a 1000+ audience bore testimony to the content and impact of the speech, and indeed the life of Philip Wollen. An exhilarating mix of senior officers from the Armed Forces (with over 25 Generals, Air Marshals and Admirals including two of our Patrons – Air Marshal ‘Mally’ Wollen and Lt. General S.K. Jetley), academia, bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, artists and wild-life activists made for a truly memorable event, and reflected itself in the stimulating Q&A session that followed. The participation of the senior school boys and girls was a fillip (no pun intended) to the endeavour, and for many of them the lecture was a life-changing experience. One learns of many students and guests having turned vegetarian after Phil’s speech.
Ashok Mandanna, classmate and boxing-rival from School, made a witty and poignant introduction of Phil. Colonel John Ellis (Retd.), Principal of BCBS delivered the Welcome Address, while Brigadier R.M. Mittal, SM, Commandant, MEG & Centre, Bangalore made the Introductory Remarks. Fellowship followed over beers and lunch at the Bangalore Club.
Nec Dextrorsum Nec Sinistrorsum
* Occam’s Razor is the theory credited to William of Occam (or Ockham, circa 1285-1349) which prefers the simplest formulation for the most complex of issues. It is also known as the Law of Parsimony.

Lecture Transcript

Colonel Ellis, Brigadier Mittal, Admiral Shekhawat, Lieutenant General Jetley, Air Marshal Wollen, respected members of General Thimayya’s family, distinguished members of the Armed Forces, honoured guests who have travelled from across the nation to be here, past and present Cottonians, ladies and gentlemen.
I am deeply honoured to be with you today.
And I congratulate Mr Aditya Sondhi and his remarkable team of OCs for honouring the truly great man, our beloved General Thimayya. Continue reading “2008: Philip Wollen on “Peace, Ethics, Occam’s Razor and India’s Gift of Ahimsa””