Academics For Academic Freedom

At the Battle of Ideas festival everyone’s opinions and ideas are taken seriously. Everyone who comes wants to know what you think about every topic and will engage you in no holds barred discussion if they think you are wrong. Rigorous debate is the order of the two days under the banner ‘free speech allowed’ and the festival is a model of what intellectual life should be.

Prof Dennis Hayes, Founder, Academics For Academic Freedom


 Festival Buzz

"Participating in the Battle was a little like entering a Bombay train at rush hour - it's a plunge into a swirl of wildly differing notions of how people should arrange themselves in a really tight situation. When you eventually emerge, you find that you're in a different place from where you started - and that you've been thoroughly energised from the journey. I can't wait to take the trip again next year."
Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India