The first The Hindu Lit For Life Annual Lecture was delivered by historian and writer Ramachandra Guha, who spoke on India@70: A historian's report card. He examined the 70-year history of independent India through the four principles of Mahatma Gandhi’s Swaraj — non-violence defined as political freedom; Hindu-Muslim unity defined as cultural freedom; abolition of untouchability defined as social justice; and swadeshi defined as economic freedom.
"Democracy is about continuous reflection and interrogation, not just in Parliament. Look at the suppression of our civil society. The deficiency of our democracy is manifest in the widespread corruption of our political class, deterioration of our public institutions, particularly our failure to provide quality education and health to our citizens," he said.
The event was held at ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru, on October 15, 2016.