International Seminar on the Legality and Jurisprudence of Sallekhanā/ Santhārā/ Samādhimaraṇa/ Prāyopaveśa in the Indian Traditions

International Seminar on the Legality and
Jurisprudence of Sallekhanā/ Santhārā/ Samādhimaraṇa/ Prāyopaveśa in the Indian
National Law University, Delhi
February 2016)
day: 26 February 2016
9:30AM-10:00AM              :               REGISTRATION
10:00AM-10:15AM           :               Mangalacharana
and Ashish by Rev. Lokesh Muni Ji
10:15AM-10:25AM           :               Welcome
Speech by Prof. Ranbir Singh/Prof. GS Bajpai, Associate Professor, NLU, Delhi
10:25AM-10:40AM           :               Theme
of the Seminar – Dr. Shugan C Jain, Chairman, International School for Jain
10:40AM-10:55AM           :               Guest
of Honour- Justice (Rtd.) Pana Chand Jain, Rajasthan High Court
10:55AM-11:15AM           :          Chief-Guest-
Sh. Nirmal Kr. Sethi, Chairman, Jain Consultative Group on Sallekhanā/ 
                                                          Santhāra: Social Aspects
11:15AM-11:25AM          :                Vote
of Thanks – Dr. Prasannanshu, Associate Professor, NLU, Delhi.
——————————11:25AM-11:40AM                   :               Tea Break——————————
11:40AM-1:40PM              :
              First Academic Session (Death
in different Indian Philosophies)
Chair Person                       :               Prof. V.K. Jain, Vice Chancellor (Doon University)
11:40AM-12:00 AM          : Dr.
Ashok Kr Singh, Professor, BLII, Delhi (Social Impact of Sallekhanā as
transpired in Jain 
12:00PM-12:20AM            :               Dr.
S.P. Pandey, Joint Director, PV, Varanasi (Sallekhanā in Non-Jaina
Traditions, with                                                                   Special
Reference to Jainism
12:20PM-12:50PM             :               Dr.
Rahul Kr Singh, Research Associate, PV, Varanasi (Sallekhanā: A Way of
Facing Death                                                            Artistically
12:50PM-1:30PM               :               Movie:
Views on Santhāra of different experts: Shri Shekhar Hattangadi,
Lawyer law Professor, and film-maker.)
1:30PM-1:40PM                 :               Presidential remarks by the
Honourable Chair Person
BREAK: 1:40 PM-2:45PM
2:45PM-4:35PM                 :               Second Academic session (Social and Legal Issues of Sallekhanā)
Chair Person                       :              
2:45PM-3:10PM                 :               CA
Rajesh Jain, Eminent writer and management consultant
Justification of Sallekhanā
3:10PM-3:35PM                 :               Ben Prabhuji, Smd. Rajchandra Ashram Chief, Delhi (Last five days of Smd. Rajchandra)
3:35PM-4:00PM                 :               Video
excerpts of Dr. Purushottam Billimoria, USA, Social Activist& UC Berkley
(Legal   Issues of Sallekhanā). Comments
by Ms. Prashasthi
4:00PM-4:25PM                 :               Dr.
Raksha J Shah, Philanthropist, Mumbai (clarification and      Critical evaluation of the        prevailing Misconceptions and
Misinterpretations regarding the vow of Sallekhanā
4:00PM-4:25PM                 :               Ananth Acharya, student, NLU, Delhi. To Be, or Not to Be? Philosophical and Constitutional                                                          Perspectives
on the Right to Die: A Study of Case Law on Suicide, Euthanasia, and Santhara.
4:25PM-4:35PM                 :               Presidential remarks by the Honourable Chair Person
——————————4:35PM-4:50PM                         :               TEA BREAK——————————
4:50PM-6:00PM                 :               Lawyers/Judges Forum (Discussion Judicial/Legal Issues
of Sallekhanā)
(Chair Person: Justice (Rtd.) Pana Chand
4:40PM-6:00PM                 :               HMJ
Pana Chand Jain, Rajasthan High Court
Dr. Manish Singhvi, Additional advocate
general, Rajasthan High court
Mridul Goswamy, Rajasthan High Court
Anuj Jain
Sushil Jain
                        :               TEA——————————

Day 27 February 2016
——————————9:00AM-9:30AM                        :               TEA——————————
9:30AM-1:15PM                                :               1st Academic Session-Legal
and Social aspects
Chair Person                                       :               Padmabhushan Dr. D. R. Mehta,
Chairman, Jaipur Foot, Jaipur
9:30AM-9:55AM                     :           Justice
(Rtd.) Pana Chand Jain, Rajasthan High Court, Jaipur
study of Sallekhana or Santhara as an art of living as well as art of dying
no legal attention)
9:55PM-10:20AM                              :               Dr. Prasannanshu, Associate
Professor, NLU, Delhi. Some Issues Associated with                               Sallekhana.
10:20AM-10:55AM                           :               Prof.
Garry L Francione, Prof. Emeritus, Rutgers Univ, USA (Skype) (Sallekhanā:                               Legal
10:55AM-11:20AM                           :               Prof. Stephanie Rohlfing-Dijoux,
University of Paris, Paris (The right to death in the                                                                          light
of the French constitution and the European Human Rights Convention)
——————————11:20AM-11:30AM                   :               Tea Break——————————

Chair Person                                       :               Prof. S. Sachidhanandam, Former Vice-Chancellor, Tamil
Nadu Dr. Ambedkar                                                                           Law

11:30AM-11:55AM                           :               Prof.
Kusum Jain, Ex- HOD, Department of Philosophy, University of Rajasthan,
Jaipur (Are Samadhimaraṇa/Santhāra Individual
or social phenomena?)
11:55AM-12:20PM                            :               Prof.
Sushma Singhvi, Ex-Director, Kota Open University, Kota (Aspects of                                                                          Nityasanthārā)
12:20PM-12:45PM                             :               Sean
Hillman, Researcher, University of Toronto, Canada (Bioethics of South Asian
Fasting and Meditation at the End-of-life: Jain Sallekhana and Buddhist                                  Thukdam)
12:45PM-1:15PMPM                         :               Presidential
remarks by the Honourable Chair Person
2:15PM-4:25PM                                 :               2ndAcademic Session-Philosophical and Social
Chair Person                                       :               Prof. Ram Jee Singh, Ex-Vice Chancellor,
JVBI and Ex- MP
2:15PM-2:40PM                                 :               Dr.
(Colonel) D. S. Baya, Relevance of Sallekhanā/samādhimaraṇa in
today’s                                                                    society.
paper shall be presented by Prof. PC Jain, Ex-Professor,                                                                                      Sociology,
School of International Studies, JNU
2:40PM-3:05PM                                 :               Ms.
Whitny Braun, USA (Discuss own Ph.D. thesis on Sallekhanā)
3:05PM-3:30PM                                 :               Dr. Nitin Shah, a Professor of Anesthesiology &
Chief of Surgical ICU, California,
(SKYPE) (Need of the Day in today’s World – Acceptance of Death!)         
3:30PM-3:55PM                                 :               Ms.
Preeti Rani, Research Scholar, DU, Delhi (Santhārā)                           
3:55PM-4:25PM                                 :               Presidential remarks
by the Honourable Chair Person
——————————4:25PM-4:45PM                         :               Tea
4:45PM-5:30PM                                 :               Valedictory Session
release                                        :               Fearing, Facing, and Faring
Death: Poems of Dr. Prasannanshu
Patron                                                   :               Prof. Ranbir Singh, VC-NLU, Delhi
:               Prof.
M.P. Singh, Currently, Chancellor, Central University of Haryana & Chair
Professor, Centre for Comparative Law, NLU, Delhi. Ex Chairperson of Delhi
Judicial Academy; Ex Vice-chancellor, National University of Juridical
Sciences, Kolkata.
Overview                                              :               Mrs. Rama Sharma- Retired Principal and Sallekhanā
Researcher, and Dr. Navin                                                                               Srivastava.
Vote of Thanks                                    :               Dr.
Prasannanshu, NLU Delhi
——————————5:30PM                                                         :               High-Tea ——————————

You are cordially invited to the release of the collection of the poems of
Dr. Prasannanshu’, titled as: ‘Fearing, Facing, and Faring Death: Poems of  Dr. Prasannanshu’, during the Valedictory Session of the International Seminar on the Legality and Jurisprudence of Sallekhanā / Santhārā /Samādhimaraṇa/ Prāyopaveśa in the Indian Traditions at the National Law University, Sector-14, Delhi on 27 February 2016 at 4:45 PM.