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DownloadingMyMind (DMM) in association with the Society for Policy Studies (SPS) announce Flash Truths, a nano - Essay competition (in English) focused on an aspect of Indian Life of your choosing.

nano - Essay: Maximum 300 Words (on One page)


1st Prize

INR 50,000


Two 2nd Prizes

INR 25,000 each


Five 3rd Prizes

INR 15,000 each

are announced



  • The theme of this nano-Essay Competition is Indian Life. Its objective is to take the pulse of the diverse and fast-transforming Indian society and life today.
  • You are free to take a Snapshot of any aspect of your Indian Life for the Essay. Who you are, and what do you feel as an Indian? What do you think of a particular facet of living today in India?
  • Your 300-word (on One page) nano-Essay must be of exceptional quality and address the theme of Indian Life incisively and succinctly. It must embody an acute insight and depth of knowledge of India - past and present.
  • Your Essay, in effect, will be a Flash Truth of Indian Life. It might be of interest to policy-makers, think tanks, academia, business and others.

The Panel Of Judges

Commodore C.
Uday Bhaskar

is Director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), an independent think tank based in New Delhi. He was Director of IDSA and the National Maritime Foundation. He is a well-known columnist, editor, and contributor on nuclear and international security issues to reputed journals and media in India and abroad.

Ela Menon

is one of India's leading contemporary artists. She is best known for her religious-themed works and portraits. She has held solo exhibitions of her works extensively in India and abroad. Menon has also represented India at international Art Competitions and Shows. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2000.

McCarthy AO

was Australia's Ambassador to Vietnam, Mexico, Thailand, Syria, the United States, Indonesia, Japan, and High Commissioner to India. He has also served as Chair of the Australia-India Council, Deputy Chair of the Australia- India Institute, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Griffith Asia Institute

Results will be out on 31 March, 2021

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