Change-makers Challenge


English language entries: 

Digital Radicalisation

With the exponential rise of internet users, the opportunities to use the digital platform for spreading hate speech and terrorism have also grown.(Example: ISIS attack in India etc.) It is important to examine how the internet influences the process of radicalisation, how people come to support terrorism and other forms of extremism. What qualifies as extremism in the debate of freedom of speech and expression?


Enroute to a Superpower

Priorities of our Nation. In a country with people from a multitude of backgrounds, it would be reasonable to say that the definition of progress and development for each person differs by a fair margin. Understanding the priorities and perceptions of millennials will govern the policies of the future. What should India’s primary focus be – Economic growth, social indicators or defence/foreign policy?


  • Structure
  • Creativity
  • Grammar
  • Research
  • Navigation/flow of content

Prize money will be awarded for each of the language categories.

  • 1 st Place- Rs. 10,000
  • 2 nd Place- Rs. 6,000
  • 3 rd Place- Rs. 3,000

English language judge

Dr. Monica Das

Dr. Monica Das - An educationist (formerly Associate Professor, Economics, Gargi College, Delhi University and fellow DCRC, DU) , writer, gender specialist, researcher/writer cultural studies, motivational speaker, film maker, musician (vocal) and social activist. Chairperson of Fakir Mohan Foundation, New Delhi. Was a visiting scholar, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (year 2000). Currently a member of International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), Nebraska, USA. Presented several research papers in different universities around the world. Authored books on gender/girl child/women’s issues, published by Penguin and Harper Collins.

Odia language judge

Sumanyu Satpathy

Sumanyu Satpathy, currently a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, is a former Professor of English, University of Delhi. His areas of expertise are literary modernism, Indian literary culture and Odisha studies. His other areas of interest are queer studies and literary nonsense. He was Distinguished Scholar at the Michael J. Osborne Centre of the Institute for Advance Studies, La Trobe University in 2007. Among his publications, are Re- viewing Reviewing: The Reception of Modernist Poetry in the TLS (1902-1932), Southern Post colonialisms (Routledge), Reading Literary Culture and The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense. He has published numerous research articles in Indian and international journals and edited volumes such as the well-known Same-Sex Love in India, Children’s Literature and the fin-de- siècle and Rabindranath Tagore in the Twenty First Century: Theoretical Renewals.

  • Any Indian citizen between the age of 18-25 years can participate
  • Participants can chose any one of the topics in a category
  • Blog entries have to be between 700-1000 words
  • Submissions can be made on the ‘Submit’ tab of the website (
  •  Last date of entry: 23:59 PM, June 20th , 2017

1. How can I submit my blog online?

You can submit your essay on the website. You will have to upload a clear JPEG/PDF of the file before clicking on the submit button.

2. I didn't receive any confirmation e-mail, is there any way I can check if my essay has been received?

You should have received an automatic confirmation. In case you haven't received an email, you can write to

3. Can I submit entries for both the topics?

No, you can only submit one entry. You can choose any of the two topics for your blog.

4. What criteria will be the blogs judged on?

The blogs will be judged on the basis of strength of the arguments made, flow of the written piece and creativity in writing style. Refer to the ‘Criteria for Evaluation’ tab for more details.

5. What is the word limit for the blog? Will I be disqualified if I fall short of or the word limit?

The word limit for the blogs is 700-1000 words. You will be disqualified if you exceed the world limit by 100 words or more.

6. What is the deadline for the blog competition?

Entries will be accepted till 17th June, 2017, 11:59 PM

7. Will the blog be published anywhere?

The winning blogs will be published on Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda’s website. The decision of the judges will be final.

8. Are there prizes for the winners?

We will be giving out a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 for the top blogger, Rs. 6000 for the 2nd place and Rs. 3000 for the third place for both English and Odia categories.


· Only Indian citizens can take part in this contest

· One Individual can only send one entry on any one of the topics

· Last date of submission of entries is on 20th June, 2017, 11:59 PM

· If the content is found to be copied or not original, the participant will be disqualified

· The evaluation of the blogs will be done by Judges and the decision of the judges will be abiding for all the participants

·  The results will be displayed in the third week of July

·  The Office of MP Jay Panda reserves the right to decide which blogs will be published

·  By participating in the competition, you agree to have read the terms and conditions and abide by the same