Rajmohan Gandhi | Hindu Nationalism in Gandhi's India: Celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Lecture | October 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Rajmohan Gandhi, social activist, author and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

 Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR), New York, Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) Washington D.C., Center for British Studies, Center for Initiative on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Race and Gender, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

A talk by social activist, author and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Professor Rajmohan Gandhi.

Differentiating between Hinduism the religion and the ideology of Hindu Nationalism, the lecture will address the advance in India of the Hindu Nationalist project. With the BJP winning parliamentary majorities twice this decade, giving Hindu Nationalist forces, led by the RSS, almost unchecked control over the Indian polity, these forces are now within striking distance of replacing India’s current pluralist and secular Constitution with one conforming to a Hindu state. Noting also the pressures being exerted by these forces on the country’s institutions of justice, law enforcement and education, the lecture will examine the likely future of India’s religious minorities, notably Muslims and Christians, in the light of the progress of the Hindu Nationalist project, and outline the project's implications for India’s unity, integrity, and future world role."

Speaker Bio
Rajmohan Gandhi is the biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He is also a research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois. He continues the work of his grandfather, trying to bring the world together through understanding and cooperation. Since September 11, 2001, he has addressed the issues between the West and the world of Islam.

Read more about Prof. Gandhi at HERE

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

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