A New Perspective on Gandhi for a New Century:
A Dialogue with Rajmohan Gandhi
Friday, February 2, 2007, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Cal Poly Pomona
CLA Building 98-P2-07
Rajmohan Gandhi , the author of a major new biography on his grandfather the Mahatma, is currently Visiting Professor in the Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Faculty Director of Global Crossroads, a learning and living community at the University of Illinois.
He is a Jury Member for the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award, and Co-chair, Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation, Gurgaon, India. A former member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament), he led the Indian delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in 1990. He is a commentator in the Indian media, and the author of several books. In 2002 he received the Sahitya Akademi ( India's National Academy of Letters) Award for hisRajaji: A Life, a biography of Chakravarti Rajagoplachari (1878-1972), leading figure in India's freedom movement and Governor General of free India, 1948-50.
In 2004 he received the International Humanitarian Award (Human Rights) from the City of Champaign, and in 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Calgary and an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Obirin University, Tokyo.
His new book, Mohandas: a True Story of a Man, his People and an Empire, has just been published by Viking/Penguin India. Other books by him include Ghaffar Khan: Nonviolent Badshah of the Pakhtuns (Penguin 2004); Revenge & Reconciliation: Understanding South Asian History (Penguin, 1999); The Good Boatman: A Portrait of Gandhi(Penguin, 1995); Patel: A Life, a biography of Vallabhbhai Patel (1875-1950), Deputy Prime Minister of India, 1947-50 (Navajivan, Ahmedabad, 1990); and Eight Lives: A Study of the Hindu-Muslim Encounter (SUNY, 1987).
Event is free. Space is limited. RSVP by January 31.
For more information, contact: Professor Tara Sethia, Director, Ahimsa Center (909) 869-3868 or firstname.lastname@example.org