Ramachandra Guha: Why a new Life of Gandhi?


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Reflections on a freedom fighter, social reformer, religious pluralist and prophet

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To mark 150 years since the birth of Mohandas ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi, this lecture by acclaimed author Ramachandra Guha reflects on one of the most influential - and controversial - men in modern history. Having come of age in Gujurat, London and South Africa, Gandhi returned to India to lead a path through the most complex of challenges; to deliver his country from British rule, to forge harmony between religions, to end the practice of untouchability, and to develop India’s economic and moral self-reliance. For his revolutionary non-violent tactics he remains a hero and spiritual guide to many, but as a man he was not without his flaws.

Ramachandra Guha’s panoramic and intimate two-volume biography of Gandhi draws on some sixty different Indian, British and South African archives and a previously unavailable collection of papers belonging to Gandhi himself. For its balance, social and global context, its rich detail and absorbing readability the biography has been widely praised.

Chaired by fellow historian David Kynaston

Ramachandra Guha is an author and historian who has taught at Yale and Stanford universities, the University of Oslo, the Indian Institute of Science, and the London School of Economics. His books include two volumes of biography Gandhi Before India (2013) and Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948 (2018) and the award-winning India After Gandhi (2007) and a study of his beloved cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian history of a British Sport (2002). He writes regularly on social and political issues for The New York Times, and for the British and Indian presses, including The Telegraph and the Hindustan Times. He lives in Bangalore, India.

David Kynaston is the author of eighteen books, including City of London: The History, Austerity Britain, 1945–1951 and Modernity Britain, 1957–62


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