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Talk Ramachandra Guha: Why a new Life of Gandhi?

Ramachandra Guha: Why a new Life of Gandhi?

British Library

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Genre: Lecture with live speech-to-text


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

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

This event will have live subtitles by Stagetext working with MyClearText.


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Tue 10 Sep 2019, 7:00pm

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British Library
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The Arts Council
The Arts Council