In this public lecture, Professor Rajmohan Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) will compare the lives, achievements and deaths of Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln.
Professor Gandhi will reflect on how disputes over the unity of their respective countries - over the relationship between major population groups - resulted in the assassinations (separated by 83 years) of both Lincoln and Gandhi. He will also examine what was common and what was dissimilar in the personalities and approaches of the two.
Rajmohan Gandhi is Research Professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Academic Director, Global Crossroads, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. In 2009 and 2010 he served as the international president of the NGO, Initiatives of Change.
A former member (1990-92) of the Rajya Sabha (India’s Upper House of Parliament), Rajmohan Gandhi led the Indian delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva in 1990. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he played a leading role in establishing Asia Plateau, the 80-acre conference centre of Initiatives of Change in Panchgani in the mountains of western India.
He has worked consistently for India-Pakistan and Hindu-Muslim reconciliation. Since 9/11, he has also tried to address the divide between the West and the world of Islam.
This lecture is hosted by the Australia South Asia Research Centre and presented by the Research School of Asia and the Pacific.
||Seminar Room 1.04, HC Coombs Extension, Building 8, Fellows Road, ANU
|Date: ||Thursday, 14 March 2013|
|Time: ||3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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