Ramachandra Guha

discusses 

Gandhi Before India

in conversation with PRATAP BHANU MEHTA

Co-sponsored by South Asia Institute at Harvard University

This event includes a book signing

Date

Apr
29
Tuesday
April 29, 2014
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author RAMACHANDRA GUHA and President of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, PRATAP BHANU MEHTA for a discussion of Guha's new book Gandhi Before India.

Here is a revelatory work of biography that takes us from Mohandas Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his two years as a student in London, and his two decades as a lawyer and community organizer in South Africa. Ramachandra Guha has uncovered a myriad of previously untapped documents, including private papers of Gandhi's contemporaries and co-workers, contemporary newspapers and court documents, the writings of Gandhi's children, secret files kept by British Empire functionaries. Using this wealth of material in a brilliantly nuanced narrative, Guha describes the social, political, and personal worlds in which Gandhi began his journey to become the modern era's most important and influential political actor. And Guha makes clear that Gandhi's work in South Africa-far from being a mere prelude to his accomplishments in India-was profoundly influential on his evolution as a political thinker, social reformer, and beloved leader.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. A winner of the 2011 Infosys Prize for Political Science, he writes on political theory and society and politics in India.

Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha 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 the award-winning India After Gandhi and Gandhi Before India, which was a 2014 New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. 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.

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