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is delighted to invite you to the start of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations at the book launch of

courtesy Alfred A. Knopf

October 2, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm
DAG Modern, Fuller Bldg, 41East 57th street, NYC.

Professor S.N. Sridhar will introduce Ramachandra Guha, who will give a talk on his book for about 45 minutes. This will be followed by a QA with the audience. 

Books will be available for sale and signing during the post-launch wine reception. 

Venue courtesy DAG

Tickets: $25 General admission, $10 IAAC Members and Students,
Free admission with annual membership of $50.
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Political and history writer, and author of GANDHI BEFORE INDIA, Ramachandra Guha will return to NYC this fall to promote the second and concluding volume of his Gandhi biography, GANDHI: The Years that Changed the World (Knopf, October 2). Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, so this fall will mark the start of a one-year set of celebrations to anticipate his 150th birthday on October 2, 2019. The first book launch of “Gandhi Before India” was presented by the IAAC at the National Arts Club where New Yorker’s Jonathan Shannon chatted with Guha.

The second and concluding volume of the magisterial biography that began with the acclaimed, Gandhi Before India: the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential--and controversial--men in world history. This volume opens with Mohandas Gandhi's arrival in Bombay in January 1915 and takes us through his epic struggles over the next three decades: to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India's Hindu and Muslim populations, to end the pernicious Hindu practice of untouchability, and to develop India's economic and moral self-reliance. We see how in each of these campaigns, Gandhi adapted methods of nonviolence--strikes, marches, fasts--that successfully challenged British authority, religious orthodoxy, social customs, and would influence non-violent, revolutionary movements throughout the world. In reconstructing Gandhi's life and work, Ramachandra Guha has drawn on sixty different archival collections, the most significant among them, a previously unavailable collection of papers belonging to Gandhi himself. Using this wealth of material, Guha creates a portrait of Gandhi and of those closest to him--family, friends, political and social leaders--that illuminates the complexity inside his thinking, his motives, his actions and their outcomes as he engaged with every important aspect of social and public life in the India of his time.

RAMACHANDRA GUHARAMACHANDRA 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 the first volume of this biography, 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.
Professor S.N. SridharProfessor S.N. Sridhar is SUNY distinguished service professor, founding director of the Center for India Studies, and founding chair of the department of Asian and Asian American studies at Stony Brook University, New York. He has authored and edited many books and papers on Kannada, Indian English, and Indian languages, linguistics, literature, and culture, including Ananya: A Portrait of India, with Dr. Nirmal M. Mattoo. He is leading a consortium translating Kumara Vyasa’s 15th c. Kannada Mahabharata for Harvard’s Murty Classical Library of India.
Publisher’s Weekly: "Incisively written, this is a landmark account of Gandhi’s engagement with the world he would transform forever."
Kirkus Reviews: "A massive and much-needed study of his subject’s emergence as a world leader. . . .Superb. On nearly every page, Guha offers evidence why Gandhi remains relevant in the world 70 years after his death."
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