Historian discusses Gandhi's "Asianism "
The National Library, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), with the support of INTACH presented a talk on What Kind of Asian was Gandhi? by eminent historian and author Ramachandra Guha, on the occasion of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) 2013.
The lecture delivered by Guha was based on his extensive historical research on 'Father of the Nation' Mahatma Gandhi's life in South Africa, the core theme of his forthcoming book.
He explored Gandhi's role in the context of Asia and the east as opposed to the west.
It was a memorable experience for the audience to observe and listen to the author engage in an animated discussion with Professor Swapan Chakravorty, Director General of the National Library of India.
Part of one of AKLF 2013's key themes of 'The Asian Neighbourhood', the interaction was one of its most significant 2013 events.
Guha, a distinguished historian and celebrated academician, spoke about the role played by Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of Indian nationalism, in Asian politics at large.