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Rajmohan Gandhi Public Lectures

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 05:30 pm

Location: Club Spartan Case Hall

Nov. 15, 5:30 pm – 7:00pm - lecture
Case Hall Club Spartan

Lecture 5: THE CASTE QUESTION: GANDHI AND AMBEDKAR

Gandhi’s life-long struggle against untouchability, his oft-criticized positions on India’s caste system, and the relationship between Gandhi and Bhimrao
Ambedkar (1891-1956), born an “untouchable” and educated in the United States, who became the architect of independent India’s constitution, are the themes of this lecture.  

A noted Indian politician, academic, and advocate for tolerance and reconciliation, Rajmohan Gandhi has served in the Indian Senate and as president of Initiatives of Change International, a global nonprofit aiming at reconciliation and trust-building. He has been a Research Professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also Academic Director of that campus's Global Crossroads Living and Learning Community.  A grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Rajmohan Gandhi has published eleven books and has had a distinguished career in journalism.