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Rajmohan Gandhi Public Lectures

Thursday, November 10, 2016 05:30 pm

Location: Club Spartan Case Hall

Nov. 10, 5:30 pm – 7:00pm - lecture
Case Hall Club Spartan

Lecture 4: JINNAH AND THE PARTITION STORY

This lecture will examine Gandhi’s approach to India’s old Hindu-Muslim story, which the 1947 Partition turned also into an ongoing India-Pakistan question, and which corresponds to one of today’s great challenges: the relationship across the world between Muslims and non-Muslims.

This lecture will also look at the goals and strategies of Gandhi’s remarkable colleague and rival, Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948), who is seen as the founder of Pakistan. Why Gandhi fought against Partition, why in the end he failed in that effort, and why India and Pakistan saw a great carnage in 1947 will be among this lecture’s questions.

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.