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On Sunday, 6th April 1919, Mohandas Gandhi organized countrywide protests against a pernicious piece of colonial legislation known as the Rowlatt Act. This satyagraha, observed with great vigour across India, enabled Gandhi to emerge as the most important leader of the freedom struggle, eclipsing Tilak, Annie Besant, Jinnah, and others older and (until then) more famous than him.
On the 100th anniversary of the Rowlatt Satyagraha, Ramachandra Guha explores its significance in the story of Gandhi’s life and in the history of modern India.
Signed copies of the speaker’s book, GANDHI: THE YEARS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, will be on sale at the venue.
Ramachandra Guha is an Indian historian and writer whose research interests include environmental, social, political, contemporary and cricket history. He is also a columnist for The Telegraph and Hindustan Times. A regular contributor to various academic journals, Guha has also written for The Caravan and Outlook magazines. His latest book is Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World (2018), the second part of the planned two-volume biography of M. K. Gandhi. It is a follow up to the acclaimed, Gandhi Before India (2013).