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Author & Historian

In this episode of BIC Talks, Author & Historian- Hindol Sengupta discusses the relevance of a relatively lesser-known but fundamental text of the Advaita Vedanta School of Hinduism called the Ashtavakra Gita at a time of global conflict. It will focus on the personal experience of the transformative and redeeming power of the text amidst the turmoil, grief, and uncertainty that is the fate of human life. This is an excerpt from a conversation that took place in the BIC premises in May 2024.

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Speaker

Hindol Sengupta

Author & Historian

Dr. Hindol Sengupta is a multiple award-winning historian and author of 12 books. He won the Wilbur Award given by the Religion Communicators Council of America for Being Hindu in 2018, the Valley of Words prize for Best Nonfiction for The Man Who Saved India also in 2018. The Kalinga Literature Festival prize for Best Biography for Sing, Dance and Pray in 2022.

He was shortlisted for the Hayek Prize given by the Manhattan Institute in memory of the Nobel laureate economist F. A. Hayek for Recasting India. He won the PSF prize for public service through writing in 2015. He was trained as a filmmaker at the Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, in History and International Relations as a Chevening Scholar at Oxford, and in Business and Finance as a Knight Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University. He has a doctorate in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.