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9 February 2016: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) erupted with ‘anti-national’ slogans. Arrests of student leaders, the shutdown of the university, a lecture series on ‘What the Nation Needs to Know’, a student’s disappearance, another’s suicide and a number of even more disruptive protests ensued.
This session is based around the book ‘JNU: Nationalism and India’s Uncivil War’, by Makarand Paranjape. Through this book, Paranjape makes a plea to transform rather than destroy JNU, as also reform higher education. This book is also a history of our times examining the multiple meanings of nationalism in our time.
Professors Makarand Paranjape and HS Shivaprakash will be in conversation with Madhavi Peters. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.
Makarand R Paranjape has been Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for over twenty-two years. He also served as the Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. The author/editor of over 50 books and hundreds of academic papers, he is also a poet, novelist, columnist, and public intellectual. His latest books include JNU: Nationalism and India’s Uncivil War (Rupa, 2022), Identity’s Last Secret (BluOne, 2022), Swami Vivekananda: Hinduism and India’s Road to Modernity (HarperCollins, 2020), and New Perspectives in Indian Science and Civilization (Routledge, 2020).
HS Shivaprakash retired as Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in June 2018.
He is the author of 9 books of poems, 15 plays and 3 critical works in Kannada, which are widely discussed, performed and translated into several Indian languages as well as into English, Spanish, French, Italian German, Polish, Romanian, Lithuanian, Slovak, Turkish Arabic.
He has won of several book prizes from the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi for his books of poems, translations and plays.
Shivaprakash’s areas of academic interest include theatre/literary history, Indian theatre, Medieval Studies, Comparative Literature, translation and folklore.
He has been recognised with the prestigious Rajyotsava Award from Karnataka State (2006) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from National Theatre Akademi (1997), Sahitya Akademi (2012), Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award (2016), Kuvempu Bhasha Bharati Tanslation Award (2016) and Kusumagraj Kavya Puraskar (2017)
In the year 2000, Shivaprakash was part of the International Writing Program in School of Letters, University of Iowa, USA.
He has formerly held various positions over the years, including Editor, Indian Literature, the journal of National Akademi of Letters; Dean, SAA, JNU; Director, The Tagore Centre, Berlin, German.
Shivaprakash has participated in many important poetry festivals all over India and several in USA, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. He has also travelled, lectured and read poetry in various countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
His important English publications include Like Earth to Stars (Mumbai, 2018), Guru:Ten Doors to Ancient Wisdom (New Delhi, 2018), Everyday Yogi (New Delhi, 2014), In Other Words (Mumbai, 2014), Autumn Ways (New Delhi, 2011) I Keep Vigil of Rudra (Penguin Classics, 2009), Traditional India Theatre (New Delhi, 2006), Indian Theatre in 2000 (edited) (New Delhi, 2011), Mahachaitra and other plays.
Madhavi Peters is a lawyer, writer, podcaster and place-based development practitioner. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Madhavi is the founder of The Tropicalist, an online platform for re-examining geographies. She is also the founder of The Tropicalist Trust, a non-profit that works on creating economies based on traditional knowledge. She has previously worked with indigenous communities in Malaysia and is currently working with the indigenous inhabitants of Kargil to improve farmer livelihoods in a marginalized region of immense strategic importance to the nation.