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To coincide with the publication of the third, revised, edition of India after Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha will speak on the challenges confronting a historian documenting the relatively recent past. Historians of India have traditionally only looked at events and processes prior to 15 August 1947, treating that as a sort of lakshman rekha they must not cross. Guha will narrate his own experiences in breaching this disciplinary taboo, by speaking of the primary sources available to the student of contemporary history, and the biases he or she must be aware of.
Ramachandra Guha’s books include a pioneering social history of sport, a landmark history of independent India, and an authoritative two-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi, both volumes of which were chosen by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year. His awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian culture. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate in the humanities from Yale University. He lives in Bengaluru.