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Professor of History, Northwestern University

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 13 Oct 2022



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

In this lecture, Rajeev Kinra will discuss the famed Mughal concept of sulh-i kull, often translated as “peace with all” or “universal civility,” which was a philosophical cornerstone of the Mughals’ generally accommodating and tolerant approach to India’s religious and cultural diversity.  In addition to addressing certain misconceptions about sulh-i kull that are common in some modern historiography, Dr. Kinra will also point to some of the potential lessons of the Mughals’ approach for our own times.

About Prof. Satish Chandra

Prof. Satish Chandra (1922 – 2017) was a leading authority on Medieval Indian History.

In a career spanning nearly 40 years, Prof. Chandra taught history at Allahabad University, Aligarh Muslim University, Delhi University, Rajasthan University, and finally the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where along with S. Gopal, Bipin Chandra and Romila Thapar he co-founded the Centre for Historical Studies.

In between, from 1972 to 1980 he was first Vice Chairman and then the Chairman of the University Grants Commission.

In 1985, along with intellectuals like Prof. Nurul Hasan and marine biologist Dr. Zahoor Qasim he founded the Society for Indian Ocean Studies, which among other activities brings out the quarterly Journal for Indian Ocean Studies.

Son of Sir Sita Ram, India’s first High Commissioner to Pakistan (1947-48), Prof. Chandra has along with some other JNU historians been said to have been a ‘left leaning historian’ who espoused the Marxist approach to history, and one whose early experiences helped bridge the intellectual gap in interpreting medieval Indian history and modern times.


Rajeev Kinra

Professor of History, Northwestern University

Rajeev Kinra received his PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2008, and now teaches in the Department of History and the Comparative Literary Studies Program at Northwestern University.  He specializes in early modern Indo-Persian literary and political culture, especially under the Mughal Empire, and his first book, Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary (2015) was awarded the Indian History Congress’s “Mohammad Habib Memorial Prize” for the best book on medieval or early modern Indian history published between 2015-2018.

From 2015-2018 he served as the director of Northwestern’s Asian Studies Program, and in 2015 he also co-founded the university’s “Global Humanities Initiative.”  Kinra serves on the editorial board of the Murty Classical Library of India (published by Harvard University Press), as well as that of several academic journals.  He also serves on the academic advisory board for the British Library’s “Endangered Archives Programme.”  Among other projects, he is currently writing a new book, tentatively titled “The Mughals and the Modern Humanities”.