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Let us ask ourselves as to why a person long dead should mean anything to us. Is it because he spoke of Swaraj as freedom from colonial rule and as reaffirmation of our capacity for self-governance, or that he practised deeply the very complex art of non-violence? Is the meaning of M K Gandhi’s presence in our minds due to his faith in youth to be morally innovative and steadfast? Is our quest for a life -collective and individual- free from fear, from the violence of poverty and pervasive violence any different? Come and join a conversation to explore these and other concerns about Gandhi in his times and in ours.
Tridip Suhrud will be in conversation with Chandan Gowda.
In collaboration with Azim Premji Foundation
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Tridip Suhrud is a scholar, writer and translator who works on the intellectual and cultural history of modern Gujarat and the Gandhian intellectual tradition.
As the director and chief editor of the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust (2012-2017), he was responsible for creating the world’s largest digital archive on Gandhi- the Gandhi Heritage Portal. His books include the critical edition of Hind Swaraj, Narayan Desai’s four-volume biography of Gandhi, My Life is My Message, and the four-volume epic Gujarati novel, Sarasvatichandra.
His recent works include a critical edition of Gandhi’s autobiography My Experiments with Truth in two languages; Gujarati and English and The Diary of Manu Gandhi (1943-44) and a compilation The Power of Non-Violent Resistance. He is compiling a series ‘Letters to Gandhi’- of unpublished correspondence to Gandhi- and working on an eight volume compendium of testimonies of indigo cultivators of Champaran.
Chandan Gowda teaches at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. Besides academic publications, he has translated Kannada fiction and non-fiction into English, including UR Ananthamurthy’s novella, Bara. He has compiled and edited The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader and Theatres of Democracy: Selected Essays of Shiv Visvanathan. A Life in the World, a book of autobiographical interviews he did with UR Ananthamurthy was published recently.
At present, he is completing a book on the cultural politics of development in the old Mysore state and co-translating and editing Daredevil Mustafa, a book of short stories by the Kannada writer KP Purnachandra Tejasvi. He is also a columnist with Deccan Herald.