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Gandhi, Hinduism and Humanity

Date: October 26,2017

Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Seminar Halls I,II & III

Title: Gandhi, Hinduism and Humanity



Speaker: Dr. Faisal Devji, Reader in indian History, University of Oxford
Chair & Discussion: Dr. Avijit Pathak, Professor in Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University,
As a critic of modern civilisation gandhi was deeply suspicious of its desire for university.While universal ideas like Freedom, therefore , were enthusiastically taken up by many anti-colonial thinkers,the mahatma focused instead of their darker aspect and linked with imperialism.And yet the refused to become a partisan for the particular either, recognising its as a category belonging to the universal as well.Hinduism provided Gandhi with an important example of a phenomenon  that he thought might avoid the voilence of the universal while at the same time denying relegation to a mere particularity. This lecture will explore how Gandhi posed Hinduism against what he saw as the voilent appeal to humanity as a universal idea, looking in particular at his understanding of three contentious issues: caste,conversion and cow protection
(Collarboration: South Asian University and Society and Culture in South Asia)