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Gandhi’s Grandson to Lecture on Nonviolence

Gandhi’s Grandson to Lecture on Nonviolence

Rajmohan Gandhi, renowned scholar and biographer, will discuss his grandfather’s legacy at UCR on Feb. 22.

(February 8, 2008)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Rajmohan Gandhi, a grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, will give a public lecture at UC Riverside on Friday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in University Lecture Hall 1000.

His topic will be “Gandhi’s Legacy Today.” After the lecture he will sign copies of his new book (which is available for sale in the campus bookstore) from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. At 10 a.m. Feb. 23, he will lead a two-hour workshop for faculty and students in Humanities 2212 titled, “Are There Visible or Hidden Gandhis Today?”

Gandhi, a research professor in the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, is the author of the acclaimed new biography, “Gandhi: The Man, His People, and an Empire” (University of California Press, February 2008). In December, the Indian History Congress awarded the Indian edition of the book the prestigious Barpujari Prize, which is given biennially for the best work in history in India during the preceding two years.

“Rajmohan Gandhi is a key figure in our understanding of Gandhi's legacy for contemporary political life, combining scholarly expertise with journalism and activist experience to provide us with rich, insightful and novel ways to interpret the Mahatma’s life and works,” said Farah Godrej, assistant professor of political science.

Rajmohan Gandhi was also present at the dedication of the Gandhi statue on Mission Inn Avenue in 2005, Godrej noted.

“His visit to UCR symbolizes the important and continuing synergy between the city of Riverside’s desire to honor Gandhi and the campus’ commitment to the furthering of the study of Gandhi’s life and legacy,” she said.

Rajmohan Gandhi is a former member of the Rajya Sabha (the Indian Senate), a commentator in the Indian media and a lecturer of repute. He led the Indian delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in 1990.

In October 2007, Gandhi was one of five panelists (who included the Dalai Lama) at Emory University's Summit on Religious Conflict and Peace-Building.

Among his books are “Revenge and Reconciliation: Understanding South Asian History” (New Delhi: Penguin, 1996), “Ghaffar Khan: Nonviolent Badshah of the Pakhtuns” (New Delhi: Viking, 2004), “Rajaji: A Life” (New Delhi: Penguin, 1997), “Patel: A Life” (Ahmedabad: Navajivan, 1990), and “Eight Lives: A Study of the Hindu-Muslim Encounter” (Albany NY: SUNY Press, 1987).

The UCR speaker series, “Gandhi’s Legacy in an Age of Terror,” is funded by the UCR Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities. The series is intended to spark conversation among faculty, students and the community about nonviolence and the ethics of social change.

Other speakers in the series will include a monk from the Deer Park Buddhist monastery in Escondido and Inland peace activists.

The event is free, but there is a fee for parking.

For more information contact David Biggs at 951-827-1877 or; June O’Connor at 951-827-3743 or; or Farah Godrej at 951-827-4693 or


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