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Book Discussion on The Last Queen of Kashmir.

October 31, 2016

Book Discussion on The Last Queen of Kashmir
Authored by Rakesh K. Kaul
Chair and Moderator Prof. S. Settar
Organized by Bangalore International Centre – A TERI Initiative

book-discussion-on-the-last-queen-of-kashmir-authored-by-rakesh-k-kaul-discussion-at-bangalore-international-centreAbout the Book
A historical saga of treachery, betrayal and the quest for land and religious supremacy in Kashmir in 1330 AD, The Last Queen of Kashmir is the story of the beautiful Kota and how she is, unknowingly, swept into the intrigues of the court of Kashmir. The book is as much a description of what Kashmir was like in the fourteenth century as the story of a strong woman leader, a kingdom and a civilization in turmoil.

Kota, beautiful and regal, had once known love and dreamt of happiness. A lifetime ago. Before the murder of her father. Before she became Kota Rani, the wise regent who rules over Kashmir with a firm hand.

As invaders and immigrants disturb the tranquility of her land, Kota must find a way to protect her people. But at what personal cost? Can she weather the political intrigues and power-play of the court? Will she succeed in preserving the splendour and diversity of her society? Will social hypocrisy and notions of what a woman should be keep Kota from being the sovereign she knows she is?

Set in fourteenth-century Kashmir, The Last Queen of Kashmir is the sweeping saga of a civilization in peril. It is also the tale of one of the greatest queens of the land – one that will speak to the men and women of today.

About Mr. Rakesh K. Kaul
Rakesh K. Kaul, whose family hails from Kashmir, migrated to the US in 1972 after becoming a gold medalist at IIT Delhi. During that year he won a national writing competition organized by a leading American newspaper. In addition to a distinguished business career as a CEO of multi-billion dollar companies in the US he has written extensively for leading newspapers and magazines and been a keynote speaker on the history, politics and culture of Kashmir. He was a founding contributor to the first Chair of India Studies at University of California Berkeley; to the Center for the Advanced Study of India at University of Pennsylvania; to the Mattoo Center for India studies at SUNY and Co-Chair of The Arts of Kashmir Exhibition at The Asia Society, New York. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Electronics from Brown University. He currently serves as Board member and venture investor for several leading companies based in the US and India.

About Prof. S. Settar
Dr. S. Settar, Emeritus Professor, NIAS has been conducting research in the fields of Indian archaeology, art-history, history of religions and philosophy as well as classical literature during the last four decades. Works under his personal authorship comprise four volumes on history of art, two on religion and philosophy, one on human civilisation and four on historiography. He has been Professor of History and Archaeology (1970-96), Director of the Institute of Indian Art History (1978-96) at Karnatak University, Dharwad, and Chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, (1996-1999). He joined NIAS on 5th August 2002. His Most significant research contribution is Efforts to bridge the widening gap between linguistic and regional differences of community and culture.

Book Discussion on Thursday | 3rd November 2016 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bengaluru – 560 071.

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