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Talk on Mahatma Gandhi and Islam – at Bangalore International Centre

March 13, 2017

Talk on Mahatma Gandhi and Islam
By Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick
Head, Department of History, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

Chair and Moderator
Justice M N Venkatachalaiah
Former Chief Justice of India

Talk Organized by Bangalore International Centre (A TERI Initiative)

About the topic
As a prominent spokesman of Islam, Mahatma Gandhi proclaimed in 1938 that “the sayings of the Prophet”, ranked “among the treasures of mankind, not merely of Muslims” (Foreword to a reprint of The Wisdom of Muhammad by Abdullah Suhrawardy). Dr Dharampal-Frick’s talk will trace the development not only of Gandhi’s empathetic appreciation of Islam’s civilisational and political significance, but will also underscore the extent to which this ‘prophet of nonviolence’ drew inspiration from Islamic theology for his own doctrine and implementation of satyagraha in the struggle for Indian independence.

Gita Dharampal-Frick, Head, Department of History, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, teaches modern South Asian history. Her publications and research focuses on topics ranging from pre-modern transcultural interactions between Europe and India, the maritime cultural history of the Indian Ocean region (700-1700), medical history, religio-ritual transformations (1500-2000), the socio-cultural and political history of the colonial period, in general, with a special emphasis on Gandhi’s movement for political and cultural resurgence.

M. N. Venkatachaliah served as the Chief Justice of India from 1993 to 1994. In retirement, he has continued to work on anti-corruption and human rights issues, including support for the launch of the Initiatives of Change Centre for Governance in 2003. He served as the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission and also headed the National Commission to review the working of the Constitution. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2004.

Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick
Gita Dharampal-Frick, Head, Department of History, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, teaches modern South Asian history. Her publications and research focuses on topics ranging from pre-modern transcultural interactions between Europe and India, the maritime cultural history of the Indian Ocean region (700-1700), medical history, religio-ritual transformations (1500-2000), the socio-cultural and political history of the colonial period, in general, with a special emphasis on Gandhi’s movement for political and cultural resurgence.

Justice M N Venkatachalaiah
M. N. Venkatachaliah served as the Chief Justice of India from 1993 to 1994. In retirement, he has continued to work on anti-corruption and human rights issues, including support for the launch of the Initiatives of Change Centre for Governance in 2003. He served as the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission and also headed the National Commission to review the working of the Constitution. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2004.

Talk on Friday | 17th March 2017 | 6.30 PM

Venue details
Auditorium,
Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071

RSVP: 98865 99675

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