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Lord Bhikhu Parekh's latest book Debating India: Essays on Indian Political Discourse

Event details

Date: Friday 5th February 2016
Time: 6.30pm
Location: Exhibition Space, Brynmor Jones Library

Lord Bhikhu Parekh is Emeritus Professor at the University of Hull and University of Westminster and a member of the House of Lords. He is a preeminent scholar of both British and Indian Politics and the recipient of the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Philosophy, BBCs Special Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Padma Bhushan from the President of India.

In the book Lord Parekh draws on India's long tradition of public debate which goes back to around 1000 BCE and which is surprisingly, not widely acknowledged or discussed outside of a small field of critics or specialists. Debating India traces the origins and development of the Indian tradition of public debate and the various forms it took at different times in Indian history. Presenting riveting accounts, such as of Einsteins views on Gandhi’s philosophy of Ahimsa or of Gandhi Tagore debates, and through an imaginary dialogue between Gandhi and Osama bin Laden, Lord Parekh critically examines the strengths and weaknesses of Gandhian philosophy. In the process, the book points to a richer and politically more realistic approach to public debate than are currently on offer.




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