Gandhi and the Indian Nationalist Movement

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Friday, February 8, 2013

9:30 am-12:30 pm

Wait list only
Jayanta Sengupta, Notre Dame University

This seminar will focus on different aspects of the ideology and politics of Indian nationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries, and examine its relationship with identities based on religion, class, gender and caste. This seminar will also examine the role that Gandhi’s unconventional and often controversial politics, played in the Indian nationalist movement. Some of the key questions that will be discussed are: to what extent was the Indian nation an “imagined community?” How did this nationalism become a mass movement? Can Gandhi’s leadership be explained by political wiliness and pragmatism, or by willingness to embark on new experiments with the truth? Most importantly, why did this nationalist movement ultimately fail to prevent the partition of the subcontinent between India and Pakistan?

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