Speaker: Dr. Purushottama Bilimoria (South and Central Asia Regional Travel Grantee)
Date: October 20, 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: Padma Kanya Campus, Bagbazaar, Kathmandu
Title: Gandhi and American Satyagraha: Ahimsa in the Civil Rights Movement
The lecture explores the pragmatism of Gandhian nonviolent satyāgraha that travelled to the 'New World'. It examines the transmission of Gandhi's message, post-slavery, to the "Negros" to help them morally ground their struggle against ‘Jim Crow’ (white) laws and fight for African American freedom and Civil Rights. The illustration lecture with slides maps this impact at both the intellectual and practical dimensions, and the consequent shift in the cultural-civic landscape of America, while analyzing the connections through certain key Black and itinerant Indian players, literary productions, political responses, labour organizations, and testimonies. It also considers the potential universalization of this strategic transnational virtue in liberation movements, and the likely contribution of nonviolent ethics to humanist values, more globally.