10jan:: 10th Kappen Memorial Lecture by Prof. Ramachandra Guha
- THE BEAUTY OF COMPROMISE
Prof. Ramachandra Guha
10th Kappen Memorial Lecture
5.30 p.m. 10 January 2008
Institution of Agricultural Technologists
15, Queens Road, Bangalore 560 052. Ph: 22384175
We are happy to invite you to the 10th Kappen Memorial Lecture by Prof.
Ramachandra Guha on the "Beauty of Compromise".
Prof. Guha is a social, environmental and cricket historian, academician
and biographer. His doctoral dissertation (IIM, Calcutta) on the
social history of forestry in Uttaranchal, was later published as The
Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya.
Prof. Guha has held various academic positions in India, Europe and
North America. He has several publications to his credit including
Savaging the Civilized Verrier Elwin, his tribals and India
(University of Chicago Press; OUP) (1999), An Anthropologist Among the
Marxists and other essays (Permanent Black, 2000), Environmentalism: A
global history (OUP) (2000), The States of Indian Cricket (Permanent
Black, 2005), How Much Should a Person Consume?: Thinking Through the
Environment (University of California, Berkely Press; Permanent Black,
2006), India after Gandhi: The history of the world's largest
democracy (Ecco, 2007).
This lecture will argue in favour of a political philosophy of
moderation and dialogue. Using examples from South Asian conflicts, such
as in the Kashmir Valley, Sri Lanka and the erstwhile East Pakistan, it
will seek to demonstrate how the extremism and inflexibility of the
contending parties have worked to intensify and deepen the conflicts.
Sometimes the inflexibility has come from the State; at other times,
from rebels or insurgents. The lecture, finally, will argue that it is
the special responsibility of writers and intellectuals to seek and
promote the middle path of compromise and reconciliation.
We look forward to your participation.
Please join us for tea at 5 p.m.
David Selvaraj / Mercy Kappen
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