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Mahatma Gandhi is a colossus of the 20th century, one of the most influential thinkers and activists who changed the world. On the 150th anniversary of his birth this reflection on the revolutionary qualities of his politics and its contemporary resonance with India’s role as an emerging superpower also interrogates how do today’s thinkers and academics view Gandhi?

To answer these questions, join a panel that includes David Hardiman and Priyamvada Gopal as they discuss the nature of Gandhi – the man and legacy.

About The Host

Aaqil Ahmed

Aaqil is the former Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC and Channel 4, delivering many award-winning programmes, including The Life of Muhammad. He is also Professor of Media at Bolton University, Non-Executive Director of the Advertising Standards Authority and a consultant in Television production, communications and diversity.


About The Speakers

Priyamvada Gopal

Priyamvada Gopal is University Reader in Anglophone and Related Literatures in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge and Fellow Churchill College. She is the author of Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence and The Indian English Novel: Nation, History and Narration.

David Hardiman

David Hardiman is a historian of India who has written on Indian nationalism, Gandhi, and social history. His most recent book is The Nonviolent Struggle for Indian Freedom 1905-1919 (Hurst 2018). He is Emeritus Professor of History of the University of Warwick.