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Historian, Biographer From India To Deliver 9th Annual Solanki Lecture

Published: March 15, 2011

One of India’s leading intellectuals, Ramachandra Guha, will be the featured speaker at the 9th annual Uka and Nalini Solanki Lecture on Wednesday, March 16, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Karl Anatol Center at CSULB.

Guha, a historian and biographer based in Bangalore, will discuss “The Rise and Fall of the Indian Liberal Tradition.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will open with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture and book signing from 7-9 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by CSULB’s Yadunandan Center for India Studies and College of Liberal Arts.

“We are exceptionally honored to have Ramachandra Guha in residence for several days at Cal State Long Beach,” said Arnold P. Kaminsky, professor of history and senior coordinator of public affairs of the Yadunandan Center. “Dr. Guha’s interests and writings (22 books) span the intellectual spectrum, and in addition to giving the Solanki Lecture, he will participate in teacher workshops on environmental history and Indian politics after Mahatma Gandhi.”

Guha is a past recipient of the Padma Bhushan, the Republic of India’s third highest civilian honor. Additionally, both India Today and BusinessWeek have named him as one of the 50 most influential people in India.

His books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods, an award-winning social history of cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field, and India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. Published in 2007, India after Gandhi won the Ramnath Goenka Award for the best work of non-fiction published in India. Also, The Economist, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle and Outlook chose it as a Book of the Year.

Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha

Guha has previously taught at the universities of Yale, Stanford, Oslo and UC Berkeley.

The Solanki Lecture was established by Uka and Nalini Solanki with the express intention of inviting a distinguished individual to discuss South Asia-related topics. The series is part of the generous endowment provided by the Uka and Nalini Solanki Foundation, which funded the Yadunandan Center in 2005. The center is dedicated to the impartial study of India’s cultures, peoples and history.

For more information about this year’s Solanki Lecture or to RSVP for the event, contact Valerie Christian at 562/985-8785.

–Richard Manly