Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi Visits University of Leicester
Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and founder-director of the M K Gandhi
Institute for Non-Violence based in Memphis, USA, recently visited the University of
Leicester to deliver a public lecture.
He also delivered a keynote address in London when he
participated in a
conference organised by the University of Leicester.
Gandhi was joined by speakers from the Hindu and Islamic faiths for the
conference on religious fundamentalism in South Asia and how this is affecting
India as a secular state.
were participating in a conference, organised by the Institute for the Study
of Indo-Pakistan Relations (INPAREL), based in the University of Leicester.
conference took place on Saturday, November 30 in London. This was followed by an address at the University of Leicester, on Monday, December 2.
Richard Bonney, Director of the centre, based in University's School of
Historical Studies, said: "The conference tackled issues surrounding
religious fundamentalism in South Asia. The rise of religious fundamentalism can
no longer be ignored, neither in South Asia nor by the international community.
conference focused on the roots of fundamentalism in all faiths, what the
nature of it is, with particular attention to abuses against minority religious
groups in these countries, what the nature of it is and how it can be
speakers put forward propositions to combat this threat and suggested ways in
which these conflicts between communities can be peacefully resolved."
who took part in this conference are also leading experts in their fields: Dr
Ram Puniyani is an expert on Hindu nationalism and religious fundamentalism and
has published widely on this issue, Dr Khalid Masud is an expert on Islam in the
modern world and will be tackling Muslim fundamentalism and its rise in South
December 2, Mr Gandhi delivered the Sixth Dr L M Singhvi Lecture on Religious
Pluralism. His lecture was entitled Restoring India's Secular Credentials. During
his stay in Leicester he met members of the different local communities.
Bonney said: "His visit to our multicultural city was of major importance as
the idea of peaceful relations between communities is central to this."
the organiser of the high-profile conference and lecture, was founded in 2001
with the aim of promoting scholarly debate and interaction on issues concerning
Indo-Pakistan Relations. The Institute also aims to raise the level of public
understanding about all aspects of South Asia.
major part of its work is undertaken through the holding of academic
conferences. This particular conference provides scholars with the unique
opportunity to listen to Arun Gandhi, the grandson of the great Indian thinker
and freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi. This is one of his rare visits to the Great
Britain and his only public lecture in London.
TIME FOR REFLECTION: Arun Gandhi pauses to look at a bust of his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi.
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