Prof. Mohan Ramanan
Mohan Ramanan, a Professor of English at Hyderabad University, has been a British Council Scholar at Oxford and a Fulbright Scholar at Amherst MA. His publications include The Movement: A Study of Contemporary Poetic Tradition (1989), Nineteenth Century Indian English Prose (forthcoming), and he has edited Ah! Columbus: The Indian Discovery of America (1993), and English and the Indian Short Story.
- May 28th, 2003: Gandhi and the Making of a Tradition
The lecture will explore key concepts in Mahatma Gandhi's work: Brahmacharya (celibacy), Ahimsa (non-violence), and Satya (truth), in the context of Indian nationalist discourse, focussing on Gandhi's autobiography as a key text in which the interrelation of celibacy with non-violence and of these two with Gandhi's quest for Truth are dramatised. This is symptomatic of a dominant strain in Indian nationalist thought where a fusion takes place of the inner and the outer, the personal and the political, the subjective quest for Truth and Self and the objective concern with freedom. Gandhi's views on these issues will in conclusion be contrasted with the Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, whose devotion to Beauty constitutes an important chapter in nationalist discourse.