The Takshashila Institution hosted a talk with Mr. Manu Bhagavan at their office in Ulsoor, Bangalore on 25 August 2016.
Manu Bhagavan is a historian and a specialist on modern India, focusing on the twentieth-century late-colonial and post-colonial periods, with interests in human rights, internationalism, and questions of sovereignty. He is the Professor of History at Hunter College and the Graduate Centre, The City University of New York.
Manu recently published a critically acclaimed book titled The Peacemakers / India and the Quest for One World. The book is set against the backdrop of the Second World War, the Indian independence and decolonisation, and the Cold War and tells the story of India’s endeavour to build consensus around the framework of ‘human rights’, bridge the division between East and West, capitalist and communist in an effort to create ‘one world’ free of empire, poverty, exploitation, and war.
In his interaction with us, Manu covered a variety of topics ranging from Mahatma Gandhi, Internationalism, Brexit, and authoritarianism.