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Video: Bidisha Ray, "Great Soul or Great Schemer? Exploring the Myth of Mahtma Gandhi"

October 31, 2013
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Watch Bidisha Ray's talk, "Great Soul or Great Schemer? The Exploring the Myth of Mahatma Gandhi." The lecture was part of the SFU Department of History's lecture series, Heroes and Villains: Rethinking Good and Evil in History.

Abstract

Mahatma Gandhi's name is synonymous with peace and saintliness almost everywhere on the planet. Yet in parts of postcolonial South Asia, Gandhi's life, politics, ideologies, and legacy have been the subject of considerable controversy and even violent denigration. How, then, should we remember Gandhi? Misogynist tyrant or freethinking radical? Self-absorbed kingmaker or farsighted statesman? Economic genius or utopian fantasist? By exploring some of the most popular myths surrounding the man and his work, Dr. Bidisha Ray will offer a fresh perspective on what Gandhi and Gandhi-isms may stand for.

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