Virtual book launch of: Competing Nationalisms: The Sacred and Political Life of Jagat Narain Lal by Rajshree Chandra

Virtual book launch of: Competing Nationalisms: The Sacred and Political Life of Jagat Narain Lal by Rajshree Chandra
Friday, 12 November 2021 Add to Calendar 2021-11-12 17:30:00 2021-11-12 19:00:00 Asia/Kolkata Virtual book launch of: Competing Nationalisms: The Sacred and Political Life of Jagat Narain Lal by Rajshree Chandra Centre for Policy Research (CPR) is delighted to invite you to the virtual book launch of: Competing Nationalisms: The Sacred and Political Life of Jagat Narain Lal by Rajshree Chandra Published by Penguin Random House India. Panelists:   Rohit De, Associate Professor of History, Yale University Shruti Kapila, Associate Professor, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge Raghu Karnad, Journalist and Writer Rajshree Chandra, Author, Professor and Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR Moderator:  Niraja Gopal Jayal, Avantha Chair, King’s India Institute Chair:  Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, CPR The session will be online via Zoom, please register here. You can also Watch the session online on the CPR Facebook page. In case of any issues and for any queries, please email at communication@cprindia.org. About the Book: Competing Nationalisms is more than a political biography of Jagat Narain Lal-now forgotten by history, but once an influential member of the freedom movement in Bihar. As a member of the Congress and of the Hindu Mahasabha; as a Hindu nationalist who wanted to combine religion with civic virtues; as a Gandhian and an ‘ascetic nationalist’ seeking freedom in a political world, Jagat Narain Lal’s life becomes a mirror for the times in which a mix of religiosity, spirituality and ritual could not be separated from either the social or the political field. The book travels with Jagat Narain Lal on his journey through four pathways-Ascetic, Hindu Nationalist, Anti-Colonial and Civic nationalisms. His life and times give us a glimpse into these intersecting, contesting and mutating idioms of nationalism. There are bigger leaders, taller nationalists, more valiant fighters of freedom, but none who perhaps so tortuously embodied the many possibilities and contradictions of Indian nationalism. In his anxieties, vulnerability, negotiations and truth-telling, we ... Online via Zoom
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Centre for Policy Research (CPR) is delighted to invite you to the virtual book launch of: Competing Nationalisms: The Sacred and Political Life of Jagat Narain Lal
by Rajshree Chandra

Published by Penguin Random House India.

Panelists:  

  • Rohit De, Associate Professor of History, Yale University
  • Shruti Kapila, Associate Professor, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
  • Raghu Karnad, Journalist and Writer
  • Rajshree Chandra, Author, Professor and Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR

Moderator: 

  • Niraja Gopal Jayal, Avantha Chair, King’s India Institute

Chair: 

  • Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, CPR

The session will be online via Zoom, please register here. You can also Watch the session online on the CPR Facebook page.

In case of any issues and for any queries, please email at communication@cprindia.org.

About the Book:
Competing Nationalisms is more than a political biography of Jagat Narain Lal-now forgotten by history, but once an influential member of the freedom movement in Bihar. As a member of the Congress and of the Hindu Mahasabha; as a Hindu nationalist who wanted to combine religion with civic virtues; as a Gandhian and an ‘ascetic nationalist’ seeking freedom in a political world, Jagat Narain Lal’s life becomes a mirror for the times in which a mix of religiosity, spirituality and ritual could not be separated from either the social or the political field.

The book travels with Jagat Narain Lal on his journey through four pathways-Ascetic, Hindu Nationalist, Anti-Colonial and Civic nationalisms. His life and times give us a glimpse into these intersecting, contesting and mutating idioms of nationalism. There are bigger leaders, taller nationalists, more valiant fighters of freedom, but none who perhaps so tortuously embodied the many possibilities and contradictions of Indian nationalism. In his anxieties, vulnerability, negotiations and truth-telling, we glimpse Indian nationalism’s own fraught relationship with questions of identity, faith and nationhood.

In leafing through her grandfather’s life, page by yellowed page, Chandra presents not just his political biography but, in a sense, a personal biography of Indian nationalism as well. In Jagat Narain Lal’s small story lies a bigger history of competing nationalisms, as well as a tale that speaks to the present.

About the Author:
Rajshree Chandra is a Professor of Political Science at Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi, and is a Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Policy Research.
Most of her writing and research is primarily at the intersection of political philosophy, law and politics. She is the author of The Cunning of Rights (2016) and Knowledge as Property (2010) and has written several research articles and political commentaries. Chandra has received the UKERI (UK-India Research Initiative) award for research collaboration, the ICSSR post-doctoral award, the Australia India Institute’s ELF fellowship and the IWM (Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna) visiting fellowship. This book-a political biography of her grandfather, rendered through the prism of nationalist history-has been generously supported by the New India Foundation Fellowship.