About the event
As the monsoon session of the 16th Lok Sabha draws to a close, parliamentary discourse on major issues facing the nation, like the nature of Indian democracy, secularism, rights of women and marginalised groups, including refugees, and the state of higher education, remains both polarised and fragmented. Drawing upon his illustrious career as a historian and academic in many institutions of higher learning, in this conversation, Prof Bose will reflect upon current debates in Parliament and their fallout for India as a nation, and for Indians as a people. Prof Bose will also give an insider perspective on how political differences on various issues are mediated through Parliamentary Committees.
About the speaker
Sugata Bose is the Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University. He has served as Director of Graduate Studies in History at Harvard and as the Founding Director of Harvard’s South Asia Institute. Bose was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and the University of Cambridge where he obtained his PhD. His scholarship has contributed to a deeper understanding of colonial and post-colonial political economy, the relation between rural and urban domains, inter-regional arenas of travel, trade and imagination across the Indian Ocean, and Indian ethical discourses, political philosophy and economic thought. Bose’s many books include A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire, Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy (with Ayesha Jalal), His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire, and The Nation as Mother and Other Visions of Nationhood. Bose is currently writing a book titled Asia after Europe and is general editor of The Cambridge History of the Indian Ocean.
Sugata Bose is a Member of Parliament in India elected to the 16th Lok Sabha in May 2014 from the Jadavpur constituency in Bengal. He is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs.
The event will be moderated by Dr Namita Wahi, Fellow, CPR.
Lunch will be served during the talk. Please RSVP at this link.