Ramachandra Guha: Gandhi Before India


Meet the Author

Author Ramachandra Guha's revelatory work of biography takes us from Mohandas Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his two years as a student in London, and his two decades as a lawyer and community organizer in South Africa. Guha uncovered a trove of previously untapped documents, including private papers of Gandhi's contemporaries and co-workers, contemporary court documents, the writings of Gandhi's children, and secret files kept by British Empire functionaries. Using this wealth of new material, Guha describes the social, political, and personal worlds in which Gandhi began his journey to become one of the modern era's most important and influential political reformer and leaders.

Ramachandra Guha has taught at Yale and Stanford universities, the University of Oslo, the Indian Institute of Science, and the London School of Economics. His books include a pioneering environmental history, an award-winning social history of cricket, and the award-winning India After Gandhi. He writes regularly on social and political issues for the British and Indian press, including columns in The Telegraph and the Hindustan Times, and also for The New York Times.


5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Discussion/Audience Q&A
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Book Signing

Event Details

Tue 22 Apr 2014
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
4th Floor Meeting Room, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco
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Free Asia Society/Mechanics' Institute Members, $15 Non-Members
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