Militant Publics in India: Physical Culture and Violence in the Making of a Modern Polity

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Please join us for a talk by Arafaat Valiani, Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History at the University of Oregon.

A recent feature article in Caravan magazine explored the prospect that the BJP will project Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, as its Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2014 general election. The fact that this has come to pass has, once again, thrust politics in Gujarat into the national limelight. Drawing on his recent book, entitled Militant Publics in India: Physical Culture and Violence in the Making of a Modern Polity (2011), Professor Arafaat Valiani’s lecture will discuss the place of violence and popular activism, two things closely associated with Modi’s ascendancy, by tracing it in the context of Gandhi’s satyagraha movement in colonial South Africa and Gujarat.

Dates: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 12:00pm
Pick 105 (5828 South University Avenue)