Category Archives: Conversations

Memory Walk, Pune | 17, 18, 19 April 2018

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The third Memory Walk in India was conducted by Aaron Peterer and Yan Paul Dubbelman at Delhi Public School, Pune from 17-19 April 2018. We had a (large!) group of 19 secondary school students, each with their own opinions and very strong convictions. We began the workshop with introductions—in a circle, on the basketball court—accompanied…

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Open House with Romila Thapar

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A queue outside the Seagull Foundation for the Arts on a Sunday morning is a rare event. The event in question and so worth queuing up for was the Open House with eminent historian Romila Thapar. Professor Thapar had engaged on the topic of the idea of India in a conversation with Professor Gayatri Chakravorty…

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The Idea of India | Bangalore

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THE IDEA OF INDIA An International Conference on Teaching History In 2015, at the annual conference that launched the History for Peace project, Dr Barbara Christophe delivered a powerful keynote address that has since served as a prism, refracting ideas that strengthen our objectives. Speaking about memory, history and history textbooks and the ambivalence inherent…

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Day Three-The Idea of India

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Day 3: 17 August 2017 The final day of the conference began with a keynote address from Vijay Prashad, author and Professor of International Studies, threw a new light on history and the idea of India. Prashad contextualised history as ‘possibility, not chronology’, and looked at various schema: from Ayn Rand’s influence and reach, to considering…

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Day Two- The Idea of India

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Day 2: 16 August 2017 The second day began with an invigorating session titled ‘The Unequivalence of Violence: the Communal Question in Janam’s Plays’. Sudhanva Deshpande, editor, thespian, director and member of Jana Natya Manch (Janam) used various written and visual excerpts from Janam’s productions to talk about the evolution of communalism and the challenges of…

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