The Chronicler of Indian History and Cricket : Understanding India with Ram Guha
  • November 27, 2021
  • 2 PM - 3 PM IST
Live at Shivaji Auditorium, GITAM Bangalore


Ram Guha

Prominent Historian & Author

Event moderated by

nidhi razdan

Director - Strategic Programmes and Outreach

About the event

From writing the most relevant history books of our times to in-depth analysis of politics and cricket, Historian and scholar Ramachandra Guha is truly an all-rounder. He has always stood his ground on key issues facing the country, like the controversial Citizenship Act to the problems India's democracy faces today.

One of Guha's most notable works is a two-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi, relevant particularly in the context of religious tensions and communal disharmony engulfing the country in contemporary times. The first volume, Gandhi Before India, was chosen as the book of the year by the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. The second volume, Gandhi:The Years That Changed the World, was chosen as a notable book of the year by the New York Times and The Economist.

In November 2020, he published The Commonwealth of Cricket: A Lifelong Love Affair with the Most Subtle and Sophisticated Game Known to Humankind, a personal account of the transformation of cricket in India. Among the several other hats donned by Ramachandra Guha, he was also appointed to BCCI's panel of administrators by the Supreme Court of India in 2017. The many different achievements of author Ramachandra Guha are substantial. Historian, environmentalist, biographer and political theorist Ram Guha has emerged as an important figure in Indian academia. We are thrilled to have Ram Guha as the Changemaker at the upcoming event at GITAM Bangalore campus on November 27, 2021.

About the Speakers

Ram Guha

Historian & Author

Dr. Ramachandra Guha is a noted historian and biographer based in Bengaluru. He has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and served as the Philippe Roman Professor of History and International Affairs... at the London School of Economics and as the Satish Dhawan Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science.
Guha's books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods (University of California Press, 1989), and award-winning social history of cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field (Picador, 2002), which The Guardian chose as one of the ten best books on cricket ever written. India after Gandhi (Macmillan/Ecco Press, 2007) was selected as a book of the year by the Economist, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out, and Outlook, and as a book of the decade in the Times of India, the Times of London, and The Hindu.
His awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Daily Telegraph/Cricket Society Prize, the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for excellence in social science research, the Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence in journalism, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the R. K. Narayan Prize. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Republic of India's third-highest civilian honour. In 2008, and again in 2013, Prospect magazine nominated Guha as one of the world's most influential intellectuals. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in the humanities by Yale University. In 2015, he was awarded the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian studies. In 2019, he was made an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Historical Association, only the third Indian to be given that honour.

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Nidhi Razdan

Director - Strategic Programmes and Outreach

Nidhi Razdan is an award-winning journalist, author and the former Executive Editor of NDTV. She has carved out a niche for herself in the television and media industry, with a career spanning 22 years and has been felicitated with the ... Ramnath Goenka Award For Excellence in Journalism, the International Press Institute Award among others.Nidhi has reported extensively on national politics and foreign policy from an expansive geographic terrain including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, China, POK, Tibet, Africa. Currently, she is engaged as Director - Strategic Programmes and Outreach at GITAM University.

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on November 27, 2021 - 2pm - 3pm

Live at Shivaji Auditorium, GITAM Bangalore