Australia in the World Public Lecture by Ramachandra Guha

Australia in the World Public Lecture


by Ramachandra Guha

Date: Tuesday 8 November
Time: 6.15pm for 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Venue: Prest Theatre - 111 Barry Street, Carlton VIC 3053

India is one of the world’s oldest and most diverse civilisations and the largest democracy in the world. However, freedom of expression for many Indians is increasingly at risk. As the country approaches its 70th year of independence, concerns about liberal freedoms are growing with increasing sedition charges and the steady rise of identity politics.

Hosted by Asialink and the Australia-India Institute, one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals, Ramachandra Guha, will share insights on freedom of expression in a multicultural and secular India, and discuss the challenges for India’s democracy in the years ahead.

Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in India. He has held academic positions at Yale, Stanford, the University of California Berkeley, London School of Economics, and the University of Oslo. Guha is an author of several award-winning books, including India after Gandhi, which was recognised as book of the year by several authoritative sources including the Economist, and as a book of the decade in the Times of India, the Times of London, and The Hindu. Guha has received numerous awards including, the Padma Bhushan, the Republic of India’s third highest civilian honour, an honorary doctorate from Yale University, and the Fukuoka Prize. The New York Times has referred to him as “perhaps the best among India’s non-fiction writers” and Time Magazine has described him as “Indian democracy’s pre-eminent chronicler”. In 2008 and 2013, Prospect Magazine nominated Guha as one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals. Australia in the World is a series of public events which explore some of the opportunities and challenges in Australia’s region.

Registrations close Tuesday 1 November.

For event enquiries please contact Maeve Wood at or on 03 9035 8527.

This event is proudly supported by The University of Melbourne, Asialink and the Australia India Institute

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