Civil Disobedience in India

Civil Disobedience in India

Thursday, 27 June 2013 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
Dahrendorf Room, Founders' Building, St Antony's College
Speaker(s): 
Devaki Jain
Chair: 
Dr Faisal Devji
Series: 
South Asia Seminar

 

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Devaki Jain will discuss the posthumously published autobiography of her late husband, the Gandhian activist and writer Lakshmi Chand Jain. L.C. Jain was an impassioned crusader of what Gandhi called the second freedom struggle, for a just and equitable India, a “gentle revolutionary”, from his early years in Chandni Chowk, joining the underground wing of the Quit India movement, and as an opponent of the turbulence of the Emergency years.

DEVAKI JAIN is a development economist and feminist activist. She has written on equity, people-centred development, and women’s rights, and founded feminist institutions and initiatives. Her advocacy and academic work are highly influenced by Gandhian philosophy, and she was awarded the Bradford Morse Memorial Award by the UN for outstanding achievements in promoting the advancement of women and gender equality over 20 years, and in 2006 she received the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award.