The Ninth Annual Uka and Nalini Solanki Foundation Lecture: Ramachandra Guha's “The Rise and Fall of the Indian Liberal Tradition”

February 9, 2011

The Yadunandan Center for India Studies and College of Liberal Arts are pleased to announce that Ramachandra Guha, considered one of India’s leading intellectuals, will give the Ninth Annual Uka and Nalini Solanki Lecture on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Admission is free. Students and whole classes are invited. Please send a brief email RSVP if you are planning to attend as well as a head count if you are bringing students. We look forward to seeing you in March!

There will be a reception with Indian food prior to Guha’s lecture at 6:00 PM. The lecture and Q&A will take place from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bangalore. He has previously taught at Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Indo-American Community Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley. His books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods (University of California Press), an award-winning social history of cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field (Picador), and India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy (HarperCollins).  Published in 2007, India after Gandhi won the Ramnath Goenka Award for the best work of non-fiction published in India, and The Economist, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Outlook chose it as a Book of the Year.

Guha’s books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. The New York Times has referred to him as ‘perhaps the best among India’s non fiction writers.’ In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Republic of India’s third highest civilian honor, and both India Today and Business Week chose him as one of the fifty most influential people in India. He is now working on a book on Mohandas Gandhi and South Africa.

For more details, please contact Professor Tim Keirn at (562) 985-4428 or by email at or Dr. Arnold Kaminsky at (562) 985-5279 or