Gandhi's grandson to speak at MU's Memorial Student Union

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 6:02 p.m. CDT; updated 7:38 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

COLUMBIA — Two MU professors, Charles Davis and Paul Wallace, will interview Rajmohan Gandhi, a grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, at 11 a.m. Friday in Stotler Lounge at Memorial Student Union.

Davis, a journalism professor, and Wallace, a political science professor, will have a conversation with Rajmohan Gandhi, whose grandfather led India's push for independence from Britain, to understand how India's relationship with Pakistan will affect the rest of the world.

If you go

What: Interview with Rajmohan Gandhi

When: 11 a.m. Friday

Where: Stotler Lounge at MU's Memorial Student Union

Gandhi’s recent book, "A Tale of Two Revolts: India’s Mutiny and the American Civil War," chronicles the two conflicts, which have important similarities despite being thousands of miles and many decades apart. Gandhi is a retired research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“I’m really interested in talking to him about the India-Pakistan relationship,” Davis said. “I’d like to see if he thinks a united Kashmir is possible.”

Kashmir, an area north of India and east of Pakistan, has been a disputed region between the two nations for decades. 

Representatives of Ellis Library asked Davis to interview Gandhi because of his background in journalism. Davis then asked Wallace to participate because of his knowledge of the Indian subcontinent.

“He’s one of the deepest experts on South Asia that I know of,” Davis said.

Wallace has worked with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the U.S. Attorney General's Office and other organizations as a consultant on South Asia, according to a news release from the library.

Later in the evening, Gandhi will speak about human culture and memory at the Library Society Dinner, a fundraising event for MU Libraries, according to Shannon Cary, communications director for the library.

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