Indian Foreign Policy and Global Change: Multilateralism from Nehru to Modi

Indian Foreign Policy and Global Change: Multilateralism from Nehru to Modi

Discussion with Manu Bhagavan (Professor of History, Hunter College)

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium

Sponsors: India Studies Program, Global Affairs, Asian / Asian American Studies Institute, United Nations Association of Connecticut and the Citizens for Global Solutions, Mansfield Chapter

Professor of History at Hunter College, New York, Manu Bhagavad will give a lecture and presentation based on his critically acclaimed book, The Peacemakers / India and the Quest for One World, published by HarperCollins India in 2012 and updated and expanded by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Indian independence and decolonization, and the Cold War, this first-of-its-kind international history, based on seven years of research in twenty archives on three continents, tells the story of India’s quest to build consensus around the framework of “human rights,” to bridge the divisions between East and West, between capitalist and communist, and to create “one world” free of empire, poverty, exploitation, and war.

Professor Bhagavan explores ideas raised in The Peacemakers further in several recent or forthcoming articles, including: “Towards a World Community: India and the Idea of United Nations Reform,” Strategic Analysis (2011); co-authored with Alexander Bacha; “The Commodification of Love: Gandhi, King and 1960’s Counterculture,” in Bryan S. Turner, ed., War and Peace (2013); “India and the United Nations Or Things Fall Apart,” in David Malone, C. Raja Mohan, and Srinath Raghavan, eds., The OUP Handbook on Indian Foreign Policy (forthcoming); and “Towards Universal Relief and Rehabilitation: India, UNRRA, and the New Internationalism.” in Thomas Weiss and Dan Plesch, eds., Wartime History and the Future United Nations (forthcoming).

Open to the public, the talk will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

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