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Screening of Anand PatwardhanRam ke Naam

Screening of Anand Patwardhan's Ram Ke Naam (1992)

Panel discussion by Anand Patwardhan, Audrey Truschke, and Vinay Lal

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Ram Ke Naam records the rising tension around the destruction of the 16th century Babri Masjid Mosque in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, by the Hindu nationalist group Vishva Hindu Parishad in 1992. Following this incident, riots broke out across India, resulting in thousands of deaths. The film offers rare glimpses of the mosque in its final days and the political mobilization that led to its destruction. 



Anand Patwardhan has been making documentary films for over five decades, pursuing issues at the crux of social and political life in India. His films, often banned by state channels, became the subject of litigation where Patwardhan successfully challenged censorship rulings in court. Active in movements for inter-faith harmony and against unsustainable development, militarism, and nuclear nationalism, Anand describes himself as a “non-serious human being forced by circumstances to make serious films.”

About the Discussants

Audrey Truschke is a Professor of South Asian History at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Grant to write her next book, a single volume history of India from the Indus Valley Civilization until the present day (under contract with Princeton University Press). When Audrey is not writing about the Mughals, Sanskrit texts, or Hindu-Muslim interactions, she is often calling attention to issues of history and human rights in contemporary South Asia.

Vinay Lal is Professor of History and Asian American Studies at UCLA. He earned his Ph.D. with Distinction from the University of Chicago in 1992 after undergraduate and Master’s degrees in literature and philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. He writes widely on Indian history, historiography, public and popular culture in India, the Indian diaspora, colonialism, human rights, American politics, the architecture of nonviolence, Gandhi, and the global politics of knowledge systems. His 20 authored or edited books include the two-volume Oxford Anthology of the Modern Indian City (Oxford, 2013); Political Hinduism: The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres (ed., Oxford, 2009); The Future of Knowledge and Culture: A Dictionary for the Twenty-first Century, co-edited with Ashis Nandy (Viking Penguin, 2005); Of Cricket, Guinness and Gandhi: Essays on Indian History and Culture (Penguin, 2005). His most recent books include The Colonial State and Forms of Knowledge: The British in India (edited, 2022) and Insurgency and the Artist: The Art of the Freedom Struggle in India (Roli Books, Delhi, 2022).




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Sponsor(s): Center for India and South Asia, This event is sponsored by Ibn Khaldun Endowed Chair in World History, Department of History, UCLA

25 Feb 24
5:00 PM - 7:00 AM

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