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The Truth About Us: Information and Society from Manu to Modi

Sanjoy Chakravorty
Professor of Geography, Urban Studies, and Global Studies, Temple University
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 12:00
Center for the Advanced Study of India Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics 133 South 36th Street, Suite 230 Philadelphia PA 19104-6215

About the Speaker:
Sanjoy Chakravorty is Professor of Geography, Urban Studies, and Global Studies at Temple University. He has authored several acclaimed books. The most recent of these are The Other One Percent, The Price of Land, Fragments of Inequality, and Made in India. He also writes fiction. 

About the Lecture:
This lecture summarizes the work in a new book, arguing that the political manipulation of information has created what are taken to be the “truths” of India. It shows how religion and caste identities like Hindu, Dalit, and Tribal were invented by the British and how they are being repackaged in the information age through the existential debate between Hindutva and pluralism.

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