Talk & Book Launch: “M. K. Gandhi & The American Media”

Time:05:30 pm

When and Where

Date:06 May 2015
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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Dr. Chandrika Kaul

Mahatma Gandhi’s statute was unveiled recently in Parliament Square, London, amidst much fanfare. Th e story made the front page news in Britain and overseas. Gandhi’s own triumphant visit to England in 1931 was also a tremendous popular success. Th e launch of Dr Kaul’s book will be followed by an hour-long talk supported by a power point presentation, focusing on the Mahatma’s visit to UK. It will examine Gandhi’s relationship with the media, especially the American and British media during the 1930s. Th is is an important but largely neglected area of historical study. Gandhi proclaimed that he wanted the support of world opinion in his fi ght of right against might, when launching the mass Civil Disobedience movement in 1930. What was the response of the US media to this clarion call? Th is study reveals for the fi rst time, through an in-depth examination of hitherto unutilised primary documents, the incisive and thorough coverage accorded to Indian nationalism in the pages of select US newspapers and the international news agencies, the United Press and the Associated Press. Th e British Raj was justifi ably concerned by US media reporting of India and tried, in their turn, to direct propaganda increasingly towards American public opinion.

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