You are warmly invited to the India Day celebration at the University of Edinburgh on Thursday 2nd October 2014.
The Edinburgh India Institute’s inaugural conference in May this year provided a great opportunity to celebrate the University of Edinburgh’s longstanding collaborations with several higher education institutions across India and to develop new partnerships.
One of the outcomes of the conference was the establishment of the ‘India Day’ by the Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea to mark our continuing commitment and engagements with India. The India Day will be celebrated on 2nd of October every year to coincide with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.
We are indeed honoured to have Dr Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, to deliver the inaugural India Day lecture titled “India Yesterday, India Today”.
Details: India Day Celebration (detailed programme will follow)
Venue: McEwan Hall, Bristo Square, The University of Edinburgh
Date/time: Thursday, 2 October 2014, 2.00-4.00pm
Places are free but you need to register through the Eventbrite at:
We look forward to welcoming you to the above event.
Edinburgh India Institute
The University of Edinburgh
Biography – Dr Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Dr Gopalkrishna Gandhi (b.1945) is a former civil servant and has been Secretary to the Governor of Tamil Nadu, South India, Secretary to the Vice President of India and Secretary to the President of India.
He was invited to set up, as its first Director, the Nehru Centre of the High Commission of India, London, which he headed for four years (1992-1996). The Centre is a forum for Indo-British mutuality in the cultural, literary and academic fields.
Dr Gandhi was India’s High Commissioner to South Africa (1996-1997), India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka (2000 to 2002) and Ambassador to Norway and Iceland (2002 to 2004).
He was the Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009.
He has is the author of Refuge (Ravi Dayal, 1987), a novel on the subject of Indian Tamil plantation labourers in Sri Lanka and a play in English verse, Dara Shukoh (Banyan, 1993) on the life of Emperor Shah Jahan’s eldest son and has compiled The Oxford India Gandhi – Essential Writings (Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2007).
The University of Natal, South Africa, conferred a Doctorate of Laws honoris causa on him in 1999, and the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, a Doctorate of Letters honoris causa in 2001.
Lectures given by him include the Alan Paton Memorial Lecture at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, in 1997, the Nehru Memorial Lecture in London, 2010, the Kamala Lecture, Kolkata, 2012, the Maulana Azad Memorial Lecture, New Delhi, 2014, the Ambedkar Memorial Lecture, New Delhi, 2014 and the Bernard Soyza Memorial Lecture, Colombo, 2014.
Dr Gandhi and his ornithologist wife Tara have two daughters and two grand-daughters. Having been known all his life, principally, as a grandson (of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) he finds singular relief in being best described now as a grandfather.