Three Days National Seminar on One Hundred Years after Champaran and the Making of the Indian Nation jointly hosted by the Department of History, Sikkim University, Gangtok and Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati .


While it will be erroneous to hold that India’s struggle for freedom began with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s arrival from South Africa (on January 4, 1915), it will be equally wrong to treat the struggle as one continuous movement since the Battle of Plassey in 1757. The science of history, indeed, teaches us to look for moments of ruptures in the course of a long movement and locate their significance. History, then, is not to be seen as a linear course. The ruptures then are metaphors that lend to a study of the past from the concerns of the present. ‘All history’ as Benedito Croce held, ‘is contemporary history.’ The contemporary here is not to mean the history and events of the recent past. As Croce put it, History lives only, as a present interest and pursuit, in the mind of the historian when he criticizes and interprets documents, and by so doing  re-lives for himself the states of mind into which he enquires. The importance of Champaran in the history of our nation, in the words of Babu Rajendra Prasad, who cut his teeth, as a freedom fighter, therein Champaran was that ‘we saw in Champaran on a smaller scale Gandhiji’s satyagraha which he later organized through the lengthand breadth of the country.’
The seminar will consider following themes:
•Testimonies as a tool in campaigns
•Public Reasoning and Reciprocity and the Law of the People: The Gandhian
•Just and Unjust Laws: From A Theory of Justice to The Idea of Justice
• The relevance of Satyagraha: Gandhi in his own times to Our own times
• Justice: Social, Economic and Political and the Constitutional scheme
•Law and Justice: Can the two reconcile
•Satyagraha and its relevance in the post-colonial era
•The neo-liberal state and Gandhian responses
•Gandhi’s Idea of Journalism and the State of the Media
•Gandhism after Gandhi: Gandhi as an apostle, a Saint or a Metaphysical Rebel
The themes mentioned above are only indicative and certainly not exhaustive. The seminar will seek to gather historians and other social scientists, jurists as well as journalists so as to interrogate the past from the concerns of the present and attempt to draw a roadmap to strengthen the democratic edifice and the constitutional scheme further.
Seminar Calendar
(not exceeding 300 words), stating the relevant themes, title of the paper, coordinates of the scholar included e-mail id, institutional affiliation and other such details shall be sent on or before October 6, 2017. Scholars whose abstracts are accepted will be intimated by e mail latest by October 8, 2017
Full papers are to be sent before October 23, 2017.The organising committee may consider defraying of AC III Tier fare upto New Jalpaiguri and shared vehicle fare from there to Gangtok and shared accommodation subject to availability of funds.
Abstracts and all other correspondence shall be sent to with subject tagline marked 100 years of Champaran – Seminar

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