As a part of the Gandhi Samagra Programme, the Dept. of Philosophy, Goa University organized a public lecture by Prof. Akeel Bilgrami on the theme, “Was There A Radical Gandhi?” It was held on 20th December 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at the Chemistry Auditorium, New Science Block ‘E’, Goa University.
Ms Shefali Kale, Dept. of Philosophy attended it with her students, Ms Adelaide Menezes (FYBA), Ms Sweta Kaloji (TYBA) and Mr Remedine Salvadore Mendes (TYBA).
Prof. Akeel Bilgrami is a Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy and Professor, Committee on Global Thought, Colombia University, New York. He studied B.A. at Bombay University (1970), B.A., Oxford University (1974) and received his doctorate at University of Chicago (1983). He was the Chairman of Philosophy Department from 1994-98, the Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University from 2004-2011, and the Director of the South Asian Institute from 2013-2016. His publications are ‘Belief and Meaning (Blackwell, 1992)’, ‘Self-Knowledge and Resentment’ (Harvard University Press, 2006), ‘Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment’ (Harvard University Press, 2014), amongst many.
In his erudite lecture, Prof. Bilgrami argued that Gandhi made the theme of ‘unalientation’ central to his thought. Notions of ‘equality’ and ‘liberty’ were treated as secondary. Popular religion, by making man act ethically towards the other, resulted in greater integration of man with society. This, in turn, leads to a man feeling ‘unalienated’ from the ‘other’. Equality and liberty facilitated the practice of un-alienation, which is exemplified in the lifestyle of a Satyagrahi.