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Gandhi Oration 2018: The Significance of Gandhi in a Post-Truth World

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UNSW Sydney

Library Lawn and Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building

Entry via Gate 11 Botany Street OR Gate 14 Barker Street

Kensington, NSW 2052

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Remembrance Ceremony

Time: 5.00pm for 5.30pm start until 5.45pm

Venue: Library Lawn, UNSW Kensington Campus (map ref F21)

The UNSW Annual Remembrance Ceremony commemorates India’s Martyrs' Day, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on 30 January 1948. The Remembrance Ceremony brings together UNSW staff, students, alumni and guests to observe a moment of peace in tribute to Gandhi and is followed by the Gandhi Oration.


Gandhi Oration

Time: 6.00pm for 6.15pm start until 7.30pm

Venue: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building UNSW Kensington Campus (map ref G19)

The annual UNSW Gandhi Oration commemorates the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and is delivered by a person whose life’s work exemplifies Gandhian ideals. In 2018, the Gandhi Oration will be delivered by prominent Indian journalist Shoma Chaudhury on “The Significance of Gandhi in a Post-Truth World”.


Shoma Chaudhury Biography

Shoma Chaudhury, co-founder and director of Algebra – the Arts & Ideas Club, is an award-winning journalist, editor, and political commentator. In 2011, Newsweek in the US picked her as one of 150 power women “who shake the world”. Among a slew of other journalistic accolades, she has been awarded the prestigious Ernest Hemingway Award for Political Journalism, the Mumbai Press Cluber award for political journalism, the Ramnath Goenka award and the Chameli Devi Award for Best Woman Journalist for — in the words of the citation — “going where angels fear to tread”.


Shoma has been the managing editor and one of the founders of Tehelka, an investigative public interest newsmagazine, where she also wrote and reported extensively on the Maoist crisis, issues of justice, social equity, human rights, the media, law, and the fight over resources. Several of her stories, in defence of human rights workers falsely accused by the State, were instrumental in getting people out of jail. She also founded and was the editor-in-chief of CatchNews, a digital newsplatform. Shoma also co-founded and was director of THiNK, a cutting-edge conference of ideas, and curated the global RIE conference Zinda Dilli for the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation in Delhi 2016 also curated and hosted several conferences at the Royal Society of Arts in London and the Asia Society.

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Library Lawn and Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building

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