Imphal, Aug 21,
Dr. Sugata Bose, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha & Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA today deliberated on Asia and India connection through historical and contemporary perspective.
Bose also focused on trajectory of anti-colonial struggle in Asia and how the Asian universalism took place with the growth of Islamic nationalism, which ultimately tied with India’s nationalism as a fight against colonialism in Asia in the early 1900s, the birth of Azad Hibd Fauj (INA) during the turbulent times in India and Asia, about choosing an ally, the intersections and a collective vision. Bose concluded that while the ideals of unity bind Asia, nevertheless, there are acrimonies that impede the very procces of unity. Yet, one has to be comforted by the values that defined Asia and its struggle for freedom and reciprocity.
Dr. Amar Yumnam, Professor of Economics, Manipur Central University gave the closing observations and remarks. He remarked that listening to Dr. Bose was an emotional experience which is much more than an academic engagement.
Earlier, Dr. Naorem Lokendra Singh, Professor of History, Manipur Central University, in his introduction of the Keynote Address gave a brief biographical profile of Dr. Sugata Bose, and his association with the nationalist ‘Bose’ family of West Bengal. Dr. Bose has served as Director of Graduate Studies in History at Harvard and was the Founding Director of Harvard’s South Asia Institute. Prior to taking up the Gardiner Chair at Harvard in 2001, Bose was a Fellow of St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, and Professor of History and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Bose was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and the University of Cambridge where he obtained his doctoral degree. His scholarship has contributed to a deeper understanding of colonial and post-colonial political economy, the relation between rural and urban domains, inter-regional arenas of travel, trade and imagination across the Indian Ocean, and Indian ethical discourses, political philosophy and economic thought. His published works include the much-acclaimed A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire and His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire.