The Indian Independence Movement: A Crash Course with Dr. Anil Antony

The Indian Independence Movement: A Crash Course with Dr. Anil Antony


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The Indian Independence Movement was a sequence of historic events that ultimately ended the British rule in India. Although the movement formally began with the Revolt of 1857, there were many smaller rebellions for a century before that. The conclusion of the movement was in 1947, India gained its independence and ended 200 years of British colonial influence over the Indian subcontinent. Thereafter, in 1950, India adopted its constitution as the world’s largest democracy. This seminar is a beginner’s overview of those one hundred years of history.

Although it begins formally in 1857, the Indian Independence Movement has a history almost as long as that of the United States. This conversation will cover its important events and key figures, including men and women who came from all walks of life, including the Indian diaspora. We will also put Gandhi in context as we analyze some of his words and speeches. In his autobiography, he called his work in the Independence Movement part of his “experiments with truth.” As much as Gandhi influenced the Independence Movement, it also influenced him.

The success of the Indian freedom struggle began the decolonization movement all over the world. As the colonial world receded, the era of the superpowers began, which India also resisted through its leadership of the nonaligned movement. We’ll learn how India’s modern history has deeply influenced world politics, nearly always without playing by the normal world power rules.

Led by Dr. Anil Noronha “Noro” Antony, this interactive seminar will provide a beginner’s summary of one hundred years of Indian history. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the long and successful movement that established the world’s largest democracy.

Dr. Anil “Noro” Noronha Antony is an assistant director of the American Association for Cancer Research, the world’s oldest and largest private cancer research organization. He holds a PhD in Cell and Developmental biology and a lifelong interest in the history and culture of south India. Born in the Muslim-majority United Arab Emirates to an Anglo-Indian Catholic family and trained by a Hindu tantric in Kerala, he has direct experience of all three major Keralite religious traditions.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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