In this video, Professor Andrew MacIntyre, Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, talks to Professor Rajmohan Gandhi about his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi and what he shares in common with Abraham Lincoln.
They discuss how disputes over the unity of their respective countries - over the relationship between major population groups - resulted in the assassinations (separated by 83 years) of both Lincoln and Gandhi.
The two also canvass the impact and influence of the Gandhi family on Indian politics; reconciliation between India and Pakistan and Muslims and Hindus; comparisons between the India Revolt against the British in 187 and the American Civil War; and India's role in the 21st century.
Professor Rajmohan is a biographer, peace builder and journalist and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He is a Research Professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Academic Director, Global Crossroads, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. In 2009 and 2010 he served as the international president of the NGO Initiatives of Change.
Professor Rajmohan Gandhi was visiting ANU as part of the Research School of Asia and the Pacific Distinguished Visitors program.