Works that shaped the world: Gandhi’s religion

Presented by ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Gandhi's religion has been described as "a home spun shawl" by the late Professor J.T.F. Jordens, a former Dean of the Faculty of Asian Studies at the ANU. Satendra Nandan discusses how Mahatma Gandhi's religiosity synthesised and developed threads from many beliefs. Gandhi practised his "religion" as abiding faith in God with satyagraha and ahimsa (nonviolence) in his life: the sources of his principles and practices as "experiments in Truth".

This public lecture explores the relevance and significance Gandhi's concept of religion has in our contemporary world, especially in the Indo-Pacific, with particular salience to the Australasian experience.

Presented both In-person & Online:
In person on the ANU Campus: Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Al-Falasi Theatre, 127 Ellery Crescent 
Online: via Zoom Webinar - link to webinar provided closer to the event.
When registering please select In-person attendance or Online attendance.


Born in Fiji, Satendra Nandan studied in Delhi, Leeds, London and the ANU. He was Fiji's first Labour Member of Parliament, until the coups of 1987. In 2012 he was invited to be a member of the Fiji Constitution Commission and helped draft the 2013 Constitution on which two peaceful elections have been held. He is the author of, most recently, Gandhianjali (Ivy Press, 2019) and LIFEJourneys: Love & Grief, published later this year. He is currently writing a biography of Gandhi for Australasian readers.