Bhattacharya Lectureship

The Bhattacharya Lectureship on the Future of India will enhance UC Berkeley’s impressive strengths in contemporary South Asia Studies by making an impact on the way India is perceived and understood in the United States. This is a moment of profound importance in India as it stands at the cusp of two worlds – a democratic and modern world on the one hand and a backward-­‐looking, neo-­‐traditional world on the other. The annual lectureship will create a forum where prominent figures not only from the global academic community, but also from the world beyond academia, including journalists, artists, leaders of civil society, and business leaders, will share their ideas about where India is going economically, socially and politically, with Berkeley and the larger community.

Our inaugural lecture took place in 2017.

The 4th Bhattacharya Lecture on the Future of India
A Relativist View of the Indian Nation
by Partha Chatterjee
November 23, 2020 

The 3rd Bhattacharya Lecture on the Future of India
Gandhi, Godse, and Memory in Modern India
by Ravish Kumar
November 16, 2019

The Second Bhattacharya Lecture on the Future of India
Is India Ready for the Twenty First Century? 
by Raghuram Rajan
November 9, 2018

The Inaugural Bhattacharya Lecture on the Future of India
India at Seventy - A Historian's Report Card
by Ramachandra Guha
April 7, 2017