Religious Pluralism in the Shadow of Hindutva

The  lecture seeks to understand the reconfiguring of historical memories, the commemoration and representation of shrines associated with the worship of Baba Ratannath (also known as Hajjirattan), a legendary yogi of the pantheon of the Nathyogi sampraday (religious tradition), and liminal figure, who continues to be worshipped across religious boundaries in various parts of South Asia. The speaker will reflect on her intersecting research interests in the histories of religion, monasticism and asceticism, cultural histories of Saivism (especially the Nathyogis and Dasnamis), gurus and guru movements and space, place and mobility.

Malavika Kasturi is Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto, and the author of Embattled Identities, Rajput Lineages and the Colonial State in Nineteenth Century Colonial India (Oxford University Press, 2002), numerous book chapters and journal articles.

Shail Mayaram is Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Monday, 8 April 2019
5 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi