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Dhoti, Suit and Trilby: M.K Gandhi and his opponents

23 July 2009

Thursday 22 October (To celebrate the 140th Anniversary of Gandhi’s birth – 2 October)

Professor Christopher Pinney (UCL Anthropology)

M.K Gandhi, famously described as a ‘half-naked fakir’, has been visually defined by his dhoti (loincloth). In contemporary India his public image competes with those of other political figures of his era who are depicted in a suit (the Dalit leader B.R Ambedkar) and a trilby (the Marxist revolutionary Bhagat Singh). Professor Pinney will consider what these costumes signify and the very political choices they continue to embody.

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