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Ornit Shani

Ornit Shani is a scholar of the politics and modern history of India. She is the author of How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise. Her previous book is Communalism, Caste and Hindu Nationalism: The Violence in Gujarat. She is currently working on a social history of India’s first elections. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Haifa.


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A two-day taster of ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’
09 & 10 June
A packed programme of talks and performances animate four venues at the Library, celebrating South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas. Speakers confirmed so far include William Dalrymple, Meghnad Desai, Paulo Lemos Horta, Suki Kim, Ashis Ray, Suhel Seth, Preti Taneja and Shashi Tharoor.
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