Lecture on 29 June for Dadabhai Naoroji’s death centenary

The Museum Society of Mumbai and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) cordially invite you to a lecture

Dadabhai Naoroji: Evaluating his Legacy a Hundred Years after his Death

Dr. Dinyar Patel

on Thursday, 29th June 2017, 6 pm

Auditorium, Museum Visitors Centre

Please join us for Tea at 5.30pm

This Lecture is Supported by a Life Member of the Museum Society of Mumbai


Dadabhai Naoroji, the Grand Old Man of India, passed away a hundred years ago on 30 June 1917. This talk will examine Naoroij’s broader legacy, going beyond his contributions to economic thought and Indian nationalism to consider less-known aspects of his life. What were, for example, Naoroji’s views on education, the rights of women, communalism, lower-caste assertion, and the labor movement? How did Naoroji’s ideas influence later generations of Indian political and social thinkers?


Dinyar Patel is an assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches courses on Indian history and the British empire. In 2015, he earned his PhD in history from Harvard University for his dissertation on the political thought and career of Dadabhai Naoroji. His dissertation was based on over two years of archival work with the Dadabhai Naoroji Papers at the National Archives of India in Delhi, as well as research in the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland.


Patel is the co-editor of two published volumes: From Ghalib’s Dilli to Lutyens’ New Delhi, with Mushirul Hasan (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Dadabhai Naoroji: Selected Private Papers with S.R. Mehrotra (Oxford University Press, 2016). His articles have been published in the New York Times online, HinduBBC News, and Scroll.in. At the moment, he is turning his dissertation on Naoroji into a published biography.

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