Radical Peace: Astavakra Gita in the Age of AI (Reading the Happiness Gita’ for a hopeful world)

In a world marked by conflict and uncertainty, discover how this timeless text offers solace, transformation, and clarity. 

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The session would discuss the relevance of a relatively lesser-known but fundamental text of Hinduism called the Ashtavakra Gita at a time of global conflict and focus on the personal experience of the transformative and redeeming power of the text amidst the turmoil, grief, and uncertainty that is the fate of human life. 

About the Speaker 

Dr. Hindol Sengupta is a multiple award-winning historian and author of 12 books. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader who won the Wilbur Award by the Religion Communicators Council of America for Being Hindu, the Valley of Words prize for Best Nonfiction for The Man Who Saved India in 2018. 

He won the Kalinga Literature Festival prize for Best Biography for Sing, Dance and Pray in 2022 and was shortlisted for the Hayek Prize, presented by the Manhattan Institute in memory of the Nobel laureate economist F A Hayek for Recasting India. He won the PSF prize for public service through writing in 2015. 

He’s trained as a filmmaker at the Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, and in history, international relations as a Chevening Scholar at Oxford, and in business and finance as a Knight Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University. 

He has a doctorate in international relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy.