Journalist Shoma Chaudhary to deliver UNSW’s Gandhi Oration on January 30

This year on January 30, UNSW’s Gandhi Oration 2018,  India’s reputed journalist Shoma Chaudhary will be delivering the Oration on:  The Significance of Gandhi in a Post-Truth World

Following is the program on the day:

Remembrance Ceremony

Time: 5.00pm for 5.30pm start until 5.45pm

Venue: Library Lawn, UNSW Kensington Campus

The UNSW Annual Remembrance Ceremony commemorates India’s Martyrs’ Day, the anniversary of  Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on 30 January 1948. The Remembrance Ceremony brings together UNSW staff, students, alumni and guests to observe a moment of peace in tribute to Gandhi and is followed by the Gandhi Oration.

Gandhi Oration

Time: 6.00pm for 6.15pm start until 7.30pm

Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Kensington Campus

The annual UNSW Gandhi Oration commemorates the life and work of  Mahatma Gandhi  and is delivered by a person whose life’s work exemplifies Gandhian ideals. In 2018, the Gandhi Oration will be delivered by prominent Indian journalist  Shoma Chaudhury  on  “The Significance of Gandhi in a Post-Truth World”.

Shoma Chaudhury, co-founder and director of  Algebra ”“ the Arts & Ideas Club, is an award-winning journalist, editor, and political commentator.

In 2011,  Newsweek  in the US picked her as one of 150 power women  “who shake the world”.  Among a slew of other journalistic accolades, she has been awarded the prestigious  Ernest Hemingway Award for Political Journalism, the Mumbai Press Clubber award for political journalism, the Ramnath Goenka award and the  Chameli Devi Award for Best Woman Journalist for ”” in the words of the citation ”” “going where angels fear to tread”.

Shoma  has been the managing editor and one of the founders of  Tehelka,  an investigative public interest newsmagazine, where she also wrote and reported extensively on the Maoist crisis, issues of justice, social equity, human rights, the media, law, and the fight over resources. Several of her stories, in defence of human rights workers falsely accused by the State, were instrumental in getting people out of jail. She also founded and was the editor-in-chief of  CatchNews, a digital news platform.

Shoma  also co-founded and was director of  THiNK, a cutting-edge conference of ideas, and  curated the global RIE conference  Zinda Dilli  for the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation in Delhi 2016 also curated and hosted several conferences at the Royal Society of Arts in London and the Asia Society.

The event is free but bookings must be made by registering at:


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