On 27 March 2018, UNU will host “Rethinking India: Complex, Chaotic, yet Compelling” a conversation with Mr Aman Nath, co-founder and chairman of the Neemrana Hotels group. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
India, the second most populous country on Earth, has a rich cultural history that is universally acknowledged. Nonetheless, many misconceptions about this millennia-old cradle of civilisation remain. India’s civilisations are associated with the past of India, however their continuance into modernity is often neglected. Similarly, the coexistence of spiritually calm religions — such as Buddhism — with hectic Indian daily life may seem paradoxical, yet it is revealing of India’s unseen underbelly.
These seeming paradoxes make understanding India a complex, yet worthwhile undertaking, doubly so at a time when Japan is devoting a great deal more attention to the country, and when India is recognised as a fast-rising global and regional power.
India’s heritage is an integral part of both modern India, and the wider world. Do lessons from it echo universally? How can we reconcile coexistence of its paradoxes?
Mr Nath will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation questioning whether everything we know about India may be wrong, and the impact of Mr Nath’s decades-long restoration and conservation efforts.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 26 March) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Aman Nath is the co-founder and chairman of the Neemrana Hotels group of historic properties, a restaurateur and an acclaimed author. After restoring the 15th century Neemrana Fort-Palace with two friends and opening it as a heritage hotel, Mr Nath was joined by Francis Wacziarg in 1992. Together they restored some 30 ruined properties, turning 27 into heritage hotels. Global recognition and awards have followed, spawning a nation-wide heritage-hotel movement recalling Japan’s attachment to ancient ryokans.
He has authored 14 illustrated books on art, history, architecture, of which many have been awarded prizes. He is a history graduate of the University of Delhi, and an avid traveller.
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