LOS ANGELES, CA - The Friends of Sardar Patel Association, in conjunction with the UCLA’s Center for India and South Asia, honored Dr. Uday Chandra, and Dr. Benjamin Siegel for the best doctoral dissertations, here at the University of California, Los Angeles Faculty Center on May 16.
Chandra’s 2013 winning dissertation was from Yale University titled “Negotiating Leviathan: Statemaking and Resistance in the Margins of Modern India”
Dr. Siegel of Harvard University, Massachusetts’s 2014 winning dissertation was “Independent India of Plenty: Food, Hunger, and Nation-Building in Modern India.”
The follow-up post luncheon workshop allowed attendees to engage in a Q&A and discussed the political and socio-economic impact of Infrastructure issues such as electricity, garbage and air pollution was expanded upon by speakers after the award presentations by Prof. Sunila S.Kale, Prof. Joshua Apte, and Doctoral Candidate Manisha Anantharaman.
Felicitations of founding members Dr. Damodar R. SarDesai, Professor Emeritus of History, UCLA were led by board member Navin Doshi. Board member Dr. Vikram Kamdar offered a heartwarming homage to the late founder Lalchand Gaglani. Vasa followed with praise of board member Bhupen Randeria for a recent win in the field of poetry while entrepreneur and board member Uka Solanki along with his wife Nalini presented awardees with complimentary books on Mahatma Gandhi. The Los Angeles based organization celebrated its 17th year of existence and has annually disseminated an award of $10,000, one of the highest in the field according to Harkisan Vasa, master of ceremonies and current president.
Established in 1999, the Sardar Patel award is annually conferred by CISA at UCLA via an endowment created by funds donated by FSPA provided to the UCLA Foundation.
The award was created to honor the best doctoral dissertation on any aspect of modern India - social sciences, humanities, education and fine arts - in any U.S. University or academic institution awarding the Ph.D.