The Murderer, The Monarch and The Fakir: A New Investigation of Mahatma Gandhi's Assassination

Hosted by the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity and the International Inequalities Institute

Online public event


Appu Suresh

Appu Suresh

Priyanka Kotamraju

Priyanka Kotamraju


Dr Armine Ishkanian

Dr Armine Ishkanian

This event launches the new book “The Murderer, the Monarch and the Fakir”, which is a fresh account of one of the most controversial political assassinations in contemporary history-that of Mahatma Gandhi.

Relying on investigative journalism and new evidence, Appu Suresh and Priyanka Kotamraju examine the potential role of princely states, hypermasculinity and a militant right-wing in the context of a nation that had just won its independence. Based on previously unseen intelligence reports and police records, the book recreates the circumstances of Gandhi’s murder, the events leading up to it and the investigation afterwards. In doing so, it unearths a conspiracy that runs far deeper than a hate crime and challenges the popular narrative about the assassination that has persisted for the past seventy years.

Meet our speakers and chair 

Appu Esthose Suresh is founder and CEO of Pixstory, a new social media initiative launched in the United States in March 2021, and an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at LSE's International Inequalities Institute. 

Priyanka Kotamraju (@peekayty) is a PhD Candidate in sociology, and a Gates Scholar, at the University of Cambridge. She is an independent, bilingual journalist from India, with nearly a decade of experience in the media industry, and focused on issues of social justice, gender and inequality. Priyanka was part of the inaugural cohort of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme in 2017-18.

Armine Ishkanian (@Armish15) is Executive Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme in the International Inequalities Institute at LSE.

More about this event

The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many of the School's departments and centres to lead cutting-edge research focused on understanding why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is a Global South-focused, funded fellowship for mid-career activists, policy-makers, researchers and movement-builders from around the world. Based at the International Inequalities Institute, it is a 20-year programme that commenced in 2017 and was funded with a £64m gift from Atlantic Philanthropies, LSE’s largest ever philanthropic donation.

This event will have live captioning and BSL interpreting.

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This event will be streamed live on Facebook


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