Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival – Closing Night
Lord Bhikhu Parekh
An estimated 1.4 million Indians served overseas during World War I, with over 60,000 losing their lives. The cost of the war drove the Indian economy close to bankruptcy. Yet their contribution to the war effort is largely overlooked. In this centenary of the War, join us for a fascinating talk by Lord Parekh, in recognition of India’s complete and unswerving support of Britain’s Great War.
Lord Parekh is a political theorist and a Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster. Appointed a life peer in 2000, he is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Academy of the Learned Societies for Social Sciences. He has received many honours including the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Philosophy, BBC’s Special Lifetime Achievement Award and over a dozen honorary doctorates. He is vice-chairman of the Gandhi Foundation, a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, and a member of the National Commission on Equal Opportunity.
Lord Parekh has written extensively on the subject of multiculturalism. His many books include: Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory, Colonialism, Tradition and Reform; Europe and the Muslim Question: Does Intercultural Dialogue Make Sense? and A New Politics of Identity: Political Principles for an Interdependent World.
The talk will be followed by a canapé reception sponsored by Paul Bloomfield Catering