We are thrilled to welcome Shashi Tharoor back to Asia House. The politician and bestselling author will be discussing his new book Why I am a Hindu which offers a profound re-examination of Hinduism, and cautions against its politicisation.
Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest and greatest religious traditions. In captivating prose, Shashi Tharoor untangles its origins, its key philosophical concepts and texts. He explores everyday Hindu beliefs and practices, from worship to pilgrimage to caste, and touchingly reflects on his personal beliefs and relationship with the religion.
Not one to shy from controversy, Tharoor is unsparing in his criticism of ‘Hindutva’, an extremist, nationalist Hinduism endorsed by India’s current government. He argues urgently and persuasively that it is precisely because of Hinduism’s rich diversity that India has survived and thrived as a plural, secular nation. If narrow fundamentalism wins out, Indian democracy itself is in peril. Tharoor will be in conversation with Kavita A. Jindal.
This talk will include an audience Q&A and be followed by a book signing. Cash bar open from 18:15 and then after the talk until 21:00.
About Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor served for 29 years at the UN, culminating as Under-Secretary-General. He is a Congress MP in India, and the author of 16 previous books, including Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Financial Times book of the year.
About Kavita A. Jindal
Kavita A. Jindal is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in the UK and around the world. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and her poems on ZEE TV and European cultural radio stations. She is the author of Raincheck Renewed, published to critical acclaim by Chameleon Press. She is the co-founder of ‘The Whole Kahani’ – a collective of British Asian writers. She also serves as Senior Editor at Asia Literary Review.
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