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ZEEJLF at British Library opens… (Day 1)

ZEEJLF at British Library opens… (Day 1)

British Library 11am

Day 1 (June 14)

INDIAN High Commissioner to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam helped to inaugurate the Day 1 of the ZEEJLF at the British Library yesterday evening.

Among those who spoke at the first session were Roly Keating, chief executive of the British Library and a packed theatre heard addresses from Sanjoy Roy, Namita Gokhale, founders and organisers of the the Jaipur Literature Festival, which is now in its 11th edition.

The opening session, Of Cities and Empire, saw Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A museum discuss ‘decolonising’ – the idea of museums and cultural spaces opening up to more voices – with Shashi Tharoor, former diplomat, and Indian MP and writer. The session was moderated by Shrabani Basu, author and journalist. See our tweets from the opening session.

At an evening reception, Gurinder Chadha presented writer Charles Allen with an award from ZEEJLF for his writing about India and British Colonialism down the years.

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Sessions start 11.15am today

Picture top: Shashi Tharoor, Tristram Hunt, Shrabani Basu

Picture lower: Gurinder Chadha and Charles Allen to her right

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture