Decolonising Indian History: Manu S. Pillai & Shrabani Basu
Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 17:00-18:00
Session No: 149
History: a record of the past, of a time gone by. But do we question enough who actually wrote the history we read? So much from the era of imperialism is only one side of the story. What and how should we be reading to truly understand the bigger picture? How has this one-sided story perspective impacted South Asia’s self-knowledge? And where do we begin?
Manu S. Pillai, historian and writer, and journalist Shrabani Basu will discuss how to unravel and reclaim Indian stories from the other side, out of the clutches of colonialism.
Manu S. Pillai is the author of award-winning history books The Ivory Throne, Rebel Sultans, The Courtesan, the Mahatma & the Italian Brahmin and, most recently, False Allies: India’s Maharajahs in the Age of Ravi Varma. He also worked as a researcher on the BBC history series Incarnations. Pillai wrote a weekly column for Mint Lounge, and has written articles for publications including The Hindu, Open Magazine and the Times of India. He is currently a PhD candidate at King’s College London.
Shrabani Basu is a journalist and Sunday Times bestselling author. Her books include the critically acclaimed The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer, For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Victoria & Abdul, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan, and Curry: The Story of the Nation’s Favourite Dish. Victoria & Abdul was adapted into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal.