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An Indian Hindu Sadhu.

" Dismantling Globa Hindutva " as the conference is named, is a virtual congregation of anti-national, anti-Hindu, anti-semitic, pro-Jihadi elements. The organizers who remain staunch on staying anonymous have stated that the conference aims at scrutinising what Hindutva is, says and does with regard to a wide range of topics, from caste to political economy, to gender and sexuality, and more.

The purported international conference is virtually scheduled for the second weekend of September. The organizers of the conference are firm on remaining anonymous but have released a list of guest speakers. The list mainly includes names of prominent university professors, research scholars, journalists and a few social activists too.

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Salil Gewali

'Great Minds on India' Now Available In Punjabi Language Also

The government of Punjab has recently informed the writer from Shillong - Salil Gewali, about its approval of the book titled – 'Great Minds on India' for translation into Punjab's official language Punjabi. Gewali's research-based book has already been translated into thirteen languages and won the appreciation of several literary organizations from Punjab.

The decision on the translation and publication was directly taken by the Chief Minister Office. The translation department in Patiala has also sought the Hindi edition from the writer, apart from the English, for the accurate transition of the book. The research work spanning over twenty-four years by Mr. Gewali has been held in high esteem by many eminent scholars across the world, apart and political leaders in the country.

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The book by Anup Chatterjee

This is a chronicle of five-hundred years of Indian immigration to Britain as it explores the adventures of the imperial capital and how its saga fuelled the journey of Indian independence

In September 1600, Queen Elizabeth and London are made to believe that the East India Company will change England's fortunes forever. With William Shakespeare's death, the heart of Albion starts throbbing with four centuries of an extraordinary Indian settlement that author Arup K. Chatterjee unfolds in "Indians in London" (Bloomsbury).

In five acts that follow, we are taken past the churches destroyed by the fire of Pudding Lane; the late eighteenth-century curry houses in Mayfair and Marylebone; and the coming of Indian lascars, ayahs, delegates, students and lawyers in London.

A Beautiful Street Of London.

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From the baptism of Peter Pope (in the year Shakespeare died) to the death of Catherine of Bengal book covers all. Photo by Arvydas Venckus on Unsplash

From the baptism of Peter Pope (in the year Shakespeare died) to the death of Catherine of Bengal; the chronicles of Joseph Emin, Abu Taleb and Mirza Ihtishamuddin to Sake Dean Mahomet's Hindoostane Coffee House.

Gandhi's experiments in Holborn to the recovery of the lost manuscript of Tagore's Gitanjali in Baker Street; Jinnah's trysts with Shakespeare to Nehru's duels with destiny; Princess Sophia's defiance of the royalty to Anand establishing the Progressive Writers' Association in Soho; Aurobindo Ghose's Victorian idylls to Subhas Chandra Bose's interwar days; the four Indian politicians who sat at Westminster to the blood pacts for Pakistan.

India in the shockwaves at Whitehall to India in the radiowaves at the BBC; the intrigues of India House and India League to hundreds of East Bengali restaurateurs seasoning curries and kebabs around Brick Lane, the book details all this and more.

London East Side from The Shard

"Indians in London" is a scintillating adventure across the Thames

London over half a millennium of Indian migrations-reborn as independent India. Photo by Giammarco on Unsplash

Photo by Giammarco on Unsplash

"Indians in London" is a scintillating adventure across the Thames, the Embankment, the Southwarks, Bloomsburys, Kensingtons, Piccadillys, Wembleys and Brick Lanes that saw a nation-a cultural, historical and literary revolution that redefined London over half a millennium of Indian migrations-reborn as independent India.

Arup K. Chatterjee is an Associate Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Charles Wallace fellowship, to United Kingdom. His interests are in the history of British imperialism, politics and philosophy; British cultural and historical encounters with India; and colonial and postcolonial historiography of India; Vedanta and Nondualism; and Indian philosophy and psychoanalysis. (IANS/RN)

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Anglo-Indians adopted Indian spices into their cuisine

The origin of the Anglo-Indian culture spans 30 decades before independence, when the voyagers from the West first set foot in Indian coastal cities. It began with the Portugese, and the Dutch and French soon followed suit. When India became a colony under the British Crown, the emerging generation that resulted as a product of this historical era, was a culture that was independent of both the British power and Indian subjugation: the Anglo-Indians. Perhaps this generation of mixed-race children had prestigious roots, with their parents belonging to the British regime, or serving as officers in the governing East India Company, but in the eyes of the Indians, they were labelled as "kutcha bacha" (uncooked children/bread) , or as they were known in the South, "vellakaaran/vellakaarchi" (white men/women).

Through the years, this community of people who were darker than their ancestors but fairer than their Indian counterparts, began to form their own culture. They began marrying among themselves, and created a tradition of food, clothes, and practices that were a blend of the British manners and the Indian spirit. They began sporting richly decorated clothes, high heels, for both men and women, tall hairdos, and rich food. Some critics of the culture argue that they are known to live beyond their means, and that their tastes in their appearances are rather gaudy.

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