Book Launch: For King and Another Country, Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914–1918

Time:06:30 pm

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Date:05 November 2015
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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Shrabani Basu (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Nearly one and a half million Indian soldiers fought for the British in the First World War. Th ey travelled from remote villages in India to the harsh trenches of Flanders and France, for a war that they could not comprehend. For King and Another Country tells, for the fi rst time, the personal stories of some of these Indians who went to the Western Front: from a grand turbaned Maharaja who fought for the Empire to the illiterate peasant who won the Victoria Cross. Shrabani Basu delves into narratives buried in villages in India and Pakistan, as well as British archives, to recreate the War through the eyes of the Indians.

Chief Guest: Th e Lord Richards of Herstmonceux (Former Chief of Defence Staff 2010-13)
Chair: Andrew Whitehead, former editor of BBC World Service News.

Shrabani Basu is a journalist and historian. She is the London correspondent of the Calcutta-based ABP group of newspapers and writes for Ananda Bazar Patrika and Th e Telegraph. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Victoria & Abdul: Th e True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confi dant, Spy Princess: Th e Life of Noor Inayat Khan and Curry: Th e Story of the Nation’s Favourite Dish. She is the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust.

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