This event will take place virtually via Zoom. Please note all attendees will need a Zoom account to access the webinar. A free account can be set up when registering for the event.
Admission Price: Free to attend, but places must be booked in advance
Speakers’ Title: “Britain’s First Asian MP: Naoroji Challenged the British Empire in its Heyday, Helping De-Colonise the Curriculum Today”
Chair: Professor Inderjeet Parmar, City, University of London
Dr Dinyar Patel (Author, Harvard University Press)
Cheryl Smith, Islington Museum
The first ever MP of Indian Origin in Britain, Dadabhai Naoroji was elected in 1892 for the seat of Finsbury, the District where the City University campus is presently located. Dinyar Patel’s penetrating new biography paints a picture of a distinguished intellectual and diplomat who worked very hard to show British society how the narrative of colonialism as being good for India, was in truth the actual opposite – Empire was a huge drain and caused significant poverty and hardship in India. Even Mahatma Gandhi called Naoroji the true Mahatma – Great Soul of India.
In this free on-line seminar, Patel will talk about his meticulous and penetrating research and demonstrate how important a decolonizing figure Naoroji was in the whole history of Empire, at a time when all Universities are reflecting on Decolonising the Curriculum. This event will interest global members of the Parsi diaspora and Indians generally, and all those interested in the history of Empire and understanding the role of key freedom fighters who resisted Britain against all odds, and at great risk to themselves.
Followed by Q&A
Review of Naoroji Book: https://asianreviewofbooks.com/content/naoroji-pioneer-of-indian-nationalism-by-dinyar-patel/