A series of debates and dialogues had business leaders, civil servants, development workers, academics, cultural entrepreneurs and artists both from India and the UK. The debates, held with the aim of thinking imaginatively about renewing and strengthening the relationship in the 21st century, were structured around the three key themes: Memory and Shared Past, Ambition and Modernity, and The Future and Re-invention.
We also held a series of workshops with stakeholders from the two countries to debate and develop some of the key themes of the Cultural Relationship between the UK and India.
Focus talks on the India-UK relationship
We held a series of workshops with stakeholders from the two countries to debate and develop some of the key themes of the Cultural Relationship between the UK and India. The workshops took place in London, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata through January to March 2012. Read the transcripts below.
The discussions were around three themes:
- What is a “Cultural Relationship” and how important is it?
- What is the nature of the current cultural relationship between India and the UK?
- What is the nature of the relationship specifically in your sector and how might it be strengthened?
Monuments of knowledge and the future archive
The past remains an essential building block in beginning the process of re-imagining the future. In March 2012, King’s India Institute London hosted a discussion on Monuments of Knowledge and the Future Archive. It allowed for a series of interesting questions to be posed. Does the future have an archive? What does the present hold for this archive of the future? Watch the video here.
Ambition in modern times
Is ambition culturally identified? Does it shift with the social and economic modernities of a people? With a new generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators tearing up the old rule books, what do ambition and progress mean in India and the UK today? At the Hay-on-Wye, Wales in June 2012, a star-studded panel consisting of Bollywood personalities Anupam Kher, Nandita Das and writer William Dalrymple discussed what perceptions and cultural ambitions are in India and UK with writer and BBC World anchor Nik Gowing. Listen to the podcast on the event here.
Edinburgh youth summit
A group of young people from UK and India gathered in Edinburgh from 10-13 August to look at the future of the India-UK relationship and the shape it is likely to take in the next decade and how this relationship can be reinvented. Watch the film here.
Ambition and modernity: A conversation in Kolkata
Over a day-long roundtable and panel discussion we took a look at the conceptions of ambition and modernity and how they differ in India and the UK today. In each society, who is ambitious, and who is not? Is ‘individual ambition’ divergent from ‘national ambition’? If a nation must have faith in change, where and in what does this faith lie? Is it in education, in civil society, in the State or in self? How does the media shape the stories each country tells itself? How have the patterns of consumption changed in two countries that are obviously living in different modernities? Watch the video here.