Re-Imagine: The book

Re-Imagine: India–UK Cultural Relations in the 21st Century (ISBN: 978-93-82951-34-6) is  volume of future-forging pieces by leading thinkers in India and the UK, exploring the evolving relationship between the two countries, tracing not only the shared history but also its contemporary ramifications.

Edited by Shrabani Basu, the book draws on historical anecdotes, personal history and current policies to reflect on a special relationship between the two countries forged on a common love for cricket, curry, parliamentary democracy and the English language and how it can be taken forward gainfully in the decades to come.  

Each writer discusses in their inimitable style topics critical to the evolving relationship between India and the UK. 

Tracing people to people links, unravelling family history, exploring the attitude of media and youth in both countries, linking the development of arts, science, language, trade and business, the authors explore myriad facets of the history of this relationship and their contemporary ramifications in each country and internationally. 

The book is essential reading for all those who are interested in the special relationship between India and the UK. 

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Our advisory group

The Re-Imagine Advisory Group is composed of individuals of unique stature and authority, with valuable perspectives on the evolving relationship between these countries. It does not function as a traditional Board; rather, we engage them in an on-going discussion about our progress, our research and publications, and invite them to participate in some of our planned roundtables, debates and dialogues in the UK and in India.

Kirsten Bound Lead Policy Advisor on Innovation Systems, NESTA

Caroline Brazier Director of Scholarship and Collections, British Library

Vernon Ellis Chair, British Council

Tristram Hunt Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central

Jo Johnson Member of Parliament and Contributing Editor of the Financial Times

Jude Kelly Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London

Chris Patten Chair, BBC Trust and Chancellor, University of Oxford

Alice Prochaska Principal, Somerville College, Oxford

Nick Robbins Head of Climate Change Centre of Excellence, HSBC

Martin Roth Director, V&A Museum, London

Sangeeta Bahadur Director, Nehru Centre, London

Sunil Khilnani Director and Professor of Politics, Kings India Institute

Kriti Kapila Lecturer, Anthropology and Law, King’s India Institute

Catherine Fieschi Director, Counterpoint, London

Rob Lynes Director India, British Council

Stephan Roman Regional Director South Asia, British Council

Sujata Sen Director East India, British Council