Sunil Khilnani’s Incarnations: India in 50 Lives captures the human dimension of how the world’s largest democracy came to be. In this stunning and deeply researched book, accompanying his major BBC Radio 4 series, Khilnani explores the lives of 50 people who have shaped India, from the spiritualist Buddha to the capitalist Dhirubhai Ambani.
In rocket launches and Ayurvedic call centres, in slum temples and Bollywood studios, in California communes and grimy ports, he examines the continued, and often surprising, relevance of the men and women who have made India – and the world – what it is.
To tie into the launch of this book, Khilnani will outline some of these lives in this illuminating talk.
Sunil Khilnani is the author of the acclaimed and influential The Idea of India and is writing a biography of Nehru. He is Professor of Politics and Director of the King’s College London India Institute.
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