Just one week ahead of the UK General Election, BBC journalist Anita Anand will give a talk on Sophia Duleep Singh, the dispossessed Indian Princess and darling of the society pages turned suffragette, who is the subject of her critically acclaimed book.
Sophia was born into Indian royalty in 1876. Her father was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs. Even when exiled to England, Sophia, god-daughter of Queen Victoria, lived the life of an aristocrat. She was presented at court and photographed wearing the latest fashions for the society pages. But when in secret defiance of the British government, she travelled to India, she returned a revolutionary.
Sophia devoted herself to battling injustice and inequality, in particular the fight for female suffrage. She was bold and fearless, attacking politicians, putting herself in the front line and swapping her silks for a nurse’s uniform to tend wounded soldiers evacuated from the battlefields.
As the General Election approaches, the story of Sophia and the wider suffrage movements has never been more important. Arifa Akbar, literary editor of the Independent and i newspapers, will chair what promises to be a fascinating discussion.
Drinks are included in the ticket price.
This event is part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2015.
Women, Suffrage and the Vote is supported by the Pan Asian Women’s Association (PAWA).
Click here to read a review of Sophia.