Celebrating the First South Asian History Month

On today’s episode, I talk about South Asian History Month, which has been celebrated for the first time. It’s a month that’s been chosen to mark and celebrate the culture, history and lives of South Asian people in the UK. 

The month runs from 18 July to 17 August 2020. The aim is to raise the profile of South Asian History in the UK through education, arts, culture and commemoration.

The ultimate goal is to help people better understand the diversity of present-day Britain, as well as improving levels of social cohesion between the various communities.

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In today’s show, I talk about:

  • Why I am excited about the month  [01:18]
  • What South Asian History Month is all about  [01:46]
  • The importance of remembering all histories, which are often hidden.  [09:38]
  • How you can get involved in celebrating and commemorating the month. [09:50]

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Quotes

  • South Asia comprises of eight countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • It’s vital to know about the occupation of India, and how it was painfully fragmented due to British occupation.
  • I think sadly, colonial history has impacted so many communities of colour, which has an impact on diaspora communities today.   
  • The goal is to help people understand the diversity of present-day Britain, as well as improving levels of social cohesion between various communities. 
  • Remember that this is British history. It’s not simply “just” South Asian history.
  • ” Until the lion learn to writes, every story will glorify the hunter.” 

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