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In photos: Four centuries of the ties that bind India and Britain

For more than 400 years of history, Great Britain and South Asia have been collected, organized and exposed to the Connection of Plants: our British Asian heritage, an exhibition organized by the Birmingham Library and the British Library in the States United. Linking Stories is part of Utsav, a celebration of the contribution made by South Asians in Birmingham.

The exhibition demonstrates South Asia’s role in shaping Britain, from trade to migration, but also reveals obscure stories – nannies or South Asian verses made to serve the abused British families or sailors they had To sell plots to earn their return.

Curator of the British Library Penny Brook, who worked on the creation of communicated stories, said: “This exhibition told the story of Britain’s close ties with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. East India Company: This awakened strong ties with the three countries and influenced the food, the clothing we use and our culture and our language, we believe that this has made us today what we are as a nation.

“We have found a story about a cheetah that was sent to the Royal Menagerie in London,” Brook said. “We have a map of muslim material from the 17th century East Indies is worn in Bangladesh dresses.”

To make history interesting, chronic exposure of individuals such as Raja Ram Mohan Roy, social reformer, and Cornelia Sorabji, the first Indian woman to study law at a British university.

A rare 19th century board game that reflects the commercial interests of Britain in Asia and elsewhere appears upcoming images of South Asia come to Britain. The first Indian to play cricket for England, a suffragette Sake Dean Mahomed princess, who created the Hindoostanee coffee house in London, described some numbers.

“The most important collections have been assembled in the country of the people of South Asia,” Brook said.

The records of the India office of the East India Company were the responsibility of the UK Office of Foreign Affairs. Since 1982, they have found their home in the British Library. Consequently, a letter from Gandhi to support the British government for its efforts in World War I in 1914 is one of the winning exhibits. A number of Indians in the UK, including Sarojini Naidu, signed the letter.

“It is surprising because most people think that Gandhi against the British government in the struggle for freedom,” said John O’Brien, curator of the British Library, who worked on the project. “Here you are committed to supporting your support and your preconceived ideas challenged.

Gandhi believed that after the First World War, the British government would respond by giving more freedom to the Indians. His support for the government was not appreciated and it affected Gandhi, strengthening his struggle for freedom. The letter marks an important point in its political development. ”

Zoomorph Head of Tagore, who was exhibited in Birmingham in 1930, when he visited the city, was also included in this exhibition. The exhibition coincides with India’s 70 years of independence.

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