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Cities, Export of Empire, India's New Story

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 27 May 2014

Rana Mitter talks to MP and historian Tristram Hunt about the urbanising effects of Britain's trading Empire as the pair walk the streets of London finding reminders of, and signposts to, the dominating imperatives and concepts of the era.

As India puts its colonial history firmly behind it - what does 2014's pivotal national election tell us about the forces shaping the country's future direction? Rana Mitter is joined in discussion by Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Dr Shruti Kapila and the writer, Pankaj Mishra.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Export of Empire

    Tristram Hunt on how Britain's experience of Empire shaped today's global cities.

  • India's New Story

    Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Shruti Kapila and Pankaj Mishra discuss the future of India.

  • Tristram Hunt

    Tristram Hunt

    Ten Cities That Made An Empire by Tristram Hunt is available in hardback and ebook from the 5 June 2014. 

  • India elections

    India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi

    For more information about the India election 2014 see the BBC News coverage.


Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest
Tristram Hunt
Interviewed Guest
Bhikhu Parekh
Interviewed Guest
Shruti Kapila
Interviewed Guest
Pankaj Mishra
Jacqueline Smith


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