Cities, Export of Empire, India's New Story

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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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45 minutes

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Tue 27 May 2014 22:00

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Role Contributor
PresenterRana Mitter
Interviewed GuestTristram Hunt
Interviewed GuestBhikhu Parekh
Interviewed GuestShruti Kapila
Interviewed GuestPankaj Mishra
ProducerJacqueline Smith

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