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'Destiny Denied'

17/9/2013 to 17/9/2013


Tne Continuing Legacy of Maharajah Duleep Singh

"The complex and strange life of Dalip Singh, almost theatrical in the way that it subdivides into different scenes and acts, compresses into the life of asingle individual all the tensions and Violence brought about by the Clash of two great cultures. It contains the sadness and dignity of human beingstrying to act decently towards eachother despite being caught up in this clash.....""

David Jones. Maharaja Dalip Singh, The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms

Even 120 years after his death the life of Maharajah Duleep Singh continues to spark debate, polarise opinion, inspire research and attract the attention of an eager and curious audience To some he is a desolate and tragic individual to others an icon of a sovereignty and past glories.

This talk by the Sikh scholar and commentator Dr Gurbrinder Singh Aujla will look at what underpins the enduring legacy of the Maharaja and cast a speculative eye on what the future may hold.

Speaker: A career police officer Dr. G.S. Aujla retired as the senior-most cop in the province of Punjab in 2007 after pursuing an exemplary career spanning thirty seven years. He has conducted extensive research on Maharaja Duleep Singh and has contributed a large number of articles in leading English dailies on various facets of his life and that of his father the great Sikh emperor Ranjit Singh.

Dr. Aujla's erudition and incisive commentary earns him a uniquely prominent amongst the contemporary intelligentsia of India.

This keynote lecture marks the 20th anniversary of the work of the Maharajah Duleep Singh Centenary Trust, one of Britain's foremost educational charities promoting Sikh heritage.

Date: Tuesday 17 September 2013
Time: Doors open 6.30pm
Location: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Booking required

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