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From Amalsad to Westminster

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in Talking Politics

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071549
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081349 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071549.003.0001
From Amalsad to Westminster

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This chapter illustrates the early life of Bhikhu Parekh and his experiences in becoming part of the British House of Lords. It begins with an account of Parekh’s childhood in Amalsad, where he talks about his family background, describes the religious beliefs and caste system in the village, and narrates his experiences in ‘moving between’ the castes by making friends from different caste levels. It then looks at his education at the University of Bombay and eventually the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Several notable personalities are introduced, including Usha Mehta and Isaiah Berlin. In addition, the chapter brings to light Parekh’s experience with untouchability, the difficulties in marrying a person from a higher caste, and how the diversities in British society are represented.

Keywords: Bhikhu Parekh; House of Lords; political philosopher; caste system; Usha Mehta; Isaiah Berlin; untouchability; British society

Chapter.  13009 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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