Shashi Tharoor: Inglorious Empire: Antidote

Date(s) - 3 Sep 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Playhouse, Sydney Opera House

Antidote Festival:  Shashi Tharoor.

GoTheatrical! Open Captioned Session on Sunday, 3 September 2017 from 2pm to 3pm

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Special note: This is a General Admission event, so please let staff know when you arrive at the theatre that you would like to be seated in an area of the auditorium that is close to the caption screen.

About the Session:
(For details of other Antidote captioned sessions, please see bottom of page)

“It is a bit rich to oppress, torture, imprison, enslave, deport and proscribe a people for two hundred years, and then take credit for the fact that they are democratic at the end of it.” Shashi Tharoor

In this blistering post-colonial reassessment, Shashi exposes the sins of an empire. Tracking the real story of the British in India – from the arrival of the East India Company to the end of the Raj.


See history with new eyes

In the eighteenth century, India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s; by 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Politician and commentator Shashi Tharoor alleges starvation and destruction are colonialism’s legacy.

British imperialism has been justified by claims of granting stability, democracy and, of course, cricket, but Shashi challenges this perspective. He believes these ‘gifts’, from railways to the rule of law, were imposed by the British in pure self-interest.

In this blistering post-colonial reassessment, Shashi exposes the sins of an empire.

Session Partner: University of New South Wales

More about Shashi Tharoor…

Shashi served for twenty-nine years at the UN, culminating as Under-Secretary-General. He is a Congress MP in India, the author of fifteen books, and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Shashi has a PhD from the Fletcher School, and was named by the 1998 World Economic Forum in Davos as a ‘Global Leader of Tomorrow’.


Micah White: The End of Protest: Sunday, 3 September 11am to 12pm

James Thornton & Martin Goodman: Justice for the Planet: Sunday, 3 September 12.30 to 1.30pm

Julie McCrossin: The First Parade: Sunday, 3 September 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race: Sunday, 3 September 5pm to 6pm

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh: Muslim Girl: Sunday, 3 September 6.30pm to 7.30pm

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