On 22 April Dr Kartar Lalvani's much talked about book 'The Making of India: The Untold Story of British Enterprise' was launched at the Chatham House in presence of a distinguished panel of experts including: Prof Andrew Roberts, Historian, visiting Professor King’s College London, author of Napoleon the Great, Baroness Shreela Flather, Vice Chair of the Indo-British All-Party Parliamentary Group, first Asian woman in the House of Lords, Martin Bell OBE, British UNICEF Ambassador, former MP, senior BBC journalist and war reporter- who chaired the discussion, Dr. Anil Seal, Founder of The Cambridge School of Indian History, Trinity College, Ashis Ray, Past President, Indian Journalists' Association, BBC broadcaster and former Consultant Editor of CNN and Dr Kartar Lalvani, Author and founder of Vitabiotics. The panelists fiercely discussed the question 'what would India be like today if the British had decided to stay at home' and presented some very interesting view points- the most striking being that of Dr Seal and Baroness Flather. The event was attended by many distinguished guests including MPs, Peers, academics, journalists, Editors and the Field Marshall of the British Army.
During his speech Dr Lalvani announced that he would wish to setup an 'Indo-British Legacy Trust' to establish a few research scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge- the great institutions that provided the best of Britain’s talent to India. He said that he also believed that this will help to continue in-depth research into the actual role that the British played in the making of India that we see today. “The trust will provide grants for PhD researchers to study all aspects of the vast British contribution to India. All proceeds of my book will also be put into this foundation.” added Dr Lalvani.
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