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Famous people from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bngladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bhutan who were educated in the world famous University of Oxford: their lives and the role of Oxford within them.

Stars of South Asia

from Oxford


This is the first book tracing the long tradition of South Asia’s future leaders and opinion formers being shaped by Oxford. From pioneering lawyer Cornelia Sorabji to modern author Monica Ali, via the young Indira Gandhi, what links them all is their relationship to the university town. This is a colourful telling of the stories of some of the remarkable South Asian individuals who left the gopura and onion domes of home for the dreaming spires of Oxford – and what they did with their degrees afterwards. It is an irony of history that at the height of the Empire some of the future leaders of the anti-colonial struggle in South Asia were groomed by the finest British institution, Oxford University. The bright young men and women not just honed their academic talents but were imbued with the noble ideals of equality and freedom at this famed seat of learning. Long after the Empire was over, the tradition has continued as the best and the brightest from these countries keep going to Oxford to achieve intellectual excellence. Rob Walters’ Stars of South Asia from Oxford traces the long line of Oxford scholars who have impacted their preferred fields with significant contributions. Cornelia Sorabji, Indira Gandhi, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, SWRD Bandaranaike, three generations of the Bhuttos, Aung San Suu Kyi, Amartya Sen, Manmohan Singh, Imran Khan, Malala Yousafzai, Amitav Ghosh, Vikram Seth, Girish Karnad, the King of Bhutan, Monica Ali, Soha Ali Khan and many more – the book presents a fascinating world.

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