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SOAS South Asia Institute

Commemorating the Life of Radical Kenyan Trade Unionist and National Liberation Activist Makhan Singh

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
Makhan Singh

Date: 5 October 2015Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 5 October 2015Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

About

This event commemorates the life of Makhan Singh (1913-1973) who was a radical trade unionist, revolutionary, and activist in Kenya. He was imprisoned, detained, and exiled for over 15 years by the colonial authorities in India and Kenya for his outspoken stance on the imperatives of national liberation of the East African Territories. He dedicated his life to social, economic and political liberation and was an ardent campaigner for the rights of all workers in Kenya in speaking out against the regimes of colonialism and imperialism.

The event will not only highlight this important yet overlooked labour and anti-colonial history but will also bring together voices of activists, family members, and commentators who will reflect on this history of the labour movement in Kenya and on Makhan Singh’s life.

An edited volume (edited by Shiraz Durrani, Vita Books: London) which explores various aspects of Makhan Singh’s life will be released at this event.

Speakers

  • Judith Heyer, Emeritus Fellow, Somerville College, University of Oxford
  • Mary Davis, Visiting Professor in Labour History, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Shiraz Durrani, Kenyan activist in exile; (Retired) Senior Lecturer, London Metropolitan University
  • Sukant Chandan, activist and film-maker
  • Dr. Inderjit Jabbal-Gill (Daughter of Makhan Singh)
  • Arvinder S. Jabbal (Grandson of Makhan Singh)

This event will be chaired by Dr Navtej Purewal.

Podcast

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Commemorating the Life of Radical Kenyan Trade Unionist and National Liberation Activist Makhan Singh

Book Launch Slides

Slides from Shiraz Durrani's edited volume (Vita Books: London).

Organiser: SOAS South Asia Institute

Contact email: ssai@soas.ac.uk

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