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100 Foot Journey Club


The ‘100 Foot Journey Club’ is a new initiative of the LSE South Asia Centre and the High Commission of India.

At the inaugural event, “Rethinking the Global Monetary System” by Dr. Raghuram Rajan,Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Navtej Sarna, High Commissioner of India shared with the audience the origin of the 100 Foot Journey Club.It was during his meeting with the President of LSE in March 2016 when he suggested that in view of the long standing relations and close proximity of LSE and the High Commission of India, regular events may be held jointly on issues of contemporary relevance, including research being carried out on India by LSE academics. His proposal was well taken and it was immediately agreed to strengthen the existing ties with LSE through a new Club.

The Club will host academic events and other activities of mutual interest. It will organise at least 6 events annually, including panel discussions, film screenings etc. either at LSE or India House/Nehru Centre. 

Raghuram Rajan

Rethinking the Global Monetary System

An Institute of Global Affairs public lecture

Tuesday 10 May 2016


Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Dr  Raghuram Rajan

Chair: Professor Erik Berglof

This was the inaugural event for the ‘100 Foot Journey Club’ (#100FJC ), a collaboration between the High Commission of India and the LSE South Asia Centre.

Click here to see event storify and here for the video/podcast.

For more details about the event click here. 


The Wonder that is Indian Elections, Challenges & the Way Ahead

Hundred Foot Journey Club (#100FJC) event, in partnership with the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK and Pravasi Bharat.

Friday 13th May 2016

6:00pm - 8:00pm

High Commission of India, India House, Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA

SpeakersDr S Y Quraishi and Dr Mukulika Banerjee

A conversation with the Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr S Q Quraishi, led by Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of the LSE South Asia Centre and author of Why India Votes.

The Hundred Foot Journey Club (#100FJC) is a collaboration of the High Commission of India and the LSE South Asia Centre.

The National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK is the pan-UK body representing youth of Indian origin in the UK.

It is the umbrella body of India and India-related societies at universities across the UK.Pravasi Bharat was formed to increase the participation of Indian diaspora in the Indian elections.  


The Indian Village: Romantic Images versus Historical Realities Lecture  

South Asia Centre Public Lecture as part of the '100 Foot Journey Club' (#100FJC)

Monday 6th June 

6:30pm - 8:00pm 

Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London, W1K 1HF

Speaker: Sumit Guha 

Chair: Ed Simpson

This lecture will review the realities of Indian village life and its social and political setting  up to the late twentieth century. 
The event is free to attend and open to all.

Click here for more information

Suhel Seth

India's Greatest CEOs by Suhel Seth

Thursday 16th June 2016


Old Theatre, Old Building, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Speakers: Suhel Seth, Rt Hon. Jo Johnson and H.E. Navtej Sarna

You are invited to the launch of Suhel Seth's new book India's Greatest CEOs.

The book will be launched by The Rt Hon. Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, followed by a panel discussion including H.E. Navtej Sarna, Hon'ble High Commissioner of India to the UK and the author. 

The event is free and open to all, but please RSVP  to Tim Aldcroft if you wish to attend.

Suhel was recently interviewed by Saanya Gulati, for the South Asia @ LSE blog. You can read the article here.

This is a '100 Foot Journey Club’ (#100FJC) event, jointly organised by the LSE South Asia Centre and the High Commission of India, London.

Tristram Hunt (2)

Cities of the Empire

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture

Wednesday 23rd November 2016


Wolfson Theatre, NAB

Speaker: The Hon Dr Tristram Hunt, MP

The Hon Dr Tristram Hunt, MP, will speak on the cities of Calcutta, Bombay and New Delhi, and their role in making the Empire over a century, drawing direct and close links between the colonial cities and their relationship with cities like Liverpool on the one hand, and Britain as a whole on the other. 

The Hon Dr Tristram Hunt, MP, is an intellectual and cultural historian specialising in urban pasts. He is Senior Lecturer in modern British history at Queen Mary University of London, and Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central. He is the author of Ten Cities that made an Empire  (2014).

This event is free and open to all. It is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series. 

Please email if you have any queries.

Arun Jaitley credit Sonali Campion

Indian Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley

On Saturday 25 February the Hon'ble Minister for Finance Mr Arun Jaitley spoke at LSE on India's current economic and financial climate, and engaged in a Q&A with LSE students and staff.

The event was jointly hosted by the High Commission of India, the South Asia Centre and the LSE Financial Markets Group. It formed part of the LSE-HCI 100 Foot Journey Club series.

A podcast of the event is available here.


Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture which is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series. 

Monday 6th March 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Thai Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Dr Shashi Tharoor

Focusing on his latest book Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India (2017), Dr Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes the argument that British imperialism in the Indian subcontinent was a form of enlightened despotism that would benefit the Indians, demonstrating how every supposed imperial ‘gift’, from the railways to the rule of law, was designed in Britain’s interests alone. This incisive reassessment of colonialism exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain’s stained Indian legacy.

Dr Shashi Tharoor is a sitting Member of the Indian Parliament affiliated to the Congress Party. Dr Tharoor has a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the US, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a Global Leader of Tomorrow; he has authored fourteen previous books and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. 

This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Eventbrite registration will open on 13 February at 10am. 

Please email if you have any queries.