Global Politics & Cultures (formerly Independent Thought & Freedom)
Episode 130

Global Citizens? w/ Farrukh Dhondy

Kirk Meighoo published on

A Story Club: Global Cultures S1 E2
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People like to say that they are “global citizens”. What does that mean?

What place do cultural differences have in this? 

How many of us can cross cultural boundaries and excel in each one?

My guest on this week’s episode of “Global Cultures” is the amazing Farrukh Dhondy, one of the most qualified people in the world to give rich insights into these questions.

Imagine not only winning some of the highest literary, play and television awards in the UK, but also writing 2 blockbuster Hindi-language screenplays in Bollywood (“The Bandit Queen”, and “Mangal Pandey: The Rising”).

Not only that, but becoming close friends and confidants of two of the Caribbean’s (Trinidad’s to be specific) greatest minds, who were politically opposite: the conservative Nobel Laureate, V.S. Naipaul, and the Marxist C.L.R. James, while being politically active in the UK’s Race Today Collective.

At the same time, also writing a new translation of the ancient Pesian poet, Rumi, and writing the screenplay for “The Path of Zarathustra” trying to defend against his people’s disappearance in history.

This is the work of the amazing Farrukh Dhondy, my guest on this week’s episode of “Global Cultures”.

Is Dhondy a “global citizen”? Or is he a unique crosser of specific global cultures? How does he integrate his specific Parsi, Indian, or British identities, which he juggles so expertly at the same time?

#BanditQueen #Bollywood #Naipaul

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