Lord Dholakia launches book on
London, March 4, 2005
A new book on Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, has been
released here at a function in the House of Lords.
The book titled 'Jinnah - A corrective reading of Indian History'
- claims that the partition in 1947 was an accident of Indian history
caused by a simple personality clash between Jinnah and Mahatma
The book was released last night by Leading NRI Lord Navnit Dholakia.
Written by Asiananda, a Netherlands-based Indian scholar, the book
will be launched in New York later this month. The book will be
launched in New Delhi in April. PTI
Lord Navnit Dholakia
Navnit Dholakia was appointed Baron Dholakia of Waltham Brooks and
was introduced to the House of Lords in 1997. Lord Dholakia was
appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of West Sussex in 1999.
He is Chairman of the National Association for the Care and Resettlement
of Offenders and also Chairs its Race Issues Advisory Committee.
He has been on the Council of Save the Children Fund. He serves
on the Council of the Howard League for Penal Reform and is on the
Editorial Board of the Howard Journal. He is a trustee of the Mental
Health Foundation and is on the Governing Body of the Commonwealth
Institute. Lord Dholakia is also on the Management Board of the
Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity. In addition to
these activities, Lord Dholakia is a member of the Mannheim Centre
for Criminology and Criminal Justice at the London School of Economics.
He is a member of the Home Secretary's Race Forum. Lord Dholakia
is a member of the Home Affairs team and is a Liberal Democrat Whip.
In the Lords he serves on the Select Committees on the House of
Lords Offices and European Communities Sub-Committee. He is a member
of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and is President of
the Liberal Democrats.
New Delhi, January 09, 2003
I feel humbled by the honor I have received from India.
Although I have been recognised by the Queen of England [who awarded
him the Order of the British Empire], but when your own country
recognises you, it is the greatest honour you can expect in your
Besides an award, this conference will give me the tremendous opportunity
for networking with our people from other parts of the world. It
will also identify the common ground between Indians and Indian
We expect that there will be a follow up.
I am interested in what is happening in India but what I will never
do is interfere in the political process. I am president of a political
party and I am only geared up for England. I have put my future
in UK where I am going to give my best, but I'll never ever forget
the land from where I came.
I would also like to admit that I would have never succeeded in
India as well as I have in the UK because in my young days, it was
quite difficult to succeed here. It very much mattered who you are?
Whom do you know? How influential you are? I have seen many talented
people fall by the wayside in India. In the UK, it is different.
If you have the ability, you move forward.
Now, my expectations from India is to build a relation with the
third and fourth generation of overseas Indians who are growing
up now. We don't want our children to grow up in a vacuum. We want
those Indian ideas which have stood the test of time over thousands
of years in the lives of our children.
I hail from the barber's community of Bhavnagar, a city in the
Kathiawad area of in Gujarat. I don't hide my identity, I am very
proud of it. Not just Gujarat, there is a Kathiawad preserved within
me. When in Bhavnagar, at public functions people introduce me and
announce, 'This great man from Gujarat', I always say, 'Forget it,
say this great man belongs to Kathiawad!'
You just can't take it away that from me. I love my holidays at
my ancestors home where I sway on my hindola (large wooden swings)
from morning to lunch time.
I love every moment there.
My father, Parmanand Mulji, was employed by the East African Tanzania
Railway. He went their in his 30s by a Arab dhow, which took six
months to ship him to Tanzania.
For him, every Englishman was a Sir. Now his son is Lord Dholakia.
I regret that he died before I became a Member of the British Parliament.
I am deeply entrenched in Indian ethos. My wife Anne is a Scottish
and my daughter Anjali is married to Scotsman. Three months ago
she gave a birth to a daughter and do you know, without asking,
what she named her?
I was so happy to hear that. I didn't ask for it but she gave this
On the day I was appointed to the House of Lords , I was walking
with a huge bundle of papers. A police colleague of mine, a superintendent
of police, met me outside the House of Lords. He was working with
me when I was dealing with the Police Complaint Authority. He offered
to carry my briefcase and I smiled. I was not smiling because I
had became a member of the House of Lords but I was smiling because
for 250 years, Britishers ruled India and we carried their bags.
Now a policeman was carrying my bag. That's called equality. That
is what I always fight for.
Navneet Dholakia, a member of the House of Lords and President
of the Liberal Democratic Party